EAGLE, Idaho -- One of the most coveted Northwest racing championships will be decided Saturday at Chaparral Speedway when the Northwest Sprintcar Racing Association concludes its season on the high-banked 3/8-mile oval.
Two consecutive rainouts on the NSRA schedule and a tight points race has turned Chaparral into the center of the Northwest open-wheel universe as Pat Bliss of West Linn, Ore., tries to hold off Rick Brown from Springfield, Ore., for the championship.
Bliss, the brother of former NASCAR Craftsman Truck season champion Mike Bliss, owns an eight-point lead over Brown. Third-place Andy Alberding, the Roseburg, Ore., driver who owns the Chaparral fast-lap record, sits just 17 points out of first place.
In addition to the historic NSRA race Saturday, the Idaho midgets will race at Chaparral for the first time in eight years.
The Idaho Six-cylinder Racing League modifieds end their season Saturday, too, giving open-wheel racing fans another option.
Close to 120 cars are expected to race with drivers coming from Twin Falls, Salt Lake City, Oregon and Washington. There also will be races for Super Stocks, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks. Hornet Fest II will serve as the championship race for that beginner division, too.
General admission is $15, and the gates open at 4:30 p.m. Qualifying is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. with the races starting at 6:45 p.m.
For more information, call the Chaparral hotline at (208) 939-RACE or log on to www.chaparralspeedway.com.
Chaparral Speedway is northwest of Eagle, Idaho. Take Interstate 84 to Boise, turn off at the Eagle exit and turn north onto Eagle Road. Turn west from Eagle Road onto Idaho 44/State Street. From Idaho 44, turn north onto Idaho 16 and turn west onto Chaparral Road.