It was a highflying, high octane, highspeed weekend at the Swift Current Airport dragstrip as the Swift Current Drag Racing Association (SCDRA) hosted another great set of races. 

With more than 100 cars revving up on the track on the first day, the bleachers were overflowing with onlookers enjoying concession meals and entertainment. 

Al Kaufmann, secretary for the SCDRA, said the weather was perfect for two jam-packed days of burning rubber. 

“It's not like it's just a cookie cutter type of sport,” he said. “There's trucks, there's cars, there's diesel trucks, there's like my little crazy dragster, there's all kinds of stuff to see. And the people are all so happy to just be here and have an event and a venue like this.”

Folks at the races on Saturday were witness to a bit of an explosion on the dragstrip.

car 'explosion' drag races - alex kozroskiPhoto by Alex Kozroski

Ryan Hurrell, the driver, posted a comment on the SCDRA Facebook group stating, "I was driving the car and should have just left the line the way my instincts told me to." He added that due to sitting on the transbrake too long, the front seal melted onto the exhaust, causing the explosion.

While Sunday is always a bit slower according to Kaufmann, both days had their victors. 

Saturday’s categories and winners are as follows: 

  • Sportsman: Ron Frayn, Weyburn 
  • Pro: Jesse Langley, Swift Current 
  • Super Pro: Conlie Will, Dunmore, AB 
  • Junior Dragster: Emma Mackinnon, Southey 
  • Junior Street: Brooklynn Endicott, McTaggart 

Sunday’s winners for each category include: 

  • Sportsman: Jarrod Vance, Moose Jaw 
  • Pro: Jesse Langley, Swift Current  
  • Super Pro: Cory Shultz, Swift Current 
  • Junior Dragster: Emma Mackinnon, Southey 
  • Junior Street: Brooklynn Endicott, McTaggart 
  • Buy Backs: Chad Andrews, Hazlet 

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