#1365 Tri-State Speedway, Amarillo, TX
- Hi All,
Friday afternoon I arrived at Amarillo before 6PM and headed over to the
Tri-State Speedway on the south side of Amarillo. There were already a
couple of people in the small 9-row bleacher and most of the 30 or so
trackside parking spots were taken. The only drawback of the bleacher is
the top 2 rows have the huge platform that extends out across the runoff
area for the flagman to stand on that blocks the view of the fourth turn.
The pits were full of midgets and karts as 11 classes would race tonight.
They had 15 karts in 6 classes including 3 senior champs, 13 minis in 2
classes for the kids (look like quarter midgets), 3 restricted midgets
(winged), 10 A-class (600 winged) and 16 B class (non wing 250s). The
track is wide slightly banked 1/7-mile dirt oval with some new black clay
that they would open the season on tonight. There is plenty of run-off
area before getting to the Armco and chain link fencing and the inside has
steel saucers outlining the racing area. There were good lights and good
speakers and they have Street Toyota Scion sponsoring the grandstand this
year so the admission is free. I opted for the $10 pit pass so I could get
a better idea of the classes and talk with some of the participants.
Racing got underway at about 8:30PM and the track stayed smooth and took
on some rubber after the two sets of heats. Joe Young took off from the
pole and led the entire B class feature to take the win over Trey Hale and
Austin Hartranft in a race slowed by two yellows. The restricted feature
went to Logan Reynolds and ended with the only yellow of the race. Chub
Smith won the senior champs over Zach Perry and daughter Oakley Smith.
Jeremy Lovelady got the jump from the pole and held on through the one
yellow then fought off a challenge from Jerd Vinson to claim the win in
the A Class that closed out the night just before midnight.
#1365 5/6/11 Tri State Speedway - Amarillo, TX - 1/7 dirt - Micro midgets