Mini-Stock racing in the popular Northwest Outlaw Super Series makes its lone appearance of the season this weekend at Spokane County Raceway’s half-mile oval.
The series pits four-cylinder drivers in a high-paying format similar to big regional events like the Idaho 200, Fall Classic, Montana 200 and I-90 Challenge.
In the series first race of the season held at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval, Inland Empire drivers more then held their own against top drivers. Spokane’s Terry Armstrong Jr., battled eventual winner Bart Hector Jr. down to the wire.
Saturday will be Armstrong’s first Super Series start at SCR and he’s eager to show his prowess around the tricky half-mile.
“Protecting the home turf is a big part of this weekend due to the fact that the Northwest Outlaw Super Series competes throughout the region with some very good drivers,” said Armstrong. “It would be great to win at home so the fans can cheer for their local drivers and be known as one of the best in the Northwest..”
The race is usually the back-up show for bigger races, but it will be the headline event on Saturday. Armstong says he has faith in his Ford Mustang.
“I have to give the credit to the car builder and my team for the effort that they put in (the last three years),” said Armstrong. Billy Husk at Husk Racing Chassis in Hillyard built the chassis and this team gives me what I give them in the car, which is 100 percent, each time out. That’s what makes this Mustang and the team so successful.”
Unlike most Mini-Stock drivers who build, drive and often fund their own racecars, Armstrong is in a unique situation where he has car owners.
“It’s a rarity to have car owners at this level,” said Armstrong, “but my car owners (Dick and Mickie Thomas) started out as sponsors 14 years ago on my Street Stock. Later we came back together when their son chose to step out of the car and they asked me to run the rest of the season for them. Here we are three years later still running strong with numerous top-5 finishes all over the Northwest.”
Taking good notes at the regional Super Series races also helps to be successful in four-cylinder races. Those notes can be key to winning races at SCR and Stateline, according to the second-generation driver.
“The preparation that running at all these other tracks helps me when we come home and I take what I’ve learned and apply it here,” said Armstrong. “Every track that we run has characteristics that can help with the setup for the home races.”
Armstrong is aiming for a return to SCR on June 11 for a tribute race before the Summer Showdown in Monroe, one of the biggest races on the West Coast.
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