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NW Late Model 4s home

Paul Delaney Correspondent

The Northwest Late Model 4s, the road warrior series when it comes to local traveling race groups, get to taste some home cooking Saturday night at Stateline Speedway.

After having six of its last seven races on the road in places such as Meridian, Idaho; Hermiston, Ore.; and Tenino, Wash.; the 4-cylinder class of late models will race back-to-back events on their Stateline “home track.”

Brad Carpenter won the last race in Hermiston and comes into Saturday’s race trailing points leader Kevin McKeehan by 29. McKeehan was the winner in the last race held at Stateline.

Joining the NWLM 4s is the Northwest Outlaw Street Stock Series as well as Stateline’s Hobby Cars. Time trials are at 6 p.m.

In other news from Stateline Speedway, it was announced on Monday that NAPA Auto Parts will be the title sponsor for the sixth annual Idaho 200 late model race that takes place Aug. 5-7.

Combine demo in Lind

One of the strangest, yet entertaining motorsports events takes place this weekend as Lind, Wash., hosts its 18th annual Combine Demolition Derby on Friday night at the town’s rodeo arena beginning at 6:30.

Heats of up to six of the giant pieces of farm machinery crash and bash each other until only one remains. A couple of new twists have been added to this year’s event. On Friday, a special intermission race between grain trucks keeps the farm flavor to the event. Last year’s event packed the grandstands with some 4,000 spectators.

A regular automobile demolition derby is scheduled for Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. That event is the first of a series of five demolition derbies of the Columbia Basin Demolition Series that award points and has a season champion.

Combine demo info: Carol Kelly (509) 677-3628. Car demo info: Eric Lund (509) 989-2878.

Hoerner wins shootout in Boise

Todd Hoerner won the AutoMax USA Top Sportsman Shootout last Friday while competing at Firebird Raceway’s 35th annual IGNITOR.

Hoerner qualified No. 1 for the program and won it over Ken Mostowich of Calgary, Alberta, who red-lighted in the final. Hoerner picked up $1,100 for the win. In regular eliminations Hoerner was not as fortunate, as mechanical problems sidelined the Deer Park driver.

Jessica Juel of Spokane and Ken Nelson from Hayden, Idaho, both went to round three before bowing out. Mark Resen and Don Juel both lost in round three in Super Gas.

Deer Park drag reunion planned

A reunion for old Deer Park Drag Strip competitors and fans is planned for Sept. 17, according to one of the organizers, Larry Taylor.

The event, which is still in the initial planning stages, will be held at the Deer Park Fairgrounds, but has scored a major nostalgic entry when the Eagle Electric top fuel car returns to the town that helped make it famous. Info: Larry Taylor (509) 292-0869.

Pit stops

Extreme Motorsports will host the first of its Supercross series on Saturday at the Motorsports Complex in Airway Heights. Info: (509) 218-2014 or … Republic’s Eagle Track stages a rare Sunday dirt track stock car race this week with the annual Prospector Days race. Time trials are set for 12:30. … It’s already time for the Midseason Championships for drag racers at Spokane Raceway Park on Saturday. The Northwest Late Models also take to the oval on Saturday. Gates open on both tracks at 3 p.m. … The Spokane Kart Racing Association will host an International Karting Federation Gold Cup race this weekend at the Spokane Motorsports Complex in Airway Heights. Racers from across the Northwest will compete. Info: Bob Thompson 924-6755 (days) or 928-0915 (eves.). … Sunset Speedway will stage its fourth points race for its Speedway Karts on Saturday. Qualifying begins at 1 p.m. with racing at 2. … Flat bottom race boats from Northwest Water Competition will be in action this weekend on Lake Sammamish near Issaquah, Wash. The Northwest Modifieds will hit the road for a two-day race at Mission Valley Speedway in Ronan, Mont.

Streaks & stats

Kevin Richards made it two straight Inland Northwest Superstock wins in a row by claiming last Saturday’s 100-lap race at Stateline Speedway. … Joe Kopp recovered from a disappointing 11th-place finish in an AMA Pro-Am event in Plymouth, Wis., to win both the 505 and 750 classes at the Dayton, Ohio, Hot Shoe race on Saturday. Kopp’s next race is Saturday at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.

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