On the May 15th, the 20th season for the Ohsweken Speedway kicked off. I had the honour of attending as Miss Teenage Six Nations, and I have to say, it was an awesome experience. It’s honestly embarrassing to say after living less than a kilometer from the speedway for 13 years, that was the first time I was there for the races. I mean, every Friday night I spent at home during the summer I could hear the community-famous “Friday Night Thunder”, but I had not once been actually present for the thunder. At first, I was extremely confused as to what was actually happening. What’s a heat? What’s a feature? Why are all the cars different? Why are those ones louder than those ones? I can’t imagine the bother I must have been to my dad, asking all those questions.
Before the races, I spent time at the front greeting people and selling raffle tickets for my fundraiser (thanks to everyone who bought a ticket!), with the help of my mom,
dad and stepmom. They were all such an amazing help, and I can’t thank them enough for what they have done for me so far and what they are yet to do so I can go to nationals. After that, it was almost time for the races to kick off. The national anthem played, and they introduced me. Then I got to go on the track and have the opportunity to introduce myself, and the announcer asked me how I got into pageants, specifically this one. I explained how being Miss Teenage Canada has been a long dream of mine, and something I have been working towards since I was 10. After that, the drivers began to warm up, and it was one of the loudest things I’ve ever heard, next to a Justin Bieber concert. At least at a concert, your ears go a bit numb so the screaming isn’t as deafening! The races hadn’t even started, but my eardrums were already bursting! Thankfully, my step-mom had earplugs in her purse, so that helped a lot.
After the drivers were finished warming up, it was time for the races to begin. I was called up to the flag stand, and prepared to throw the first flag of the season. I was extremely nervous something would happen, or I’d wave it at the wrong time, so I kept asking the flag waver when to throw it. Thankfully, I did everything at the right time and it wasn’t a huge blunder like I was scared it would be.
After that, I got to relax and watch the races. Before that, it never seemed like something I’d be interested in, but it was super fun and entertaining, my mom and I agree that we have to go again sometime. Overall, it was a great night, and I look forward to going back!
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