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Plenty of Motorsports on tap throughout the Inland Empire this weekend

Two paved ovals, a karting facility, mud bogs and much more are running this weekend across the Inland Norhtwest.

By Doug Pace

The Spokesman-Review

June 20th Weekend News & Notes

Stateline Speedway plays host to the Inland Northwest Super Stock Association and the Hobby Stock class for an evening of family entertainment. Racing gets underway at 6 p.m. with qualifying sessions followed by Trophy Dash, Heat Race and Main Events for both classes.

Jeff Fenton paces the INSSA points race but two-time champion David Garber has been on a hot streak with two consecutive main event wins that has propelled him into the top-5 where he trails Fenton by just 71 with Greg McKinley in second by 12 points over Garber and 59 back of Fenton.

Youngsters Kameron McKeehan and Andrew Zimmer round out the top-5 INSSA points leaders with Zimmer having an impressive season in just his second year behind the wheel of a super late model.

Hobby Stock points leader, Billy Swift, sits just 19 points in front of Joel Schrader with Brycen Tarr only 23 point back in third place. Tarr earned top point honors in the season opening event on April 18 but Swift has gone two straight races as the top points earner.

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Spokane County Raceway hosts the only appearance of 2009 for the Rolling Thunder Bog Rigs tour. This series features semi-truck based racers that can handle the high-banked half-mile in under 24 seconds. The trucks top out at over five tons with speeds eclipsing 110 mph.

Also on the SCR schedule will be the Minor Maniacs, Bump to Pass and Cops and Robbers. To learn more about Saturday’s action in Airway Heights call (509) 244-3333.

The Spokane Kart Racing Association holds its third points race of the season on Saturday with six divisions of racing.

Junior I and II, 125cc shifters, World Formula, Kid Karts and TAG machines will be out for an afternoon race on the seven-eighth mile road course located on the grounds of the Spokane County ORV Park.

Points leaders include Daytona Arnzen (Kid Kart), Alex Bambino (Jr. I), Nicole Behar (Jr. II), Burt Gassaway (World Formula), Evan Zeutschel (TAG) and Tim Davison (125cc).

Spectator seating is free to the public and pit access is granted after the racing events are concluded. For more information log onto

In Lacrosse, Wash. the annual mud bog races to benefit the Lacrosse-Washtucana senior class scholarship fund are set for Friday, June 19.

Over 15,000 gallons of water make up the 240-foot pit.

Anyone with a vehicle capable of surviving the bog is open to run with classes for those under the age of 21 in stock entries, ATV’s and stock over 21 years of age. An open class is set run Friday evening beginning at 7 p.m.

Last year over 40 participants raced the event with $1,000 awarded to a 2009 high school senior. This year’s event promises to be even bigger, according to organizers. The bog is located on Scott Rd. just outside of Lacrosse on Terry Miller’s property.

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Keeping Pace

Motorsports correspondent Doug Pace keeps up with motorsports news and notes from around the region.