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Modifieds may finally catch break

Paul Delaney The Spokesman-Review

If you’re looking for rain to water your crops or keep your lawn nice and green and can’t find it, just call Leroy Keele. It seems that if there’s a storm cloud to be found anywhere lately, it’s bound to be following Keele and his band of Northwest Modifieds.

After four rainouts in six races this season, Keele, the series president, is getting serious. He’s planning on some dedicated one-on-one time with the “man upstairs” as the mods prepare to make another attempt to run a race on Saturday at Stateline Speedway.

“I’m down on my knees praying and hoping that this time we get in a race,” Keele said.

He had just looked at a weather forecast that might hold out hope that his cars can get a full race into the books for the first time since May 7.

Saturday’s program also includes Street Stocks and Winged Sprint Cars and begins at 6 p.m.

Despite having some classy competition turning laps, Saturday’s racing kind of plays second fiddle on Stateline’s holiday schedule. The track’s best attended event, the annual Independence Day Weekend Demolition Derby, takes place Sunday with events starting at 5:30 p.m.

Liberty Race at Northport

Northport International Raceway will run its biggest event of the season this weekend with the eighth edition of the Tripp Distributors Liberty Race.

Saturday activities include registration and heat races. Sunday is dedicated to racing in all three competing classes: Modifieds, Street Stocks and Fever Fours. Racing begins at 1 p.m. each day.

While the stock cars will be running in circles down on the track, up in an area near the spectator seating and parking, a 150-foot mud bog has been set up. The mudders will compete in side-by-side racing all day.

Info: Mark Meldrum (509) 732-1168 or

Hydros compete at Newport

The Stateline Outboard Racing Association will run its third regatta of the season this weekend at Newport. Along with the SLORA outboard hydros, this race will feature a contingent of Flatbottom race boats.

Friday is reserved for testing from noon to 5 p.m. on the Pend Oreille River race course that straddles the Washington-Idaho border.

Racing begins Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m., with Flatbottoms on the course from 10 to noon.

Info: Ronda 922-2149 or

Blood drive has racing theme

The Inland Northwest Blood Centers in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene continue their “Race to Give Blood” event today and Friday.

The event looks to draw motorsports enthusiasts. Race cars will be on display at both locations.

At the Spokane location the No. 36 Washington Midget Racing Association (WMRA) Speed Sport Report, Budweiser and Pepsi-sponsored midget race car will be on display with driver Tony Villelli.

Info: 624-0151 or

Pit stops

Spokane Raceway Park will have just the drag strip in operation Saturday, but it will be a big event as the track hosts it 24th annual Fox Hunt and Jet Car Championships. Women are admitted free in the spectator grandstands. Gates open at 3 p.m.

Extreme Motorsports will host a Vintage Motorcross race Saturday and Sunday at the track in the Motorsports Complex in Airway Heights. Info: 218-2014 or

Streaks and stats

Joe Kopp came in a close second in his quest to win a third straight AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship race at Lima, Ohio, last Saturday. Kopp moves on to Lake Odessa, Mich., this weekend.

•Rich Hatton has five straight main event wins in the Road Runner class at Stateline Speedway. Hatton has won nine of 11 main events this year.

•Spokane’s Kevin Richards notched his third win of the season for the Inland Northwest Super Stock Series last Saturday night at Stateline Speedway. Richards took the lead midway through the 100-lap and finished ahead of Rick Schultz and Dave Garber.

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