Vancouver-based Reuters photographer Andy Clark has a long history with motorsport, starting with days he spent as a teenager on darkened summer highways north of Toronto in the late 1960s, riding in muscle cars and drag racing until the wee hours of the morning or until the cops chased him away. With his passion for the sport, Andy has spent his Saturday nights photographing at the Agassiz Speedway. Built in 1970, the speedway is a quarter mile oval track nestled into the side of Agassiz Mountain about 90 minutes east of Vancouver. The track hosts about 12 races a season beginning in April, running to late October. – Paula Nelson
Late model sportsman stock cars compete in the premier race of the night at Agassiz Speedway in Agassiz, British Columbia, Aug. 11, 2012. From spring until autumn every two or three weeks, competitors and spectators gather on Saturday nights to watch or take part in the races for prize money, points and local honors at the 42-year-old race track.
Margaret O'Reilly talks with Cameron Jones, as her daughter Chelsey uses on her mobile phone, at Agassiz Speedway during the Saturday night stock car races, August 11, 2012. Both Chelsey and Cameron compete in the races and hang out together when not on the track.
A car spins out on the course at Agassiz Speedway during the final of the "Hit To Pass" stock car race, July 7, 2012. The popular race is held purely for entertainment and is included in the Saturday night races several times throughout the competition season.
Mark Richmond takes a break on the roof of his car while waiting for qualifying to begin at Agassiz Speedway, July 7, 2012. Most of the competitors are members of the non-profit society that runs the course but some come from other parts of the province and Washington State in the U.S. to take part in the races held every two or three weeks from April to October.
A driver uses a sledgehammer to make repairs to his "Hit to Pass" stock car during a break in qualifying at Agassiz Speedway, July 7, 2012. The "Hit to Pass" races are very popular with spectators as drivers aggressively try to out do each other on the track.
Fast food and tools come together in the pit area of Agassiz Speedway during Saturday night racing in Agassiz, British Columbia, July 7, 2012. Local racing teams set up their equipment around the grassy edges of the infield pits to work on their cars between races.
Chelsey O'Reilly, 14, gets some last minute moral support from her mother, Margaret, before qualifying in the Streets stock car category, July 7, 2012. Chelsey drives a 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle that her dad raced in the 1990s and handed down to her when he retired from competition a few years ago.
Using flashlights, a pit crew looks over the damage caused after a crash in the 100 lap final of the late model sportsmen stock cars, Aug. 11, 2012. Unfortunately the damage was serious enough to end their racing for the night.