The Langley Loafer’s Old Time Drags was the only event to be held at the Eagle Motorplex last year.

The Langley Loafer’s Old Time Drags was the only event to be held at the Eagle Motorplex last year.

Eagle Motorplex back in the game

Shut down for the past year, people were wondering if the Nl'akapxm Eagle Motorplex in Ashcroft was ever going to open again.

The Nl’akapxm Eagle Motorplex is brushing itself off after a year of inactivity and getting ready for a new racing season.

“We are going ahead with a schedule for next year and have every intention of keeping the track going,” said a statement from new track manager, Sue McKay. “We will be making a few changes to improve the car count as the track cannot continue with only 30 cars per race weekend.”

The track has bracket races scheduled  once a month from May to August, plus the Langley Loafer’s Old Time Drags in June that coincides with Cache Creek’s Graffiti Days. The Old Time Drags were the only race to be held at the track last year.

Last week the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) welcomed the Motorplex back to the fold.

They promise that the track will host a slate of NHRA Summit Racing Series and Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League events during the year, including seven double-header weekends that run from May through September.

“The track has had some great history with NHRA in the past,” said McKay. “We have a new start this year and we are really looking forward to adding to that history going forward.”

As an NHRA-sanctioned track, the facility will be eligible to offer racers a variety of NHRA racing opportunities, including the NHRA Summit Racing Series, the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, NHRA Jr. Street and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA.

“Having another place to race in Western Canada is good news for drag racing in the Northwest,” said Matt Levonas, NHRA Pacific Division director. “We’re thrilled to have the track back in the NHRA family.”

Built in 1987, the multi-use motorsports facility will once again become a member of the Northwest Division.

The facility features a quarter-mile dragstrip, a 2.1-km motocross track and a new ESSO full service travel station at the main entrance to the facility. The motocross track is currently closed for repairs.

Track officials also have plans to construct a new tower for the dragstrip this season. Work has already begun to empty it prior to demolition and reconstruction.