Ken Rivait Memorial Race
Edmonton International Raceway was host to the inaugural Ken Rivait Memorial Race held this last Saturday. The Nascar Whelen Modifieds organized the 50 lap event to pay tribute to the long-time modified racer, who sadly lost his battle with cancer just as the season was starting.
Bonnie Rivait wife of the late racer attended. When asked what the night meant to her she had a hard time finding the words to describe what she was feeling on her first night back in the pits since her husband’s passing. Overwhelmed by the gesture of her late husband’s fellow racer’s she was sure that he would have been thrilled with the race in his honor. She was especially grateful to Dean Craig and Ian Wilson for organising the event.
Asked what she would like people to remember most about her husband, “Ken just loved racing and he really loved racing here with these guys. He was usually the first one here and the last to leave on race days, he was either racing or pitting for someone for more than 20 years. If another racer needed help he was there and he really enjoyed mentoring the younger guys in the class. To be recognized by the guys like this would mean the world to him.” She added that she was especially happy to see the car that Ken had hoped to be driving this spring was in the race and driven by Ian Wilson.
The race drew a good car count with Dean Craig taking first place, Ian Wilson second and Mike Craig in third. Everyone associated with the The Nascar Whelen Modifieds were pleased with the success of the race and already looks forward to next years, The Edmonton International Raceway was happy to be the host of the event and also looks forward to many more of the Ken Rivait Memorial races being run there.
The Edmonton International Raceway is home to The Nascar Whelen Modifieds the only class of its kind in Canada. For more information on this event and all the others at the track visit www.edmontonraceway.com or call their event hotline at 780-467-9276.
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