Stock car racers celebrate 25th anniversary year at awards night
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).
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.