COTTAGE GROVE, Oregon — The 2012 season will see the introductory period of a rules package that will affect the Modified classifications of the Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Sunset Speedway Park of Banks, and the Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Washington. The rules will be based of the United States Racing Association (USRA) which is headquartered in Webster City, Iowa. The move will bring the Northwest closer to complete uniformity in regards to Modified rules as White City’s Southern Oregon Speedway recently transitioned to USRA rules.
In order to give drivers and teams the appropriate time to transition to the new set of rules all three tracks will have a year to phase the rules in. For 2013 it is expected that all cars be up to the USRA standards and cars will be compatible and on the same page with all previously mentioned venues. The move will be very helpful come time for the 2nd Annual Wild Wild West Modified Shootout events in June where there will be a common base of rules at the majority of the tracks that will host the races.
Some things to note for local teams and fans is that the formats and the rules will be relatively the same even though the tracks are transitioning the rules. There will be no aluminum block engines allowed to compete at any of the three tracks as well. Amongst the three venues there will be a total of fifty point events throughout the course of the 2012 campaign.
"We are looking forward to working with the United States Racing Association (USRA) in the future. This association will add consistency, recognition to the drivers and points funds to all of the tracks. We can't wait to get this season started." said Jerry Schram co-owner of all three facilities.
The USRA currently sanctions divisions of Modifieds, Stock Cars, B-Modifieds, and Hobby Stocks at forty-four other tracks amongst thirteen different states reaching from Oregon to Arizona to Louisiana to Wisconsin. For a complete list of rules be sure and visit the United States Racing Association on the worldwide web at www.usraracing.com.
The Willamette Speedway has operated since 1966 and has been regarded as the “Late Model Capitol of the Northwest” for many years in anxious to host fans with the vast upgrades and improvements done over the 2011-12 winter. In addition to the aforementioned special events weekly action will comprise of Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Classics, and Mini Trucks. For more information on the latest news and stories regarding the Willamette Speedway log on to www.trophymotorsports.com.
The Grays Harbor Raceway is known for its high speeds and side by side racing as well as its large size. Hosting regular racing from April to September with 360 Sprints, Modifieds, Midgets, Hobby Stocks, and Hornets as regular classes. You can keep up on all the latest activity at www.graysharborraceway.com for the latest news and stories.
The 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 350 Sprints, the Northwest Wingless Tour, Modifieds, Street Stocks, 4-Bees, Pure Stocks, Womens, and Tracers classes. To stay up to date with the latest information regarding this wonderful facility log on to www.sunsetspeedwaypark.com.