By Ben Deatherage
COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – One of the crown jewels of IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified racing in the Pacific Northwest has been the annual Cottage Grove Speedway Modified Nationals.
That great event is next for the historic ¼-mile clay oval starting Friday, June 27 and concluding on Saturday, June 28. The main event pays a minimum of $1,000 to win and $100 to start and is a qualifier for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.
Friday’s program for the Modifieds will include qualifying, heats, and a main event with the top two in the preliminary feature locked into Saturday’s feature. The top two finishers in the Race of Champions will also be locked into the main event.
An outstanding car count is expected and this race has produced some great memories throughout the years.
So far this year Braedon Hand and Mark Wauge are tied in the win column with Modified victories each. Wauge enters the weekend with a slight point lead over Hand in local standings. It will be interesting to see how things shake down and if either can win this weekend as neither has won at the CGS Modified Nationals.
Friday night will offer a $25 per carload special which mean a car, truck, RV, etc. full of fans get into the races for $25. Two-dollar coupons are available at Boyce & Sons Landscaping and Building Materials, Jim’s Tire Factory, the Cottage Grove Community Center, Welt & Welt Inc., Bonanza Drive Up and the Pink House Restaurant in Cottage Grove, Aesthetic Surgical Arts in Eugene and at Jazzie’s Deli or Giant Burger in Springfield.
Pit gates open at 2 p.m., the front gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 6:45 p.m. both days. Tickets each night are adults $12, seniors, military and juniors ages 13-17 $10, youth ages 6-12 $5 and five and under free. A family pass for two adults and up to four youth is $35.
For more information log onto www.cottagegrovespeedway.com.