After 33 Years in Yakima Racings’ Fall Classic Comes to Tri City Raceway
Due to a sale of 16 of the racetrack's 46-acre parcel, Yakima Speedway's run will end after being open for 62 years. The track, which resembles Martinsville in the NASCAR Cup series (A paper clip) was the scene of the famous Fall Classic Invitational Race for 33 years. As many as 120-140 cars would show up, from Late Models down to street stocks and mini stocks.
The 16-acre portion has been bought by the Pape' Machinery Company in May of this year. The parcel includes most of the track racing surface.
But now the Fall Classic is back, coming to the new Red Mountain Event Center at the site of the old Tri-City Raceway.
After thousands of hours of volunteer labor and logistics and supplies, the facility is back in racing form, but can also accommodate other public events as well.
The Fall Classic will take place Oct. 2 and 3rd, featuring some 140 racers who have already pre-registered. From Super Late Models (they resemble the NASCAR Cup cars) to modifieds, street stocks, mini stocks, and more, it's going to be a huge event.
For the first time in 17 years, there will be racing this fall. The previous owner, Paul Alderman, had purchased the track but then sold it abruptly despite having a very good season just prior to the sale.
Some of the drivers who cut their teeth at TCR include Greg Biffle, Davey Hamilton (Indy cars and modifieds) Mike Bliss, who won a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Championship years ago, and Ron Hornaday in the old Winston West Series.
Ticket information is expected to be released on or around August 29th. TCR is the fastest half-mile oval west of the Mississippi. The only faster track of the same kind is the famous 'Coliseum' at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennesee.
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