ESTEVAN - The Estevan Motor Speedway recognized its award winners, its volunteers and those who have made tremendous contributions to the track during the organization’s annual awards night earlier this month.
The speedway added two new people to its prestigious Wall of Fame: Lynn Trobert and Ed Turnbull.
Trobert has been a dedicated volunteer at the track since 2001, which was the speedway’s second season. It started when she was called and asked if she would be interested in volunteering. That first year, she was among the workers in the parking lot.
In her acceptance speech, Trobert described the track as her happy place, and said she still loves to be there.
Trobert is currently on the track’s executive as the treasurer, and spent a few years as the president.
She current works the front gate. Race weeks are always busy, making sure the volunteer positions are filled. And she’ll do whatever else needs to be done.
Turnbull is well known to local race fans as a driver, but has been a big part of the speedway since the current track opened in 2000, serving as the president and on other board positions.
Turnbull recalls he attended a few races at the old track along Highway 18, across from where the Hidden Valley campground is today. He said he was hooked, as he loved cars and engines, and was an avid dirt biker. After graduating high school, he bought a partially built stock car.
He raced at that old track once, and then competed at the new track at the old airport on Highway 47, until it closed due to mining activity.
Turnbull continued to race in North Dakota.
In 1999 a group was put together to begin construction of the modern Estevan Motor Speedway, working with the design from other tracks where he had competed. He also looked after earthworks and undergrounds.
He is still a volunteer and driver at the track.
As for the track champions, in the High Energy Performance IMCA Hobby Stocks, Landon Runge was the champion and Connor Hansen was the runner-up. Ty Saxon was the top rookie.
Leevi Runge was the champion in the Energy Electric IMCA Sport Mods, and Kyle Scholpp was second. Keenan Glasser was the rookie of the year.
Gregg Mann captured The Floor Store IMCA Stock Car Class, finishing ahead of Chris Hortness.
In the Kendall’s Auto Electric IMCA Modifieds, Kody Scholpp won the track championship, and Tyson Turnbull was the runner-up.
Ryder Raynard won the Goudy Transport Slingshots for the fourth straight year, followed by Cash Saxon. Kolby Fichter was named the top rookie.
The speedway also recognized its tech team, consisting of Dave Millman, Mark Tribiger and Jim Mann, as its Volunteers of the Year. Scholpp took home the sportsmanship award, and Dexter Saxon was named the most improved driver.