Portland Speedway Friday night preview

"There is a lot of emotion this week among area sports fans and we want to recognize them", said Speedway General Manager, Craig Armstrong. "Racing at Portland Speedway is all about fun", Armstrong continued. "We just want sports fans to have...

"There is a lot of emotion this week among area sports fans and we want to recognize them", said Speedway General Manager, Craig Armstrong. "Racing at Portland Speedway is all about fun", Armstrong continued. "We just want sports fans to have some fun expressing themselves and baring profanity, I promise no one will be ejected!"

The NASCAR Friday "Bud Bowl" event scheduled for this Friday, May 4 will feature the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Grand American Modifieds (an open-wheeled stock car) doing battle on the new third-mile clay oval track. Joining the Modifieds on the third-mile will be the NASCAR ShorTrack Series Sportsman Stock Cars, Street Stocks, and Bumpin' Bombers. Also on tap will be the ever-popular Figure 8 cars, competing on the criss-crossing figure 8 track. Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM with Qualifying Heat Races starting at 6:45 PM. Trophy Dashes and main events will follow, with evenings events concluded by 10:45 PM. Ticket prices for NASCAR Friday "Bud Bowl" are $10 for adults, and $5 for juniors (ages 11-17). Children age 10 and under are free with a paid adult.

Brent Beall won his first Figure 8 victory of the 2001 racing season in dramatic fashion last Friday night, with a last lap pass for the lead. Beall trials Dan Cherington in the point standings by only 10 points after last week's victory. Veteran dirt racer Dan Fox leads former three-time Portland Speedway track champion Tom "Tiger" Pinkowsky in the Grand American Modified Division. ShorTrack Sportsman Hotshoe, Scott Winebarger has taken the early point lead with a dominating performance two weeks ago. He leads Dale Holland, Brad Stanwood, Andy Church, and Clyde White in the standings. Dustin Wilkenson leads the Street Stock points while Stan Asanovic tops the Bumpin' Bomber class.

As the second month of the racing season begins at Portland Speedway-The Dirt Track, the weather has claimed more victories than the drivers, as three of the four scheduled events have been postponed or cut short due to inclement weather. "We are extremely optimistic as we move into May that the long range weather forecast will provide plenty of sunshine for our weekly racing events," Armstrong said.

Portland Speedway is one of more than 90 tracks nationwide whose racers compete in the prestigious NASCAR Weekly Racing Series where local drivers can challenge for local, regional, and national championships at their hometown racetrack.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Andy Chu , Dan Fox