By Ben Deatherage: COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (Jan. 26) – IMCA returns to the Pacific Northwest in a big way with Modified sanctions at five tracks in Oregon and Washington.
Drivers competing for local track championships at Cottage Grove, Ore., Speedway, Southern Oregon Speedway in White City, Sunset Speedway Park in Banks, Ore., Williamette Speedway in Lebanon, Ore., and Grays Harbor Speedway in Elma, Wash., will be part of IMCA’s Larry Shaw Racing Western Region.
Opening night and season championship dates for all five tracks are to be announced.
“This is going to be a great deal in the long run and the move will get us aligned with the rules packages of California and other Western states,” commented Willamette Speedway General Manager Chris Nofziger.
IMCA sanctioned the former Riverside Speedway in Cottage Grove from 1991-1993. The most recent sanction in Washington State was in 1997.
“We look forward to returning to both states. These new sanctions will help bring new drivers into the division,” IMCA Director of Track Relations Jim Stannard said, “while bringing state, regional and national recognition to competitors at all five facilities.”
Cottage Grove Speedway has hosted fast and exciting action as far back as 1956. Since then, the ¼-mile banked oval has been regarded as a place where fast times are set and plenty of side-by-side racing. For the venue’s homepage www.cottagegrovespeedway.com.
Southern Oregon Speedway is located in White City just minutes away from Central Point and Medford. Regular classes also include 360 sprints, pro mods, super 4’s, dwarf cars, street stocks and mini Stocks. The track website is www.sospeedway.com.
Sunset Speedway Park is located just west of the Portland metro area in Banks on the Sunset Highway. The venue is located in a gorgeous small town setting with rolling hills in the background and hosts weekly competition with the Northwest Extreme Sprint Car Series, Northwest Wingless Tour, street stocks, 4-bees, pure stocks, women’s and tracers classes. The track website is www.sunsetspeedwaypark.com.
Willamette Speedway has operated since the 1960’s and has been regarded as the “Late Model Capitol of the Northwest” for many years. The venue also hosts weekly action comprising of late models, sportsmen, classics and mini trucks. The track website is www.trophymotorsports.com.
Grays Harbor Raceway is known for its high speeds and side-by-side racing as well as its large size. Regular classes include 360 sprints, midgets, hobby stocks and hornets. The track website is www.graysharborraceway.com.