Stock car rac­ers cel­e­brate 25th an­niver­sary year at awards night

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Swift Current - BY MATTHEW LIEBEN­BERG— mlieben­berg@prairiepost.com

Mem­bers and sup­port­ers of the Swift Cur­rent Stock Car As­so­ci­a­tion (SCSCA) cel­e­brated the end of the club's 25th an­niver­sary sea­son at the wind-up and awards night at the Ea­gles Hall, Oct. 27.

The evening was an op­por­tu­nity to look back at the 2018 sea­son's rac­ing achieve­ments and to re­flect on the as­so­ci­a­tion's his­tory.

A va­ri­ety of mem­o­ra­bilia, an­nual pro­grams, pho­tos and news­pa­per clip­pings were on dis­play and af­ter the awards pre­sen­ta­tion there was a fun quiz chal­lenge dur­ing which par­tic­i­pants had to find in­for­ma­tion about the club from these items.

The out­go­ing ex­ec­u­tive was ac­knowl­edged and the ex­ec­u­tive for 2019 was an­nounced dur­ing the awards pre­sen­ta­tion.

Trevor Monk, who was a mem­ber of the 2018 ex­ec­u­tive, told the Prairie Post that there were some no­tice­able changes at the start of the 25th an­niver­sary year. The club's name was changed from Speedy Creek Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion to the Swift Cur­rent Stock Car As­so­ci­a­tion and as part of the re­brand­ing the logo was also re­freshed.

There was pos­i­tive feed­back from peo­ple on this name change, which was done to make the as­so­ci­a­tion's name stand out and to make it clear what they are all about.

“Ac­tu­ally we had a lot of peo­ple com­ment on that,” he said. “Speedy Creek Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion re­ally didn't tell any­body what we did. It could be any­thing to the drag rac­ers or the dirt bik­ers. So they were re­ally happy to be spec­i­fied what we were. Ev­ery­body en­joyed the new logo, fresh look and so we had a lot of good com­pli­ments on that.”

Dur­ing the sea­son they tried to get back to ba­sics to host an event that pro­vides en­ter­tain­ment and fun for fam­i­lies.

“As a group we had a cou­ple of bar­be­cues in the pits so ev­ery­body could so­cial­ize and hang out, and that's re­ally where we want to con­tinue to grow is re­ally make sure that it's a fam­ily ori­ented sport,” he said.

In Septem­ber the SCSCA hosted the RP Au­to­mo­tive Cana­dian Mini Cir­cuit races for the first time. The sec­ond race day could not take place due to poor weather, but the event at­tracted new rac­ers and spec­ta­tors to Swift Cur­rent. This rac­ing series started last year with com­pe­ti­tion at the race­ways in Swan River, Man­i­toba, and at Tis­dale and York­ton in Saskatchewan.

“We wanted to see how it was go­ing to work and so luck­ily we were able to get on for the 2018 sea­son and it's been a great thing,” he said. “The pop­u­lar­ity of that cir­cuit is get­ting big­ger. I think on av­er­age there was prob­a­bly about 30 cars per class. Ob­vi­ously for the peo­ple here in Swift Cur­rent that's some­thing to look for­ward to next year, a lot of out of town guys that peo­ple don't know. The cal­i­bre of rac­ing is very high. So it's been re­ally good for the club and the club is def­i­nitely go­ing to take it on for the 2019 to be a part of it too.”

Monk's only re­gret for 2018 is that he did not win the cham­pi­onship ti­tle. He fin­ished sec­ond in the In­no­va­tion Credit Union Street Stock class, which was won by Ste­fan Klym.

Af­ter seven years of com­pe­ti­tion, rac­ing is now in Monk's blood. He ini­tially com­peted in the Hobby Stock class and then moved up to the faster Street Stock di­vi­sion. The rac­ing and com­pe­ti­tion is get­ting tougher ev­ery year.

“Years ago rac­ing was looked at as de­mo­li­tion derby rac­ing, lots of bump­ing, grind­ing and bro­ken stuff,” he said. “What we're see­ing now is a lot of newer age cars and the driv­ers are more con­cen­trat­ing on go­ing three or four cars wide into the cor­ner with­out touch­ing. ... I did a lot of trav­el­ling this year and it's get­ting tighter and tighter out there all the time. So the cal­i­bre of rac­ing is re­ally climb­ing, a lit­tle less ac­ci­dents. Some of the fans re­ally like that car­nage, but I think we're start­ing to change the view on that, where if we can get more cars com­ing within inches of each other and cross­ing the line inches from each other, fans are re­ally start­ing to en­joy that.”

Ja­son Du­c­los was the pres­i­dent of the 2018 ex­ec­u­tive and he will con­tinue in that role for 2019. It was a ban­ner year for him on the track and he won four ti­tles.

He won the Crop Pro­duc­tion Ser­vices and IMCA Mod­i­fieds cham­pi­onship ti­tles in Swift Cur­rent. He was the points win­ner on the RP Au­to­mo­tive Cana­dian Mini Cir­cuit for mod­i­fieds and he also won the Out­look Fall Clas­sic in this rac­ing class.

“Last year we did a lot of changes to my car and I just kept fight­ing it and this year I just got in and drove,” he said. “So we just did a lot more driv­ing in­stead of changes and we seem to go for­ward this year.”

He also feels the com­pe­ti­tion is get­ting tougher ev­ery year and he noted that Swift Cur­rent's Crowe broth­ers are get­ting harder to beat. Brody Crowe fin­ished sec­ond in this year's mod­i­fieds cham­pi­onship in Swift Cur­rent and Car­son Crowe was third, while Tyson Crowe was in fourth spot.

For Du­c­los his first year as SCSCA pres­i­dent was a good build­ing year and he is look­ing for­ward to 2019. The club has a strong core group of rac­ing par­tic­i­pants and fans, but they al­ways want to at­tract more peo­ple to the races.

“We've got some things up our sleeve that we want to try and I think it's go­ing to work,” he said. “As far as mem­bers, we're try­ing to fig­ure out how to get more mem­bers and more peo­ple in the stands.”

They are plan­ning to host the RP Au­to­mo­tive Cana­dian Mini Cir­cuit races and there will prob­a­bly be an­other de­mo­li­tion derby. The sec­ond an­nual de­mo­li­tion derby took place in 2018 and drew an­other big crowd.

“We haven't dis­cussed it, but I think we're go­ing to do an­other one next year be­cause it was a mon­ey­maker and the fans seemed to en­joy it, and the car count this year was triple what it was last year,” he said.

The fol­low­ing awards were pre­sented at the Oct. 27 wind-up and awards night:

Mod­i­fieds cham­pion – Ja­son Du­c­los, 2nd Brody Crowe, 3rd Car­son Crowe; Street Stock cham­pion – Ste­fan Klym, 2nd Trevor Monk, 3rd Tan­ner Levor­son; Pit crew award – Crowe Rac­ing; Award for 25 years of rac­ing – KRT Rac­ing; Rookie of the Year award – Danny Meier (Mod­i­fieds) and Dave Koeth­ler (Street Stock); Best look­ing car – Coty Smith (Mod­i­fieds) and Jesse Schultz (Street Stock); Favourite driver award – Ja­son Du­c­los (Mod­i­fieds) and Des­tiny Klym and Trevor Monk (Street Stock), Sports­man­ship award – Coty Smith (Mod­i­fieds) and Wayne Sad­owski (Street Stock); Wild Throt­tle Fun win­ners – Car­son Crowe (Mod­i­fieds), Tan­ner Levor­son (Street Stock), Terry Fehr and Mike Koeth­ler (Mini Stock).

Pho­tos by Matthew Lieben­berg

The 2019 SCSCA ex­ec­u­tive, from left to right, back row: Ja­son Du­c­los, Rachel Har­ring­ton, Mel­lissa Pax­man, Ali­cia Smith, Clay Nel­son, and Mur­ray Koeth­ler. From left to right, front row: Dy­lan McLach­lan, Car­son Crowe, Coty Smith, and Devon Dyck.

Stock car rac­ers and sup­port­ers en­joyed a re­laxed evening at the an­nual wind-up and awards night, Oct. 27.

Mod­i­fieds cham­pion Ja­son Du­c­los hands his cham­pi­onship jacket to his son Kyler.

The 2018 Street Stock cham­pion Ste­fan Klym ( cen­tre) is flanked by Trevor Monk (at left), who fin­ished the sea­son in sec­ond place, and Tan­ner Levor­son, who ended third in the stand­ings.

Des­tiny Klym and Trevor Monk re­ceived the Street Stock Favourite Driv­ers’ award.

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