North meets south as the Gene Romeros West Coast Flat Track Series invades the Pacific Northwest. The best flat track racers on the west coast will clash as Californias best head north to do battle with the best from the Pacific Northwest in bar banging action for rounds six and seven of the series. The first stop will be Willamette Speedways in Lebanon, OR on Friday Night, August 13th, on the smooth banked clay oval. This is the third year the WCFTS series has visited the speedway and with each year the competition grows more intense and the crowd gets larger. Lasts years event was nearly sold out and all that were in attendance were treated to some of the best racing this side of the Mississippi. The WCFTS series will introduce a new class, with the event at Willamette Speedway which brings the total classes competing to six. The Classic Open class is similar to the K&N Filters Open class except that the riders will have to be 35 years old or older. This should encourage some of the past champions to return to action and enhance the show. Mike Besemer of Cupertino, CA leads the way in the Saddlemen Vintage Class series with 4 points but he has two seasoned veterans hot on his hills. Rick Hocking of Livermore, CA and Dan Stanley of Moses Lake, WA each look to take the number spot away from Besemer during the Pacific Northwest tour. Ryan Foster of Sunnyvale, Ca fresh from the Calistoga National in which he set fast time and finished fourth in the Pro Main is ready to take on the best of the West Coast, second in K&N Open Class points and leading in the Top Gun 450 class standings.
From there the series heads to Sunset Speedway in Banks, OR as Bob Lanpheres Beaverton Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki of Tigard, Oregon Presents the WCFTS on Saturday Night, August 14th. The action will heat up as racers to try to repeat or redeem their results for the night before. Last years event was the inaugural and by the time the first event got the green light it was standing room only.
“Our race program provides unequaled value to the participant and the race fan alike,” Romero says. “We strive for excellence, and that is why our series is proud to be celebrating its 13th season and going strong with increased participation while other racing series are struggling. We can certainly guarantee that no other motorcycle racing series on the planet offers the paying fan more racing laps for his or her dollar.”
Willamette Speedway is located at 36606 Airport Drive, Lebanon, OR 97355. Spectator gates open at 4:30 p.m. Practice starts at 4:30 p.m., and the first race is scheduled for 7 p.m. For more information, call 541-258-8503, 541-258-6888 evenings.
Sunset Speedway is located at 485 South Main Street Banks OR, 97106. Spectator gates open at 4:30 p.m. Practice starts at 4:30 p.m., and the first race is scheduled for 7 p.m. For more information, call 503- 324-3040.