Thursday, 09 May 2013 09:58

Dirt racing gets under way in Speedy Creek this weekend

Written by  Matthew Liebenberg
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For anyone looking for speed and action on Mother’s Day —the dirt racing track in Swift Current is the perfect place to be this weekend.

The Speedy Creek Racing Association (SCRA) will start a full season of racing with their season opener on May 12.
Racing will get under way at 2 p.m. in the Thunder Trucks, Hobby Stocks and Street Stocks. SCRA media spokesperson Dale Johnson is expecting a good field of cars in each division, but the exact numbers will only be clear on race day.
“We’re never sure, but I’ve heard the Street Stocks count is up quite a bit,” he said. “The trucks should be about the same.”
There will also be racing in the Powder Puff and Mechanics classes to give those who are usually watching the races an opportunity to experience it.
“We’re trying to get more Mechanics and Powder Puff races to get some more of the people involved that don’t normally race,” he said.
There will be a total of 10 race days this season on nine weekends. In a change from last year, the spectacular IMCA Modifieds will only be racing five times this season instead of every race.
“The Mods used to be a kind of special race day but then when we made them a part of the regular it just wasn’t so special for the fans anymore,” he explained.
The fast and loud Sportsman Sprints will also not be making an appearance in Swift Current this season.
“We’re kind of going back to the roots,” he said. “We’re sticking with what our club can do and pushing the Mechanics and Powder Puffs, trying to get a few more people interested in racing.”
According to Johnson, the club is thinking about hosting a special race weekend next year to attract different racing classes that are normally not seen in Swift Current, but with no local racers taking part.
“When we try to do it when we got our own racers racing it’s so hard to get things done,” he said. “There’s not enough volunteers and it’s hard for the racers to get involved and they would like to watch some of this stuff too.”
The racing in the different classes should be competitive this season as a result of some rule changes to allow more modifications to engines and suspensions. For example, the trucks are allowed to fit a Posi-Trac rear end, which is a type of limited slip differential.
“The first two years, it was just your ordinary basic truck,but then you’re not going around the corners when you’re bouncing and jumping,” he explained. “The drive wheels are sometimes in the air. So this way with the Posi-Trac they’ve got both wheels driving and that will make the handling a lot better around the corners.”
The club will try to attract some younger race fans and their families to the track this season. It will host box car races for children in three different age categories at the Aug. 25 event.
The racing classes will be Mini (2-4 years), Hobby (5-8 years) and Street (9-12 years).
Interested young racers can already register and the rules and construction instructions for building their box cars are available on the SCRA website.
The club will soon announce more detail about the SCRA Junior Pit Crew on the website. Young race fans will be able to sign up online and there will be special giveaways and prizes at race events.
Johnson is hoping to see a lot of fans at the races this season.
“We’re really trying to put on good shows and hopefully the weather co-operates this year,” he said. “I know the last few years the weather hasn’t been all that great.”

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