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Northwest Sprint Car Invitational is Upon Us

Some racing enthusiasts are starting to turn their attention towards football and hunting season with many track and series schedules winding down, but WAIT – there is one more big event yet this year! The Northwest Sprint Car Invitational will be this weekend, October 10th, 2009 at Columbia Motor Speedway in Hermiston, Oregon.


Courtesy: AJB Motorsports Marketing

October 6, 2009 (Hermiston, OR) – With most racing events for the 2009 season having concluded some enthusiasts are starting to turn their attention towards football and hunting season, but WAIT – there is one more big event yet this year! The Northwest Sprint Car Invitational will be this weekend, October 10th, 2009 at Columbia Motor Speedway in Hermiston, Oregon.

 

The track which had racing return to it full time this year will be the site for the ground-pounding action of pavement sprint cars – as teams from INSCA, WESCO, the ERP Sprint Cars and WILROC compete against each in the first annual event. The track will open for practice Friday at noon and run until dusk. The track will open Saturday at 10, with qualifying slated for 1:30 pm.

 

On Saturday, the competitors will join forces as they walk through the stands with their helmets for a “Pass the Helmet” donation for injured sprint car driver, Travis Rutz. The Northwest native was racing at the famed Terre Haute Action Track in Indiana when he was involved in a serious racing accident. Travis was transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where he has received care from perhaps the premier medical staff in regards to racing trauma. All donations received during this Pass the Helmet will be given to the Rutz family as they work through this difficult time and we all wish Travis a speedy recovery.

 

Then the drivers will suit up and compete in the main event, which will be a 50-lap feature with the winner taking home $1200 in prize money.

 

A special thanks to our contingency sponsors:

Longacre Racing Products

Hinchman Racing Uniforms

Lejeune Performance and Fabricating

Speedmart Inc.

Whitley Fuel

Race Car Supply

Oak Tree Inn – Hermiston, Oregon – Official Hotel for the 2009 NWSCI – 541-567-2330.

 

Also a special thanks to our Race Officials:

Bill Birdsell (Race Director)

Rabbit (Flagman)

Doug Pace (Announcer)

Trish Eklund

Beth Dudley

 

The expected entry list for the First Annual Northwest Sprint Car Invitational:

 

 

Name

Hometown

Club

1

Rich Leighty

Pacific Beach, WA

WESCO

2

Justin Popple

Spokane, WA

INSCA

3

Mark Jones

Smelterville, ID

INSCA

4

Wes Helgeson

Couer da Lane, ID

INSCA

5

Craig Deaver

Lake Tapps, WA

WESCO

6

Tony Berry

Spokane, WA

INSCA

7

Cole Tupling

Okanogan, WA

INSCA

8

Doug Mclees, Jr.

Olympia, WA

WESCO

9

Brian Mclees

Olympia, WA

WESCO

10

Ralph Deaver

Edgewood, WA

WESCO

11

Kirk Eklund

Edgewood, WA

WESCO

12

Mike Fought

Othello, WA

ERP

13

Rich Fast

Ephrata, WA

ERP

14

Bob Witte

Ephrata, WA

ERP

15

Corky Harbison

Otis Orchards, WA

INSCA

16

Rob Matherly

Colbert, WA

INSCA

17

Butch Duren

Cheney, WA

INSCA

18

Jerry Proper

Spokane, WA 

INSCA

19

Eddie Isaacson

Redmond, WA

WESCO

20

Mike Basher

Olympia, WA 

WESCO

21

Ray Lince

Tacoma, WA 

WESCO

22

Justin Mack

Tri-Cities, WA

INSCA 

23

Mitch Olson

Tacoma, WA 

WESCO

24

Ron Rohde

Lewiston, ID 

INSCA

25

Donnie Kudrna

Othello, WA

ERP

 

Other drivers and teams are still attempting.

 

If you have any questions regarding this event, please call: 800-336-2682 or 509-499-9582. You can also visit www.AJBMotorsportsMarketing.com.


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