NW Motorsports Report - September 29, 2023

september 28, 2023


 Largest Stockcar race on the West Coast converges at the most demanding 1/2 mile asphalt racetrack in the USA.

West Richland, Wash. — Rescued from a racetrack destined for demolition and moved to another brought back to life three years ago, Tri City Raceway at Red Mountain Event Center in West Richland will stage the 36th running of the Fall Classic Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in West Richland, Wash.

The unique ½ mile tri-oval at Tri-City Raceway, which had been closed and gathering desert dust since 2004, reopened to stage the 2021 Fall Classic, which had been run at Yakima Speedway since 1988. Yakima Speedway was sold and demolished in 2021 to become an industrial site along Interstate-82.

The track is part of what is known as the Red Mountain Event Center which is envisioned to be a multi-faceted tourism engine for the city — and the Tri City area as a whole.

The 2021 race was an instant hit and has sold out seating both then and in 2022. Event and ticket information can be found by visiting www.redmountaineventcenter.com.

In excess of 130 teams competing in six classes will come to Tri Cities for the race presented by Desert Food Mart and Cougar Cafe. Over $100K in total prize money is up for grabs over the weekend.

“I can’t believe both are to up 40 cars, it’s the largest so far,” spokesperson Laci Walden wrote in an email regarding the dual late model fields.

Headlining the event this year is Sunday’s 125 lap Championship race for the NW Super Late Model Series. Over 40 cars have entered the 36th running of this prestigious event, often referred to as the “crown jewel” of racing in the Northwest.

The reopening of TCR reversed a sad trend in the Pacific Northwest which had seen over a dozen racetracks in the region, including those in Portland, Boise, Spokane and Calgary — among others — have either closed or are in mothballs since 1980.

It all kicks off Friday, Sept. 29 with practice for all classes plus Media Day in between sessions. Practice begins at 9 am with racing scheduled to start at 1 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, September 30
NW Vintage Modified Championship
Tire Factory TSCS Ministock Championship
Tire Factory TSCS Prolate Model Championship

Sunday, October 1
Elite 5 Modified Challenge Championship
Tire Factory TSCS Hobby Stock Championship
Northwest Super Late Model Series Championship


 At Yakima Speedway
(Year Driver)
1988 - Pete Harding
1989 - Ron Eaton
1990 - Chris Hart
1991 - Martin Rosler
1992 - Ron Eaton
1993 - Rick Schultz
1994 - Garrett Evans
1995 - Kelly Tanner
1996 - Ron Eaton
1997 - Pete Harding
1998 - Pete Harding
1999 - Pete Harding
2000 - Garrett Evans
2001 - John Bender
2002 - Garrett Evans
2003 - Ken Kaltschmidt
2004 - John Zaretzke
2005 - Jeff Barkshire
2006 - B.J. Tidrick
2007 - Erick Hargraves
2008 - Mike Longton


2004 - John Zaretzke
2005 - Jeff Barkshire
2006 - B.J. Tidrick
2007 - Erick Hargraves
2008 - Mike Longton
2009 - Joey Tanner
2010 - Shane Harding
2011 - Naima Lang
2012 - Naima Lang
2013 - Cameron Haley
2014 - Cameron Haley
2015 - Tayler Riddle
2016 - Jason Jefferson
2017 - Owen Riddle
2018 - Jason Fraser
2019 - Randy Marshall Jr.
2020 - Naima Lang

At Tri City Raceway
2021 - Jason Fraser
2022 - Donnie Wenat

Donnie Wenat celebrates his 2022 Fall Classic Victory

Aerial view of sold-out Tri-city Raceway at the 2022 Fall Clasic



Paul Delaney has been writing about Motorsports in the Pacific Northwest since 1976. He welcomes learning about your racing accomplishments.

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