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Demolition Derby Takes Center Stage At Stateline

At this weekend’s two traditional big races - the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte - pit crews will do their best to keep their cars intact.

The exact opposite will be true at Stateline Speedway, where cars will try to inflict as much damage as mechanically possible on the competition to win Sunday afternoon’s demolition derby, the first of four to be held at the track.

Time trials begin at 1 p.m.

Traditionally, demolition derbys have been among the most popular events at the track. The Fourth of July bash, set for Monday, July 3rd, usually draws overflow crowds.

“If I were to guess, this weekend we’ll have 30-plus cars, but they’ll probably fool me and we’ll have 50 show up,” said Stateline promoter Joe Doellefeld.

Doellefeld said they will average about 60 cars for the four-event season.

Other demos are scheduled for August 13 and October 1.

The demo is part of a big weekend at Stateline that begins with the addition to the schedule of Friday night racing. Time trials begin at 6:30.

Also on the schedule are the Street Stocks and CROW Modifieds.

On Saturday, the SCAR (Stock Car Auto Racers) cars will visit from the coast. The SCAR class is quite similar in rules to the Stateline Sportsman. Racing begins at 6 p.m.

Hobby stocks, pro gas At SRP

Stock car racing returns to Spokane Raceway Park after taking the week off for the Lilac Funny Car Championships, and it comes back with the season’s first major event on the half-mile.

The Bend Restaurant will present the Hobby Stock Spring Challenge on Saturday night beginning with time trials at 5:30.

On the drag strip it will be the season’s second of five appearances of the Spokane Pro Gas Association. Last time out, James Arsenault won the race. Drag time trials begin at 4:30.

Dirt doings

This weekend will be a big one for the two area dirt tracks, Republic’s Eagle Trac and Northport International Raceway.

Republic will hold its second points race beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

On Sunday, many of the Republic cars will make the trek over Sherman Pass and up Lake Roosevelt to take part in the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler at N.I.R. beginning at 1 p.m.

Mark Weaver will try for a third straight victory in the Modifieds on Sunday. N.I.R.’s Superstock class has yet to produce a multiple winner in three events.

Howard looks good

Rookie open-wheel racer Sheri Howard was impressive in last Saturday’s Columbia River Open Wheel (CROW) Modified race at Stateline. Once she found an opening she bolted to nearly a half-track lead and maintained it halfway through the 35-lap feature race.

Eventual winner Bart Hector of Othello took advantage of a pair of caution flags midway through the race to close ground and eventually overtake Howard.

Pit stops

The Northwest Modifieds resume their schedule, this time on the road in Montana for a pair of races. Saturday night the openwheelers are on Kalispell’s high-banked Raceway Park oval. Sunday the series moves to the opposite end of Flathead Lake for a race in Ronan, Montana… . Also in Montana this weekend, Tuscor Speedway hosts another points race at the Trout Creek dirt track. Time trials begin at 1 p.m. Saturday… . Jeff Bird used to dominate the field in the modifieds when he raced at Stateline Speedway and it appears now that he’s running late-model superstocks the same holds true. Bird took over the lead about mid-race from Billy Swift and then cruised to an easy victory in his Northwest Late Model Superstock Series debut… . The NASCAR Northwest Tour visits Yakima this Saturday night. Also, the NASCAR Winston West race scheduled for Yakima next weekend has been cancelled.

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