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Coors Clay Cup Coming Up Next To Willamette Speedway

By Ben Deatherage

Lebanon, Oregon- Fans of Willamette Speedway will see two things this coming Saturday August 18th.  One is that all five regular divisions will be back in action and the other is the return of the annual Coors Clay Cup.  The DirtCar Super Late Models, USRA Modifieds, Sportsman, Classic Sportsman, and Mini Truck will all be in action for the fans awaiting the latest installment of the 2012 campaign.


John Duty earned his second DirtCar Super Late Model main event win of the year last Saturday joining both Trevor Glaser and Russ Sell as a multi-feature winner this season.  Glaser however leads the classification with three victories compared to Sell and Duty’s two.  Casey Vital, Rob Mayea, and Jeremy Shank are the only other winners after ten events.


The USRA Modifieds are back after a week off and Kyle Yeack looks to add more wins to his already impressive season.  Yeack has three total wins this year which includes one non-point victory which he earned in June.  Justin Evans has produced two victories while Mark Wauge, Jesse Williamson, Craig Cassell, and Dustin Dittman have won once this year.  Ken Schrader managed to earn the victory in the non-point Wild Wild West Modified Shootout feature back in June.


In the Sportsman division Danny Altom’s car has thus far visited victory lane on five occasions.  Altom himself has earned a total of four triumphs three of which are point victories and the most recent being last weekend.  Justin Dittman goes into this weekend with three wins and Brian Winkler has amassed two over the course of this year as well.  Todd Miller and Brian Smith are the only other winners this year with them having one win each.


Kyle Yeack at this moment has owned the Classic Sportsman classification lately.  In his last seven starts he has won five races in the class including the Iron Giant Challenge earlier this month.  All other winners have only won once this year which is a list that includes J.J. Irvine, Adam Walker, Erik Jarnport, and Kevin Roberts.


Scott Lehman continues to lead most wins this season in Mini Truck action.  Lehman extended his lead with three wins so far in 2012.  Mark Vonsild is the only other multi-feature winner with Jeremy Stinnett and Tim Baker both earning one win each.


The Coors Brewing Company is amongst the top five brewing companies in the world and was started way back in 1873 in Golden, Colorado by Adolph Coors and Jacob Schueler.  The Columbia Distributing Company offers the delivery and selling of a wide range of beer and wine products throughout Oregon and Washington.  The company has been serving excellence since 1935 from its origins in Portland and now has ten distribution centers including Eugene/Springfield and Bend.


Admission to the Saturday event is the following prices: Adults $14.00, Seniors (62 and Over) $12.00, Children (12 and Under) $6.00, Family Pass (Two Adults and Up To Four Children) $30.00, and Pit Passes $25.00.  The pit gate opens at noon while general admission gates open at 2:00.  Qualifying is scheduled for 3:00 while racing should be getting started around 6:00.


The Willamette Speedway has operated since the 1960’s and has been regarded as the “Late Model Capital of the Northwest” for many years and is anxious to host fans with the vast upgrades and improvements done over the 2011-12 winter.  The venue will host the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series and the American Sprint Car Series-National Tour along with weekly action comprising of DirtCar Late Models, USRA Modifieds, Sportsman, Classics, and Mini Trucks.  For more information on the latest news and stories regarding the Willamette Speedway log on to also “like” us on Facebook.


Additional Information

Track: Willamette Speedway

Date: Saturday August 18th, 2012


Pit Gates- Noon

Front Gates- 2:00

Racing- 6:00


Adults- $14.00

Seniors (62 and Over)- $12.00

Youths (6 and Under)- $6.00

Family Pass (2 Adults and up to 4 Youths)- $30.00

Pit Pass- $25.00

Location: 36606 Airport Drive, Lebanon, OR, 97355

Track Contact:

Office- 541-258-8503

Chris Nofziger (General Manager)- (541)-405-6944
Ben Deatherage (Publicist)- (541)-598-6643


Sponsors: Platt Electrical Supply, Coors, Columbia Distributing Company, Pepsi Racing, Napa Auto Parts, Schram Brothers Excavating, Hoosier Tires, Left Coast Motorsports, James Gang Pizza, Contingency Connection, Lucas Oil Products, Bully Dog Performance, Gametime Sports Bar and Grill, Like-Nu Appliances, A.A. Towing, Harrington Rock, McGovern Maintenance, Les Schwab Tires, Sherri Gregory Real Estate, Tan Republic, McDonald’s Restaurants, CenturyLink, CoEnergy Propane Services, Hillyer’s Ford, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Rick Franklin Corporation, Albany & Eastern Railroad, Albany Auto Body, Bruer’s Contract Cutting, Lassen Auto Group, 99.9 KRKT Cricket Country, RAM Trucking Inc., Financial Futures, Gary Crossan Farms, Bunce Equipment, 1580 Newstalk KGAL AM

A Look Ahead:

August 18th (Coors Clay Cup)- Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Classic Sportsman, Mini Trucks

August 25th (Modified Tribute To Clair)- Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Classic Sportsman, Mini Trucks

September 1st (Bill Workman Sr. Memorial)- DAA Late Models/Late Models, Sportsman, Classic Sportsman, Mini Trucks

September 2nd (Bill Workman Sr. Memorial)- DAA Late Models/Late Models, ISCS/ASCS Sprints

September 3rd– World of Outlaws Sprint Series, Northwest Wingless Tour


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