If Tail Creek Raceway was an all-you-can-eat buffet, ATVers, side-by-side riders and motorcyclists would be stuffed all the way to their mud-filled gills. Whatever recreational vehicle you ride, there’s something to be excited about at the super-sized playground known as Tail Creek Raceway in Alix, Alberta (near Red Deer). Within Tail Creek’s 201 acres of land, you’ll find the ⅜ mile oval, 5.1 kilometre baja-style endurance racing course and one of the toughest off-road rock and obstacle sections in the 4x4 world.
Tail Creek Raceway is located in Alix, Alberta, on 200 acres of land. — Photo courtesy Jason Jahner
⅜ mile oval
For two-wheeled riders, the ⅜ mile oval boasts four weekends of events this summer, dubbed Wild West Dirt Track Motorcycle Racing. Flat Track Canada will be out for the events, racing Triumphs, Indians, BSAs and Nortons for flat-track motorcycle racing, a new series that is taking off in popularity in Alberta. Members of the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Club will be out in force for the event as well.
Baja-style endurance racing course
For anyone looking to reach top speeds in their ATVs and side-by-sides, the five-kilometre long Baja-style endurance racing course is just the ticket. The track is an obstacle course around the facility. Side-by-sides reach upwards of 60, 70 and even 80 miles an hour. It’s a fast course that features mud holes, light rocks, jumps, whoop-de-doos and hill climbs.
Side-by-side riders get massive air at Tail Creek Raceway. — Photo courtesy Jason Jahner
“This year is a very important year,” said Jason Jahner, owner/operator of Tail Creek Raceway. “I'm getting back to my roots. I want to see some mud flyin' and quads doing what they do. That's why I'm bringing in CCMR (Canadian Championship Mud Racing). We're building a pit on site that's about a foot and a half deep of water and mud for the July long weekend. We're bringing in the big guns: side-by-sides, quads, quad racing.”
Expect to see at least 80 racers compete in Punisher Racing on the Canada Day long weekend.
Offroad tough truck 4x4 course
The offroad tough truck 4x4 course is ideal for those who really want to ramp up the difficulty factor of side-by-side racing. Tail Creek has all aspects of traditional side-by-side racing: mud, rocks and off-camber. “These racers don't want to just smash and beat up their equipment, they want to put the rider’s ability and endurance to the test,” Jahner said. “We're the only track in Alberta that offers such a versatile course for side-by-sides.”
Jason Jahner is the owner/operator of Tail Creek Raceway in Alix, Alberta. — Photo courtesy Jason Jahner
It’s going to be a thrilling summer of high-octane excitement at Tail Creek Raceway. Attendance for events will range from 2,000 to 10,000 competitors and spectators. Keep an eye out for Jahner on his Kawasaki KFX 820 Big Boar, assuming he and his ride aren’t baked in mud. “It took me a year and a half to build it,” he said. “It's lookin’ pretty darn nice: black, orange and just pimped right out.
“I have always loved the mud, speed and the whole racing environment. Riding a quad is just so much fun.”
Tail Creek Raceway’s upcoming event schedule:
June 23-24: Wild West Dirt Track Motorcycle Racing - oval track motorcycle racing
June 29-July 1: Punisher Racing - 4x4 motorsports, CCMR, ATV/UTV racing
July 14-15: Wild West Dirt Track Motorcycle Racing - oval track motorcycle racing
August 11-12: Wild West Dirt Track Motorcycle Racing - oval track motorcycle racing
September 1-2: Tail Creek Punisher - 4x4 motorsports, ATV/UTV racing
September 22-23: Wild West Dirt Track Motorcycle Racing - oval track motorcycle racing