Castrol Raceway has been home to Sprint and Stock Car racing since 1991.
The classes running at Nite Thunder on the Oval:
Castrol Sportsman Sprint Cars
Northern Thunder Dirt Late Models
Northern Alberta Mini Stocks
Northern Provincial Pipeline (NPP) Late Models
ASCS 360 Sprint Cars
The classes running at World of Outlaws: Oil City Cup:
World of Outlaw 410 Sprint Cars
The classes running on the mini dirt oval:
Mini Sprint Cars
600 Shifter Carts
Vehicle Class Descriptions:
ASCS '360' Sprint Car:
These opened wheeled, winged race cars are Castrol Raceway's fastest class with top speeds often exceeding 120mph. A '360' Sprint Car weighs just shy of 1,400lbs. and is powered by a 700+ horsepower methanol burning engine.
Castrol Sportsman Sprint Car:
Castrol Raceway is fortunate to have two Sprint Car classes. Often, both open wheeled classes compete on the same race night at Castrol Raceway. Due to strict rules, the Sportsman Sprint Car has grown to Castrol Raceway's largest class in just three seasons. A Sportman Sprint car weighs 1,600lbs and is powered by a 500+ horsepower methynol burning engine.
Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series:
These full body race cars are similar in appearance to NASCAR 'style' pavement late models and can reach speeds of over 110mph. They weigh approx. 3,100lbs and are powered by a carbureted V8 engine on racing gasoline. The NPP Late Model made its debut appearance in Edmonton back in 1999. Two years later (2001) the NPP Late Model Series formed and has been a part of the Castrol Raceway landscape ever since. For the first four seasons the NPP Series raced up to 14 times a year in Edmonton. From 2004 - 2008 the NPP Late Model Series was the largest class to compete in Edmonton on a regular night of racing (20+ cars). The NPP Late Model Series now only races in Edmonton 4 or 5 times a year. Average Edmonton car count in 2012 was 14.3 making it the second biggest class to race in Edmonton next to the Sportsman Sprint Cars.
Northern Thunder Dirt Late Models:
These are the 'traditional' Dirt Late Models race cars that run at tracks throughout North America. Often called Wissota Late Models, these cars ran in Edmonton from 1991 - 1995. Due to a low car count (5 - 6 cars per race) the track cancelled the class after the 1995 season. Headed up by long-time racer Dave Smith, this Late Model class was resurrected in 2007. The class adopted the Northern Thunder Dirt Late Model name in 2011. Average Edmonton car count in 2012 was 9. Dirt late models weight approx. 2,300lbs and are powered by a fuel injected V8 on methanol. They are a close cousin to the '360' Sprint car.