Speedway Promotions, LLC. | August,16th 2023
During Labor Day weekend, most of the Northwest's Speedways take the weekend off for the last weekend of summer. For the Hermiston Raceway, the facility will become the Northwest's Racing Capitol ! September 2nd & 3rd. This Labor Day Spectacular presented by IBEW 112 will not only be the largest race in the northwest for the weekend, it's also the Championship Night for several Divisions!
"The Labor Day Spectacular is projected to be the largest event we've seen over the last 5 years" says project manager Greg Walden. The event will attract over 130 different race teams from the Northwest between the two days, filling up the hotels and restaurants in Hermiston. "The economic impact to the Hermiston area will be well over $500,000" , said Walden.
Over $ 80,000 Will be paid out between the two nights of racing, 7 Track Champion Titles will be named with 4 touring divisions, & a Regional Qualifying/ Championship Event, Thousands are expected over the two day, action packed event!
Saturday Night | September, 2nd
Bettarel 75- Power City Prolate Model Championship
NW Mini Stock- Championship
Hermiston Hornets- Championship
Street Stock Championship
Elite 5 Modified Challenge Series
NW Tour Truck Series
Sunday Night | September, 3rd
NWSLMS- Labor Day Spectacular 125
Midway Legends Championship & Regional Qualifier
Bettarel Hobby Stock Championship
Hermiston Bomber Championship
Washington Midget Racing Association
Season Review - 2023 Track Championships
by: Greg Rentz
As stated above, the Championship battles for all seven local classes are on the line after a very competitive 2023 season for the local Hometown Heroes. One of the most entertaining classes not just at Hermiston, but in the Northwest as a whole, have been the Hornets. Often referred to as the "bread and butter" of any local racetrack, the 4 cylinder cars have put on spectacular racing as they head into Championship night with a very tight points battle. Kyle Suchy holds a 2 point lead over defending champion David Knowles. Suchy won his lone main event in the second race of the season back in April, while Knowles has found himself in the mix thanks to consistent finishes all year, despite not finding victory lane yet in 2023. Lurking in 3rd, just 19 points out of the lead, sits Kyle Franklin. The driver of the #88 leads the division with two wins, the only driver to win multiple main events this year. Should something happen to either Suchy or Knowles, watch for Franklin to try and capitalize and move up one or both spots and steal the championship.
The Mini Stock class features a similarly close points battle. This class also runs 4 cylinder cars like the hornets but utilizes rules that allow and encourage more racing orientated modifications for higher speeds. These are purpose built race cars that utilize the stock frame, while the hornets are street cars with the glass removed and a roll cage built in. While defending champion Mike Savage of Kennewick looks to defend his title and keep the Championship in the Columbia Basin, he only holds a 3 point lead over Spokane's Casey Jeske. Casey is not the only Jeske looking to pounce, as older brother Cameron sits just 6 points further back, well within striking distance.
The Betteral Hobby Stocks has also produced a very surprising points battle. All marking their first season in V8 competition, the top 3 in the championship hunt are teenage rookies. JJ Mullins leads after having a spectacular rookie season, scoring two wins on the year, plus success at other tracks in the Northwest. Hayden Tidrick sits 2nd in points, settling in nicely to move to within 13 points of the fellow Yakima native Mullins. For Tidrick, this race will be special, as its marks an opportunity to race against both his father, Darrell, and grandfather, Brad. This will be the first time the 3 generations of Tidrick will race against each other. 33 markers out of the lead, sits another Yakima native rookie, Tyler Huffines, who sits at a comfortable 3rd. A strong start to the season by Huffines has unfortunately seen mechanical woes drop him to an outside chance of capturing the Championship, but 33 points is not impossible to overcome with some "racers luck" as its called in the pits.
The Midway Legends have come down to 9 points between two drivers for the championship battle. 2019 Track Champion Kellen Dean and 2nd year legend driver Marcus Maggard have battled all season. Dean's two wins at the beginning of the season have proven to be the difference so far, but Maggard's win in the most recent outing has tightened things up. Watch for qualifying points to play a key role in how this one unfolds.
The Bomber points battle sees Shade Coe finding himself primed to grab the championship. Up by 51 points over Ron Wilbur, the driver of the black and gold #22 needs only to post a qualifying time and to start the feature event to win the championship, although he COULD clinch it in qualifying should he post a faster time than Wilbur. For Coe, the championship would be the icing on the cake for his breakout 2023 season, which has seen him win 3 main events, his first in his own equipment. Coe co-drove with Jeremy Erb for several years in Erb's #123 entry, before going out in his own car last season. With a second-year championship in his sights, Coe will look to just keep his nose clean in practice.
In Street Stocks, the focus is not so much on the points battle, but in the rebirth of the class as a whole. This series has averaged two, sometimes three cars a night for the last two seasons. Suddenly at the halfway point of this season, it was like a switch flipped, as car counts have grown to averaging 7 cars per night. A couple more teams have talked about coming over for Labor Day as well, so look for the Street Stocks to possibly have their biggest count in several years for the finale.
The Power City Pro Late Model points battle is the closest one on the docket. Defending track champion, Nick Gibson out of Boise, holds a one point lead over West Richland's Trace Thompson heading into Championship night. Gibson has won the previous two races at the 3/8 mile oval, while Thompson has scored two second place finishes, including the most recent outing on 4th of July weekend. Don't look now though, because Pasco's Mike Zamora is within striking distance as well, sitting 20 points out of the lead. All it would take is one problem for either Gibson or Thompson and car #57 could pounce and rip the title away. The largest car count of the year is expected for what should be an action-packed final race.
57th Season will be one for the books at Hermiston Raceway powered by Rogers Toyota-
When the green flag flies on April 22 sending off the 2023 season, it will mark the beginning of the 57th season at the Historic Hermiston Raceway, Oregon's longest continually running speedway, and the only paved short track in Oregon.
"We are proud to continue the legacy of this facility, especially now since the speedway is on solid ground with great support from competitors, spectators, and businesses in the community" states Laci Walden president of marketing. "The Walden Family has been working during the off season to provide a schedule in which you will not want to miss one single event. Every event is significant in entertainment value, excitement, and quality. Last season we had over 190 different teams from 5 states come to Hermiston Raceway, plus a very strong Idaho contingent of drivers that took a good chunk of prize money back to their hometowns.
New for 2023 will be the Pacific Northwest modified Challenge Series " Elite 5", with 2 events at Hermiston and 3 at Tri Cities. Also new for 2023 is a newly formed winged sprint car series known as the Crown Sprint Car Series. This will pull the best of the northwest sprint cars in their own series with stops at Hermiston, Meridian, Wenatchee, Evergreen Speedway, and Stateline Speedway. The Northwest Super Late Model Tour will have their traditional dates on Father's Day Saturday and Labor Day Sunday, the Powercity Pro late Tour will feature 4 events including the Bonney Ag Thunder on the Hill firework night which is also featuring the Tristate
Challenge Series Pros. The Midway Bar and Grill Legend Series, Betterall Hobby Stocks, Bombers, Hornets, Streets Stocks, and Mini Stocks will round out the local support series. Northwest Figure 8 racing returns on June 3, night of thrills returns July 22 with the bump to pass nationals, circus hornets, things to not hit with a car, burnout competition, and a special appearance of.........?
The Historic Hermiston Raceway is Powered by Rogers Toyota, Atkore, Columbia Beverage, Swire Coke, Bonney AG , Hoosier Tire, SRU Automotive, Townsquare Media, Wildhorse Resort and Casino, Cottage event Rentals, Sandy's Trophies, Cassiday Battery, Lawns Plus, Mels Towing and Collision, Atomic Screen Printing, Kik & Bonney Family as well as Speedway Promotions!
Rules will be released soon!
During Labor Day weekend, most of the Northwest's Speedways take the weekend off for the last weekend of summer. For the Hermiston Raceway, the facility will become the Northwest's Racing Capital .
"We feel that this area has the sunshine and warm temperatures, so why not put together a great two day show,"
says project manager Greg Walden. The event will attract over 120 different race teams from the Northwest between the two days, filling up the hotels and restaurants in Hermiston. "The economic impact to the Hermiston area will be well over $400,000" , said Walden.
Over $80,000 in awards will be paid out between the two nights of racing.
Atkore is presenting Saturday night- September 3rd 2022 featuring-
Trevor Cristiani fresh off his win at Findlay stadium -Liberty Launch 125 in Post Falls Idaho, and teammate Nick Gibson from Nampa Idaho- P2 in point standings for the NWSLMS Championship will be pulling TRIPLE duty running-
Saturday's Bettarel Prolate 75 and Speed Tour Modified 65, and the Northwest Super Late Model Atomic 125- event on Sunday.
(TOP 24) Point Standings for the Northwest Super Late Model Series:
1 37A Kaiden Anderson* Yakima, WA 186
2 11 Nick Gibson* Nampa , ID 160
3 17 Max Schroeder Olympia, WA 159
4 55 Haeden Plybon* Spokane, WA 157
5 3B Andy Beaman Selah, WA 153
6 29 Jason O'Neil Mead, WA 146
7 3K Ken Bonney Hermiston, OR 144
8 33 Christopher Kalsch Hillsboro, OR 140
9 83 Braeden Havens Airway Heights, WA 138
10 22 Evan Goetz* Okanogan, WA 136
11 23 Corey Allard Sandpointe, ID 124
12 93 Dave Garber Spokane, WA 105
13 90 Trever Cristiani Boise, ID 103
14 37L Mike Longton Moxee, WA. 95
15 25 Randy Marshall Jr* Moxee, WA. 88
16 12 Trenton Moriarity Monroe, WA. 84
17 1K Kasey Kleyn* Quincy, WA. 78
18 5 Jess Havens* Airway Heights, WA 75
19 18 Preston Peltier Brighten, CO. 52
20 15 Tayler Riddle Naches, WA 50
21 75 Mike Doss Upper Lake, CA. 44
22 27 Gracin Raz Portland, OR. 42
23 17P Bob Presley 41
24 15 Jim Franklin Kennewick, WA 40
Top 10 Hermiston Raceway 2022 NW Prolate Models Point Standings:
1.#55 Haeden Plybon Spokane, WA , 2.#11 Nick Gibson Nampa, ID, 3. #54 Trace Thompson West Richland,WA , 4.#05 Kaidyn Moran Kennewick, WA, 5.#3 Ken Bonney Hermiston, OR, 6.#50 Ken Mullins Naches, WA. 7.#1 Kasey Kleyn Quincy, WA. 8.#7 Thomas Abercrombie Layton, UT, 9.#80 Wyatt King Meridian, ID 10. # 26 John Newhouse Twin Falls, ID
Top 10 Speed Tour Modifieds Powered by Pit Stop USA Point Standings:
1.#79- Andrew Richardson 290, 2. #22- Jonathon Gomez 246, 3. # 39- Donovan Barr 218, 4. #41Natalie Waters 194, 5. #56 Rosalee Weller 188 , 6. # 24 Shelby Stroebel 172, 7.#29 Zach Webster 129, 8. #50 Nick Gibson 106, 9. #5 Ryan Phipps 105, 10. #45 Shawn Price
Hermiston Raceway is a 3/8 mile paved oval two miles north of Hermiston on Hiway 395. This is the 56th consecutive year of operation for the historic facility.
Schedule updated 1.5.22***
Speedway Promotions, LLC.
Hermiston Raceway- (Hermiston Oregon)
2022 Schedule Release
The Historic Hermiston Raceway is gearing up for its 55th season packed with Adrenaline, Thrills, Entertainment and of course SPEED. With a New Year comes new challenges and opportunities, the 2022 Season Schedule was designed to accommodate the growth of short track racing in the Northwest for not only the track as a whole but most importantly its Competitors & Fans! The Schedule was crafted amongst a variety of racing and entertainment with the aspiration to make each event premier and exciting for all that attend and compete. Hermiston Raceway's 3/8s is now a stomping ground for the biggest talent in the Northwest, it's challenging and unique features maximize driver talent and make the racing exciting to ALL fans, from newbies to diehards- There's never a dull moment, its an action packed show start to finish- The atmosphere at Hermiston Raceway is now ELECTRIC, after its 4th season under Speedway Promotions LLC. ran by the Walden Family!
Track Course Challenges - "The Roval"
A Few of the events have a track course challenge, this challenge is a course change referred to as "THE ROVAL". The Roval uses turn 1+2 of the race track and merges at the exit of turn 2- utilizing a portion of the Figure 8 track- exiting back onto the entrance of turn 3 of the race track. This course becomes a "chicane like" feature which elevates a Driver's talent, patience and knowledge of set-up- Did we mention its EPIC to spectate?
Divisions/ Travel Series + Entertainment-
Local Series include: Hornets, Bombers, Mini Stocks, Bettarel Hobby Stocks, Street Stocks , INEX Legends and Pro Lates Models.
Traveling Series include: Northwest Super Late Model Series, WESCO Winged Sprints, Tri- State Challenge Series Hobby Stocks, Tri-State Challenge Series Pro Late Models, West Coast Modifieds, West Coast Vintage Modifieds, Mini Stock Tour, Inland NW Sprints, AMCA Midgets, Focus Midgets, Washington Midget Racing association, ISRL, JR Late Model Series, Speed Tour Modifieds, MR Dizzy + Great Auz Stunt, Bump 2 Pass, Circus Bombers and Hornets, + Much More! We will be welcoming Speed51/ Racing America to stream selected events that reach fans across the globe (international platform) - more information on this will be released soon.
While EVERY race on the 2022 schedule is a deluxe show - Here's a list of Signature Events
Duel in the Desert - Pro Late Model 75 $5,000 to win! (May 28th)
Atomic 125 - Northwest Super Late Model Series (June 18th)
Bonney's AG Thunder on the Hill -+ Firework show featuring Tri-State Challenge Series Prolate Models (July 2)
Oregon Speed Week- Labor Day Spectacular 2-Day Show featuring the best in The Northwest (Sept 3/4)
The Season Kicks off - April 30th for Saturday Night Thunder featuring WESCO Winged Sprint cars, Mini Stock Tour, Bettarel Hobby Stocks, Street Stocks, Bombers + Hornets.
2022 we are coming in HOT! Schedule below/ Printable version is available- Click PDF file below to download.
2021 Hermiston Raceway Rules have been updated & posted in a PDF format. We are so excited to celebrate our 55th season running with you all!!
If you have any questions or concerns please contact:
M&S Motorsports, LLC.
Race Director: Marv Bohling
GET YOUR CARS READY AND LETS GO RACING!!!!
This Season we are hosting over 25+ Traveling series from all over the country and even some international. From children to adults, men to women, the scheduled series has so much diversity, competition and horsepower.
Hermiston's very own Hometown Heroes which has 7+ divisions, over 100 competitors and some of the best talent in the Northwest- are all scheduled in the events listed on the 2021 schedule.
History Channel's American Daredevil himself the World Famous MR. Dizzy f will also be taking center stage in some of the most EPIC- Adrenaline filled show the NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION.
Speaking of adrenaline filled, The Northwest Figure 8 series out of Monroe, WA are scheduled in 2021. Thrill seekers this one is for you! There is nothing more wild than watching a stacked field of cars battle it out, while flying through the intersection of the figure 8 track and trying not to wreck for the WIN! It is the event that will keep you on the edge of your seats all night long.
Northwest Super Late Model Series are scheduled to run twice in 2021. NWSLMS is the biggest late model series in the Northwest. Breeding some of the best drivers in the country as well as NASCAR.
And of course our Signature event the one and only:
Labor Day Spectacular will bring one of the biggest open wheel shows in the Pacific Northwest. Featuring the SPEED TOUR SPRINT CARS, SPEED TOUR MODIFIEDS and much more! Day 2 of the Labor day spectacular is one of the biggest stock car races in the NW featuring, Northwest Super Late Model Series with supporting divisions!
Racing Enthusiasts, Thrill seekers, adrenaline junkies, and all walks of life, this is a season of greatness, togetherness, and excitement. Join us for the BEST year/ season yet.. 2021
SEE YOU APRIL 17TH 2021!
The 2020 Season is closing in, and Hermiston Raceway is gearing up for this highly anticipated season! We are so excited to announce our new partnership with WILDHORSE RESORT & CASINO in Pendleton, OR. Thank you so much for your support this season - Welcome to the family!