Bob Valencia named Wild West Modified Speedweek race director 

By Ben Deatherage

WHITE CITY, Ore. – Bob Valencia has been named race director for the 2015 Wild West Modi­fied Speedweek.

Touring IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds vie for $1,000 to win at seven events during the June 13-20 Speedweek.

“I’m super excited,” said Valencia, race director at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash., for 15 years. “I really enjoy the Modifieds and the people that are involved with the teams. These guys are serious about racing but know how to fun at the same time.”

Valencia brings considerable experience to the tour, especially when it comes to officiating big events such as the annual Shipwreck Beads Northwest Modified Nationals.

The tour opens Saturday, June 13 at Southern Oregon Speedway followed by the Sunday, June 14 show at California’s Siskiyou Motor Speedway.

Coos Bay Speedway hosts the Monday, June 15 event and Cottage Grove Speedway the Tues­day, June 16 show.

Wednesday, June 17 action is at Sunset Speedway Park. A travel date on Thursday, June 18 precedes Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20 shows at Willamette Speedway.

Drivers with perfect attendance throughout Speedweek earn shares of a $3,000 point fund. A mini­mum of $100 will be paid to make 20-car starting fields and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Racing Western Region, Allstar Performance State and special se­ries points will be awarded each night.

Tow money is $50. An $80 entry fee each night includes car and driver pit pass; general pit passes are $30.

Speed Shift TV will covering select races during the tour.

Questions about Speedweek can be directed to Valencia at 360 470-6113 or to Nikki Gamell at 503 476-7206.

Wild West Modified Speedweek Information

Nightly payout – 1. $1,000; 2. $600; 3. $450; 4. $350; 5. $300; 6. $250; 7. $200; 8. $175; 9. $150; 10. $140; 11. $130; 12. $130; 13. $125; 14. $125; 15-20. $100.

B Main– 1. Transfer; 2. Transfer; 3. $80; 4. $75; 5. $70; 6. $65; 7. $60; 8.-back, $50.

Southern Oregon Speedway

Address: 6900 Kershaw Rd, White City, Ore., 97502

Size: ¼ mile high-banked oval

Camping: Yes (free)

Hotel: Brookside Inn (541-826-0800)

Transponder rental fee: $15

Siskiyou Motor Speedway 

Address: 1712 Old US 99, Yreka, Calif., 96097

Size: ¼ mile high-banked oval

Camping: Yes ($10)

Hotel: Baymont Inn & Suites (530 841-1300)

Transponder rental fee: N/A

Coos Bay Speedway

Address: 93884 Coos-Sumner Lane, Coos Bay, Ore., 97420

Size: 3/8 mile medium-banked oval

Camping: Yes (free)

Hotel: Edgewater Inn (541 267-0423)

Transponder rental fee: $20.

Cottage Grove Speedway 

Address: 2150 N Douglas Ave, Cottage Grove, Ore., 97424

Size: ¼ mile high-banked oval

Camping: Yes, free for drivers, Western Oregon Exposition Campground (541 942-6150)

Hotel: Comfort Inn & Suites of Creswell (541 895-4025)

Transponder rental fee: $20.

Sunset Speedway Park

Address: 485 S Main St, Banks, Ore., 97106

Size: ¼ mile medium-banked oval

Camping: Yes, free for drivers, Sunset Park Campground (503 869-7545). $15 for tent and $20 for RV.

Hotels: America’s Best Value Inn of Forest Grove (503 357-9000) and Forest Grove Inn (503 357-9700)

Transponder rental fee: Included

Willamette Speedway 

Address: 36606 Airport Drive, Lebanon, Ore., 97355

Size: 1/3 mile medium-banked oval

Camping Yes (free)

Hotel: Phoenix Inn of Albany (541 926-5696)

Transponder rental fee: $15.