Northern Sprint tour at Portland

The excitement of dirt track racing returning to Portland Speedway's half-mile oval is high among drivers, crews and fans of the hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour as they look forward to August 4th and the inaugural dirt-racing event. ...

The excitement of dirt track racing returning to Portland Speedway's half-mile oval is high among drivers, crews and fans of the hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour as they look forward to August 4th and the inaugural dirt-racing event. After the asphalt surface was removed following their July 5th event, work on the transformation has been nearly non-stop as crews hauled in more than 5,000 cubic yards of clay to work into the new racing surface. Additional improvements have also been made to increase safety at the track and improve the fans viewing of the action. After racing earlier in the season at the new track in Billings, MT, the drivers are excited about having another half-mile track to race on. Several of the drivers prefer the larger tracks and the higher speeds they generate, while others just like the added variety and added challenge that it gives to the tour. Racing at Portland Speedway also gives the hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour the chance to present their series to an area that has not had close access to open wheel dirt track action since the 1940's and 50's. After inaugural Northern Sprint Tour races in 2000 at State Fair Raceway in Yakima, WA and MetraPark in Billings, MT, the Northwests best sprint car drivers are looking forward to yet another new venue. Defending NST Champion Shawna Wilskey and 1997 Champion Rick Fauver are set to go, along with other top Washington drivers like Jay Smith, Jay Cole, Jayme Barnes, Rick Smith, Barry Martinez and Glenn Borden, Jr. Oregon based drivers looking for a shot at the new track in their home state are Billy Nutter, Dale Smith, Marvin Smith, Kirk Haefs, Scott Adams, Greg Brown, Jeff Thompson, Bryon Harvey and Cale Carder. Others expected to take a stab at the long track could include Brett Smith, Gary Lynch, Kevin Journey, Vern Scevers, and Gus Cooper. Following the night of excitement at Portland Speedway, the drivers and crews will travel south to Riverside Speedway, for a night of wheel banging action in Cottage Grove, OR on Saturday the 5th of August. After the half-mile track in Portland, the drivers and crews will now have to adjust their cars and driving styles to the quarter-mile oval at Riverside Speedway. The action at Cottage Grove is always exciting when the hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour comes to town, as fourty or more cars are usually the normal turn out. With several drivers calling it their home track, and most of the rest feeling right at home on the frequently visited clay oval, the fans can always expect to see close wheel to wheel racing.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Shawna Wilskey