By Ben Deatherage
Lebanon, Oregon- It’s that time of the year again and it has come surprisingly early to the Willamette Speedway. After completing three races in 2012 the annual prestigious Strawberry Cup presented by Napa Auto Parts will take place on Saturday June 2nd. The weekend will open up with the 2012 season opener for the Kart program on Friday June 1st.
The first race of the season for the Karts will feature the upcoming racing talent competing under the lights in the infield of the larger track. For Karts Pit Gates open at 4:00 while racing starts approximately at 6:45. Ticket prices are General Admission is $5 and Pit Passes are $10.
Saturday’s Strawberry Cup presented by Napa Auto Parts will feature DirtCar Late Models, USRA Modifieds, Sportsman, Classic Sportsman, and Mini Trucks. Two dollars off admission will be discounted for any spectator bringing with them a can of non-perishable food. Regular admission to the event is the following prices: Adults $14.00, Seniors (62 and Over) $12.00, Children (12 and Under) $6.00, 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.
In the DirtCar Super Late Models that last three years has had three different winners and since the year 2000 there have been nine different winners. Trevor Glaser is the defending champion of the race and has four career Strawberry Cup victories and is the only driver in the last twelve years to win more than once. Other drivers that have won the race since the year 2000 have been: Randy Boyd, Bruce Hipple, Tim Zeller, Greg Walters, Jimmy Whisler, Jeremy Shank, Craig Hanson, and Rick Wyatt.
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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 www.trophymotorsports.com also “like” us on Facebook.
Track: Willamette Speedway
Date: Friday June 1st, 2012
Pit Gates- 4:00
Pit Meeting- 6:00
General Admission- $5.00
Pit Passes- $10.00
Car and Driver Entry- $30.00
Date: Saturday June 2nd, 2012
Pit Gates- Noon
Front Gates- 2:00
Seniors (62 and Over)- $12.00
Children (6 and Under)- $6.00
Pit Pass- $25.00
Location: 36606 Airport Drive, Lebanon, OR, 97355
Chris Nofziger (General Manager)- (541)-405-6944
Ben Deatherage (Publicist)- (541)-598-6643
Sponsor: 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, Bullydog Performance,
Past Winners (Late Models):
2011- Trevor Glaser
2010- Jeremy Shank
2009- Rick Wyatt
2008- Trevor Glaser
2007- Craig Hanson
2006- Jimmy Whisler
2005- Bruce Hipple
2004- Trevor Glaser
2003- Tim Zeller
2002- Trevor Glaser
2001- Randy Boyd
2000- Greg Walters
A Look Ahead:
June 2nd (Strawberry Cup)- Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Classics, Mini Trucks
June 9th- Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Classics, Mini Trucks
June 11th (Prelude To The Dirt Cup)- 410 Sprints, Modifieds
June 16th– Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Classics, Mini Trucks
June 17th– Tuff Trucks, Trash Cars