It's snow drag


'Iron'.

It's jargon for snowmobile, and on Sunday at Snow Drags 2013 the 'iron' was tearing up the track with every sprint to the finish line.

The Paradise Valley Snowmobile Association out of Dawson Creek holds the races every year as a fundraiser for the club and as a way to unite the region's snowmobiling community. According to organizers, this year's was one of the biggest and fastest it has ever held.

"We've got a lot of big 'iron' this time," said Race Director Mike Hewitt while on site at the Paradise Valley property on Bear Mountain. "Most of the time it was just stock sleds but today we have some Turbos and 800cc units here right now."

PVSA president Richard Cronier noted, "This is just a great event to get the snowmobiling community together and for those that have a competitive side to showdown their iron."

With 13 race classes ranging from Junior to King there was something for everyone, and with over $7,000 in available prize money there was plenty of pocket-change to go around as well. Over 30 racers from as far east as Saskatchewan and as far south as Prince George, B.C. tested their 'iron's' mettle.

In the Junior Class (ages 11-15) it was a Dawson Creek sweep as Nathaniel Ouellet, Etienne Ouellet and Jonathan Cronier finished 1-2-3 respectively.

Other Dawson Creek racers Lee Turner and Mark Sutton were top dogs in two categories they raced in. Turner took first over Meg Gorman of Prince George and Dawson Creek's James Cronier in the 600 Stock Class.

As for Sutton, he claimed the top prizes for both the 800 Modified class and Improved Stock King class. Fellow PVSA member Mike Delesky finished second behind Sutton in the 800 MOD category and Fort St. John's Darren Milner placed third.

Sutton, a longtime local racer, said Snow Drags is a great way for snowmobile enthusiasts to connect through an organized event.

"It's a lot of fun for everybody," said Sutton. "Of course everyone has an absolute blast doing it."

Sutton, who races a 800 Polaris Vertical Escape with nitrous modifications, says that as far as track speed goes Snow Drags boasts one of the fastest around, allowing him to reach speeds upwards of 100mph.

"Our track is usually one of the best," he said. "It all depends on the snow you start with but one nice thing is you never hear a complaint about the track."

Also taking to the track were some 'irons' of days past.

Snow Drags featured a Vintage Snow and Shine, giving spectators a taste of the old.

Collector Randy Derfler had several of his antique sleds on display. Fans voted his 1972 650cc Polaris Starfire as the Best Restored; his 1964 Hus-ski 250cc was named Best Survivor and his rare 1971 Motoski Bullet was chosen as Overall People's Choice.

"There is only five of them known to exist and the other ones are all in storage," said Derfler about the Bullet, which he said is the only one in existence still running.

"This is the only place in the world you'll see one of them run up and down the drag strip."

With snowmobiling on the rise in the region, Cronier says the PVSA is looking at hosting more events in years to come.

"The club itself in Dawson Creek, especially this year, has done very good," Cronier said, noting that club membership has more than tripled from last year.

"Our riders have gone up considerably. There is a lot more guys that are either out riding or buying sleds. Provincially, the Snowmobile Federation for British Columbia is claiming they are up about 10 to 12 percent across British Columbia and hopefully we'll see numbers continue to grow.

"With that there is a lot of enthusiasm within the executive of the [PSVA] to grow the club so we're going to put on more events."

Overall results from Snow Drags are as follows (racers listed with sleds):



700 Stock Class

1st Meg Gorman, Prince George, BC 600 Skidoo Rev

2nd James Cronier, Dawson Creek, BC 600 Polaris RMK

3rd Lee Turner, Dawson Creek, BC 600 Arctic Cat Crossfire

800 Stock Class

1st Colin Simlik, Farmington, BC 800 Polaris PRO

2nd Jeff Giersch, Farmington, BC 800 Polaris PRO

3rd Shaun Janvier, Conklin, AB 800 Arctic Cat

900+ Stock Class

1st Jodi Bourdon, Fort St. John, BC 1000 Arctic Cat M1000

2nd Shaun Janvier, Conklin, AB 800 Arctic Cat

3rd Megen Ketch, Fort St. John, BC 800 Arctic Cat M800

600 Improved Stock Class

1st Verna Quintal Janvier, Conklin, AB 600 Skidoo MXZ

2nd Lee Turner, Dawson Creek, BC 600 Arctic Cat Crossfire

3rd James Cronier, Dawson Creek, BC 600 Polaris RMK

700 Improved Stock Class

1st Verna Quintal Janvier, Conklin, AB 600 Skidoo MXZ

2nd Meg Gorman, Prince George, BC 600 Skidoo Rev

3rd Shaun Janvier , Conklin, AB 700 Arctic Cat F7

800 Improved Stock Class

1st Darren Milner, Fort St. John, BC 798 Skidoo Mach Z

2nd Kevin Zatorski, Lac La Biche, AB 800 Arctic Cat Pro-Climb

3rd Mark Sutton, Dawson Creek, BC 800 Polaris Vertical Escape

900+ Improved Stock Class

1st Darren Milner, Fort St. John, BC 798 Skidoo Mach Z

2nd Trent Strand, Fort St. John, BC 1100 Arctic Cat M1100

3rd Alan Bourdon, Fort St. John, BC 1100 Arctic Cat M1100

600 Modified Class

1st Verna Quintal Janvier, Conklin, AB 600 Skidoo MXZ

2nd Meg Gorman, Prince George, BC 600 Skidoo Rev

3rd Lee Turner, Dawson Creek, BC 600 Arctic Cat Crossfire

700 Modified Class

1st Shaun Janvier, Conklin, AB 700 Arctic Cat F7

2nd Meg Gorman, Prince George, BC 600 Skidoo Rev

3rd Mark Trail, Dawson Creek, BC 670 Skidoo



900+ Modified Class

1st Murray Booth, Chetwynd, BC 1000 Yamaha RX1

2nd Mike Delesky, Dawson Creek, BC 800 Polaris PRO

3rd Mark Sutton, Dawson Creek, BC 800 Vertical Escape

Stock King Class Winner: Colin Simlik, Farmington, BC 800 Polaris PRO

Modified King Class Winner: Murray Booth, Chetwynd, BC 1000 Yamaha RX1

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