“We had a quick meeting and basically it was handled and wrapped up on a handshake that afternoon sort of thing.”
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The name of the game is racing, but the name of the track has been changed.
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Make way for Sutherland Automotive Speedway, which officially takes over from the old Wyant Group Raceway as the home track of the Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Association.
After six years under the Wyant name, the track will spend the next five or more seasons under the Sutherland Automotive label as Sutherland Automotive assumes naming rights to the member-owned racetrack located north of Saskatoon near the Highway No. 12.
The two parties have reached an agreement that runs from the upcoming 2022 season to the 2026 racing season.
“Wyant Group was amazing,” said SSCRA Marketing Manager Neil Schneider. “They were great partners to work with. No problem there. With COVID and everything else down, it was time for them to take a step back and go in another direction. I contacted (co-owner of Sutherland Automotive) Eric (Knogler). We had a quick meeting and basically it was handled and concluded on a handshake that sort of thing in the afternoon.
“Like everything else right now, it’s a breath of fresh air, right?”
The SSCRA and Bridge City Speedway Inc., is a volunteer member-run organization in existence since 1962, established to provide and promote the spirit of racing excitement for racing fans and enthusiasts in the community.
Sutherland Automotive Speedway is set to host Pinty’s NASCAR Series again in 2022 with further details to be released in the spring.
“Our season is in place right now,” Schneider said. “We have NASCAR coming back, the last Wednesday in July, as well as we changed the name on our super late models – they’re now called pro league models – so they’re actually having a big event and we’re gonna take it off this on August 6 and it will be a payment of $25,000.
“It’s going to be one of the biggest in Western Canada right now.”
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