I-5 Outlaw Late Model Series at Portland Speedway

Outlaw Late Models Invade Portland Speedway-The Dirt Track Portland, ORE. (June 12, 2001) The power and fury that is Outlaw Late Model racing comes to Portland Speedway-The Dirt Track Friday, June 15 for the first of two visits on the "Monster"...

Outlaw Late Models Invade Portland Speedway-The Dirt Track

Portland, ORE. (June 12, 2001) The power and fury that is Outlaw Late Model racing comes to Portland Speedway-The Dirt Track Friday, June 15 for the first of two visits on the "Monster" half-mile clay oval in the "SNAP ON TOOLS SHOOTOUT."

The I-5 Outlaw Late Model Series brings together Late Model dirt cars from Medford, Ore. to Skagit, Wash. Many of the drivers compete on a regular basis at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Ore. and Southern Oregon Speedway in Medford, Ore. The addition of Portland Speedway to their schedule offers these pilots an opportunity to race on a larger and faster track.

In last year's season ending Stock Car Open, Mark Grill of Albany, Ore. edged out Vancouver, Washington's Eric Sayre in one of the most exciting finishes of the season. With a last lap, last corner pass by Grill bested Sayre by less than a foot at the checkered flag. More than 60 Outlaw Late Models attempted to qualify for the inaugural event, which demonstrates the strength of these exotic racecars in the Pacific Northwest.

Last year was a finish Sayre would like to forget. "We had a great car last year and came up a bit short," Sayre said. "I am looking forward to this event, I am confident, and we have a good chance of finishing two feet ahead of where we did last year."

An Outlaw Late Model is a purposely-built 2700-pound racecar utilizing the latest in racing suspensions. An 800 horsepower engine supplies the power to 14 inch grooved racing tires that give the car extra traction on a dirt track. An aerodynamic "Wedge" type body cuts through the air and gives the car down force with the use of wings, spoilers and sideboards.

"We are excited about bringing this show to Portland Speedway," stated Bill Arnold, Promoter of Willamette Speedway. "Working with other tracks like Portland will allow us to grow the series slowly and give new fans some exciting racing to watch."

Spectator gates for this special event on Friday, June 15 will open at 5:00 PM with racing beginning at 6:30 PM. Joining the Outlaw Late Models will be the NASCAR Shortrack Sportsman Stock Cars on the half-mile, with the crazy Figure 8 Cars on the Criss-Crossing Figure 8 track. Plus, the show will close with a spectacular aerial FIREWORKS show. General Admission ticket prices for this event are $19 for adults, $15 for seniors and military (w/ID), $9 for juniors (11-17), and children 10 and under are free with a paid adult. Tickets can be purchased in advance at all Ticketmaster locations or by logging on to www.portlandspeedway.com

Portland Speedway is in its 76th year of providing motorsports entertainment to racing fans in Oregon and Southwest Washington. The 2001 racing season highlights a diverse schedule of events, and since converting to a clay-racing surface at the end of last season, Portland Speedway's clay surface has received high praise from competitors and fans alike.

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