Looking for some good motorsports action this weekend?
Head down to Hermiston to the Super Oval for the first Oregon 200 race.
Track officials are expecting over 40 cars to be entered in the event, and the top 24 will earn starting positions in the final.
Richland’s Alvin Keck said these super late models are similar to the Northwest Tour cars that used to race at Tri-City Raceway in West Richland.
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And the reason there are so many entries is that the winner will earn $8,000, and drivers whose cars make the starting grid will get $750.
If you’re looking for a local angle, there are plenty of area drivers set to compete.
They include: Irrigon’s Dave Abercrombie; Pasco’s Bobby Baker, Dave Smick and Brad Rhoads; Finley’s Chris Baker and Tim Babcock; Hermiston’s Ken Bonney, Rick Gerard and Jason Morris; Umatilla’s Duke Langley; Kennewick’s Zach Moran, Lucas Valdez and Mike Zamora; and Walla Walla’s Bob Olson.
East Wenatchee’s Garrett Evans is also scheduled to race there.
It’ll be a long day there too.
Pit gates will open at 10 a.m., with practice starting at noon. Qualifying starts at 4 p.m., and the main event begins at 8 p.m.
There is a coupon that can be downloaded from the Hermiston Super Oval facebook page or website.
With the coupon, tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for students/seniors, $10 for kids 5-12.
Tri-City Raceway has been shut down for a few years now.
But that hasn’t stopped area drivers from still getting their racing fix through the Northwest Pro 4 Alliance, which races at Wenatchee, Spokane, Monroe, Twin Falls and Yakima.
What’s been interesting is that of the top nine drivers in the division points standings, six of those drivers are from the Mid-Columbia — and five of those are from Prosser.
Bud Rumsey, Rick Thompson, Johnny Rumsey, Scott Raver and Jeff Raver are from Prosser; while Steve Thompson is from West Richland.
Bud Rumsey, the defending champion, leads the season standings — in which 37 different drivers have scored points — with 673.
Fellow Prosserite Rick Thompson has 634 points for third. He’s also won two of the four races on the schedule so far.Rumsey has one victory.
The field moves to the season finale at Yakima Speedway on Sept. 28.
College football rosters
An early check of Northwest football rosters shows some Mid-Columbia flavor.
A pair of Southridge grads, OL Brent Anderson and DB Mike McAdie, are on the WSU roster.
Prosser’s Kirby Moore begins his final season of eligibility at Boise State as a wide receiver.
So does Southridge’s Clayton Homme as a tight end at Idaho.
Eastern Washington has four area athletes on the roster: Hanford freshman Joe Douglas, Hermiston senior Cody Humphrey, Hanford sophomore Aaron Neary, and Chiawana redshirt fresman Miquiyah Zamora.
Southridge’s Austin Graves, a redshirt junior, is a defensive lineman at Idaho State.
Over at Eastern Oregon, there are five local athletes on the team: Zach Bartlow (Waitsburg), Eric Farnworth (River View), Dalton Morgan (Kiona-Benton), Luis Ortiz (Hermiston) and Kristopher Welch (River View).
Spring and summer tidbits
Dan Clifford’s golf program at Columbia Basin College has been on a roll in recent years.
This past spring, Clifford himself was named NWAACC girls golf coach of the year, and players Hope Neidhold (Richland High grad) and Bree Hadler (Hanford High grad) were named to the NWAACC first-team unit. Teammate Casey Tucker (Richland High) was a second-teamer.
w Richland High grad Eric Yardley finished off his baseball career at Seattle University in grand style in June at the team’s banquet.Yardley was a double-award winner, picking up the John Kelly Award as the team’s pitcher of the year, along with his second straight Cam Christian Award for the best representation of the program both on and off the field.
The team’s closer for the second straight season, Yardley finished second in the WAC with 11 saves, leading the Redhawks with a 2.52 earned run average in 25 appearances, thanks in part to only four walks in 35 2/3 innings.
Yardley then capped it off last month when he signed as a free agent with the San Diego Padres organization.
w In the in case you missed it department, Hanford High graduate Jason Repko, who spent seven seasons in the major leagues as an outfielder, walked away from baseball earlier this year.
He told the York (Pa.) Daily Record/Sunday News that he didn’t have the fire to play baseball in the offseason.
But he had hoped to get it back, even when no major league team came calling. So he signed with the York Revolution in the independent Atlantic League
He never got that fire back.
So in May, Repko, 32, called it a career, playing in 1,261 games.
And he went out with a bang, going 4-for-5 in his final game, including a triple in his final at-bat.
This n that
Former CBC pitching standout Elliot Cribby will be the new pitching coach for the Seattle University baseball team this coming season.Cribby coached the Mt. Si High School baseball team to the 2011 WIAA state title, and was a coach at Abilene Christian University in Texas last year.
Cribby pitched at the University of Washington after playing at CBC.
Moses Lake grad Kayla Bernsen will miss the upcoming women’s basketball season at Western Washington University after she tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in last month’s Spokane Hoopfest.
The 6-foot-3 Bernsen averaged 5.2 points and 3.7 rebounds as a sophomore last season for Western.
Our prep football preview section is scheduled to be delivered on Thursday, Sept. 5. We’re doing it a day earlier because one of our Tri-City schools, Pasco, opens the season that night at home against West Valley of Yakima. The rest of the are schools open play on Sept. 6. ... Except for Hermiston and the other Oregon schools near us. They begin play next Friday, Aug. 30. The Bulldogs will play host to Rex Putnam at a beautifully remodeled Kennison Stadium. ... The Titanium Man Triathlon — the sixth and final event of the 3 Rivers Road Runners’ Multi-Sport Series — is set for 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 31, at Howard Amon Park in Richland. ... That same weekend, the Diamond Cup unlimited hydroplane races will be held in Coeur d’Alene, with qualifying on Friday, Aug. 30, first races on Saturday, and the final set for Sunday, Sept. 1. ... We’ll run an NFL season preview on Sunday, Sept. 1.