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Invitational Sprint Car Race Heading To Oregon Track

The Columbia Motor Speedway, located in Hermiston, Oregon, has a proud tradition of sprint car racing at the facility, but it has been several years since sprint cars have run at the track providing a venue that should prove new and challenging to many of the teams looking to compete.


Courtesy: AJB Motorsports Marketing

September 24, 2009 (Hermiston, Oregon) – Columbia Motor Speedway and staff are proud to announce the first-ever running of the Northwest Sprint Car Invitational to be run during the day of October 10, 2009. This exciting event will pit the drivers of the Inland Northwest Sprint Car Association (INSCA), the Washington Econo Sprint Car Organization (WESCO), the ERP Winged Sprint Cars and the WILROC series of Canada against each other on the 3/8th’s of a mile oval for fun and excitement heading into the winter.

 

The Columbia Motor Speedway, located in Hermiston, Oregon, has a proud tradition of sprint car racing at the facility, but it has been several years since sprint cars have run at the track providing a venue that should prove new and challenging to many of the teams looking to compete.

 

The format for the event will call for the four highest finishing cars in points from each series being guaranteed a starting spot in the main event. All sprint cars will qualify; the four fastest cars not already locked in through their season’s points position will be guaranteed a starting spot. A B-main will be run in order to fill the remaining six starting positions on the grid.

 

The feature event will be a 50-lap race with the winner receiving a $1,200 check and regional bragging rights heading in to the long winter. Also at stake are series’ bragging rights: each series will sport a brightly colored strip across the top of the wing to signify which association they race with on a regular basis.

 

The rules for the event allow for racers from all over the region to be eligible for the $1,200. Cars must run a 360ci motor with steel block and heads and a 2 3/16th’s injection. The fuel will be methanol only, the American Racer 132 compound tire will be required for the right rear and the weight rule will be a minimum of 1625 lbs with driver. “This combination has consistently provided close competition and we fully expect to have a legitimate 26 competitive cars for this first-ever event,” stated organizer, Mark Jones. Those drivers that race with other series, on either dirt or asphalt, are invited as well to compete for the top prize.  

 

“C.M.S. is extremely excited to bring the Winged Sprint Cars to this fast and furious 3/8th’s of a mile track! It has been a number of years since the area has seen the open wheel cars and we expect to draw record crowds for the event. We know that the Northwest Sprint Car Invitational will be a huge success and plan to schedule more of these Open Wheel special events for the future,” stated CMS Representative Chad Ayers.

 

The track will be open from 12 pm – dark Friday October 9th for open practice and qualifying will begin at 1 pm on Saturday October 10th with racing slated to begin at 2 pm. 

 

For more information and an updated list of drivers that are expected to attend the event please visit www.AJBMotorsportsMarketing.com or call either 800.336.2682 or 509.499.9582.

 

For more information about the Columbia Motor Speedway please visit: www.ColumbiaMotorspeedway.com.

 

For more information on each series visit:

www.INSCA.us

www.WESCOsprints.com

www.EphrataRacewayPark.com

www.WILROCracing.com


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