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Canadian Track Joins IHRA Family

Thursday, 03 August 2017

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 1, 2017) — Northern Motorsports and Neighbourhood Event Park in Bonfield, Ontario, Canada has signed a multi-year sanctioning agreement with the International Hot Rod Association.

The 170-acre facility, under the leadership of Carl Lewis, Matt Leeman and Bill Kirkman, features an eighth-mile drag strip. There are plans to make the facility a year-round event park with snowmobile racing in the winter and other events like ATV and truck mud drags.


Locally, there is a big emphasis to get drag racing off the street and on the track. Small talked about how the IHRA fits into those plans by attracting a younger generation, while also appealing to the Sportsman racers through the Summit SuperSeries.

“Although the management teams have shifted throughout recent years, the goals have remained the same. Those goals align well with those if the IHRA in promoting a safe and fair environment in drag racing to those of Northern Ontario as part of the Summit Super Series” said Division Director Jon O’Neal.  “The facility is literally a field of dreams for property owners Clark and Nicole North. Their visions of what the facility could become shocked a lot of locals until the day the facility first opened. Now enjoying the property as friends more than managers they love seeing reactions of those who are seeing the facility, carved out of the rugged landscape, for the first time.” 


Matt Leeman, the track’s race director and general manager, likes the support offered by the IHRA and its focus on the grassroots, Sportsman racer.

“The IHRA’s Division Directors are a big selling point,” Leeman said. “They offer great guidance with track prep, how to structure the races. Following the IHRA rules, it makes the track more reputable as far running a proper drag strip. We are a track with mainly the grassroots racers and that works well with the IHRA programs.” 

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