For the first time since 1985, Saskatchewan held an Ice Oval race. The last time ice oval racing occured, the sleds were not vintage, but brand new, On February 19th 2012, the roar of the same engines rang off the ice to the enjoyment of the nearly 300 spectators.
Beautify weather and excellent track conditions were present when about 35 vintage race sleds took to the ice for a great day of racing. Many different brands of sleds were present from single cylinder Ski Doos, to Super Modified Polaris RXLs as well as rare Rupp Nitros, and Arctic Cat Formula IIs. The day ran 20 classes of races ranging from Single cylinder Stock to IFS, to Open Super Mod and every class in between, before the Premier Race, the Saskatchewan Championship Race was run. The Premier Saskatchewan Championship race was a 10 lap race that featured 10 sleds competing in it. The 2012 Saskatchewan Champion was Brice Olson, from Nipawin Saskatchewan on a 1977 Arctic Cat Z 340.
The day was a massive success, and posative reviews were reported around the board post race. Organizers are working on hosting a 2 race series in Saskatchewan next year and a very impressive showing of racers is expected.
We would like to thank the many sponsors that made this race possible, for with out them it never would have happened, Intech Graphics, Northstar Skis, KG Fitzgearld Pub and Grill, and Vicon ENT.
Oval racing is back, and strong in Saskatchewan!