COTTAGE GROVE, Oregon — Winged 360 sprint car fans throughout Oregon and even California will be treated to the newly created Interstate Sprint Car Series (ISCS) for the 2011 campaign. This season will mark the inaugural year for the tour and will race ten point races at four different tracks in two different states. The series will also embark on a venture to Big Sky country for three races in four days in Montana but those dates are not for points.
The idea for the series originated in late 2010 with the Western States Finals at the Cottage Grove Speedway last fall with Brian Crockett the current Track Manager. The race was originally going to be a three race in as many nights to close out action in Oregon but the original date in early October was rained out and rescheduled with only the Cottage Grove event.
During the winter time Crockett got together with promoters/track managers of the Southern Oregon Speedway in White City, Coos Bay International Speedway on the Oregon Coast, and the Siskiyou Motor Speedway in Yreka, California. As of 2010 only the Southern Oregon Speedway and the Cottage Grove Speedway host weekly programs while the other two have hosted races once or twice a year for the past few years.
“Previously Southern Oregon [Speedway] and Cottage Grove [Speedway] have had two programs with limited dates for 360 Sprints,” stated Brian Crockett, “we’ve managed to link our schedules together under one banner for the most part with the exception of one or two races at both tracks as well as put in a couple different tracks for a miniature series.”
“We’ve grabbed the interest of several drivers and teams that plan on making races this year and with only ten point races it’s pretty manageable for teams large and small to make every race but I think the main strength is that only two dates are standalone events so it really does make a weekend out of it.”
The season starts off on June 4th at the Cottage Grove Speedway followed by a Friday the 17th date at the same venue while the 18th will be the first trip for the group to the Coos Bay International Speedway. From thereon there will be a doubleheader at the Cottage Grove Speedway Independence Day weekend for the 2nd and 3rd with the finale being the first enhanced purse of the year.
Things heat up in August as there will be a triple header starting off with the Siskiyou Motor Speedway in Yreka, California which will host their first Sprint Car race since 2009 on Friday the 12th which also is an enhance purse race. Saturday the 13th will be the first visit to the Southern Oregon Speedway just outside the cities of Central Point and Medford near the California border. The weekend will conclude on Sunday the 14th with the Cottage Grove Speedway for the series’ fifth event at the facility.
The tour will sanction three races in Montana but the events are not for points. The first race will be at the Electric City Speedway in Black Eagle just outside of Great Falls on April 17th. The 18th will be an off date while the caravan of trailers travels south to the Gallatin Speedway in Belgrade just outside of Bozeman. The series will then head back to Great Falls to finish the trip up on the 20th. All three events will feature enhanced purses.
The tour will take the entire month of September off before they are back in action again in early October. The final weekend of action starts on Saturday the 8th the Cottage Grove Speedway will host the 2nd Annual Western States Finals and it will all conclude on Sunday evening on the 9th with the Coos Bay International Speedway.
The Interstate Sprint Car Series is a brand new winged 360 sprint car series primarily based out of Oregon but will sanction and host races in Montana and California. The series is slated at ten total point events reaching as far north as the Cottage Grove Speedway and as far south as the Siskiyou Motor Speedway in Yreka, California. The series currently has a current sum total of $9,000, but growing, end of the year points fund that will be awarded at the end of the season. For any teams or drivers wishing to learn more or for a complete list of rules log on to www.iscssprints.com or contact series director Brian Crockett at (541)-510-0757 for more information.
2011 Interstate Sprint Car Series Schedule
June 4- Cottage Grove Speedway (Cottage Grove, OR)
June 17- Cottage Grove Speedway (Cottage Grove, OR)
June 18- Coos Bay International Speedway (Coos Bay, OR)
July 2- Cottage Grove Speedway (Cottage Grove, OR)
July 3*- Cottage Grove Speedway (Cottage Grove, OR)
August 12*- Siskiyou Motor Speedway (Yreka, CA)
August 13-Southern Oregon Speedway (White City, OR)
August 14- Cottage Grove Speedway (Cottage Grove, OR)
August 17*#- Electric City Speedway (Great Falls, MT)
August 19*#- Gallatin Speedway (Belgrade, MT)
August 20*#- Electric City Speedway (Great Falls, MT)
October 7- TBA
October 8- Cottage Grove Speedway (Cottage Grove, OR)
October 9- Coos Bay International Speedway (Coos Bay, OR)
*- Indicates Events With Enhanced Purses
#- Indicates Non-Point Events
Coos Bay International Speedway
Distance- ¼ Clay Oval
Physical Address- 2501 Highway 42, Coos Bay, OR 97420
Track Phone- (541) 269-2474
Cottage Grove Speedway
Distance- ¼ Dirt Oval
Physical Address- 2150 North Douglas Street, Cottage Grove, OR, 97424
Track Office- (541)-942-7561
Electric City Speedway
Distance- 3/10 Clay Oval
Physical Address- 2801 Old Havre Highway, Black Eagle, MT 59414
Track Phone- (406)-727-4884
Distance- 3/8 Clay Oval
Physical Address- 2290 Tubb Road, Belgrade, MT, 59714
Track Phone- (406)-388-9666
Siskiyou Motor Speedway
Distance-3/8 Dirt Oval
Physical Address- Fairlane Road, Yreka, CA 96097
Track Phone- (530)-598-1656
Southern Oregon Speedway
Distance- 1/3 Clay Oval
Physical Address- 6900 Kershaw Road, White City, OR
Track Phone- (541)-772-6264