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Tech Report

- 11 entries were changed to different classes upon being examined in tech. It’s important to note that not all of these changes were due to tech infractions. Some were due to racers being assisted in entering the best class for their sled. This was a very small number of changes given the large sled turnout. Thanks to all the racers for helping us keep it safe and fair for everyone.

- One sled was required to add air to their rear shock in order to maintain the required rear suspension travel in their sled.

- 3 sleds were required to add small amounts of weight in order to meet the minimum sled/rider weight limit

- 1 sled needed to tape off some additional air inlets that were installed in the sled and not allowed in the classes they entered.

- It was very unfortunate that one sled was not allowed to run due some safety issues with its suspension that couldn’t be addressed prior to the race.


Race Report

- A beautiful sunrise over Bohn Lake greeted the early arrivals for what turned out to be a long fun day of racing in Janvier. With 107 sleds registered, the last few heats were run into the sunset as darkness fell as the race was finishing up. Thanks to all the racers for their assistance in keeping the time between heats to a minimum so that we could finish the race.

- Good Eats – thanks to Chief Vern Janvier for once again being a wonderful host and providing a beef stew and bannock lunch for all. It was delicious.

- Race Mascot – Most of the racers will probably remember the “track dog” that made himself a part of the action for the majority of the day. It sought pets and attention from everyone in the pits, and the spectator area, and on the track, and on the road into the race site, and at presentations, and ….

- Speaking of animals – Our “squirrel herder” at the end of the track had his hands full at this race trying to get the mini sled racers gathered up and going back down the return lane. They kept wanting to tip over at the turn, and run into each other, and one escaped – heading back down lane 2 of the track and took a run at the starter. Luckily the speeds of the 120’s kept the danger to a minimum and the entertainment value to a maximum.

- They’re back and they’re fast – The Rock Hard Racing team of Lance and Tanya Burwash from Flin Flon, Manitoba were out at their first SSRA race of the year and didn’t waste the long trip taking wins in several classes. Congrats to them. This is one team that is almost always on point.

- Speaking of fast – Trevor Higgins piloted a new missile to victory in Outlaw claiming the title of fastest on the lake on this day.

- Safety First – It was a good reminder that stuff happens, as a racer took a bit of a tumble fairly early in his run in lane 4 near the end of the day. Thankfully he was ok and was not hurt in the incident

- Hot Pics - A shout-out and thanks to Denise Amanda Photography who was on site taking photos at the race. She has graciously posted some on-line and they can be viewed at the link HERE.

- Thanks again to our hosts in Janvier and we look forward to seeing you again next year!


Tech Report

- 16 entries were changed to different classes upon being examined in tech. It’s important to note that not all of these changes were due to tech infractions. Some were due to racers being assisted in entering the best class for their sled

- One sled/rider combination was 72 pounds underweight for the entered class and was required to add weight before the race.

- One stock class sled was examined for a possible exhaust system violation. The sled passed as no violation was found.

- For anyone wanting to establish or evaluate their baseline tune, the Relative Air Density before the drivers’ meeting was 100.1%


Race Report

- Some great weather provided for some great racing at Ardmore. The snow was hard and fast and those finding the necessary traction put on a show for the spectators who lined both sides of the track at the excellent Ardmore Motorsports facility.

- The hometown team from 54 North Performance really put on a show making multiple ultra-quick passes on their 1000cc Pro-Sno sled and ended up being fastest of the day, taking the Outlaw final.

- At the other end of the performance spectrum we’d have to point out the Maxceleration Racing team from Calgary. They broke one sled in testing on Saturday which didn’t make the Sunday race as a result. They had a chain drive come apart while crossing the finish line on another sled, and for the second time in two races had to get towed back to the pit area. A third sled of theirs had a cylinder go cold resulting in less than spectacular speeds. And their 4th sled and rider combo just couldn’t get a handle on the track and failed to make the final in a class that they were previously undefeated in prior to this point in the season. Goes to show, you can’t win ‘em all. Better luck next time.

- Great to see the Hall Racing sled from Fort McMurray back out a race. Owner Cheyne Hall was still on the mend from a “lower body injury”, but a hired gun rode his sled to wins in 800 Improved, 1000 Improved, Mtn Improved, and Open Improved picking right up on their winning performance from last season. Congratulations!

- In what proved to be a very popular exhibition race, an Officer from Alberta Fish & Wildlife just couldn’t “Beat The Heat” and lost to an Officer from the local RCMP detachment. The RCMP sled flew down the track with red and blue lights a blazing to take the win in this law enforcement shootout.

Tech Report

- BUSY day in tech. 36 entries were changed to different classes upon being examined in tech. It’s important to note that not all of these changes were due to tech infractions. Many were due to racers being assisted in entering the best class for their sled. Still busy though, there were a lot of items found in tech.

- One rider was underweight for the entered class and was required to add weight before the race.

- One sled failed fuel testing, miserably. Luckily the infraction was found before the start of the race and the fuel was replaced and the sled/rider was able to compete.


Race Report

- After visiting Driftpile for the first time last year, one had a feeling that the second annual event was going to be a winner, and it didn’t disappoint! An awesome turnout of both local area racers and those who came from far away enjoyed a fantastic racing surface, some great food and hospitality, and a large crowd of race fans taking in the action. Hats off to the hosts including Starr Saskamoose who brought the event together.

- Great job again by Don Milot who as announced his 5th SSRA race now this season keeping the racers and fans up to speed on the “High Octane, High Horsepower, SSRA Drag Racing Action!”

- And speaking of 5 races, the Driftpile race takes us just past the halfway point of the season.

- And speaking of seasons, it may have well been Christmas, there were far too many red lights to count.

- Did I mention some racers came from far away? The crew from Hay River made the most of their trip attending both Grande Prairie and Driftpile races. We have to mention one of them in particular, 77 year old Ray Shields was rockin’ it and took home the win in Open Mod 1000!

- Last weekend’s host Dwayne Heinz from Wetaskiwin was on fire and raced his way to 5 wins on his own sleds and another as a hired gun. Nice.

- An indicator of the great local racer turnout, there 15 entries in Amateur Stock 800. That’s a bunch of racing and Jim Simmonds prevailed to take the 1st place finish.

- Which brings me to Mike Simmonds from High Prairie. His 800cc Cat seems to get faster at every race and he took the win this race in Improved 800 against some fast competition. Keep it rolling Mike!

- Thanks Driftpile, see you again next year!

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