May 20, 2011 in Sports

National Hot Rod Diesel Association highlights SCR weekend

Doug Pace
 

Spokane County Raceway will be hopping this weekend, beginning with tonight’s Rockstar High School Drag Racing Series and followed by Saturday’s SCR Bracket Buster event that features a $1,000 payday coupled with the return of the National Hot Rod Diesel Association.

This weekend’s race will be the 2011 season-opening event for the NHRDA series.

Saturday’s event is also a chance for the fans to support the Wounded Warriors project, according to track officials.

“This is the fastest-growing sanctioning body in all of racing,” SCR general manger Cindy Gibbs said. “They offer everything from a burnout contest to the sled pull and competitions on the race tracks. We’re very excited to have them back and look forward to the opportunity to support the Wounded Warriors project.”

The event is more than a group of diesel-focused racers gathering to see who can shine the brightest, Gibbs said.

“It really is a festival atmosphere and more than just diesel-powered race cars going down the drag strip. It’s a very popular event and something that any racing fan would enjoy.”

NHRDA completion is similar in presentation to the NHRA Drag Racing Series. This weekend’s stop features Pro Stock world champion Chad Riley. Driving a diesel-power hot rod, Riley will be one of the fastest diesel-powered drivers to make a pass on the strip at SCR.

Hosting a high-stakes bracket race to go along with the NHRDA event has created interest in the local racing community.

“This will be the highest payout we’ve ever offered in a bracket race,” Gibbs said. “We’ll have two types of racing divisions that each pay off $1,000 to win, but we urge those interested in racing the event to pre-enter on our website by the end of business (today).”

Assembling a drag car, whether street legal or race-only, then coming to SCR to test it against others from across the region is what SCR’s staff has been asked to provide to the community, Gibbs said.

“This type of grassroots racing is what the community wants to see and they’ve been telling us that since we opened last year,” she said. “To add it to the NHRDA event makes it quite a draw for the race fans and something fun for the racers to be part of.”

Providing a site for racers to go and compete in a safe environment is an added bonus of the bracket events and the high school series, she said.

For more information on this weekend’s events at SCR, visit www.spokanecountyraceway.com or call 244-3333.

INSSA set to start

The Inland Northwest Super Stock Association kicks off its season Saturday night at Stateline Speedway with defending champion Kameron McKeehan leading the charge.

Also expected in the mix will be 2010 ICAR Late Model Series rookie of the year Blake Williams and a slew of new faces, including Casey Akers.

With a nine-race season, INSSA teams will be points racing from the drop of Saturday’s green flag as only three of the year’s events will be held on the quarter-mile Stateline facility. The remaining races will run the high-banked half-mile at SCR.

McKeehan will be the driver to beat, but fans will keep an eye on Jeff Fenton, Ross Cooper and Dan Yonke. All three drivers had top-10 points finishes in 2010 and often were in contention for main event victories.

David Garber, the three-time INSSA champion, will be a threat when his No. 93 enters INSSA competition on nights that do not conflict with out-of-town races.

Tickets can be purchased at the door. To learn more, call (208) 773-5019.

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