Portland Speedway May 12th preview

Northern Sprint Tour Invades Portland Speedway This Saturday Night - The "Bi-Mart Spring Fling" Features Sprint Cars And Grand American Modifieds On The Speedway's Half-Mile Clay Oval - PORTLAND, Ore. (May 7, 2001) -- The ultra-quick, ...

Northern Sprint Tour Invades Portland Speedway This Saturday Night

- The "Bi-Mart Spring Fling" Features Sprint Cars And Grand American Modifieds On The Speedway's Half-Mile Clay Oval -

PORTLAND, Ore. (May 7, 2001) -- The ultra-quick, 700-horsepower 360 Sprint Cars of the hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour will make the first of three 2001 season appearances at the Portland Speedway this coming Saturday, May 12. Over two dozen of the 1,200-pound winged warriors are expected to compete in qualifying heat races, trophy dashes and Main Events. Admission gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with racing beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The event will mark the first time this season that all the racing action will take place on the Speedway's monster half-mile clay oval. In addition to the cars and stars of the Northern Sprint Tour, the Speedway's NASCAR Grand American Modified Division regulars will be holding their own competitive races.

Based in Snohomish, Wash., the Northern Sprint Tour (NST) is now in its sixth season of producing the best sprint car racing in the Northwest, with 17 events scheduled for 2001. In addition to Portland, the series competes at tracks in Medford, Cottage Grove, and Lebanon, Ore. In Washington State, the events take place in Elma and Yakima. The series will return to the Portland Speedway on June 23 and again on July 18.

Last year, 53 drivers earned points toward the 2000 NST season championship. One of the best female drivers in the country, Shawna Wilskey of Lake Stevens, WA, successfully defended her 1999 title and became the series' first three-time champion. Trailing Wilskey in second place was Rick Fauver, the 1997 champion and Jay Smith finished third overall. The highest placing Oregon resident was Jeff Thompson of Harrisburg, who ended the season 10th place in overall driver points. Other names in pursuit of the 2001 Championship include Bill Nutter, Dan Menne, Jay Cole, Barry Martinez and Dale Smith.

"We're very pleased to be working closely with Brownfield Promotions in bringing the hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour to our facility three times this season," said Speedway General Manager Craig Armstrong. "The cars and drivers are spectacular to watch and the competition is awesome. Along with our Grand American Modified Division making an appearance, it will be a show the local racing fan won't want to miss."

Ticket prices for the evening are $19 for Adults, $15 for Seniors (over 62) and Military with ID, $9 for Juniors (ages 11-17), and Children 10 and Under Free with a paid Adult. A Family Pass for 2 Adults and 2 Juniors is $48. Advance tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, or online at www.portlandspeedway.com. Advance $4-off adult general admission coupons for the "Bi-Mart Spring Fling" are available at all Bi-Mart locations. For more information, contact Portland Speedway at (503) 285-2883.

Portland Speedway - "The Dirt Track" -- also features a line-up of 20 NASCAR Friday "Bud Bowl" events during the 2001 season, paced by the Grand American Modifieds (an open wheel stock car), full-bodied Sportsman Stock Cars, Street Stocks, and the ever-popular Bumpin' Bombers. Joining these divisions on alternating Friday nights are the Figure 8 cars, and a brand new all-women's division called WAR!, for Women's Auto Racing, in Street Stock and Sportsman cars.

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Series NASCAR , Sprint
Drivers Shawna Wilskey