Slinging Dirt Saturday Night In Oregon


(captainblowdri file photo)

Last Saturday night found ol Captain Blowdri again at Madras Speedway in Central Oregon.  The program included wingless sprint cars, modifieds, and the screaming dwarf cars.

For the last four weekends I have had the opportunity to sample some local dirt track racing at a few tracks in Oregon, like Cottage Grove, Coos Bay, and Madras.  Even though the car counts at Coos Bay and Madras were not as robust as they could  be, the racing surface at each track, and the program organization was excellent.  I also noticed that at all three tracks there was a conducive family atmosphere.  Something that I think will keep these tracks in business in the future.

Touring the various race tracks that have been close to where we have parked our RV’s has been a lot of fun for me this summer. This summertime RV caravan consists of me, solo in my Fleetwood Expedition, and one of my brothers, Jim and his wife Edie, in their Fleetwood Revolution, and for the last month, my cousin Richard and his wife Carole, in their Monaco.

For the last four weekends, going to the various Saturday night racing venues has brought back great memories of 50 years ago when, both Jim and another brother Jerry were young teenagers, and they would take me to race tracks when I was just a very little boy.  It has been a great time enjoying the local Saturday night venues, watching the locals and their families having some quality time, as well as, hanging out with one of my older brothers, reminiscing about “the good old times”, as well as, enjoying a good ol Saturday night race!  (You know that you are getting older when you are referencing things that happened 50 years ago!)

Now that nearly all of the “traveling caravan” has pulled up stakes and headed up to Washington for some salmon fishing last Friday, I am, however, hanging out in La Pine by myself, waiting here til Labor Day.  On that day I, too, will be pulling up stakes, heading the ol RV South for Chico, CA, and you guessed it, camping out for some outstanding Sprint Car and Midget racing at Silver Dollar Speedway located at the fairgrounds at Chico.  I will be in Chico from Monday-Sunday morning, Sept 5-11th.  (Naturally, I will still be working on my redneck!)

At Chico I will be hooking up with a couple of good racing fans friends, Dan and Bernie Clapp.  Additionally, I will get together with Tim and Dorothy Donohue, my old EAL/UAL friends of 31 years, having some lunch and catching up on all things that are important to us.




Dirt Trackin’ In The Northwest


( a late model race car: captainblowdri file photo)

For the last three Saturday nights I have enjoyed watching races at three different dirt tracks in Oregon.  Three weeks ago I had the opportunity to partake in some great racing at Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

On that particular night the show consisted of wingless sprint cars, late models, and the mighty midgets toting the mail on the high banked 1/4 mile clay oval.  The wingless sprinters put on a great show.  However the class of the night was the late models.  It was a very fast and extremely competitive race with the winner taking the lead on the very last lap!

The following Saturday night I took in some races at the Coos Bay Speedway in Coos Bay, Oregon.  On that Saturday night their program consisted of wingless sprint cars, late models, an outlaw 4 cylinder race class, and some street stockers.

The Coos Bay facility is a banked 3/8 mile track that on that Saturday night was in great shape and was lightening fast!  Once again the best race was the late models.

Last Saturday night I ventured up to Madras, Oregon to check out what kind of show that the promoter was putting together.  On the banked 1/4 mile track at Madras was modifieds, mini trucks, street stockers, and super stocks/late models.

These three venues have showcased their local drivers, and each facility has put on quite a good local Saturday night program.  However, I was most impressed with the organized quickness at Madras Speedway that was the underlying theme.  The races there started at 6:30 sharp and were concluded at 9:30pm!

It is great to watch a local short track facility put on a good show and get it done in a reasonable amount of time!