June 3, 2011 in Sports

Racing fans have many choices during weekend

Doug Pace
Racing across the region

Sunset Speedway

Saturday 6 p.m.

Adult/Junior kart divisions

Stateline Speedway

Saturday 6 p.m.

ICAR Late Model Series, NW Pro 4 Truck Series, Baby Grands

Spokane County Raceway road course


Historic Racing and Car Show featuring the Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiast in the Northwest

Spokane County

Raceway oval

Saturday 6 p.m.

INSSA late models, Pony Stocks, Street Stocks

Race fans will have some great options to enjoy their favorite drivers this weekend as Spokane County Raceway’s oval and road course will be in action, Stateline Speedway hosts the season-opening event for the ICAR Late Model Series, Sunset Speedway holds its first night race of the season and the Spokane Kart Racing Association hosts its Promotional Race.

Spokane County Raceway’s half-mile oval offers a $3,000 winner’s check in the Sun Drop 100 for Inland Northwest Super Stock Association teams and those who are competing in the SCR late model division.

Also racing on the half-mile will be the Street Stock and Pony Stock classes.

The late model payout has attracted some of the top talent in the region including three-time NASCAR Northwest champion, Jeff Jefferson. Also traveling to Spokane will be defending Yakima Speedway champion Owen Riddle, past Yakima champion Mike Longton and past Apple Cup champion Jason Fraser.

They will battle local stars David Garber, Kameron McKeehan, Shelby Thompson, Andy Brown and others who make up the INSSA series.

When combined with drivers from Idaho (Jeff Little) and Montana (Mark Owens, Alex Lessor, Ryan Wells, Wrango West), the race has the makings of being one of the top draws in the region.

With NASCAR set to bring its K&N Pro Series to the Inland Empire at the end of the summer, SCR officials have been hard at work to make improvements to the half-mile. Much of the facility has been cleaned, fencing and concrete seating repaired and paint work applied to key areas, according to promoter Larry Bertrand.

Drivers will have the chance to practice tonight in preparation for Saturday’s race. Fans can purchase discount tickets at FastKart Indoor Speedway. To learn more log onto www.scrsuperoval.com.

Stateline greets ICAR

Stateline Speedway hosts the stars of ICAR as the series attempts to kick off its season after being rained out on May 7.

Several of the region’s young guns, including Blake Williams, Kahlen Koch, Chris Kellogg and Colton Garber, are set to battle veterans Russ Osborne, Darryl Carrillo, Tim Eickstadt, Jason O’Neil, Eric Hector and Randy Lerch. With a 22-car field the maximum for a starting grid, the first race of the year in ICAR’s sixth season overall may prove to be a popular race for fans looking to watch the next generation of late model talent compete on a tight-racing surface.

The Northwest Pro 4 Truck Series and the Stateline Baby Grands are also scheduled to run at the Post Falls facility Saturday night.

Track officials have an in-house promotion in which one fan will have the chance to win a new iPod Touch loaded with music.

To learn more about this weekend’s ICAR Late Model Series event at Stateline Speedway and the iPod promotion, call the Stateline Speedway hotline at 208-773-5019.

Night racing at Sunset

The first night race of the year at Sunset Speedway brings a wide-open battle for the Adult Modified championship as Larry Christen leads Diane Perry by nine points heading into the fourth race of the season.

In the Junior I class, Daniel Watkins and Haedon Plybon are locked in a close battle, separated by 12 points after three races. Kolby Brown sits nine points behind Plybon, with Tanner Pugh and Brent Blake rounding out the top five.

Corey McGuire continues to show the way in the Junior II ranks with a 45-point lead on Jared Storer.

Lucas Bird (third place) is six points behind Storer, with Cale Fitzgerald and Jeirid Pickens tied for fourth place. Both drivers are two points behind Bird heading into the weekend.

Dan Watkins leads Ed Marks in the chase for the Adult Clone championship with Rusty Kling, Ken McGuire and Dave Reynolds rounding out the top five.

Grandstand admission is free for Saturday night’s racing on the one-fifth clay oval. To learn more, log onto www.sunsetspeedway.org.

Follow all of the region’s racing news online at www.spokesman.com/ blogs/keepingpace. To reach Doug Pace email him at racingnewssource@ gmail.com

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