Our hats are off to Garrett, Shannon, Dave, Jeremy and the entire crew at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval. As they move forward with further improvements with the confidence of ownership, this track can only get better. If you decide to travel out west to Washington, you can’t do better than to race here like my east coast friend Jay Fogleman did recently.
South Sound Speedway
Located in Rochester, Washington, this track is another non-fairgrounds facility that is owned by Butch Behn and run by Nick Behn. Nick also runs the racing parts business located on the grounds of the speedway. It is billed as the fastest 3/8-mile track on the West Coast.
The technical inspection team at South Sound was very thorough. They went car to car and d
Here is what a Big Rig looks like. The engines are modified, some of them have wings and a
Being in this region for a while, I saw lots of logging trucks and the company that sells
We have been staying in the town of Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula right on the Strait of Juan De Fuca. This is a wonderful area to see and has exceptional weather year round. It was just a short trip south to this stop and soon we will be heading north to visit racetracks above Seattle.
On our way down, we stopped in Olympia to get our mascot Yorkie, Xena, serviced at PetSmart and also have lunch at Fish Tales, a “dive” we had seen featured on the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives tv show. It was all it was cracked up to be with a great brunch offered up on this Saturday morning. Hey, why not? We devote four months of our lives to this Tour, we’ve gotta have a little R&R, right?
For our visit, we happened to pick a night when the Rolling Thunder Big Rig racing series were running at South Sound. These converted semi tractors attract quite a following. When we arrived in the early afternoon on July 20, we parked our Tour bus at a convenient place at the far side of the large parking area in full view of anyone coming in.
As race time approached, I noticed that the entire area was being filled to capacity and the fans were still coming in. By the time the heat races were over, there was little room for any more cars and our bus was surrounded.
Sometimes, a racetrack has to have these types of special shows that will draw spectators who don’t normally think of going to the races. This is just that kind of event. And who knows, some of these first timers might just return to the regular Saturday night shows that follow after being introduced to circle track racing action.
Word got out that we were coming and I was approached by several CT readers who wanted to talk racing tech. One guy had traveled 150 miles just to visit with me and discuss racing in general.
The other divisions that made up the show for our visit include the Mini-Stocks, Hobby Stocks, and the Bumble Bees, which are just what they sound like. All of the classes put on a good show, but I was surprised that the trucks don’t just ride around, they really raced hard and fought for position.
South Sound also hosts Pro 4 Trucks, Pro Nationals (formerly Baby Grands), Stinger 8s, Outlaw Compacts, Legends cars, Super Late Models, the WMRA (midget racing), Vintage Modifieds, and the West Coast Street Stock Series that we saw last week at Wenatchee.
This is another track that is obviously well run and cared for. The grandstands were clean, the numerous food concessions were great and it seemed that the entire crowd was very much enjoying themselves.
I got the feeling that a large percentage of the crowd were regulars. We would have preferred to attend a normal Saturday night show, but our schedule does not necessarily allow us to pick and choose. We have to make due and keep moving in a logical progression through the West Coast states. Later on we will run into this situation again with big Sprint Car shows.
Our next stops are, as I stated, at three tracks near and north of Seattle. And after that, it’s off to Oregon for more racetracks and a visit to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area where we were allowed to roam free in a rented Razr along a 50-mile stretch of dunes reaching heights of 100 feet or more. Hey, it’s all part of the job.
Don't forget to check out the rest of our series on The 2013 AMSOIL Great American CT Tour!
Atomic Motor And Rocky Mountain Raceways
Meridian And Stateline Speedways
Wenatchee and South Sound Speedways
Skagit and Deming Speedways
Evergreen, Douglas County, and Coos Bay
Calistoga, and Silver Dollar Speedways