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Racing through summer at Agassiz Speedway

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Dressed as a princess, Jennifer Knoepfel stands in the pits waiting for the next race during the Saturday night stock car races at Agassiz Speedway in Agassiz, British Columbia on July 7. Jennifer wore the long gown and tiara as part of her duties presenting the trophies to the winners of the night's competition.

Andy Clark / Reuters

Late model sportsman stock cars compete in the premier race of the night at Agassiz Speedway in Agassiz, B.C. on Aug. 11. 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 honours at the 42 year old race track.

Andy Clark / Reuters

Fast food and tools come together in the pit area of Agassiz Speedway during Saturday night racing on July 7. Local racing teams set up their equipment around the grassy edges of the infield pits to work on their cars between races.

Built in 1970, the Agassiz Speedway is a quarter mile oval track nestled in the side of the Agassiz Mountain about 90 minutes east of Vancouver, B.C. Owned and operated by the non-profit Kent Raceway Society, the track hosts about 12 races a season beginning in April and running through October.

Vancouver-based photographer Andy Clark spent his Saturday nights photographing life around the speedway.

Clark wrote on the Reuters blog: I have always enjoyed car racing. I spent, though a few said mis-spent, some of my formative teenage youth on darkened summer highways north of Toronto in the late 1960s, riding in muscle cars and drag racing until either the wee hours of the morning or the cops chased us away. Read more

The images in this blog post were shot this summer and made available to NBC News today.

Andy Clark / Reuters

Rookie race driver Chelsey O'Reilly,14, sports her good luck pink fingernails while waiting to take part in qualifying in the Streets stock car category at Agassiz Speedway on July 7.

Andy Clark / Reuters

A stock car that has spun out is rammed by two other competitors during the Saturday night races at Agassiz Speedway on July 7.

Andy Clark / Reuters

Kelly Moto sits in his street stock car as he is towed into the pits during the Saturday night races at Agassiz Speedway on July 21. Moto's race night was over early after his car suffered a major mechanical breakdown during qualifying.

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A member of a stock car pit crew takes a break while the car was on the track qualifying during the Agassiz Speedway Saturday night stock races on July 21.

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Driver Troy Globe stands with the trophy girl after winning a sprint race during the Saturday night stock car races at Agassiz Speedway on July 21.

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Margaret O'Reilly talks with Cameron Jones, as her daughter Chelsey uses her mobile phone, at Agassiz Speedway during the Saturday night stock car races on Aug. 11. Both Chelsey and Cameron compete in the races and hang out together when not on the track.

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