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Emo Speedway, Emo Ontario
by mostwanted2005 ... January 25, 2010, 01:06:34 AM
    I have to admit it,  I had never heard of Emo Speedway.  Emo is a small rural township, located 400 km west of Thunder Bay, directly north of the state of Minnesota.  It is known for its stock car races, the Rainy River Agricultural Fair and the Emo Walleye Classic.  So I decided to look into Emo a little further.

    In 2009, the dirt track celebrated its 55th anniversary of the original opening.  The first racing season started on July 30, 1954 and (cars with all types of engines raced) only one class competed. The season started out with thirteen competitors and the number fluctuated very little until the end of the season in September. "King Al" Gerald of International Falls, Minnesota won the first championship.   In 1959, interested dropped and lack of fan support led to the shut down when the track ran out of funds.  The track was closed at the end of the 1959 season but reopened in 1964.  In 1971 saw the introduction of Hobby Stocks, cars similar to the Canadian Vintage Modifieds.  Within two years, the track once again were plagued with lack of support. The races are run at the track at Emo District Fairgrounds and local groups felt the Fair is the most profitable part of the year, and when the Fair Board decided to drop the stock cars for live entertainment, the money needed to run dwindled forcing racing to be suspended. There were no points in 1974 due to a shortened season and 1975 had only a few events.  Emo Speedway would shut down until its second revival in 1981.

    After five years of exhibition racing, the Borderland Racing Association became the operating body of the Emo Speedway. The first full season started in 1986 with two classes running, Modifieds and Street Stocks.  In 1989, the Modifieds became sanctioned with WISSOTA,  allowing the class to have to ability to travel to other WISSOTA tracks and also compete for a National Championship.  WISSOTA Auto Racing takes place at about 60 race tracks located in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta.  In 1992, a third class was added, the Thunder class.  They were similar to Street Stocks but the engines were no bigger than a 305 and had an unlocked rear end differential. The cars were slower ... Read More
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Re: Emo Speedway, Emo Ontario
by EmoSpeedwayRocks ... March 04, 2011, 08:17:18 PM
What is the website URL?

Re: Emo Speedway, Emo Ontario
by duken ... January 25, 2010, 05:34:54 PM
Thanks for the history lesson. I have been following Steve Arpin's ARCA progress. I hope he will be in the Venturini # 25 again this season ?
Re: Emo Speedway, Emo Ontario
by ernie ... January 25, 2010, 05:19:34 PM
What is the website URL?

Capital City Speedway Ottawa, Ontario
by mostwanted2005 ... January 25, 2010, 01:05:08 AM
Racing in our nation's capital has been around for 60 years and during that time many changes have taken place from location, to owner's and this past weekend the track once again was in for a change.  I have been researching for this story for  a few weeks now. I was ready to post it until this past Sunday when I received a message that the track promoter announced hes not returning for the 2010. This has left the driver's and sponsors and fans all wondering what the future holds.
Racing in the Ottawa rea, by all accounts, began in 1949 as a dirrt track 30 miles south of Ottawa in a town called Carsonby. Racing back then was not like today. It wasn't that popular and due to lack of support the track closed after one season in operation.  A few years later another attempt was made in a field just west of the village of Bells Corners, just a few miles outside of Ottawa, called Meadow Parks Speedway.  This track like the one in Carsoby were not very people friendly. Lack of seating, parking, lighting and the fact that they weren't to accessable to the racing fans led to the demise it racing once again.

Racing arrived back in Ottawa, this time for good in 1955, when a 1/4 mile dirt track  opened at Lansdowne Park Stadium site, also home to the Ottawa Roughriders and the Central Canada Exhibition.  The first night of racing was june 1st and an impressive crowd of more than 5000 people were in attendance. The track was so successful that race promoter Gerry Bisson made many improvements and changed the name to Lansdowne Speedway. 

The track was lengthened from 1/4 mile to a 1/3 mile and the dirt oval was now a paved oval. The corner banking was increased, extensive safety rules were incorporated and a guard rail was built to surround the track.  The new and improved track opened the 1957 season and quickly became one of Eastern Canada's premier race facilities attracting race fans and drivers from as far away as Montreal and upper New York State.  It was home to Late Model racing, Sprint races, Demolition derby's and Powder Puff Derby's.  Racing which normally took place Wednesday nights was expanded to Friday's and Saturday's as well.  However the growing interest also a down side. Like in many racing communities, noise complaints ... Read More
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Re: Capital City Speedway Ottawa, Ontario
by blkflagagain ... January 25, 2010, 01:17:41 AM
Thanks for the history lesson in regards to the nation's capital.. Very imformative!!

Ryan Litt Canadian Racer in USAC and Auto Value Super Sprints!!
by mostwanted2005 ... January 25, 2010, 12:59:09 AM

Ryan Litt likes to drive fast!!  When you want to drive fast...what better series to race than the Auto Value Super Sprint Series. According to the series website, they are the Fastest Short Track race cars in the world! Over the past five years, they Super Sprints have raced at 27 different tracks and hold track speed records at 22 of them. Litt, a 22 year old native of London, Ontario who now resides in Lyons, holds the track record for his "home" track, near London, Delaware Speedway, a blistering 15.682 seconds set June 6, 2009.

Racing is in Ryan's blood.  He group up around it, so it was natural for him. The sights, the sounds and the smell of racing got the best of Ryan and he knew that it was something he wanted to do.  He followed in the footsteps of his grandfather who was the first in the family to show interest in motorsports. He was involved in Drag Racing and was a successful crew chief for a NHRA Top Fuel Dragster in the 1960's.  Ryan's dad raced Midgets and Super Modifieds and Ryan was by his dad's side and travelled to all the tracks.  In 1994 at the age of 6, Ryan began his racing career. His dad set up a one time deal with a family friend to race a Junior Dragster at St. Thomas Dragway. He actually made it through to the final round and in the end finished second to a 16 year old.

In 1998 Ryan's dad bought him a Jr. Sprint car and that got the ball rolling to a successful racing career. His first year of racing Litt won numerous heats, three feature races and was named Rookie of the Year.  During the next three seasons, Ryan gained valuable experience and won 28 feature races and won ALL the Indoor Heat and Features races in years three and four.  In his final season in sprints, Litt took the experience to another level and tested a Jr. Cascar, tested a Pepsi Street Stock at Delaware Speedway and raced a Legends car in Fort Wayne Indiana, winning one race and finishing 5th in points. Ryan raced a season of Street Stocks at Delaware in 2002, took rookie of the year honors and finished ninth in points.  He would get a lot of seat time in Practicing a 440cc Outlaw Microsprint, drove 600cc Winged Midget Indoors in the Rumble Series in Indiana and Won 50 Lap Go-Kart Race at Quest Speedway.
A new year and lots of ne ... Read More
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