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PostHeaderIcon Wenatchee Valley Super Oval, July 20, 2019 Part Two

Remainig pictures from the Wenatchee Valley Super Oval Thunder in the Valley

PostHeaderIcon Wenatchee Valley Super Oval, July 20, 2019

It was great to return to Wenatchee Valley Super Oval as part of the annual Thunder in the Valley Open Wheel Show. Many thanks to Garrett Evans and his staff at WVSO for their support and hospitality – always a great weekend. The weather was on our side this year – temperatures were in the mid-80s a good 15-20% cooler than past years. A large crowd gathered for the Focus Midgets, West Coast Vintage Racers, Granite Evergreen Super Sprints and NW Mini stocks. The 21 vintage sprints made the trip to this beautiful location on a hill overlooking the Columbia River…2 had weekends ending early with engine issues. A few minor skirmishes but all cars and drivers left in one piece! The Stats as provided by Bill Birdsell, Director of Competition. Prac. Fast Time: 13.121 – Jim White Qual. Fast Time: 13.167 – Ron Brewer Trophy Heat 1: John Wills, Al Levien, Ralph Monhay, Bill Bartley, Kennedy Blackwell, Steve Mayer, DNS – Jeff Kennedy Trophy Heat 2: John Coogan, Dixon Helgeson, Bob Wills, Jeff Cook, Marty White, Jim White, DNS – Dick Nelson Trophy Heat 3: John Dahl, Bill Lawrence, Frank Volz Jr., Matt Stephenson, Shawn Priest, Dean Warmerdam, Ron Brewer B Main: Coogan, Helgeson, Cook, J. Wills, B. Wills, Levien, Monhay, Blackwell, Mayer, Bartley, DNS – Nelson, Kennedy A Main: J. White, M. White, Dahl, Priest, Stephenson, Helgeson, Warmerdam, Brewer, Coogan, Lawrence, Volz Jr

PostHeaderIcon Hermiston Speedway, Hermiston, Oregon July 6, 2019 Part Two

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PostHeaderIcon Hermiston Speedway, Hermiston, Oregon July 6, 2019 Part One

17 Beautiful West Coast Vintage Racers sprint cars gathered for our second race of the season at Hermiston Raceway, July 6. Many thanks to Greg and his friendly, welcoming staff at Hermiston. For those of you who have not been to Hermiston Raceway, I would encourage you to attend one of his events. It was hot, dang hot on Friday and windy on Saturday, but there was a great crowd and some great racing. Happy to report, all WCVR went home in one piece. Thanks to Bill Birdsell for the following stats: Prac. 1 Fast Time: 15.989 – Matt Stephenson Prac. 2 Fast Time: 15.494 – Frank Volz Jr. Qual. Fast Time: 15.789 – Frank Volz Jr. Trophy Heat 1: Frank Volz Sr., Ralph Monhay, Dave Duncan, Bob Wills, Dick Nelson, Steve Mayer, Dave Skyberg, DNS - Jeff Cook. Fast lap: 16.208 – Frank Volz Sr. Trophy Heat 2: Chris Schmelzle, Shawn Priest, Dixon Helgeson, Matt Stephenson, Bill Lawrence, John Coogan, John Dahl, John Wills, Frank Volz Jr. Fast lap: 15.598 – Chris Schmelzle B Main: Stephenson, Volz Sr., Bob Wills, Monhay, Nelson, Mayer, Skyberg, Duncan. Fast lap: 16.038 - Stephenson A Main: Schmelzle, Volz Jr., Priest, Stevenson, Lawrence, Coogan, Helgeson, John Wills, Dahl. Fast lap: 15.701 – Volz Jr.

PostHeaderIcon State Line Speedway, State Line, Idaho June 21 and 22, 2019 PART 2

Welcome to State Line Speedway for the 5th running of the Ed Sneva Memorial. 20 beautiful vintage sprint cars showed for the annual event from central British Columbia to southern Oregon and Idaho and all parts in-between. Friday was cold and windy, but the track was good and by race time on Saturday, the wind had calmed and the temperature had risen to a comfortable degree. #21 Jeff Cook carried the checkers in a memorial lap for Ed Sneva. Jeff crewed with the Sneva’s back in the day. We also honored Bruce Simpson. Bruce was a car owner and a fixture at the track with our club for several years. He is missed. 3 Man formation was led by #41 Shawn Priest with Old Glory, #76 Dixon Helgeson with the checkers and #32 John Dahl completed the trio. Fast time went to #98, Dean Warmardam from Abbotsford, British Columbia with a 13.699 No Dashes, 3 heats and 2 mains. Heat 1: #12 Frank Volz Sr, Mead WA Heat 2: #4c John Coogan, Spokane Valley WA Heat 3: #15 Bill Lawrence, Kelowna, British Columbia B Main: #12 Frank Volz, Mead WA A Main: #15 Bill Lawrence, Kelowna, British Columbia

PostHeaderIcon State Line Speedway, State Line, Idaho June 21 and 22, 2019

Welcome to State Line Speedway for the 5th running of the Ed Sneva Memorial. 20 beautiful vintage sprint cars showed for the annual event from central British Columbia to southern Oregon and Idaho and all parts in-between. Friday was cold and windy, but the track was good and by race time on Saturday, the wind had calmed and the temperature had risen to a comfortable degree.

 

#21 Jeff Cook carried the checkers in a memorial lap for Ed Sneva.  Jeff crewed with the Sneva’s back in the day. 

 

We also honored Bruce Simpson.  Bruce was a car owner #41 and a fixture at the track with our club for several years.  He was one of a kind  is missed.  3 Man formation was led by #41 Shawn Priest with Old Glory, #76 Dixon Helgeson with the checkers and #32 John Dahl completed the trio.

 

Fast time went to #98, Dean Warmardam from Abbotsford, British Columbia with a 13.699 No Dashes, 3 heats and 2 mains. Heat 1: #12 Frank Volz Sr, Mead WA Heat 2: #4c John Coogan, Spokane Valley WA Heat 3: #15 Bill Lawrence, Kelowna, British Columbia B Main: #12 Frank Volz, Mead WA A Main: #15 Bill Lawrence, Kelowna, British Columbia

PostHeaderIcon Hermiston Speedway, Hermiston, OR May 18, 2019

Opening day of WCVR racing season! Woot Woot!! 18 beautiful vintage cars joined together at Hermiston Raceway – a track our club has not raced at in several years. Friday was cold and windy, but we got our practice and our potluck!! Saturday was beautiful and a good time was had by all before the wind and rains started again late evening – after all the racing was finished. Welcome new cars and new members! David Skyberg has his new #13 up and running, Bob Pike brought his new #70, New member Dave Twyman with #31, Matt Stevenson came down from Penticton to drive the BWR X Car, Wes Helgeson in Marv’s #8 and Frank Volz Jr., in Mel Eayrs new #2. Many thanks to Greg and his staff at Hermiston. Friendly, welcoming staff and they ran a good show. For those of you who have not been to Hermiston, I would encourage you – a lot of work has been done. The opening ceremonies included a Memorial Lap was held for the late Clay Smith. Clay raced with us for several years, although not in the last four. Dick Nelson, Jeff Cook and Frank Volz did the honors driving the missing man formation. Results: Trophy Heat 1: #51 Chris Drakos, #4j Al Levien, #33 Ralph Monhay, #70 Steve Mayer, #13 David Skyberg, #31 Dave Twyman Trophy Heat 2: #12 Frank Volz Sr, #4c John Coogan, #21 Jeff Cook, #28 Dick Nelson, #76 Dixon Helgeson, #8 Wes Helgeson Trophy Heat 3: #32 John Dahl, #92 Dean Warmerdam, #15 Bill Lawrence, #41 Shawn Priest, #X Matt Stephenson, #2 Frank Volz Jr B Main: #12 Frank Volz Sr, #4c John Coogan, #33 Ralph Monhay, #28 Dick Nelson, #51 Chris Drakos, #31 Dave Twyman, #4J Al Levien, #70 Steven Mayer DNS #8 Wes Helgeson, #13 Dave Skyberg A Main: #92 Dean Warmerdam, #32 John Dahl, #X Matt Stephenson, #15 Bill Lawrence, #41 Shawn Priest, #76 Dixon Helgeson, DNF #21 Jeff Cook, #2 Frank Volz Jr

PostHeaderIcon Lake Havasu Speedway 95, Lake Havasu AZ March 22-23, 2019

Many thanks to the Arizona Vintage Racers Association for the invitation to West Coast Vintage Racers to run with their club during our winter months. 14 vintage cars from WCVR joined in the fun at this AVRA sponsored event. We are always treated great at Speedway 95, and this weekend was no exception. Lynn Seritt and Ralph Monhay celebrated birthdays on Friday night with our joint pot luck with the Arizona group. Great comroderie Saturday March 23 Results No Dashes B Heat: #33 Ralph Monhay (Happy Birthday!) A Heat: #22 Chris Schmelzle All Car Main: #5 Jimmy White

PostHeaderIcon Tucson Speedway, Tuscon, AZ

Fast track with high banking. 3 nights of racing with WCVR being well represented with 14 cars to join the 2 AZ Vintage racers. Main Event was a 150 lap NASCAR stock car event. We were a side show, but we gave them a good one! All cars and drivers in one piece. Thursday: Main events Only A Main: #5 Jimmy White B Main: #21 Jeff Cook Friday: Only Dash: #22 Chris Schmeltze B Heat: #4 Bob Gage A Heat: #22 Chris Schmeltze B Main: X Bob Wills A Main: #22 Chris Schmeltze Saturday: One Main: #5 Jim White

PostHeaderIcon Lake Havasu Speedway 95, Lake Havasu AZ

Lake Havasu Speedway 95. January 18 and 19. One night of racing at a great venue. Bill, the promotor loves our old cars and can be hanging around our group after the racing. WCVR was well represented with 14 cars at this Arizona Vintage Racers sponsored event. Bill lets us store (for free) our trailers at the Speedway until we return in March for another race. Marty White celebrated his 70th birthday with a win of the Main and the crowd sang Happy Birthday. No Dashes B Heat: #40 Harry Stone (AVRA) A Heat: #8 Trevor Seibert B Main: #X Bob Wills A Main: #42 Marty White
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