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Shelby Thompson defending his Montana 200 crown

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: Thompson Returns to Defend Montana 200 Crown

July 12, 2024

This weeks report features Shelby Thompson defending his Montana 200 crown in a new car, Andrew Tate winning his second consecutive hydroplane race, and point leaders from Qlispe Raceway and Stateline Speedway.

Chase Berkeley

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: Berkeley Repeats in IMCA Wild West Series

July 5, 2024

This weeks report highlights Chase Berkeley's impressive wins in the IMCA Wild West Speedweek, Kody Kopp's second-place finish in the Parts Unlimited AFT Singles series, and Jim Seivers' perfect reaction time achievement in drag racing. Kasey Kleyn wins his third consecutive Northwest Super Late Model Series race at Motorplex, while John Force continues to recover from his recent crash.

Kody Kopp action shot

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: Unlimited Hydroplane and American Flat Track Racing News

June 28, 2024

Highlights include Kody Kopp's continuing success in flat track racing, updates on the 2024 unlimited hydroplane schedule starting in Guntersville, and the latest from the NHRA events.

Spokane’s Chris Davis and his “Old School Nitro”

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: 2024 Racing Schedule and Updates

June 21, 2024

Featuring comprehensive coverage of the 2024 racing season. Includes results and highlights from key races like the Apple Cup 125, Leonard Evans 150, and more. Check out detailed updates on Ryan Blaney's victory and Kasey Kleyn's consecutive wins.

Spokane’s Chris Davis and his “Old School Nitro”

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: Nitro Events At Qlispe Raceway, June 21-22

June 14, 2024

Nitro Event at Qlispe Raceway (June 21-22) - Showcasing nostalgia funny cars, fuel alters, and jet cars. June 15 will be Sprint Boats at Webb's Slough featuring a unique sprint boat race course with a $10,000 purse. Also on June 15 Kasey Kleyn leads the points going into the fourth event of the season in the NWSLM Race in Hermiston.

Radio Controlled Hydro Rocket Ship

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: Radio Controlled Hydro Rocketship

June 7, 2024

Gary Grombowski's RC hydroplane races, including the Rose Cup and Dean Chenoweth Memorial, are featured. John Force announces Austin Prock as his replacement after the NHRA New England Nationals. Evan Goetz wins the Wenatchee 200, earning $26,000 and overcoming challenges on the track. The report emphasizes ongoing contributions and developments in regional motorsports.

Jan Evans surrounded by family and friends following his victory at the Wenatchee Super Oval.

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: Ed Sneva Memorial Back At Stateline Speedway, June 1

May 31, 2024

The Ed Sneva Memorial race returns to Stateline Speedway, highlighting the Sneva family legacy in motorsports. Gary Beck's historic win at the first Spokane Raceway event in 1974 is recounted. A new racing venue, the Motorplex at The Mill in Emmett, Idaho, opened on May 25, 2024, promising diverse motorsports activities and community events. The report emphasizes the ongoing contributions and developments in the Pacific Northwest motorsports scene.

Jan Evans surrounded by family and friends following his victory at the Wenatchee Super Oval.

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: Kleyn Makes It Two Straight at Stateline

May 24, 2024

Kasey Kleyn secures his second consecutive win in the Northwest Super Late Model Series at Stateline Speedway, overcoming multiple challengers to claim victory. Joey Logano dominates the NASCAR All-Star Race at North Wilkesboro, leading 199 of 200 laps for his second win in the event's history.

Early stocks former Sneva car

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: Early Stock Class Racing - Preserving Inland Northwest's Motorsports History

May 17, 2024

The Early Stock class at Stateline Speedway revives a significant segment of racing history in the Inland Northwest. Drivers like Steve Spalding reminisce about racing at Fairgrounds with C stock class cars, open-wheel 1929-1940 coupes and sedans. These affordable and easy-to-build cars were the starting point for many renowned racers. The class, though absent from Spokane for years, was reborn through the efforts of enthusiasts and a traveling group from Canada and Oregon. Today, the Early Stock class continues to honor the past with races at Stateline, Wenatchee, and other local tracks.

Eagle Track Raceway in Republic, WA

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: Eagle Track Raceway Announces Early Start for 2024 Season

May 10, 2024

Eagle Track Raceway, under new management by the Eagle Track Racing Association, will kick off its 2024 season earlier than expected on May 25. The 3/8-mile dirt racetrack will host Fever 4’s, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and possibly a Hornet class. Volunteers are encouraged to join workdays on May 11 and 18 to prepare the track. Nine additional race dates include a mid-season championship on July 27 and a season championship on October 12.

Jan Evans surrounded by family and friends following his victory at the Wenatchee Super Oval.

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: Jan Evans Wins Leonard Evans Memorial Race at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval

May 3, 2024

Jan Evans secures a victory in the Leonard Evans Memorial race at the Wenatchee Valley Super Oval, honoring his grandfather. This win makes the Evans family 2-for-2 in the Northwest Super Late Model Series 2024 season. Evans grabbed the lead from Kasey Kleyn after a restart on lap 124 and maintained it to win. The next NWSLM event is at Stateline Speedway on May 18. Cory Bell continues his efforts to keep Northport International Raceway race-ready with extensive track preparation work.

All-American paint scheme on a Sunset Speedway competitor.

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: Sunset Speedway Opens May 4

April 26, 2024

Sunset Speedway opens on May 4, featuring a different kind of go-kart racing on dirt with doubleheader events. Tyler Reddick wins the Talladega race amidst last-lap chaos, and Erik Jones is released from the hospital following a crash. Qlispe Raceway Park undergoes significant surface preparation for its drag racing season opener.

All-American paint scheme on a Sunset Speedway competitor.

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: Republic Race Track Hopes For June Opening

April 19, 2024

Highlights include the upcoming opening of Republic Race Track in June, with the Eagle Track Racing Association resuming operations. Renegade Raceway in Central Washington schedules significant drag racing events, including Funny Car Frenzy and Hot August Nights. Other upcoming events feature drag racing at Qlispe Raceway, Renegade Raceway, and Walla Walla Drag Strip, along with stock car racing at Hermiston Raceway, Northport Intl. Raceway, Stateline Speedway, and Wenatchee Super Oval.

Garrett Evans and crew celebrate the team’s sixth Apple Cup win April 7 at Tri City Raceway

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: Qlipse Raceway Chassis Inspection is April 2

April 12, 2024

Qlispe Raceway scheduled chassis inspections on April 20 ahead of their season opener. Garrett Evans won his sixth Apple Cup at Tri City Raceway, earning $10,000. John Force secured his first win in two years at the NHRA Winternationals in Phoenix. William Byron led a historic top-three sweep for Hendrick Motorsports at the NASCAR Cup Series race in Martinsville.

Kevin Moore’s a 1961 Chevy Impala with 750hp LS comes to Spokane from California

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: Spokane Speed & Custom Show Returns April 12-14

April 5, 2024

Highlighting the return of the Spokane Speed and Custom Show from April 12-14 at the Fair and Expo Center. The event features over 400 entries, including custom cars from multiple states and Canada, celebrity guests, and special attractions like NitroFest. Promoter Brian Anderson continues the legacy of the former Spokane Auto Boat Speed Show. Additional coverage includes the 55th annual Apple Cup at Tri-City Raceway.

Honda possibly taking its IndyCar technology to NASCAR

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: Honda to NASCAR?

March 29, 2024

This weeks report discusses Honda's potential entry into NASCAR, leveraging its IndyCar technology. It also details the resurfacing of Tri-City Raceway ahead of the Apple Cup.

Ephrata teen Danica Dart

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: Danica Dart Entered in Apple Cup

March 22, 2024

This weeks report covers the passing of Joan Evans, a key figure at Wenatchee Super Oval. Ephrata teen Danica Dart is set to compete in the 55th Apple Cup at Tri City Raceway, aiming for a strong finish and preparing for the upcoming ARCA Menards Racing Series event.

Neil Hansen receives the Lloyd Scott Memorial award from Orville Moe

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: Services for Popular Local Drag Racer Neil Hansen

March 15, 2024

This weeks report honors the late Neil Hansen, a prominent local drag racer known for his jet car "Brain Damage." His memorial service is set for March 21. The Walla Walla Drag Strip announced its 2024 schedule, featuring 15 Napa Point Series races, starting April 27 and ending September 29, including the NHRA Jr. Dragster Challenge and Division-6 Super Quick series.

Racing at Northpoint International

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: 9 Races in 2024 at Northpoint International

March 8, 2024

This weeks report highlights nine scheduled races at Northport International Raceway, including the return of dirt track racing with events in Modifieds, Street Stocks, Fever 4, and Hornets classes. Promoter Cory Bell anticipates fierce competition with notable champions returning. The report also covers the upcoming Apple Cup on April 7 at Tri-City Raceway, a prestigious event for the Northwest Super Late Model Series with a $10,000 prize.

Damien Chinn Headshot

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: Damien Chinn - Renegade Raceway

March 1, 2024

This weeks report features profiles on Damien Chinn and Junior Chinn, highlighting their achievements and sponsorships in drag racing at Renegade Raceway. Damien started racing in 2016 and has won multiple championships, while Junior began in 2019 and races both cars and bikes. The article also includes a correction about Qlispe Raceway Park’s Ben Zimmerman and an invitation for readers to submit profiles of racing champions.

 The zMAX CARS Tour will expand to the West Coast in 2024

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: zMax Cars Tour Will Expand To The West Coast

February 23, 2024

This weeks report highlights the expansion of the zMAX CARS Tour to the West Coast, with the season opener at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway on March 2. The report also covers the 2024 schedule for the Northwest Super Late Model Series, featuring new race sites and events, with significant changes anticipated in the competition landscape.

Spokane Raceway Park in 1974

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: QLispe Raceway 2024 Drag Schedule Released

February 16, 2024

This weeks report highlights the Qlispe Raceway's 2024 drag racing schedule, featuring 30 events including Nitro Jam, Thunder Night, and Blown Alcohol Thunder. The report also mentions significant track resurfacing and the appointment of Ben Zimmerman as operations manager. Additionally, Northern Quest Resort and Casino will host a Daytona 500 watch party on February 18, with food, drink specials, and prizes.

Tony Berry trophy at Tucson

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: Tony Berry Collects Karting Victories

February 9, 2024

This weeks report highlights Tony Berry's karting victories in the KT100 and Unlimited All-Stars classes at races in Tucson and Salem. The report also covers the 2024 Region 10 inboard hydroplane schedule, featuring 10 races, with seven events in Eastern Washington, including notable races like the Entiat Vintage Raceboat Regatta and Manson Hydrofest.

Eric Wolfe - Qlispe Raceway 2023 Pro Eliminator Champion

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: Eric Wolfe - Qlispe Raceway 2023 Pro Eliminator Champion

February 2, 2024

This weeks report features Eric Wolfe, who won the 2023 Pro Eliminator Championship at Qlispe Raceway. Wolfe, who has a long history in drag racing dating back to 1974, secured his first track championship in 2023 with consistent performances, overcoming competitors like T.J. Loper and Dave Oien.

Kevin Martin headshot

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: Kevin Martin - Stateline Outboard Racing Association 2023 1100CC Hydro Class Champion

January 26, 2024

This weeks report features Kevin Martin, the 2023 Stateline Outboard Racing Association 1100cc Hydro Class Champion. Martin, a second-generation racer, returned from a 12-year retirement and aims for a national podium finish in 2024. Sponsors include Custom Truck Spokane and Diesel Power Products.

Kyle Suchy - Hermiston Hornets Champ

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: Kyle Suchy - Hermiston Hornets Champ

January 19, 2024

This weeks report features Kyle Suchy, who won the Hermiston Raceway Hornets Championship. Despite starting the season unsure of how many races he could attend due to the birth of his twin boys, Suchy secured the championship with two race wins and consistent top-five finishes. He clinched the title with an eight-point lead over David Knowles.

Dan Watkins headshot

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: Dan Watkins: Northport Modified Champ

January 12, 2024

This weeks report celebrates Alex Mandere's 2023 championship win in the Rayce Rudeen Legends at Stateline Speedway. Mandere clinched the title with a dramatic last-lap pass, despite flipping his car 12 times in a prior race. The report also announces the return of the legendary IROC brand in 2024, under Ray Evernham and Rob Kauffman, featuring classic 1970s Chevrolet Camaro race cars.

Dan Watkins headshot

NW Motorsports Weekly Report: Dan Watkins: Northport Modified Champ

January 5, 2024

This weeks report features Northport's 2023 Modified champion Dan Watkins, highlighting his racing journey and family team's success. The report also honors drag racing legend Roland Leong, who passed away at 79, and NASCAR champion Cale Yarborough, who died at 84.