***** For Immediate Release*****
January 31, 2022
Tri City Raceway @ Red Mountain Event Center
West Richland Washington
For 53 years the annual kickoff to Late Model Stock Car Racing in the Pacific Northwest has been the Apple Cup at Yakima Speedway. With the recent demise of Yakima Speedway, coupled with the resurrection of Tri City Raceway @ RMEC in West Richland, it only seemed fitting to continue the kickoff tradition at the ultra -fast 1/2 mile Tri Oval at TCR on April 2nd and 3rd 2022.
"We are so proud to be a part of the continuing tradition of both the Speedway and the Apple Cup" said Greg Walden, Project Manager of TCR-Speedway Promotions LLC . "This is a great fit to our schedule and carry on the event that the Pollock family began in 1967 at the Yakima Speedway.
During the 53 seasons, the event has hosted the Northwest's elite teams and drivers, creating iconic and memorable wins. The event's first winner in 1967 was Gordy Haines from Yakima.
Multi- year winners include Garrett Evans with 5 wins, Pete Harding with 4 wins, Don Dowdy with 7 wins in 8 seasons, Spanaway's Derrike Cope with 3 wins, and Owen Riddle with 3 wins.
No driver can match the record that Don Dowdy posted in the mid 1970's winning 7 in 8 years.
Each day of the 53rd running Apple Cup will have it's own complete program with feature events.
April 2nd Saturday - will host the Pro Late model Series, Hobby Stocks, Speedtour Modified Series powered by Pit Stop USA.
April 3rd Sunday- will host the Northwest Ministock Series, Hobby Stocks, Plus the Northwest Super Late Model Series will kick off their 12 event schedule on the historic half mile tri oval.
City of West Richland Mayor Brent Gerry commented, " These events at Red Mountain Event Center are a huge boost to the region economically. Tri City Raceway and Red Mountain Event Center is an economic sprinkler which reaches all of the cities, filling their hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, and retail centers."
Tickets will go on sale March 1st. Improvements to the operations will allow a better experience for the dedicated spectators including assigned seating and parking, free shuttle services from TLAC + amazing local food vendors. By the time the Fall Classic rolls around in October, all fans will be sitting in new bleachers throughout the facility.
“It’s an exciting time for not only our community but also racing on the West Coast. Our team is working relentlessly toward the future of this unique outdoor , multi-use event center .” - Jesse Brown Project Manager RMEC
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