Feature Article

Phil King (Issue 105)
by / on May 2, 2014 at 4:47 pm / in Feature Article, Other Motorsports, Washington

Phil King (Issue 105)

Phil “Killer” King began racing in Walton, New York, during the 1970s. “I had older friends that were into demolition derby,” he says of competing at the Deleware County Fair. “It looked like a blast.” In 1982, Phil headed north to Alaska in search of work and discovered the demolition derby program at Capitol Speedway in the town of Willow.

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John Boyatt (Issue 105)
by / on April 23, 2014 at 4:47 pm / in Feature Article, Stock Cars, Washington

John Boyatt (Issue 105)

Rusty’s son John Boyatt recalls his father competing at Pacific Raceways and Bremerton. “By the time I was 10, I was at a race every weekend,” John says. “I started racing Hobby Stocks at Spanaway Speedway in 1997, just as I was graduating from Spanaway Lake High School.” John earned money to race by cleaning the neighbor’s horse stall and selling the speakers out of his car.

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Gary and Robyn Logsdon (Issue 105)
by / on April 15, 2014 at 4:47 pm / in Drag Racing, Feature Article, Washington

Gary and Robyn Logsdon (Issue 105)

Gary Logsdon of Spanaway, Wash., started drag racing at Bremerton Raceway in 2006. Wife Robyn had a four-decade head start on her hubby, catching race fever back in 1966 at Lewiston Dragstrip in Montana. “I’ve always liked to drive fast,” Robyn says. “That’s why I was drawn to drag racing.”

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Brian Taylor at Evergreen Speedway (Issue 105)
by / on April 9, 2014 at 4:47 pm / in Feature Article, Stock Cars, Washington

Brian Taylor at Evergreen Speedway (Issue 105)

Mini Stock driver Brian Taylor is featured in Issue 105 of Inside Track

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Racing schools at Evergreen Speedway (Issue 105)
by / on April 9, 2014 at 4:47 pm / in Feature Article, Motorsports Industry, Stock Cars, Washington

Racing schools at Evergreen Speedway (Issue 105)

Doug Swerland of Kirkland, Wash., remembers wet tracks being an issue while racing Formula 3 on the European courses, but it was nothing but sunshine and dry tack when he and several other Northwest thrill-seekers met up for the Richard Petty Driving Experience last August at Evergreen Speedway. The group of about 15 students gathered under the grandstands Aug. 12, joking amongst themselves and engaging in light conversation while the sound of stock cars could be heard thundering by outside on the 5/8-mile oval.

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Jason and Allison Gibson (Issue 104)
by / on July 19, 2013 at 4:47 pm / in Canada, Drag Racing, Feature Article

Jason and Allison Gibson (Issue 104)

When Mission Raceway Park re-opened its staging lanes in 1992, it was a great excuse for Jason Gibson to give up street racing and head for the dragstrip less than 40 miles from his home in Delta, BC.

“I went to opening day and never looked back,” Jason recalls of the lure of organized drag racing.

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Brandon Berg (Issue 104)
by / on July 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm / in Feature Article, Open Wheels, Washington

Brandon Berg (Issue 104)

Brandon Berg got his first taste of the racing community working on Seth Bergman’s car after the 2011 season.

“I was just wrenching and cleaning the car, but it was fun,” Brandon recalls of helping out during the off-season. “I saw how everything worked.”

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Max Schroeder (Issue 104)
by / on July 10, 2013 at 4:47 am / in Feature Article, Stock Cars, Washington

Max Schroeder (Issue 104)

Max Schroeder racked up five seasons of racing quarter midgets before jumping to a full-size car with the Northwest Pro-4 Alliance this year.

“I raced through each of the classes and did pretty well,” he says of competition in the Little Wheels group based in Graham, Wash.

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Bombers Custom Auto Works (issue 103)
by / on October 7, 2012 at 4:47 pm / in Feature Article, Motorsports Industry, Washington

Bombers Custom Auto Works (issue 103)

There are plenty of street rodders who can claim their vintage truck still works. But Steve Lagani can boast his vintage truck’s still works. The corn mash producing still is just one of the neat features on his Puyallup-based rat rod barbecue. Northwest race fans may recall Steve’s No. 88 Monte Carlo in the Hobby Stocks division at Spanaway Speedway when he started circle track racing in 1994. But his love for cars goes back to watching his father Frank race a C-Class dragster and a fuel car at Englishtown, NJ, during the ’50s and ’60s.

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Greg Orvella’s 1932 Graham (issue 103)
by / on September 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm / in Feature Article, Other Motorsports, Washington

Greg Orvella’s 1932 Graham (issue 103)

When Greg Orvella retired in 2010 after 14 years as a Teamster driver with the Boeing Co., he knew it was time to get to work on a project that had been waiting quietly since the company’s 757 took its very first flight. It was 34 years ago that Greg shelled out a little over two grand and brought home a 1932 Graham project car.

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