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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Flat track races return to Eddieville on Saturday

 

April 25, 2018



Head out to Eddieville this weekend for a blast from the past.

Eddieville, the only full half-mile track in the Pacific Northwest, will host the second annual Flat Track Motorcycle Series again this year, starting with Saturday’s opening race which begins at noon.

Saturday’s race marks the first of three races this season at Eddieville. It is just one race out of an eight-race northwest series with other races being held in Spokane, British Columbia, Ranier, and Castle Rock, among other locations.

After a long while without any flat track races in the area, there was one race during last year’s Festival of Wheels, and that race drew enough interest to make the races an annual affair.

“There was one race last year at the Festival of Wheels and that kind of got us started,” racer Doug Bowers said.

There will be riders of all ages and skill levels during Saturday’s race. Kids as young as six and riders up to age 70 will be competing and riding either modern or classic bikes.

Flat track racing is one of the oldest forms of motorcycle racing in existence. It has dipped in popularity throughout the years, but recently has been growing and growing.

“It’s enjoying a resurgence in popularity,” Bowers said. “It’s enjoying a comeback. A lot of the old tracks went away due to real estate values.”

Eddieville has stood the test of time, and along with Saturday’s race, will host two more flat track races this summer. After this weekend’s event, anther flat track race is scheduled for July 22 with the third on Aug. 19. Practice runs for each race begins at 10 a.m. with the racing starting at noon.

 

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