Whether it's the roar of the engines, the smell of gasoline or the flying dirt when you stand along the west railing, there's something electrifying about a night at Brockville Ontario Speedway.
The “BOS,” as it is affectionately known, is a great place to spend a summer's Saturday night whether you're a long-time racing fan, a newbie or merely a curious onlooker.
In my three years in Brockville, I have come to understand one truth about the venerable dirt track at Forthton: its allure will hook you in regardless of your level of experience with auto racing.
On my first trip to the BOS it didn't take me long to see why it has been packing enthusiastic crowds in for decades now.
Be it the considerable talent of the regular drivers – including locals such as Dylan Evoy, Kyle Dingwall, Chris Herbison and others – or the rush of adrenaline that surged over me when the cars burst forth from the starting line, that first evening cemented its entertainment value in my conscience.
But there is more than just sheer entertainment value to appreciate about the speedway.
It has been an impressive breeding ground for high-calibre dirt-track drivers over the decades, as well as a good economic spinoff engine for local businesses.
The annual fall nationals draws a large number of visitors to the Brockville area and BOS personnel are a visible presence in the community.
And the BOS is also a great place to indulge in some of the things that make up a great summer evening – the smell of hot dogs at the concession stands, the warm summer air and more.
On one beautiful evening late last summer, the speedway was illuminated by a crisp and bright full moon, the cars dancing around the track under its warm glow.
I took a photo of that moon and it stands as one of my favourite moments I've experienced at the BOS.
But in the end, it all comes back down to the racing, which is about as much fun as you can take in if you appreciate speed - and many of us do.
There is also the potential for another year of tight points races in many of the divisions.
Last year featured no shortage of drama, with Kyle Dingwall edging Lee Gill by a mere two points – 891 to 889 – in the 358 Modified division and Chris Herbison holding off a serious challenge from Evoy to win the Sportsman division.
The Rookie division also delivered some serious thrills, with Dwight Feltham overtaking then-leader Joe McNichols in the final points race of the season to win the title 952 to 947.
These are but a few examples of some of the thrilling outcomes the BOS can deliver.
The 2013 BOS season gets underway tonight at 7 p.m.