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Greg Pursley scores the win at Spokane County Raceway on the NASCAR K&N Pro Sereis.
Oval racing has returned to Spokane County Raceway while Unlimited Hydroplane racing invades the Tri-Cities this weekend.
Joe Kopp has a big AMA-style race planned for Spokane Speedway on July 17 and news regarding Spokane County Raceway's curtaiing of racing is being dealt with in the region.
This week's Keeping Pace highlight's late model racing at both of the greater Spokane asphalt tracks.
All Spokane final in the Sportsman Motorcylce division highlight's two big days of NHRA drag racing at Spokane County Raceway.
Rick Thompson unloaded one of the fastest cars in the afternoon practice sessions only to lose an engine just six circuits into his run. Using most of the remaining time in pre-race activities to swap motors, Thompson got little more then shakedown laps to prepare for qualifying.
Qualifying is complete for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series stop at Spkane County Raceway with final round action set for Sunday.
This week's Keeping Pace, which hit the newstands on Friday, highlght's the return of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the Northwest Pro 4 Alliance all competiing at Spokane County Raceway.
Two great series invade Spokane County Raceway while Stateline Speedway features its HyDrive late models.
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.
Also, SCR gets underway this weekend and Brycen Tarr lands on his feet.
The region's touring late model division, ICAR (Inland Championship Auto Racing) has announced it will not operate a series in 2013 citing schedule conflicts.
NASCAR's premier series on the West Coast, the K&N Pro Series West, celebrates 60 years in 2013. Spokane County Raceway will be part of that celebration as the series returns to the half-mile oval for only the second time in over 35 years. Eric Holmes was the winner of the 2011 race and will be back to defend that victory on August 24. The race will be one of two series events to be held in Washington state as Evergreen Speedway just outside of Seattlewill be up first on Aug. 17.
Spokane County Raceway has an oval track, on which people drive very fast in circles, record mileage and wind up where they started.
Which seems a pretty apt metaphor for the raceway since the county bought the property in 2008. The original operator, Bucky Austin, got into trouble with renovations and contractor payments in 2009. The county had to find a new operator and settled with contractors in 2010 for $850,000.
The new operator, Raceway Investments, went through two iterations in ownership/management, and this year's new managing partner said they were going to give the facility a new image. Raceway Investments leases the oval to Full Blown Promotions and this week, as colleague Mike Prager reports in today's Spokesman-Review, Raceway Investments said Full Blown is behind on its rent and said the rest of its season was cancelled. The county announced the change in management for the oval at a press conference Monday.
Most notable line from the press conference goes to Commissioner Todd Mielke: “I stuck my neck out to save racing.”
Spokane County Raceway has received nearly 50 driver entries for Saturday's Spokane 200 that offers only 34 positions for the starting line-up-proof that the race has built staying power as it heads into its second running.
The annual Night of Fire drag racing event invades Spokane County Raceway on Saturday night and features NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Funny Car star, Gary Densham.
Andy Brown holds a 26-point lead over Bart Hector Jr. heading into the ICAR Late Model Series 75-lap shootout on Saturday night at Spokane County Raceway.
Naches, Wash. native Owen Riddle rode into Spokane County Raceway's Dr. Pepper Late Model Series season-opening Sunkist 100 with momentum on his side. Winning this year's Yakima Speedway Apple Cup, then running strong in Wenatchee's 200-lap late model opener set the table for Riddle to show the Spokane faithful his talent. He did not disappoint!
The Inland Empire late model season gets underway on Saturday night as Spokane County Raceway hosts the Dr. Pepper Late Model Series featuring NASCAR champions Pete Harding, Gary Lewis and Garrett Evans along with defending series champion Erick Hargraves.
With Cindy Gibbs’ departure, the upcoming season will have no ties to Bucky Austin’s management that reopened the facility three seasons ago nor of the Roger Hodgeson and Charlie Allen operational group that had been at the helm since 2010.
Jet cars blaze a new speed record at Spokane County Raceway as pair top over 300 mph in Saturday’s racing action.
Hot August Nights gets into full swing Saturday at Spokane County Raceway. Featuring Jet Cars, Pro Mods and the Summit Racing Series, drag racing fans are in for a real treat this weekend.
Charles Allen and Ronald Hodgson were selected Feb. 23 to operate the Airway Heights facility for the next 10 years and have been in final contract negotiations that wrapped up this week. Each brings a wealth of experience, but they have entrusted Cindy Gibbs-Arias with the task of getting SCR back on its feet.
Six Spokane area contractors are suing Spokane County over unpaid bills from the county’s West Plains racetrack.
In the latest move in the ongoing dispute over the track’s management by Austin Motorsports, the six contractors say they are owed a total of $1.13 million for worked performed earlier this year. Austin lost his contract to manage the track earlier this year because of the unpaid bills, and for failing to follow certain rules of the agreement, which required him to get a performance bond for the work being done there.
He didn’t obtain a bond, and last summer blamed one of the prime contractors, who he claimed was responsible for such details as the project manager.
The lawsuit asks for the court to order the county to pay the bills and attorneys fees. It notes that when the county bought the racetrack in 2008 at a foreclosure auction, two of the commissioners touted its economic potential.
Commissioner Todd Mielke said the purchase gave the county a chance to consider other recreatonal possibilities, the suit notes, while Commissioner Mark Richard said the track “would be a positive venture ‘come heck or high water.’”
Could someone check the water levels on the West Plains?
Dave Garber won the final late model divisional race at Spokane County Raceway with Jason Jefferson and Colton Garber rounding out the top-3. Jefferson’s car, owned by Dean Boever, won the season championship by virtue of the runner-up finish.
Spokane County Raceway hosts drag racing on the quarter-mile and an exciting program on the half-mile oval this Saturday night.
This event is slated to be one of the largest events of the season at Spokane County Raceway, with racing action including Nostalgia Nitro Funny Cars, Pro Mods, A/Fuel Dragsters, Nostalgia Alcohol Funny Cars and Jet Cars.
Spokane County Raceway’s oval track manager, Larry Bertrand, took a vacation last week, only to return and face a firestorm of rumors he’d been dismissed and the oval was facing closure.
The operator of the Spokane County Raceway insists he has no plans to shut down the track or shorten the racing season, and all contractors will be paid for work done at the county-owned facility.
In an interview with The Spokesman-Review after the meeting,
About $2 million worth of construction has been done at the track, and about half has been paid, he said. That includes DiPaolo Painting, a contractor mentioned in a June 30 story, who was sent the second half of his payment by overnight mail after the story ran.
“Our intent is to pay them, and to pay them as quickly as
John Black, an attorney for Clark and Winkler, called
But he was concerned about
This weekend is also Military Appreciation Weekend, where all active military can buy 1 adult ticket and they get another 1 free.
Spokane County Raceway’s drag strip was open for business for two exciting days of side-by-side racing action. Complete results of both days provided.