Sleds soar in Selkirk

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:16 PM ET

Snowmobiles will be flying in Selkirk this weekend.

The NorthWest Racing Association, a regional snocross circuit that covers Manitoba and Ontario, is stopping at Selkirk Park today and tomorrow.

Race co-ordinator Laura Stuart guarantees plenty of excitement for fans.

"Our tracks are a little bit different than the (World Snocross Association) one, where our guys get lots of big air," Stuart said. "The whole front stretch in front of the grandstand is big air, and they'll be passing each other in the air."

100 COMPETITORS

More than 100 competitors will compete in heats today, and the hotly contested finals will go down tomorrow.

Action begins both days at 11 a.m. and is expected to wrap up at around 3 p.m.

In addition to the fast-paced racing action, freestyle snocrossers will put on trick-filled shows during the intermissions.

Stuart's own son, Lee Stuart, the FSX 2005 world champion, will be one of three freestylers entertaining spectators on man-made jumps that will propel them 40 feet in the air and 75 feet down the track.

"It's huge air," Stuart said.

The NWRA is a developmental loop for the WSA, which makes an annual stop in Winnipeg each winter. Premier WSA rider Robbie Malinoski, of Humboldt, Sask., is an NWRA alumnus.

"We're one of the stepping stones to the national events," Stuart said.

Tickets are $10 at the gate, parking is free and those under five get in free.


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