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Commentary: IndyCar on an upswing as NASCAR stumbles over itself

IndyCar and NASCAR, the top two series in the United States, seem as if they are headed in opposite directions at the start of the 2018 season. IndyCar has had …


UPDATED: Sun., April 1, 2018, 10:34 p.m.

Kevin Harvick snapped his Texas drought. Can Martin Truex Jr. follow?

Kevin Harvick snapped his career-long drought last fall at Texas Motor Speedway. The veteran driver finally won in his 30th Cup start at Texas.


UPDATED: Sun., March 4, 2018, 8:09 p.m.

Area motorsports legend Earl Wham dies at 87

Earl Wham, a motorsports legend in the Spokane area who impacted auto and hydroplane racing for more than half a century, died Friday. He was 87.


Kevin Harvick dominates Vegas for back-to-back NASCAR wins

From his dynamic opening laps to his comfortable cruise to the checkered flag, Kevin Harvick was the safest bet in Sin City this weekend.


NHRA: Courtney Force wins, father John Force in wreck

Courtney Force won the NHRA Arizona Nationals on Sunday after her 68-year-old father escaped serious injury in a frightening engine explosion and crash.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 25, 2018, 9:43 p.m.

Harvick adds Cup win to dominant weekend at Atlanta

Kevin Harvick completed his weekend mastery of Atlanta Motor Speedway by holding off Brad Keselowski on Sunday in the rain-delayed NASCAR Monster Energy Cup race.


Doug Pace: Joe Kopp’s motorcycle racing series returns to fairgrounds

Motorcycle racing returns to the Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds with a five-race series that runs from October to February.


Doug Pace: Sunset Speedway caps season with championship event

Sunset Speedway, the region’s only clay oval specifically designed for go-kart racing, closes out its 2017 season with Saturday’s championship event.


Doug Pace: Division races down to wire at Northport International Raceway

Dirt track racing in the region continues as Northport International Raceway wraps up its championship schedule before moving to specialty events in October.


Doug Pace: Madelyn Thorsen makes big strides in motocross world

Motocross racing is one sport in which few female riders have broken through to success.


Doug Pace: Stateline Speedway wraps up oval track season

Stateline Speedway wraps up its oval track season on Saturday night with championship racing in the Late Model, Hobby Stock, Legends and Bandolero divisions.


Doug Pace: Nicole Behar continues push in K&N Pro Series

Nicole Behar continues to make a late-season charge in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.


Doug Pace: Fastest sprint boats descend on Webb’s Slough for final race of season

The world’s fastest sprint boat teams arrive in St. John on Saturday for the final racing event of the season at Webb’s Slough.


Doug Pace: Washington Modified Tour rolls into Republic

The Washington Modified Tour rolls into Republic’s Eagle Track Raceway this weekend for its only Inland Northwest stop of the season.


Doug Pace: Tight race develops in Stateline Speedway’s late model title chase

Stateline Speedway’s local late model class heads into Saturday’s race with just two events left in the division’s season and a pair of drivers separated by just two points in …


Seafair exemplifies hydroplane racing’s attempt to attract younger crowds

Casual fans of unlimited hydroplane racing in Seattle can be excused for not knowing about the sport’s predicament.


Doug Pace: Stateline Speedway’s Idaho 200 morphs into AutoSource 250

Stateline Speedway hopes to start a new tradition this weekend on a night usually set aside for the Idaho 200.


UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 8:08 p.m.

Doug Pace: Brothers Larry Wheatley, Dan Wheatley take memorable trip in Camaro

Road racing has always caught the eye of brothers Larry and Dan Wheatley.


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 10:47 p.m.

Doug Pace: Spokane Kart Racing Association prepares for busy Sunday

The region’s karting stars get back to action on Sunday as the road course aces tackle the tricky track on the grounds of the Spokane Kart Racing Association’s facility.


UPDATED: Sun., July 2, 2017, 10:04 p.m.

Stenhouse surging for rebuilt Roush Fenway Racing

When Ricky Stenhouse Jr. first made the switch from sprint cars to stock cars, he wrecked an awful lot of Jack Roush’s inventory.


Doug Pace: Spokane County Raceway features best of Fourth of July weekend action

Spokane County Raceway’s half-mile oval and 2-mile road course will be in action this weekend with the return of one of the region’s biggest late model races, the Spokane 200, …


Kevin Harvick wins at Sonoma for 1st victory of season

Kevin Harvick returned to victory lane for the first time this season with a dominating run Sunday on the road course at Sonoma Raceway.


Torrence wins Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

Steve Torrence raced to his fourth Top Fuel victory of the season Sunday, beating Doug Kalita in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.


UPDATED: Sun., June 25, 2017, 8:58 p.m.

Ricciardo wins chaotic Azerbaijan GP; Vettel leads overall

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo profited from the chaos to win the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday, while Sebastian Vettel extended his championship lead over Lewis Hamilton.


UPDATED: Sun., June 25, 2017, 8:54 p.m.

Scott Dixon claims 1st career IndyCar win at Road America

Scott Dixon won the IndyCar race at Road America on Sunday to spoil the Team Penske party on the rural road course.


UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017, 8:04 p.m.

Doug Pace: Region’s top road racers ready for Northwest Grand Prix

Road racing’s top performers from across the region descend on Spokane County Raceway this weekend for the running of the Northwest Grand Prix.


UPDATED: Sun., June 18, 2017, 10:27 p.m.

Kyle Larson outlasts Elliott at Michigan again to score NASCAR victory

Three times, Kyle Larson needed to outrace the rest of the contenders on late restarts.


UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 11:08 p.m.

Doug Pace: Webb’s Slough prepares for popular sprint boat racing

St. John has become the Daytona International Speedway of Sprint Boat racing in large part because of the dedication of Webb’s Slough owners, Matt and Amanda Webb.


Doug Pace: Spokane County Raceway welcomes popular nitro cars

One word gets drag racing fans amped up more than any other – nitro.


Doug Pace: Festival of Speed promises weekend of racing, activities

The Festival of Speed brings vintage road racing back for its seventh consecutive year on the twists and turns at Spokane County Raceway.