Grand Re-Opening at Portland Speedway By Derrick Shannon Portland, Or. July 23. It has been just over two weeks since the curtain fell on the asphalt era of racing at the historic Portland Speedway and the transformation is almost complete,...
Grand Re-Opening at Portland Speedway
By Derrick Shannon
Portland, Or. July 23. It has been just over two weeks since the curtain fell on the asphalt era of racing at the historic Portland Speedway and the transformation is almost complete, as the staff readies for the new era of dirt racing that will begin on Friday August 4. Five thousand cubic yards of clay have been hauled in and now lays where the asphalt of yesterday once sat. Constructions crews have been working non-stop in preparation for the Grand Re-Opening presented by Baxter Auto Parts/Auto Value featuring the Hy-Per-Lube Northern Sprint Tour.
The Hy-Per-Lube Northern Sprint Tour boasts a roster of 50 drivers from all over the Northwest piloting winged 360 sprint cars who skillfully pitch their cars sideways through the corners lap after lap, this type of racing action is what makes dirt racing some of the most exciting in all of motorsports. The inaugural Portland race is stop number 15 on the 21 race tour, which travels throughout Oregon, Washington, and into Montana. Two time and defending series champion, Shawna Wilskey, will vie for the initial trophy on the new half-mile clay oval. These cars will reach speeds in excess of 120 mph on the straights, which will surely add excitement as the drivers negotiate the new track. Joining the NST will be the Pro-Four West Modifieds, these cars are similar to IMCA and Grand American Modifieds that race at many tracks across the country. The Pro-Four West is a touring series that competes on tracks throughout the Northwest, and will add side by side, wheel rubbin' excitement to the evening of racing.
Gates for the Grand Re-Opening will open at 5pm, with racing screaming of the line at 7pm. Tickets for this event can be purchased at any G.I. Joes Ticketmaster locations or by logging onto www.portlandspeedway.com This is only the beginning of dirt racing at Portland Speedway, coming August 25,26, the Greatest show on dirt, the Pennzoil World of Outlaws, and in 2001, a whole new Friday Night program that is sure to knock your socks off. See you at the races!