Inside Page: Hermiston Super Oval opens Saturday

May 3, 2013 

Looking for some live auto racing action this weekend?

Go to Hermiston.

The season opener at the renamed Hermiston Super Oval is set for today at the Hermiston track.

Qualifying is at 6 p.m., with racing starting at 7 p.m.

Pre-race specials of $2 hamburgers and hot dogs will be on sale from 2 to 5 p.m.

Alvin Keck, long-time statistician at Tri-City Raceway, reports that the Hermiston facility has gone through several improvements.

The grandstands have been repaired and painted, the track has been ground and sealed (about a second faster than last year); new LED lights have been installed, and most of the pits have been paved.

Tonight’s field will include about 30 super late models, and a full field of Columbia River Legends and mini stocks.

Bloomsday is here

The annual Bloomsday event in Spokane runs Sunday, with extra security after what happened last month at the Boston Marathon.

Checking the seeds, Benton City’s Chelsea McClammer, a former Paralympic athlete, is the No. 3 seed in women’s wheelchair.

Baseball roundup

It’ll be quiet at Yakima County Stadium this summer, thanks to the Yakima Bears’ ownership group moving its Northwest League franchise to Hillsboro, Ore., to become the Hillsboro Hops this season.

But next year, Yakima will have a West Coast League college baseball team.

Pacific Baseball Ventures, LLC, which owns the Walla Walla Sweets, was awarded the expansion franchise for the 2014 season.

Speaking of the WCL, the Wenatchee AppleSox have added Hanford High grad Dan Scheibe to their roster.

The sophomore was once again Whitworth University’s top pitcher, sporting a 4-3 record with a 3.50 earned run average. he had 82 strikeouts in 74 2/3 innings pitched.

Pasco’s Jeremy Bonderman had a good start Thursday night for the Mariners’ Triple-A team from Tacoma.

The Pasco right-hander struck out seven and gave up just two hits over eight innings, as Tacoma beat Tucson 8-0.

Lillard back for a visit

Former Tri-Cities Fever quarterback Houston Lillard was in town last weekend to watch his former team beat the Wyoming Cavalry 57-31.

Lillard, who isn’t playing football right now, still lives in Portland.

He said he’s getting a tryout with the Seattle Seahawks next week, and could sign with an Indoor Football League within the next few weeks.

Lillard asked for and got his release last year after the Fever made it to the IFL championship game for the second straight season. He had hopes in moving up the football ladder, but no one signed him.

He’s hoping to hook up with a team before the end of this season.

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