New year, new surface, new attitude at Portland Speedway

Portland, OR. Sometimes you do something and it just turns out right. That is exactly the feeling these days around Portland Speedway, the 76 year North Portland landmark that has hosted motorsports entertainment since 1926. For the past 18...

Portland, OR. Sometimes you do something and it just turns out right. That is exactly the feeling these days around Portland Speedway, the 76 year North Portland landmark that has hosted motorsports entertainment since 1926. For the past 18 seasons Portland Speedway has brought the best that NASCAR short track racing has to offer the fans of the Rose City.

Portland Speedway-"The Dirt Track" will feature a new Friday racing format called NASCAR Friday "Bud Bowl" that will showcase local racers competing on an all new third-mile dirt track. " We wanted to bring the action closer to the fans, " said Craig Armstrong, Portland Speedway Promoter. "By reconfiguring the old quarter-mile track into a third we were able to have a big track feel in a more focused area."

Drivers in the Grand American Modified division, a front-end open wheel stock car, will compete in the prestigious NASCAR Weekly Racing Series where they vie for local, regional, and national championships. The regional and national champions are based on a competition index that is calculated based on the number of cars starting the main event, the number of wins, top fives, and number of races a driver competes in. This formula levels the playing field nationally so that every driver at every track involved with the NWRS has an equal opportunity to challenge for championships.

Fans at Portland Speedway will see many new changes immediately upon their entrance. First, ticket prices have been moved to three price points. Regular adult admission has been lowered to $10, with seniors and military $8, juniors 11-17 $5, and children 10 under are free with a paid adult admission.

Also new this season is an enhanced concession menu featuring Mexican dishes, burgers and fries, elephant ears, ice cream, and an all new gourmet coffee cart for the best in latte's, mocha's, and other specialty drinks.

Race fans will also be able to buy their favorite drivers racing memorabilia featuring the best in die cast from NASCAR and Open-wheel racing. An expanded line of speedway clothing as well as local driver souvenirs, pictures, and hero cards.

Portland Speedway's NASCAR Friday "Bud Bowl" will have spectator gates opening at 5 PM with qualifying heats starting at 6:45 PM with main event racing action to follow. Only the Grand American Modifieds and Sportsman cars will have time trials, as drivers in the other racing divisions will draw for their starting positions for the qualifying heats and have to race their way into the main event. This format will add a new and exciting dimension for the drivers as well as the fans.

A complete schedule of events for the 2001 season can be found by logging on to the official website of Portland Speedway at www.portlandspeedway.com.

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