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Keeping Pace

3 Dog Night At Ephrata Raceway Park

ERP logo. (Courtesy ERP)
ERP logo. (Courtesy ERP)

Five divisions of racing highlighted Ephrata Raceway Park's Memorial Day weekend schedule led by Joe Smith and the 7-Up 360 Sprint Car class.

(Ephrata,WA) 5/29/10 by Kelly Hart


The traditional Memorial Day Weekend races at Ephrata Raceway Park were run featuring five divisions of race cars. It was an all local division show with the Jerry’s Auto Supply BIG CARS, Schaeffer Oil Mini Stocks, Super Stocks, 7-UP 360 Sprint Cars and Pepsi Cola Street Stocks.


It was a flag to flag win for Joe Smith in the 7-UP 360 Sprints for his first ever Sprint Car win. Smith held off some serious charges from defending champion Mike Fought including one on lap 17 when fought had the inside line going into turn 3. Donnie Kudrna set fast time with a 13.104 second lap. Bob Witte won the Trophy Dash and Heat race.


Mitch Kleyn took to the high side in turn three to get around Jason Ray for the lead on lap 8 of the Pepsi Cola Street Stock Main Event and held the top spot for the win. Ray held on for second with Skyler Leseman finishing third. Kleyn set fast time at 15.840. Ray and Rick Bretches won the Trophy Dashes. Ray was the Heat Race winner.


Three Outlaw Compact Mini Stocks joined the regular contingent of ERP Schaeffer Oil Mini Stocks as their race was rained out in Post Fall, Idaho. Doug Brown took off from the pole and held the early lead, with the visiting OCAR cars starting a half lap back so as to not interfere with the local cars point racing. Bart Hector, Jr. drove the car hard into turn 3 to take away second on the 4th lap and try to reel in Brown. The two Volkswagen powered cars ran out front with Hector closing in the corners and Brown pulling away on the straights. At the stripe it was Brown, Hector and Sid White. Kim Lang led Scott Waulters and Rod Helmuth for the Outlaw Mini Stock win in the race within a race.


The BIG CAR Main Event featured Josh Hector leading most of the way before late in the race when Troy Lannoye made contact spinning the leader in turn 4. Fred Moore took advantage of the tussle to take over the lead and held on the final 3 laps for the win. Chris McCart set fast time at 16.811 and also won the Trophy Dash and Heat Race.


It was the debut week for the Super Stock division at ERP. Four cars started the night, but only two ran the final event the Main Event. Robert Kirk led all 8 laps for the win over David Macken. Richie Micus set fast time with a 16.192 lap which becomes the track record. Kirk won the trophy dash.


Next week at Ephrata Raceway Park, the track hosts the Kim Janke State Farm Agent Youth Hornets, Ephrata Pioneer Muffler 2 Pure Stocks, the Schaeffer Oil Mini Stocks and the Jerry’s Auto Supply BIG CARS. Also scheduled during the night is the Cops versus Cops Behind the Badge Race featuring local Law Enforcement Officers racing the BIG CARS. Keep up to date with everything going on at the track online at .



Fast time: 7x Scott Waulters 16.080

B Dash: 84 Doug Brown, 3 Rod Helmuth, 1 Sid White, 19 Eddie Razey

A Dash: 18 Jeremy Razey, 68 Bart Hector Jr., 7 Adam Smith, 44 Charlie Larr

B Heat: 84 Brown, 18 Jeremy Razey, 1 White, 19 Ed Razey, 50 Tim Clark

A Heat: 33 Kim Lang, 3 Helmuth, 7x Scott Waulters, 68 Hector Jr., 44 Larr 

Main: 84 Doug Brown, 68 Hector Jr., 1 White, 18 Jeremy Razey, 19 Eddie Razey, 50 Clark, 7 Adam Smith, 44 Larr and 33 Kim Lang, 7 Waulters, 3 Helmuth

Lap Leaders: 84 Doug Brown 1-20



Fast time: 1 Richie Micus 16.192 (new track record)

Dash: 77 Robert Kirk, 1 Micus

Main: 77 Robert Kirk, 7 Dave Macken:

Lap Leaders: 77 Kirk 1-8



Fast time: 1 Mitch Kleyn 15.840

B Dash: 12 Rick Bretches, 83 Patrick Lyons, 6 Marc Bush, 66 Kyle Childress

A Dash: 18x Jason Ray, 21 Skylar Leseman, 1 Mitch Kleyn, 46 Terry Osborn

Heat: 21 Leseman, 1 Kleyn, 12 Bretches, 18x Ray, 46 Osborn

Main: 1 Mitch Kleyn, 18x Ray, 21 Leseman, 46 Osborn, 83 Lyons, 66 Childress, 12 Bretches

Lap Leaders: 18x Ray 1-8, 1 Kleyn 9-20


7-Up 360 Sprint Cars

Fast time: 24 Donnie Kudrna 13.104

Dash: 86 Bob Witte, 78 Mike Fought, 24 Donnie Kudrna, 7 Joe Smith, 96 Jatender Veenstra

Heat: 86 Witte, 7 Joe Smith, 78 Fought, 24 Kudrna, 96 Veenstra

Main: 7 Joe Smith, 78 Fought, 86 Witte, 96 Veenstra, 24 Kudrna

Lap Leaders: 7 Smith 1-20


Jerry’s Auto Supply BIG CARS

Fast time: 95 Chris McCart 16.811

Dash: 95 McCart, 8 Fred Moore, 4 Troy Lannoye, 84 Josh Hector

Heat: 95 McCart, 4 Lannoye, 84 Josh Hector, 8 Fred Moore, 11 Ray Hahne, 111 Lee Love

Main: 8 Fred Moore, 111 Jay

Lap Leaders: 84 Josh Hector 1-12 Fred Moore 13-15

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