Drag races pulling back into Kirkland Lake this summer

KIRKLAND LAKE - Team Northern Throttle is hosting its 26th annual drag races this summer.

The events will take place at the Kirkland Lake Airport from June 21 to 23 and July 12 to 14.

At the Tuesday (Feb. 20) Kirkland Lake council meeting, members supported the organization’s request. It's expected to be officially approved at the March 5 meeting.

The group will be required to pay the town’s user fee of $420 per day for the site.

Mayor Stacy Wight said she’s thankful this will be the last year Team Northern Throttle (TNT) will need council to sign off on the request.

“They're the only user group that appear before council,” she said.

“Though I appreciate the opportunity to thank our volunteers for the incredible contributions they make not only to tourism, but to the overall economy of Kirkland Lake, I am extra thankful that this will be changed next year so that they will no longer have to appear before council.”

Coun. Rick Owen said there was a time when TNT and council “had some misunderstandings.”

“But we worked our way through them and resolved those issues and, as a councillor, I just want to personally thank those volunteers for all the work they do,” he said.

“It's not my thing. I'm not into squealing tires and noisy cars, but it is a lot of people's things and they do bring a lot of economic development to the town when they hold these events. So once again, I just want to give them a big thank you.”

Marissa Lentz, Local Journalism Initiative, TimminsToday.com