2017 Racing Schedule
Sunday May 7 - Street Legal
Saturday May 13 - Street Legal
Friday May 26 - Street Legal
Saturday May 27 - Test and Tune
Sunday May 28 - Season Opener/Points Race #1
Friday June 9 - Street Legal
Saturday June 10 - Points Race #2
Sunday June 11 - Points Race #3
Land of Leaders #1
Friday June 23 - Street Legal
Saturday June 24 - Points Race #4
Provincial Champ #1
Sunday June 25 - Points Race #5
Friday July 7 - Street Legal
Saturday July 8 - Points Race #6
Provincial Champ #2
Sunday July 9 - Points Race #7
Land of Leaders #2
Friday July 21 - Street Legal
Saturday July 22 - IDP Diesel Race
Sunday July 23 - IDP Diesel Rain Out Date
Friday August 4 - Super Run Vintage Drags
Saturday August 5 - Points Race #8
Provincial Champion #3
Sunday August 6 - Points Race #9
Land of the Leader #3
Wednesday August 16 - Street Legal
Thursday August 17 - Pitting/Tech
Friday August 18 - Points Race #10
Saturday August 19 - Feature Event - Race Points #11
Land of the Leaders #4
Friday August 25 - Street Legal
Saturday August 26 - Rain Out Dates
Sunday August 27 - Rain Out Dates
Saturday September 9 - Points Race #12
Sunday September 10 - Season Final/Points Race #13
Provincial Champ #4
Sunday September 17 - Street Legal
Sunday September 24 - Street Legal
Saturday September 30 - Street Legal
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.