Cottage Grove opener is Saturday, first 60 fans get in free 

By Ben Deatherage

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. ­– Saturday, April 9 will kick off the 2016 season for Cottage Grove Speed­way. This year marks the 60th year of action at the historic ¼-mile clay oval and a special promotion will be offered for fans. The first 60 people in line when the front gates open at 4 p.m. will get into the race for free.

In addition to Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, classes in action include 360 sprints, late models, street stocks and Quality RV hornets.

“It is so awesome that Cottage Grove Speedway can say they’ve had racing here for the last 60 years,” commented CGS Promoter Heather Boyce. “We’re expecting a very good car count with cars coming from all over the area and out of state. It’s going to be a great time so come on out.”

Tickets are adults $13, juniors, seniors and military $10, and youth ages 6-12, $5. Children under five are free and family passes are  $30.

Pit gates will open an hour later then normal, 1 p.m. on Saturday, to give teams enough time to fill in their paperwork. If you would like to get your paperwork filled out before you get to the track forms can be found on the track website. Front gates will open at the regular 4 p.m. time and rac­ing is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.

Season passes are still on sale and are available until the end of April. The season pass gets purchas­ers into every single race on the 2016 schedule as well as specific reserved seat if they have a certain place they prefer to sit. Anyone who would like to purchase just a reserved seat, currently going for $40 or would like to get a season pass can contact Boyce at 541 729-8666 for more information.

Track sponsors this season include Dot’s Trophy Shop, Clark Printing and Quality RV Repair.