OGDEN -- The early months of 2013 will be remembered for their harsh cold conditions in the Top of Utah.
But while the ice and wind and piles and piles of snow slowed the state's chariot racing organizations, the drivers and teams persevered through weekly racing and now will gather to crown their Utah state championship.
The 2013 Utah State Chariot Racing Championships will be staged Saturday and Sunday at the Weber County Fairgrounds track.
The top teams from the state's seven associations will compete in eight divisions for bragging rights and the chance to move on to the 2013 Cutter and Chariot Racing World Championships, set for late March at this same track.
Action begins at noon both days, with the first division title race expected about 3 p.m. on Sunday. Concessions are available at the track facility.
The weather has impacted Saturday racing this past season, with a couple of sessions canceled or postponed. Still, the track is expected to be groomed and ready for racing on Saturday.
A year ago, Ekstrom and Gift, out of the Golden Spike Association, beat KBG Racing out of the Nebo Association and Jess and Grant from the Bear River Association for the first division championship.
Wasatch Pallet No. 1 of the Skyline Association also figures to be in the hunt this year.
Other associations include Beehive, Tooele Valley, Utah Valley and Wasatch Slopes.
The world title was won by an Idaho team last year, the first time since 2007 that a Utah team didn't win.