Motorsports and performance events from Alaska to Oregon and more
Motorsports and related events in the greater Northwest region continue to draw large crowds each year. Races of all types (from stock cars to motorcycles, trucks to trackers) take place annually from Alaska to Idaho, Montana to Oregon. Car shows, swap meets, cruise ins, and special events are staged from the smallest communities to largest cities across the region.
Many of the most popular racing events in the Pacific Northwest are sponsored by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and include on- and off-road car races and rallies. The American Rally Association (ARA) has three of its eight National Championship Series rallies in the Northwest (Washington, Oregon, and Idaho), plus one of ARA’s four Super Regional Events is held in Montesano, Wash. SOVREN sponsors vintage car races, there are drag races at dozens of tracks, major road racing championships, and NASCAR events.
The Northwest Car Events Calendar 2019 Edition (www.nwcareventscalendar) lists hundreds of events that include cars shows, auto races of all types, truck pulls, and performance-oriented events in the Northwest and western Canada. Another resource is CruZin Magazine online (www.cruzinmag.com) that provides car club rosters plus event listings by the month. Racing Calendar (www.racingcalendar.net) provides just race events by track or event name.
Racing and motorsports resources:
Autosports Northwest (www.asnw.org) based in Spokane, Wash., is the Inland Northwest’s premier racing group that focuses on Autocross events.
International Conference of Sports Car Clubs (www.icscc.com) is an association of independent sports car clubs in the Northwest and British Columbia founded in 1957. It’s the largest sports car sanctioning body in the region with races throughout the region.
International Hot Rod Association (www.ihra.com) is involved with drag racing events in North America, including Summit Series races in the Northwest. IHRA has member tracks in Alaska, Montana, and British Columbia.
National Hot Rod Association (www.nhra.com) has been the source for street rod enthusiasts since 1951 and sponsors a variety of car and motorcycle events throughout the country, including the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash.
Northwest Autosports Association (www.autox.org) is comprised of racers, rally drivers, and autocross/solo enthusiasts who stage annual events in Washington and Oregon, plus present a driver skills day for young adults each year.
Northwest Motorsports (www.northwestmotorsports.org) has roots back to 1954 and hosts ICSCC Championship road racing at Spokane County Raceway.
Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts (SOVREN) (www.sovren.org) is a Seattle-based nonprofit group of racing enthusiasts founded in 1986 with members throughout the Northwest, California, and British Columbia. SOVREN sponsors several vintage car races and events on the West Coast, including the popular Pacific Northwest Historics race held annually at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash.
Sports Car Club of America (www.scca.com) provides Club Racing, Rally Series, Rallycross, and Solo racing programs, including dozens of events sponsored by the SCCA Northwest Region (www.nwr-scca.org).
West Coast Streetcar Association (www.wcsaracing.com) is a non-profit group that promotes quality drag racing at Pacific Raceways.
Northwest Race Tracks:
There are more than 60 notable racetracks throughout the Northwest and Alaska, from ovals to drag strips, as well as a variety of dirt and paved road courses. Below is a sampling of a few of the tracks listed by state.
Alaska Raceway Park in Palmer (www.raceak.com) celebrates its 55th anniversary in 2019. The park is nestled at the base of the 6,398-foot Pioneer Peak and offers a May-to-September season of racing that includes snow machines, motorcycles, Funny Cars, SCCA races, drags, road races, and more. It is Alaska’s only sanctioned IHRA facility and features IHRA Summit Series races, as well as a NASCAR sanctioned track as of 2016. The IHRA Iron Man Race of Champions is Aug. 25.
Capitol Speedway in Willow (www.capitolspeedway.org) was established in 1978 and offers Sprint, Stock, Mini Stock, Hobby Stock, Pickup Truck, and other races, including demolition derby events, on its 3/8-mile oval dirt track each year from May to early September. The 8th annual Firecracker 50 will be June 29.
Firebird Raceway in Boise (www.firebirdonline.com) is the home of the longstanding Boise Roadster Show and diverse racing events throughout the April-to-October season. The 42nd annual Great American Fox Hunt is set for June 14-15, and Firebird’s signature event, the 48th annual Pepsi Nightfire Nationals, will be Aug. 8-11.
Meridian Speedway in Meridian (www.meridianspeedway.com) features a full spectrum of races from Winged Sprints to Super Stocks. Meridian is a grand oval track that has been operated since 1951 and offers events through early September. The 2019 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race (NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208) is Sept. 28.
Montana Raceway Park in Kalispell (www.mtracewaypark.com) was built in 1991, can accommodate 4,000 spectators, and offers races that include Late Models, Legends, Bandoleros, Hobby Stocks, and others on its high-bank, super-oval 3/8-mile track. The 28th annual Coors Light Montana 200, with a purse of more than $50,000, is set for July 19-21.
Portland International Raceway in Portland (www.portlandraceway.com) is a city-owned track that offers a year-round schedule of racing and special events that include drag, track, club, stock car, motorcycle, bicycle, motocross, and kart races, among others. Multiple SCCA events are held at PIR throughout the season. The 59th annual Rose Cup Races featuring the World Challenge, are scheduled for July 12-14, and the Portland Vintage Racing Festival is July 26-28.
Southern Oregon Speedway in White City (www.southernoregonspeedway.com) has Modified, Pro Stock, Dwarf Car, Sprint Car, and other races from April to September. A Malicious Monster Truck Series race is set for June 8-9, and the Iron Head Nationals are Aug. 10.
Willamette Speedway in Lebanon (www.trophymotorsports.com) is a state-of-the-art track that will offer 60 races for Super Late Models, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sportmods, Super Sports, Street Stocks, Hornets, and others in 2019. Modified Speedweek (IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Super Sports, and IMCA Stock Cars) is June 28-29, and the IMCA MOD Nationals will be Aug. 16-17.
Evergreen Speedway in Monroe (www.evergreenspeedway.com) provides racing events from NASCAR (Whelen All-American Series) to Winged Sprints, Pro 4 Trucks to Mini Stocks during its packed seven-month race season. The 8th annual Summer Showdown, the largest and richest NASCAR short track event in the U.S., is set for June 29-30.
Pacific Raceways in Kent (www.pacificraceways.com) is one of the busiest tracks on the West Coast. Diverse races are scheduled from April to October and incorporate road racing (2.25 mile course), motocross, drags, and SCCA events, plus the popular ProFormance Racing School operates year-round. The 31st annual Pacific Northwest Historics Vintage Races (SOVREN) will be July 5-7, and the 32nd annual NHRA Northwest Nationals, hailed as the Northwest’s largest motorsports event, are Aug. 2-4.
Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton (www.ridgemotorsportspark.com) opened in 2012 and sits on a 170-acre site with 2.47-mile road course, a .9-mile Motocross course, a karting course (Ridge Grand Prix), an extensive off-road park, plus a new 9,585-square-foot performance center opened this spring. The ICSCC Championship Race is Aug. 24-25.
Spokane County Raceway in Airway Heights (www.spokanecountyraceway.com) features a 2.5-mile road course, drag strip, and half-mile oval track. Events this summer, in addition to several NHRA Summit Series races, include the Spokane Festival of Speed and SOVREN historic races on June 7-9, and the NHRA Nitro Summer Nationals Jet Car Finals Aug. 15-18.