Sunset Speedway hosts its first big event of the season beginning today and wrapping up Saturday night with the Unlimited All-Stars karting series on the one-fifth-mile clay oval. Offering cash prizes in four divisions, the race has already sparked a solid entry list from across the Northwest.
Many of the track’s top drivers, including Jared Storer, Shawn Glandner, Rusty King, David Glaudeau, James Townsend and Mark Tedrow, will be taking part in the first visit from the UAS series.
Storer’s father, Mike, has been instrumental in bringing the series to Sunset.
“This is a race that I have been putting together for about a year now,” Storer said. “After racing in Oregon and Washington I wanted to bring all the clubs together for one big race and this weekend is it.”
With a history dating back 22 years, the UAS offers a standard rules format that is equal in 21 circuits across the country, including two in the Northwest. Karts are kept to a rules package but the series does not mandate a chassis while providing a wide range of engine types for its competitors. With limitations in maximum displacement for the karting engines, the series puts the focus on a driver’s skill to tackle a tricky surface such as Sunset.
SCR kicks off season
Spokane County Raceway kicks off its season Saturday with racing on the oval and a test session for drag racers. With the recent announcement of Saturday afternoon racing programs for the season, the oval opens its spectator gates at noon with qualifying at 3 and racing to follow.
The drag strip grandstands will also open at noon with testing set to run throughout the afternoon.
Each oval track-based division will be racing on the half-mile with the exception of the Inland Northwest Super Stocks, which open their season on May 18.
The 2013 season offers fans the chance to see racing on two of the three circuits on any given weekend.
Upcoming dual weekends include the INSSA season-opener paired with the drag strip’s second Summit Racing Series event of the year. Other two-track events include Memorial Day weekend’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series stop matched with the WESCO Sprint Cars and Northwest Pro 4 Alliance on the half-mile, the road course Festival of Speed runs on June 1 with INSSA’s second race of the season set for the oval and the Dukes Auto Club Nostalgia drag races as part of the Spokane 200 season finale on Sept. 7.
Tarr in Hermiston debut
Former SCR oval track operator and Spokane native Brycen Tarr is set for his first weekend of racing at Hermiston’s Super Oval.
Tarr, who purchased the facility over the winter, brings a similar format and purse structure to the Oregon track located just south of Kennewick that was used during his two years as SCR’s operator.
Saturday’s late-model race pays $3,000 with several local drivers making the tow including ICAR standout Bart Hector Jr., Nicole Behar and Blake Williams.