Thursday, May 22, 2008

Race City USA 97838

Just a mile or four out of Hermiston Oregon lives Race City USA, 1/4 mile high-banked paved oval with a lot of heart.

My connection with the track goes back a generation.

Seems my mum was a bit of a rebel (gasp) and had a boyfriend or two that raced both on the street and on the track.

Saturday Night racing at its finest.

We moved away, but I returned in my teens and , wouldn’t you know it I ended up with a boyfriend (or two) that raced on and off the track.

By this time I was a fair mechanic in my own right so it was logical for me to get involved .
I have owned ½ of a car (or two) over the years and still have an interest in my friends Street Stock car. (see older post)
My son was involved before he moved, and my daughter is very much bitten by the racing bug.

Track imagery

image from TeraServer USA


Race City USA runs 5 classes this season every other Saturday Night.
They used to run 3 classes (alternating) every Saturday, but for whatever reason (poor attendance I think) they have changed the schedule.

Late Models
A) Any V-8 American standard production or after market metal, fiberglass or mixture body. No Vans, 4X4’s, station wagons, etc.
B) Front engine and rear wheel drive only
C) 4 inch ride height
D) Approved 5 point seat belt, quick release type

Super Stock
A) Any V-8 American manufactured passenger car or pickup
B) 104” wheel base minimum
C) No vans, 4X4’s, station wagons or sports cars
D) Front engine and rear wheel drive only
E) No fiberglass bodies. Steel or aftermarket metal bodies only

Street Stock
A) Any steel bodied V-8 American manufactured passenger car. No aluminum. No fiberglass.Rubber front and back ends OK
B) 104” wheel base minimum
C) No vans, 4X4’s, station wagons, or sports cars
D) Front engine and rear wheel drive only

Mini Stock
A) Any four-cylinder passenger car or pickup
B) Front engine location. Front or rear wheel drive
C) GM to GM, Ford to Ford, Datsun to Datsun, Etc.
D) Partial tube chassis ok
2400 cc maximum. No rotary engines

A) Any 4 cylinder, steel bodied car with a complete stock body, frame and suspension
B) Front engine location, front or rear wheel drive
C) GM to GM, Ford to Ford, Datsun to Datsun, etc.
D) Maximum 103” wheelbase
No turbo, super-charged, or rotary engines.

Gates open at 5:00pm Time trails at 5:30 Racing at 7:00pm
Adults $8 Seniors/Students $6 Children $2
Family Pass $20 Good for 2 adults and up to 3 children
VIP Parking $10 Plus admission tickets

Race City,USA
81236 Hwy 395 North
Hermiston, Or 97838

Pit gates open at 3pm
Pit pass fees:(per evening)
Late model drivers $35
Mini stock, Street stock, Super stock drivers $30
Mosquito drivers $15
Pit Crew $15

Factor in the registration fees

Registration fee is $25 for car and Driver. Mosquito’s $10.
Pit Pad Renewals are $50 for the year.
New pads are $100 for the year.
Pit Pad per night is $10 per night if available.

And need I mention fuel prices.

(paying to race is a pet peeve, hell we don’t get a cut of the gate and the payout ain’t great)

Season Opener was May 17th

Fast times
Mini Stock - #9 Billy McAdams - 17.44
Super Stock - # 1 Rick Mulbourn - 17.33
Late Model - #42 Dan England - 16.31

It ain’t much, but it’s ours!
If you are ever in my neck of the woods, make it a Saturday Night!
Here are some pictures

from 2006
from 2007

Looking forward to reading about ‘your’ tracks.
Thanks to Forensic2 and the GGW Racing crew for making me sit down and think about this.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Kitna "What I meant was..."

"Lions QB Jon Kitna repeated his spring statement of last year and this year that anything less than 10 wins will be a disappointment. "Our expectation is, we will be disappointed if we don't win 10 games because that will mean we are not in the playoffs," Kitna said. "I can't make it any simpler than that. Anybody who says that's not their expectation level is unfortunately not very much of a competitor." -- Detroit News

Ok Lions fans, here we go again.

It's not easy being a Lion's fan but some of us have stuck through thick and thin.

Although, the way this quote is written, I see Kitna's point.

However, no matter how he said it we all remember what this phrase cost last year.

I start the season every year with optimism. I have to. They've got some new faces and maybe one or two of them can help improve the team.

Perhaps one year (soon?) I'll be on in the front seat when y'all are jumping on the bandwagon.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Un-Popularity Contest Results

First annual ?
Bloggers Speak NONASCAR race schedule.

Some of you read and voted on my
Un-Popularity Contest blog

The results are in!

Many familiar cars will not be on the trackNascar Animations
This blogger season the drivers are
Jeff Burton
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Clint Bowyer
Greg Biffle
Kasey Kahne
Ryan Newman
Martin Truex Jr.
Matt Kenseth
David Ragan
Brian Vickers
Bobby Labonte
David Gilliland
Paul Menard
Elliott Sadler
Travis Kvapil
Casey Mears
Scott Riggs
Reed Sorenson
Sam Hornish Jr.
Regan Smith
Dave Blaney
Aric Almirola
John Andretti
Johnny Sauter
Eric McClure
Stanton Barrett
Boris Said
Sterling Marlin
Carl Long

Here is the list of tracks for the season

Atlanta Motor Speedway
Chicagoland Speedway
Darlington Raceway
Dover International Speedway
Kansas Speedway
Lowe's Motor Speedway
Martinsville Speedway
Michigan International Speedway
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Phoenix International Raceway
Richmond International Raceway
Talladega Superspeedway
Texas Motor Speedway
Since there are only 13 tracks, each will have 2 races one early, one late. The dates will be determined by proximity to the last track.No more bouncing back and forth .

There have been some modification to the existing Rule Book.

There will no longer be a ‘template’ for the cars- “run what you brung!”

The field will no longer be frozen during the yellow.(you can race back to the yellow flag)

Lapped cars will restart at the back of the pack.

No top 35 rule (note I don’t think we have 35 drivers anyway)
This also means that anyone can just show up at the race and qualify (except full time NASCAR drivers that have been removed from the above drivers list)

NO restictor plate, NO debris cautions,NO lucky dog.

Yellow laps will no longer be counted in the total laps raced.

Pit road speed is whatever you feel safe with and there is no longer a commitment cone.

You are not required to wear pants in the pits.(just for you)

If you spin out twice (without help) you will NOT be rejoining the race.

There is no ‘chase’.It's all or nothin' baby!

And you can use any tire (or tyre) you want! Photobucket

By popular demand there will be NO announcers from any recognized network.
Kristin Valus has been nominated to lead a team of fellow bloggers (feel free to nominate more)to announce the races.
Any Driver that has been ‘cut’ from the list above may also be nominated. (But can be removed from the booth at anytime).

By a pretty even margin, there will only be one and a half boogity’s before the race.


I must tell you all to BUCKLE UP- you’re gonna need all the safety equipment you can find!