Saskatchewan International Raceway

2018 Racing Schedule

Sunday May 6 - Street Legal
Saturday May 12 - Street Legal
Friday May 25 - Street Legal
Saturday May 26 - Test and Tune
Sunday May 27 - Season Opener/Points Race #1

Friday June 8 - Street Legal
Saturday June 9 - Points Race #2
Sunday June 10 - Points Race #3
Friday June 22 - Street Legal
Saturday June 23 - Points Race #4
Sunday June 24 - Points Race #5

Friday July 13 - Street Legal
Saturday July 14 - Points Race #6
Sunday July 15 - Points Race #7
Friday July 20 - Street Legal
Saturday July 21 - IDP Diesel Race
Sunday July 22 - IDP Diesel Rain Out Date

Friday August 3 - Street Legal
Free Spectator Weekend
Saturday August 4 - Points Race #8
    Free Spectator Weekend
Sunday August 5 - Points Race #9
    Free Spectator Weekend
Wednesday August 15 - Street Legal
Thursday August 16 - Pitting/Tech
Friday August 17 - Points Race #10
Saturday August 18 - Feature Event - Race Points #11
    Southwinds Showdown
    Fastest Streetcar Shootout
Sunday August 19 - Feature Rain Out Date TBD
Friday August 24 - Street Legal
Saturday August 25 - Rain Out Dates
Sunday August 26 - Rain Out Dates

Saturday September 8 - Points Race #12
Sunday September 9 - Season Final/Points Race #13
Sunday September 16 - Street Legal
Sunday September 23 - Street Legal
Sunday September 30 - Street Legal

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The History of Saskatchewan International Raceway

Did you know that SIR is Western Canada’s oldest drag strip? It has only had two owners and out lived tracks in every other major city in western Canada?

Built in 1966 by Les Howard, it was first called “Southwinds Dragway” and later changed to “Saskatoon International Raceway”. In 1986, the Saskatchewan Drag Racing Association (SDRA) became the track operators and changed the name to “Saskatchewan International Raceway”. In 1993, the SDRA made the first down payment to Les Howard towards purchase of the track, and thus started a series of facility improvements including a new computer timing system, racing surface, win boards and guardrail.

In the ‘70’s SIR was a regular stop for the touring race teams during the match racedays. This was time when racecars and their drivers had names that become what legends and memories are made from. It was during this popular time that Jerry “The King” Ruth, “240 Gordie” Bonin, Rob Bruins in the “Green Elephant, Jeb Allen and the “Praying Mantis”, Terry Capp and his “Wheeler Dealer”, and “Gentlemen” Hank Johnson all made regular stops at SIR.

The ‘80’s saw several changes for SIR when veteran Super Stock racer Vic Halabura took on the task as Track Operator. He started a “High School Program” and also ran several feature events that showcased everything from Pro stock cars to Jet Dragsters.

In ’84 the track once again had new operators, Dave and Charlotte Collins, who maybe best known for the running of the “Ultimate Weekends”. The events featured both drag racing and truck and tractor pulling. The location of the pull track was beside the drag strip and offered fans both the excitement of watching alcohol dragsters, mini tractors, bracket cars and pullers of every class imaginable.

Since 1986 when the SDRA took over operations of the track, we have run regular Points Series, Street Legal Program and host 2 major Feature Events.

The SDRA, which is made up of approximately 250 members, continues to own and operate SIR. We have played host to some of the sports biggest names while earning a reputation as one of the “best organized” and “most fun places to race”; a testament to everyone from Les Howard to today’s staff and racers.

Photos below courtesy of Garry Owen, Thanks. We think the year was 1968.