The track was originally constructed for the fun and enjoyment of racers and spectators. The first race at our current location, was held in June of 1971. The track was a 2/10 mile dirt/dust track. A total of 12 cars competed on the clay/dirt oval, of those nine cars were station wagons. The first three years of racing were run, if and when, cars were available and if the weather cooperated. The track was a very rough one quarter mile oval, with no banking, no guard rails, and very little spectator seating.
In 1974, the track was upgraded. It was widened by 40 feet and graded regularly. Clay was trucked in and a water truck was acquired to subdue the dust.
In 1978, the club embarked on a very ambitious project - to pave the track to an elevated one quarter mile oval track, 55 feet wide with a depressed pit area in the center.
A Lottery grant in 1988 helped to erect new bleachers and a concession stand.
The track was expanded in the fall of 2000, to a true 1/4 mile paved oval. The track was extended west of the No 1/2 corner (Porayko's corner). The new enlarged pit area allowed for an on/off lane. Traffic lights at the flag-stand and corner 3 were installed and new washrooms were constructed.
Improvements have continued at the facility, with new cement walls added. In 2003, true 'night time' racing under the lights was introduced. Generators were used to power the lights, as the area was not serviced by Hydro Lines.
Hydro was eventually obtained, so we no longer rely on generators.
NEW in 2020, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our track, the track is undergoing some paving upgrades, and new this year will be the First Annual Hornet Enduro in October.
DID YOU KNOW - originally there was only one class of cars, Hobby Stock, the equivalent of our current Street Stock class. Over the years, we have continued to add classes, including Late Model, Hornets, Midgets. We have also welcome visiting classes such as WESCAR Late Model Touring Series, Mini Outlaw, WMRA and more.
Agassiz Speedway is nestled in the mountains of the beautiful Fraser Valley near the scenic Harrison Hot Springs, just a short 90 minutes east of Vancouver, BC and 3 hours north of Seattle, Washington.
Agassiz Speedway is operated by Kent Raceway Society, a non-profit society dedicated to supporting and furthering the sport of stock car racing in the Fraser Valley. We rely on our wonderful volunteers and sponsors to keep the raceway operating. We are thankful for the full support of the Agassiz Community, especially the District of Kent for providing the location.
Great family entertainment, so bring the whole family.
We are wheelchair accessible, have seating for 1000 in grandstand. We also offer extreme seating areas, for adults only. (If sitting in the Extreme seating area, you need to bring your own comfy chair).
We offer a full concession and a souvenir booth.
Bunk Mackay, in car No. 40, racing around the dirt-track oval at Agassiz Speedway, formerly known as Kent Raceways.
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Aug 30, 2013 track hit with wire theft