September 25, 1997 in Sports

Stateline Has Full Program

Paul Delaney Correspondent
 

Weather has caused its share of problems for Stateline Speedway this year, but Saturday night, fans will finally realize a benefit from the mess Mother Nature made.

Saturday’s racing program was to have been the season’s final demolition derby and fireworks show. Now, thanks to rain two weeks ago, the championship race of the Northwest Modified Series has been added to the program. Jeff Zimmerman of Spokane hopes to hold off Colville’s Greg Ochs and win a second consecutive title.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. and racing will begin at 7:30 for a night that will need to run like clockwork, what with the modifieds running time trials, heat races and a 75-lap feature. The demo derby will follow.

Stateline will try to make up for dates lost to the weather with the addition of three more non-points races next month.

Racing will continue, weather permitting, on Saturdays, Oct. 4 and Oct. 11, plus Wednesday Oct. 15.

SRP to conclude drag season

Titles in each of Spokane Raceway Park’s drag racing brackets are up for grabs as the regular season ends Saturday.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with eliminations at 7:30.

Super Pro, Pro and Street Eliminator have evolved into two-way races.

Terry Harrison and Steve Schlepp are separated by just a few points in Super Pro, as are Johanson Racing and R & R Racing in Pro Eliminator.

SRP’s stock cars will have one more week to prepare for their season championships. This Saturday, the half-mile will host Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks and Fever Fours.

Yakima’s Fall Classic next up

The 10th annual GM Goodwrench Service Fall Classic, one of the biggest stock car races in the West, takes place Oct. 3-5 at Yakima Speedway.

This year’s edition will feature hot lapping and special match races on Friday, qualifying, trophy dashes and heat races on Saturday and championship races on Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m.

For tickets contact Yakima Speedway at (509) 248-0647.

Pit stops

The Northwest Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA) concludes its sand-drag and mud-bog season Saturday and Sunday at the Spokane County ORV Park. Tech and registration begin each day at 9 a.m… . The Fossil Bowl in Clarkia, Idaho, runs its next-to-last motocross race Sunday, beginning with practice at 9 a.m… . For a second straight year, Tom Hudson of KREM-TV won the celebrity portion of the fifth annual Dave Rogers Memorial Muscle Car drag race. Hudson defeated Jim Arnold of KKZX radio… . Mark Owens of Libby led a Montana sweep of the top three spots in last Sunday’s late-model finale at Spokane Raceway Park. Ken Kaltschmidt of Ronan and Bob Schweigert of Kalispell were behind Owens. Rick Kellogg (5th) was the top Spokane-area finisher… . Most regular-season racing has concluded in the region, but many tracks are running special events. Those include Tri City Raceway’s Western States Four Banger Shootout Saturday and Sunday, Ephrata’s Indian Summer Shootout and a Monster Truck event at Wenatchee… . Stateline Speedway will stage its awards banquet Oct. 25 at Templin’s Resort in Post Falls. Call the track at (208) 773-5019 for tickets.

Hot streaks

John McCroskey’s win last Saturday in Fever Fours at Spokane Raceway Park gave the Spokane driver three wins in his last four races… . Pat Lewis won a third straight Street Stock main event last Saturday at Stateline Speedway… . Ken Newitt’s K ‘N K Racin’s team has two wins and a runner-up in the last three Pro Eliminator races at SRP, and Jason Metz has won two of his last three in Street Eliminator.

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