With the bright lights of another big season of racing behind them, the Estevan Motor Speedway is looking forward to next year and looking back on the one that was.
"We could have had some better weather for the first half, but other than that, I thought we had a really great year. We had a lot of cool, unique events, and we had a real fun, positive atmosphere at the track. I was really happy with that," said President Byron Ficther.
Among the highlights from 2018 was the first stop of the Tougher Than Dirt tour featuring Sports Mods, and the Sprint Car event in which Estevan driver Kyle Fedyk broke the track speed record at an average of 107 MPH. The Dakota Classic Modifieds made their way through town, as did the Dirt Wars series. All this, not to mention some tight, last-second drama in the regular racing program.
In 2019, Fichter noted that the Speedway will be focusing on improving its product within the confines of the local economy.
"We had to make some changes. I think at first they were met with a little bit of question, but we have a really smart team...that has really good focus, and we were able to have a successful year despite how things have been. You have to find different ways of doing things and making it feasible, and making it economically sound to do so."
"The other thing is, we'll just focus on having more fun. Dirt track racing is...not a 'good ol' boys' club per se, but it's a good old fun time, get some dirt in your hair and have a cold beverage. That's our focus, is just have fun," he added.