Portland, Ore. (September 14, 2001) Tom Pinkowsky of Vancouver, Wash. looks to land his fourth NASCAR Weekly Racing Series championship tonight on the new third-mile clay oval of Portland Speedway. Pinkowsky leads Eric Sayre, also of Vancouver by...
Portland, Ore. (September 14, 2001) Tom Pinkowsky of Vancouver, Wash. looks to land his fourth NASCAR Weekly Racing Series championship tonight on the new third-mile clay oval of Portland Speedway. Pinkowsky leads Eric Sayre, also of Vancouver by 9 points going into the final WRS event of the season. While Pinkowsky eyes his first dirt title in the premiere division, others drivers, including Scott Puncochar of Hillsboro look to defend his Street Stock title. Dan Cherington of Vancouver, Wash. is determined to win his fourth Figure 8 championship, while Martin Stanwood of Portland tries to hold off a hard-charging Dale Holland in the race for the NASCAR ShorTrack Sportsman crown.
Tonight, fans, competitors, and guest will enjoy a true uniquely American sport, Stock Car Auto Racing. Portland Speedway will celebrate America, as the Oregon Army National Guard will present an Honor Color Guard and cannon salute as a proud reminder of our American military heritage. All fans are encouraged to wear their Red, White , and Blue and bring small American flags for the very patriotic Opening Ceremonies that are planned.
Since all divisional titles are on the line with extremely close points battles in each class, drivers will be battling for every position on the track. One position could mean the difference between winning and losing a championship. Pinkowsky only leads Sayre by 9 points and if any bad luck befalls Pinkowsky, there could be a reversal of fortune. Last week, Sayre used a back up car and started in the rear of the field. By the tenth lap of the 35-lap feature he was in sixth position when contact with a slower car sent the Modified of Sayre into the turn one wall and out of the race. Sayre saw his 16-point lead evaporate and now looks a 9-point deficit.
Martin Stanwood has held a tight grip on the ShorTrack Sportsman standings all season, but has watched Dale Holland move closer and closer each week, with only 12 points separating the two going into tonight's race. Holland has momentum on his side while Stanwood is banking on his experience to carry him to the championship. Scott Puncochar holds a commanding lead over Brad Tanner in the Street Stock class and only needs to start the main event to claim is second consecutive title. Since the inception of the Figure 8 class five years ago, a Cherington has won the title. Only 21-points separate the brothers, with Dan leading and Joe in second.
"As Americans, we stand four-square behind our President," said Craig Armstrong, Portland Speedway General Manager. "We also believe that to completely alter our lifestyles in reaction to the despicable acts of terrorism perpetrated on Tuesday is, in effect, allowing the terrorist to prevail. We proudly host the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Championship Race tonight at Portland Speedway."
The events tonight will close the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series season at Portland Speedway with only one special event left on the schedule. Next Friday, September 21, the 2nd Annual NAPA Auto Parts Dirt Stock Car Open presented by Don Frank Floor Covering Company will feature the exotic Outlaw Dirt Late Models, Modifieds, and Street Stocks in a unique two-day racing format. Friday, September 21 will be qualifying and heat races for all classes, with main and special events on Saturday, September 22. Advance tickets are available online at www.portlandspeedway.com or at all Ticketmaster locations.