BCP398 Bridge County Raceway
N49 35.494 W112 36.061
GPSr: N49 35.495 W112 36.061
BCR is one of the longest and widest clay tracks in Western Canada and the USA. It is 3/8ths of a mile on the inside and ½ mile on the outside. The track is a high banked oval from bottom to top and the corners are close in height to a two story building. BCR has the capacity to seat over 2000. The pit area is located on the outside of the track which reduces obstructions thereby making it a fast track.
BCR is the dream of George Mercer. Both George and his wife Marj were avid racers in the 1970's. They belonged to the club S.A.A.R., (Southern Alberta Auto Racers) which raced at the Lethbridge exhibition grounds. The city of Lethbridge eventually turned the track into a horse track and auto racing was no more in Southern Alberta. During the 1980's, George and Marj continued to race in Calgary and Edmonton until George decided to bring auto racing back home. Planning took over a year and with the help of his cousin Lloyd Mercer who provided some of his farmland, George's dream began. In 1990, with the help of over 50 volunteers from the new local car club (CARA - Chinook Auto Racers Association) construction on the new facility began. BCR opened in 1991 and started with just a handful of cars and seating for around 900 people.
BCR hosted many events like the 360 Sprint cars and featured soon to be famous drivers such as Kasey Kane and Tyson Cross.
In the late 1990s, BCR struggled financially and Mercer considered selling the track. However, James Hadnagy (son-in-law) convinced the family to give him the opportunity to turn things around. James found new sponsers, re-introduced IMCA Canada and introduced the AST Series (Alberta Sprintcar Tour). This gave BCR the lift that was needed.
Today, BCR is prospering and supports the BCR Miracle Child Foundation and the Lethbridge Regional Hospital Foundation. BCR boasts 54 registered IMCA Modifieds, 15 Sportsman Sprints, Imca Stocks, Claimers, BCR Trucks and the return of the NPP Late Model Division.
The Bridge County cap is unusual in that it stands over 1 meter tall and is .5 meters in diameter. It has a smooth pin in the center that extends about 5 cm.
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