Despite a slow start to the season, the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) Northwest Region will soon be kicking into first gear with the Northwest Speedweek, only weeks away. This exciting annual race promises fans some exciting drivers, and cars are already being tweaked to ensure that they provide drivers with the best performance.
The Northwest Speedweek will be taking place from July 14 to 19. The series will feature six nights of non-stop, action-packed racing, during which the best 360 sprint car drivers in the region will be put through their paces. The racing will get started on Monday at the Southern Oregon Speedway in Medford. The action will then continue to be a feature on different Oregon tracks for the next four nights straight. The second stop is Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, followed by Willamette Speedway in Lebanon. The Oregon leg of the Northwest Speedweek series will then end at Sunset Speedway in Banks, before crossing over to Washington where it will conclude with a massive two-night show at Grays Harbor Raceway. Since undergoing an extensive renovation, Grays Harbor Raceway is considered to be one of the premier dirt tracks in the country and fans can expect to see some truly great racing here. This is also the first year that teams will not be given a night off to regroup during the Northwest Speedweek. As the event approaches we find Seth Bergman in the lead with Henry Van Dam just four points behind him. Jayme Barnes is in third place but only time will tell how these positions will be altered by the end of the Northwest Speedweek.
That may mark the end of the Northwest Speedweek, but it is not the end of the racing in the northwest regions. ASCS Northwest Region teams will go on to compete at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, in a non-points event before darting off to compete in the Fred Brownfield Memorial and the Championship Weekend in Yakima, Washington, on September 26-27. Clearly racing fans in the northwest have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming months. You’d better make sure that you’ve got your tickets ready if you don’t want to miss out on all the action!