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RT2 May 22, 2013

Estevan Mercury

The popular enduro event soared to new heights last year at Estevan Motor Speedway, with a whopping 71 cars on the track for the September race. Some of them came away looking much like this car.

Trobert excited about taking over as president Estevan Motor Speedway has a new “We’ve got a bunch of younger drivers face at the helm of its operations this year. that have started and some are moving up Long-time board member Lynn Trob- into different classes. I’m really thrilled ert agreed to take over the reins from James about that because more people are wanting Gustafson as president at the track’s annual to drive here and they like our track. We meeting last November. have more Americans that have come back. Trobert had been the track’s secretary“Every driver that comes brings their treasurer the year before and has been on own little fan base. That means if you get the executive off and on for nearly a decade. one new driver, you’ve got three or four “We had our elections and they just more pit men, you’ve got family in the kind of asked me or nominated me for stands watching. I think that brings more president,â€? said Trobert. new people,â€? she added. “Because I don’t drive a car (at the Trobert also noted that the popular track). You kinda need someone who’s year-end enduro race, which attracted a neutral.â€? staggering 71 drivers last year, has also Gustafson had been track president helped out on that front. since 2009. “We’ve also had some guys that have Trobert said there are some projects at run that enduro for a few years and now the Speedway that she’s looking forward have come in and started racing. We’ve got to completing. a lot of female drivers too, so we’re very “As a group, we do have some accom- fortunate in that respect. We have quite a plishments we want to carry forward with. lot of variety.â€? We have some work at the track to do. We Trobert is hoping to get more people want to get our winner’s circle ready to go involved with the track in terms of input. so that the fans have a little more access A cleanup weekend in late April was ento the drivers. They can come up closer to couraging, as more than 40 people came the front so everybody can see them. That’s one of our goals. Hopefully we’ll get (G.RPDUQLFNL03 that done, part of it at least, 6RXULV0RRVH0RXQWDLQ before (the May 17 races). “We’ve got the wheel+DYHDQ([FLWLQJDQG6DIH chair access, we want to make a ramp for some of our wheelchair patrons. Your Member of Parliament 308 - 1133 4th Street We’re also working very Estevan, SK S4A 0W6 hard on a five-year plan to carry on, to move ahead.â€? Phone: 634-3000 Fax: 634-4835 Trobert said she’s exOffice Hours: cited about the growing 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mon-Fri diversity of drivers at Email: EMS, with more women ed.komarnicki.c1@parl.gc.ca Website: edkomarnicki.com getting behind the wheel and some new blood getting involved. 7ROO)UHH

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to help out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was absolutely awesome. I was so thrilled with that. Hopefully more drivers will come out to the meetings and express their ideas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping more and more people will get involved â&#x20AC;Ś coming to us as a board, or to myself or whoever and expressing concerns. A more open (approach) is one of our goals, to be more accessible to the public, fans and drivers.â&#x20AC;? The Speedway has a strong variety of events taking place this year. Aside from the regular points nights, the track will feature appearances by super trucks, late models and, of course, the annual stop on the Dakota Classic Modified Tour on July 8. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The mod tour is the highlight of the season. I just think the excitement of pulling out over the little hill there and seeing

all those haulers and people from all over the States â&#x20AC;Ś I just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait for that race, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a wonderful race and we always get a huge, huge crowd,â&#x20AC;? said Trobert. Although she has second-guessed her decision to step into the presidency every now and then, Trobert said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s optimistic about what lies ahead in the 2013 season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m quite excited. Some days I wonder, OK, what did I do, but I am actually quite excited about this year. The board Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m working with is a great board. We all have our opinions and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all willing to work through them.â&#x20AC;? The rest of the executive this year is comprised of vice-president Dale LaBatte, secretary Geoff Mann and general members Jim Harris, Rod Pickering, Ed Turnbull, Keith Cassidy, Tyson Turnbull and Gary Goudy, Sr.

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The cream of the stock car crop Alexander, Henderson enjoy duking it out Kelly Henderson needs no introduction in stock car racing circles in these parts. After his performance the last three years, Rocky Alexander doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need one either. Henderson has more stock wins than anyone else in Estevan Motor Speedway history, and Alexander has won the season championship for three years running. Although they are friends away from the track, the two drivers have become rivals of sorts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rocky is my main rival. We have a nice friendly rivalry and we get along great. He seems to win more than I do, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping to change that this year,â&#x20AC;? said Henderson, who is from Minot. Alexander, an Estevan native, agreed that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a cordial competition between the two. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I see it as a challenge every year, no doubt. As far as the rivalry, Kelly and I get along very well. I think of us as pretty close friends, we talk back and forth at the track and have a good conversation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a real treat to race against him and compete. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to be racing against such quality and calibre as he is,â&#x20AC;? Alexander said. Part of the respect between the two drivers is that neither of them is reckless on the track.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve raced many nights against Kelly. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gone lap for lap, door handle to door handle and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never made contact. That is fun,â&#x20AC;? Alexander reflected. Henderson said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a clean driver because â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like fixing my car.â&#x20AC;? One instance of Alexander and Henderson going head-to-head was on championship night at EMS last year. Alexander led Henderson by five points in the season standings going in, and the Minot driver knew it would take a lot to snag the championship away. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew it was pretty much out of my hands. If he finished, I knew there was no way Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d beat him by five positions. He was on his game. He had a good season,â&#x20AC;? Henderson recalled. But Alexander almost didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t finish. Late in the race, he was confronted with a tough decision to make. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a little intense there. We had some problems,â&#x20AC;? he explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We won it by sheer luck. We ran into a caution with three laps to go. My car was bleeding to death, literally. I had a rock through the rad and I was overheating. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had to decide whether to sacrifice an engine for a championship or try to salvage it, but then the green came out and I (kept going). The choice to stay on the track ended up costing Alexander a new motor, but

as he put it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it was worth it.â&#x20AC;? Alexander would finish the race in second, with Henderson right behind him, giving the hometown driver the season championship by six points. Meanwhile, Henderson finished second in the standings at three different tracks last year, but wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to win one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not much of a rivalry, he seems to win every year,â&#x20AC;? Henderson chuckled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We get along well though and we have a lot of fun racing together.â&#x20AC;? Asked what makes the other driver so good, Alexander and Henderson both gave the same answer: consistency. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Consistency is what wins championships and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consistently at the finish line,â&#x20AC;? said Henderson, who had seven top-five finishes himself at Estevan in 2012. Alexander also noted Hendersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 13 years of experience behind the wheel as a benefit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kelly sure has the seat time and the experience behind him. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just happy Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been able to do as well as I have in the short period of time Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been racing cars. Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got probably 10 championships from different tracks, and for me to bring it home the last three years, local guy, local track, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just been a real pleasure,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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In Alexanderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case, he said crew chief Dave Millman has been the difference and that the championships started coming when he came on board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all me, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not.â&#x20AC;? Although Henderson has had more than his share of success over the years, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still motivated to keep getting behind the wheel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we love to do. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been around it my whole life,â&#x20AC;? said Henderson, who is now racing a sport mod as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to keep up. My dad really lives for it. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually what keeps me going, he works on the cars all winter long while Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m racing.â&#x20AC;? While Alexander and Henderson have a lot of wins under their belts, they certainly arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only contenders in the stock car class. Between the two of them, they named Gregg Mann, Geoff Mann, Sterling LaBatte, Dale LaBatte, Austin Daae and Tanner Matthewson as some of the other drivers to look out for. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That class is getting better and better in Estevan

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get there first and hold them off, fantastic,â&#x20AC;? Alexander added. Those guys will be gunning for Alexander and Henderson, and the targets on their backs, in 2013.

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RT4 May 22, 2013

Estevan Mercury

Fast 40 emerging as â&#x20AC;&#x153;premier eventâ&#x20AC;? Since its inception five years ago, the $3,000-to-win, 40-lap feature now known as the McComb Automotive Fast 40 has become a big hit with drivers. The Fast 40 is one of the biggest events on the Estevan Motor Speedway race calendar each year, attracting drivers from all over the United States. Track president Lynn Trobert said the thinking when the race was introduced in 2009 was to increase the American presence at the track. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted something to bring these drivers up here. The American races, their purses arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that high. Our

purses are very high compared to what the Americansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; are,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a chance to win $3,000, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to drive a long way to come up and race.â&#x20AC;? Arizona Mechanical sponsored the race for the first two years. It was known as the Auto Value Fast 40 in 2011 before McComb took over the title sponsorship. Originally, the pot was $5,000, all to the winning driver. The prize money was then split up to give $3,000 to the winner, $2,000 to the second-place finisher and $1,000 for third place. For the first four years of the Fast 40, it ran on the

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weekend before the Estevan stop on the Dakota Classic Modified Tour, which usually falls on a Monday or Tuesday. That amplified the hoped-for results, with many American drivers who compete on the mod tour also coming up for the 40-lap tune-up beforehand. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the last few years, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been before the mod tour, so there were actually drivers coming from Nebraska, Iowa and all over the map,â&#x20AC;? said Sidney, Mont., driver Hank Berry, who is a regular challenger on the mod tour and won it last year after running third in the Fast 40. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best of the best coming from a lot of different places on the U.S. side, and the same up there in Canada. It definitely makes it a premier event.â&#x20AC;? Trobert noted itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big deal for the local drivers as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They look forward to it. Some of them even go so far as to change their paint scheme for it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good night. They know the crowd is there behind them. Everybody always wants the local drivers to win it.â&#x20AC;? Last year, the Fast 40 was moved up to June at

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the request of the mod tour, feeling that the feature took away from the lustre of the tour stop. However, the June date was rained out, and the event ended up taking place on its normal weekend. But this year there is little choice in the matter. The mod tour has added Jamestown to its list of host tracks, and the tour begins there on the Saturday, which is the same night the Fast 40 would normally be held. So it will take place on June 15, on the second night of the NSTR Super Trucks doubleheader. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was beyond our control. We liked it better then, but the mod tour this year has changed. The starting and everything else

has changed on it, so that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t possible. We were just fortunate enough to do it for three years without getting screamed at,â&#x20AC;? said Trobert. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We worked (the trucks) in with the $3,000 to win (feature), so thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really exciting. I think the $3,000 to win draws a good crowd, so we should have a good crowd both nights because a lot of people want to see what those trucks are about.â&#x20AC;? Berry said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning to come up for the Fast 40, despite the date change. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of the guys that drive a lot further to come to the mod tour, maybe they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come up. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t speak for them. But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m definitely planning on coming. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get a good turnout. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just

looking forward to it and looking forward to getting back to Estevan. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get up there very much in a summer, but that trackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been pretty decent to me over the years. (There are) a lot of good people up there to hang out with. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just like going to the bigger shows like that. To me, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re more challenging, you got stiffer competition. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty gratifying if a guy does win some of those shows. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a challenge and the money doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for sure,â&#x20AC;? Berry added. Although some American drivers may stop coming, Trobert said some of the racers from further south â&#x20AC;&#x153;have said that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re committed to coming.â&#x20AC;?

Jay Noteboom of Hinton, Iowa, has been one of many American challengers to make the trek to Estevan for the Fast 40 in recent years.

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A look back at the 2012 season Although it got off to a slow start, it was an eventful season at Estevan Motor Speedway in 2012. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a look at some of the highlights from last year: NOTABLE The year got off to a nightmarish start for the Speedway, as the first four race dates of the season were rained out. One of them was the McComb Automotive Fast 40, and another was wiped out when the rain began to fall in buckets in the evening after a bright, sunny day. *** Cars finally hit the track for the season opener on June 29, nearly two months after the originally scheduled opener. Spencer Wilson earned his first mod win at any track in the feature, passing Marlyn Seidler on the second-last lap. Willistonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Joe Flory took the stock car feature after getting past

Rocky Alexander late to grab the checkered flag. In the hobby feature, Michael Dionne moved into the lead on the fifth lap and never gave it up. *** The season slate ramped up quickly after the belated start, with the rescheduled McComb Automotive Fast 40 taking place on July 7. Aaron Turnbull won the $3,000-towin mod feature by retaking the lead from Travis Hagen with three laps left. Hagen had passed him on lap 28. Austin Daae won the stock car feature after passing Flory on lap 13, while Brad King passed Dustin Byler in the second half of the hobby feature to win that one. *** Estevanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual stop on the Dakota Classic Modified Tour came three days later, as drivers from all over the United States crossed the border to hit the track at EMS.

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Hank Berry of Sidney, Mont., was cruising to victory when a yellow flag came out with four laps to go. He managed to hold off Steve Arpin to win, and he would later win the entire tour. Tyson Turnbull was the highest Estevan finisher on the tour, taking fourth spot, 26 points behind Berry. In the stock car feature, Minotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steven Pfeifer took the lead early and survived a couple of cautions to earn the win. In the hobby feature, Willistonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eric Sinness passed Brad King on the second-last lap of a caution-filled race. *** The weather intervened again on July 21 when a thunderstorm began to move in. King had just won the hobby feature and the modified B-main had just gotten underway when track officials decided to cut the program short in the interest of fansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; safety. The grandstands emptied quickly as the storm moved in. *** The stock and mod features were rescheduled on Aug. 3 to run prior to the race program already slated for that night, making for a long evening of racing. It was a big night for Aaron Turnbull and Alexander. Turnbull finished second before father Ed in the first mod feature, then won the second one. Alexander won both stock features on the program. King would win the hobby feature for his second straight victory. *** A week later, Mike Hagen capped off a tough couple of days with a mod feature win. Earlier in the day, the Williston driver and his son Travis, also a mod racer at EMS, had been pallbearers at the funeral of a close

friend. Hagen started second and held the lead virtually start to finish. Kelly Henderson, who had been running near the top of the point standings all year, picked up his first 2012 win at EMS by outlasting Alexander for the win. Meanwhile, Sinness continued a strong year by winning the hobby feature ahead of King. Sinness continued his trend of finishing first or second in each of his five appearances at EMS to that point. *** Monster trucks took centre stage at EMS on Aug. 15, with the Monster Shootout attracting a large crowd. The program included a monster truck show, a stunt bike exhibition and a Tuff Truck competition for local drivers. Roughly 1,400 people showed up. *** Although championship night in 2011 was graced by the presence of Jay Onrait and Dan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Toole, the season-ending program in 2012 proved to be just as eventful. Aaron Turnbull entered the evening with a 20-point lead in the season mod standings. By qualifying for the feature, he mathematically locked up the title â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or so everyone thought. However, a dustup with Joey Galloway and Mason Big Eagle late in the race resulted in Turnbull losing the championship because of an incident for the second time in three years. And just like the previous time, his brother Tyson ended up with the title after coming all the way from 25th to finish second in the feature. Their father Ed ended up winning the race in a cakewalk. â&#x2021;˘ Pg 6

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Memorable season at Speedway â&#x2021;  Pg 6 Meanwhile, Alexander earned his third straight stock car championship. He led Henderson by five points entering the night, and the two stuck to each other like glue throughout the feature. Alexander ended up finishing second in the race, with Henderson right behind him in third. Robby Rosselli won the race. In the hobby feature, Gary Goudy Sr. came from behind to take the championship, overcoming a sevenpoint deficit to get past Blaine Durward. Goudy finished sixth in the feature, which was won by Brock Beeter for the second straight night. *** Although the points races were done for the season, there were still three popular events to come in September. For the second straight year, an enormous crowd came out to watch the Eve of Destruction. The event featured a combine demolition derby in 2011, but this time around the main attraction was a figure eight trailer race. With each

driver hauling a trailer at least six feet long, mayhem ensued and the track soon became covered in debris. Brian Wenzel was the last driver standing. Meanwhile, Karson Dixon took the rollover contest and Devin Shirley won the truck pull. *** The next weekend saw two more events to close out the year. On Saturday, the Kickinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Up The Dirt special featured the INEX Legend cars from the Dakota Legends series, along with races in all three regular classes. The annual enduro race took place the next day, with a massive group of 71 cars hitting the track to smash one another up. The track was littered with bumpers, a tire and other random parts. Mike Zohner was the winner, completing 104 laps by the time the 90 minute race was over. *** The Speedway held its annual awards banquet on Oct. 27. Matt Kutz (modified), James Frayn (stock car) and Leevi Runge (hobby

Devin Raynard escapes from his vehicle after a rollover during a race program on Aug. 24. stock) were named the trackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rookies of the year. The Clint Prette Memorial Award, which rewards commitment, loyalty and sportsmanship, was given to stock driver Geoff Mann. Saskatchewan comedian Dez Reed provided the entertainment. QUOTABLE â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the heat race, I was a little bit nervous. It was a pretty heavy track. But it was nice to see that the track kind of slicked off a little bit, not a whole lot, but it made it so a guy can move around on the track and do some passing.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Minotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spencer Wilson on earning his first career victory in the season opener at EMS on June 29.

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EMS slate heats up in August â&#x2021;  Pg 6 There were multiple grooves, it was smooth, it was a really good race track they had. They deserve a lot of credit, the guys who prep the track, because I know it takes a lot of work to do that and get a race track right. They did a fantastic job.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Hank Berry of Sidney, Mont., on taking third place in the Fast 40. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was tough because it was winding down, here I am kind of cruising, and then all of a sudden, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;man, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re coming, now theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be all over me.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Berry on surviving a late caution to win the Estevan leg of the Dakota Classic Modified Tour. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a lot of fun. I wish we could do that more often. I wish we ran here more. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got such a nice track in Estevan, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really no better place around here.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Aaron Turnbull on taking a pair of top-two finishes in the extended Aug. 3 program, after a slow start to the year for EMS due to the rainouts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell you how much it meant to me to win that one Friday night. It meant the world to me, that win.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mike Hagen on wrapping up an emotional week with a victory on Aug. 10. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nobody wants to be the guy who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get the last push or shove in. It started Friday night, but I think

(the feud) started many races before that. In a nutshell, the three cars were DQâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. Think of it as five minutes for fighting and a game misconduct. Everybody that was involved got the same penalty. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll send an report to the IMCA (International Motor Contest Association) and if they want to take supplemental action, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be up to the governing body.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; EMS past-president David Mack on the controversial incident involving Turnbull, Galloway and Big Eagle on championship night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was definitely a bit of a surprise, yeah. Honestly, I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t looked at the points all year until the end of the race Saturday, when they told me there was a possibility I might end up with the championship. I just found the right holes to get around those guys. Usually Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m real patient, but I really didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t waste any time with anybody. Usually Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not real good through traffic like that, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of my brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s specialty.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tyson Turnbull on coming from 25th to finish second in the feature and win the season championship. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see who was behind me at all, so I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what kind of a margin I had. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had an excellent season. I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s around 15 wins between the three of us. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever had a year like this before.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ed Turnbull on winning the final points feature of the year and wrapping up a successful season for the family.

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Estevan Mercury

Trackside gearing up for new MX season With an agonizingly long winter finally having left us (knock on wood), the Southeast Corner Racing Circuit and Trackside MX Park are preparing to start another new season. The SCRC schedule begins on June 1 in Carlyle. It will run slightly deeper into the fall than usual, with Weyburn hosting the final race program of the year on Oct. 5. Weyburn will also host the year-end awards banquet that day, a departure from past years when Estevan always played host. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We asked Weyburn to have the year-end banquet. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been having it here every year. We figured it was time for them to finally do the work, and also spread it around for families in the area,â&#x20AC;? said Trackside president Chris Istace. Although Weyburn is hosting the wrap-up event, Estevanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two races will remain later in the schedule. The first program at Trackside will come during the annual Pure Energy Weekend in late August, with racers hitting the track Aug. 24. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such a great weekend. You catch car people that come for the

Shelby Eagles (19) and Zach Olmstead ripped up some dirt during the Sept. 29 races at Trackside MX last fall. Racers powered through heats in the morning, before moving on to the afternoonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finals. bikes, and the bike people get to catch great car races. It just brings more people to the community and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great as well,â&#x20AC;? Istace said of the annual celebration of racing in the Energy City. He said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like Trackside to be more involved with the downtown

car show that takes place on Saturday during the Pure Energy Weekend, but the races at the park take place that day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfortunately, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always busy at the track,â&#x20AC;? he said. The other Estevan race day takes place Sept. 14.

Instead of wrapping up the season, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the third-last program on the schedule, with the circuit visiting Carlyle on Sept. 21. Oxbow will host a motocross doubleheader July 6-7, and Carlyle will be the location for a two-day MX school taking place

June 15-16. After redoing some sections of the Trackside course in 2011, Istace said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happy with the general layout now. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The track is in really good shape, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a matter of opening it each year and cleaning it up and

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tidying it up. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re happy with the layout, the way itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be this year.â&#x20AC;? As for the riders themselves, he expects numbers in the younger classes to continue to grow. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think (entries) might be up, actually. Local-wise, tons of new people are popping up to the track and I think there might be some more interest for those grassroots, first-time racers. I think we might be able to find a few more.â&#x20AC;? Still, Istace has said all along that he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want the SCRC or the local course to get too big, and he reiterated that thought, saying he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to compete with the provincial MX circuit for riders. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to get much bigger. We want to keep it low-key, relaxed and fun. I guess itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a mixed blessing. We do see (some coming from the provincial series). â&#x20AC;&#x153;But then, we might see some of our riders progressing to that series. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve grown up through our series and gotten really good and competitive, and not that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better riders there, but they may want to race against more people across the province.â&#x20AC;?

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Two cars get ready to rip down the track during the EDRAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s season finale at the Estevan Municipal Airport.

Wheels moving on new track for EDRA After years of slow, incremental progress, the Estevan Drag Racing Association appears to be getting much closer to the construction of a new track. Having acquired the land and completed a business plan, EDRA officials are now pushing forward. An invitational meeting will be held May 24 to gauge the level of corporate support for the venture, which would see the new track be built just north of Estevan Motor Speedway. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A number of companies have shown quite a bit of interest in being involved in making this thing happen. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to try to open the door for a bunch of more people to be involved,â&#x20AC;? said EDRA secretary and past-president Jim Forrest. Among the people coming for the meeting are Phil Gingerich, the track development director for the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA), and Ron Colson, CEO of Track Planning Associates, who did the build plan for the project. Forrest said the level of corporate support will determine how quickly the group can be holding races on the new track, with

the best-case scenario being 2014. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That probably solely depends on the kind of support we get. If we get that major support, we could probably be racing next spring. We could get at it and get it done,â&#x20AC;? he said. The most important thing is obtaining the means to lay down the actual track. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The initial thing is you have to get the goods and services, or funding or whatever in place to actually lay down your track. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that has to happen in one piece. A drag strip has to maintain its levelness, its straightness, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to build with multiple pieces. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a major, major part of your whole plan,â&#x20AC;? said Forrest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve dotted our iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and crossed our tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to the point where we can show that this is a viable thing. That was absolutely important to us as an organization too. We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to build a race track and five years from now, have grass growing over it. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got the numbers that say that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to happen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If any place can do it, Estevan can. I honestly believe that. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absolutely no better place in the world to tackle a project

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spirit in Estevan makes it possible to have projects like that. Drag racing is something that has been kinda lacking in this corner of the province,â&#x20AC;? said Forrest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a family thing too,â&#x20AC;? Hoffart added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just one individual, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a whole family. They start at eight (years old) and they can race junior dragsters. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to bring the family together and parents spend time with their kids. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great sport to be involved in.â&#x20AC;? As for this year at the Estevan Municipal Airport, the season opener is June 16 and the third annual Dennis Neelin Memorial goes July 14. The season finale on Aug. 25 will feature the Emergency West twin-engine wheel-stander. Forrest said it has two blown alcohol engines mounted in the back, with 3500 horsepower. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From everything Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve watched, from videos of him, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a tremendous show. This is something people are going to want to come and see.â&#x20AC;?

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Estevan Mercury

Trackside MX EDRA 2012 winners 2012 winners Aug. 25 125 Class, Kade Anderson Open A, Bryce Reynolds Open B, Brett Foster Open C, Jeff Morgan Vet, Bryce Reynolds Women, Kate Lees Youth, Tyson Wall Beginner, Jericho Rachul Super mini, William Merrett 85 cc, William Merrett 65 cc, Jordan Hillrich 50 cc, Noah Jacobson

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June 24 Quick 16, Bryon Ludlam A side,Tim Bowers Street tire, Matthew Gervais Bikes, Glen Schiml Junior dragster, Alyssa Doerr

July 15 Quick 16, Skip Zentner A side, Jake McCaw Street tire, Ron Frayn Bikes, Dave Krahn Junior dragster, Brooke Striha

Aug. 26 Quick 16, Bryon Ludlam A side, Jake McCaw Street tire, Ron Frayn Bikes, Glen Schiml Junior dragster, Amanda Wilson

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Estevan Motor Speedway 2013 schedule

Southeast Corner Racing Circuit 2013 schedule

Saturday, June 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Regular points night Friday, June 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; NSTR Super Trucks Saturday, June 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; NSTR Super Trucks and $3,000 to win feature Friday, June 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Can-Am Shootout Night 1 Monday, July 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dakota Classic Modified Tour Saturday, July 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Regular points night Tuesday, July 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Late models Friday, Aug. 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Regular points night Friday, Aug. 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Championship night Friday, Sept. 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Eve of Destruction Sunday, Sept. 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Enduro race

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ALL-TIME WINS Here are the top 10 drivers in all-time wins in each class at Estevan Motor Speedway:

HOBBY STOCKS 1. Dana Brandt â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 10 T2. Daryle Runge â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 8 T2. Davin Emmel â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 8 T4. Chris Scholpp â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 6 T4. Alvin Dube â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 6 T6. Les McLenehan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 5 T6. Gregg Mann â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 5 T6. Rob Curtis â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 5 T9. Brad Lisafeld â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 4 T9. Aaron Turnbull â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 4 T9. Owen Bourassa â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 4 T9. Noel Dube â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 4 T9. Brock Beeter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 4

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STREET STOCKS 1. Kelly Henderson â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 16 2. Rocky Alexander â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 12 3. Nathan Burke â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 8 4. Gregg Mann â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 4 T5. Wyatt Olson â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 3 T5. Robby Rosselli â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 3 T7. Bruce Rudland â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 2 T7. Joe Flory â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 2 16 tied at â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 1

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