Central Oregon Dirt Track Racing - What a Blast

By
Real Estate Agent with Fred Real Estate Group

Most Saturday nights you will find me about 60 miles north of La Pine is the great city of Madras. I love cars, and Madras has a Quarter Mile Dirt Track... known as the Fastest Dirt Track in the West. The key word here is Dirt... you do get a little dust (ok a lot, but who cares).

This weekend was a special event for the Chambers' family - our nephew Cliff raced for the very first time. He and his dad have worked hard to put together car #18 and last night was our debut event.

Yep he is racing a 70 Mustang. This if you can believe it or not was a yard sale find... $1500 and a lot of hard work and you are on the track.

We have a family friend that races in Madras also, he drives the orange car in the back ground... #88.

Cliff did great, this first time racer is only 19 years and us up against some pretty experienced drivers.

Cliff completed his heat race and made it to the main even for the sportsman class. Then his first disaster hit, he was shoved in to the wall and bent a tie rod. It was a bummer, but today, the car is off the trailer, taken apart and ready for the new parts.

There will be no racing next weekend, but you can bet the following the entire Chambers' family will be out in force cheering on this hardworking motivated young man.

If you are in Central Oregon and looking for a great time on a Saturday night check and see if they are running at the Madras Speed Way.... it is well worth the $8.00 admission.

Mud ins (where the cars work the water into the track) start around 4:00 and racing starts at about 6:00 you can count on being there until well after 10:00 p.m.

The view out there is pretty cool too.... If you are interested in sponsoring Cliff and Backwoods Racing let me know I will get you in touch with the right people.Mt Jefferson

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Comments (38)

Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
(RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE
OMG...you know the words....and paused ...so i know you were singing in your head :)  Hey....I bet you know the Beverly Hillbillies song too!
Jul 22, 2007 06:19 PM
Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon

Sally - come listen to my story about man named Jed, a poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed, out hunting while shooting at some coons out from the ground came a bubbling crude - black gold, Texas tea, so they loaded up their truck and headed for Beverly ---- hills that is.... swiming pools, movie stars....  

Jul 22, 2007 06:29 PM
Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon
Lisa - trust me I love to shop too.... how about the mall then the races
Jul 22, 2007 06:31 PM
Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon
Mana - I missed your comment sorry - if you ever get closer to me let me know.... would love to met ya
Jul 22, 2007 06:37 PM
Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon

Sally - ok.... I tried to go to bed... and could not get this song out of my head.... here is the whole thing.... and - now maybe I can sleep.

Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed
A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed,
Then one day he was shootin at some food,
And up through the ground came a bubblin crude.

Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea.

Well the first thing you know ol Jed's a millionaire,
Kinfolk said "Jed move away from there"
Said "Californy is the place you ought to be"
So they loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly.

Hills, that is. Swimmin pools, movie stars.


Well now its time to say good by to Jed and all his kin.
And they would like to thank you folks fer kindly droppin in.
You're all invited back a gain to this locality
To have a heapin helpin of their hospitality

Hillybilly that is. Set a spell, Take your shoes off.

Y'all come back now, y'hear?.

Jul 22, 2007 07:11 PM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
Thesa, one of my buyer agents is into this racing. She goes everyweekend to watch family member's race. I'm going to forward to her. she has been wondering what to blog on.
Jul 22, 2007 10:14 PM
Fred Pickard
Fred Pickard Innovations Realty Inc - Hershey, PA
Hershey, PA

Thesa,

I've been a dirt track fan for almost 40 years, since the first time I moved to central Pennsylvania.

I actually worked at Williams Grove for about 15 years in the 70's and 80's. I didn't get paid much, but got to see the races for free.

I've written a couple of blogs about local racing in the last month here on AR. This weekend we had the World of Outlaws sprint car organization in town for 3 nights. I had dust withdrawal symptoms during the winter.

 

Jul 22, 2007 10:43 PM
Matthew J Blum - (retired from the business)
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Thesa,  That is so cool.  I wanted to up load a pic of speed racer but I see Jeff Belonger did that already.  Sometimes the smaller events are so much more fun.  I know I have taken my son to Morosso Speedway.
Jul 22, 2007 11:07 PM
Neal Bloom
Brokered by eXp Realty LLC - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

Thesa,

Eat my dust:) Are you going to get in those cars and start a racing career? I have been to those speedway races where I was younger and needed a place to drink beer:)

Jul 22, 2007 11:57 PM
Chris Tesch
RE/MAX Bryan-College Station - College Station, TX
College Station, Texas Real Estate
Thesa, you have missed your calling as a photographer!  Central Oregon sounds like my kind of place!
Jul 23, 2007 02:31 AM
Susie Roscoe
Signature Realty Associates - Brandon, FL
Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL
How fun!!  That sounds like a great family tradition...that continues to grow as the kids grow up!  Wow!!  NOW...you know why there are so many BOYS in the Chambers Family!!  You will always need more racers!!  :-) 
Jul 23, 2007 03:10 AM
Stephanie Edwards-Musa
thredUP.com - The Woodlands, TX
knitwit at thred UP
Thesa, I love hometown car racing!  It's so much fun to go to these.  We have a track in Baytown...not to close but not too far.  Sounds like Chris did a great job and I hope he gets the car up and running!!
Jul 23, 2007 05:40 AM
Stephanie Edwards-Musa
thredUP.com - The Woodlands, TX
knitwit at thred UP
Thesa, I love hometown car racing!  It's so much fun to go to these.  We have a track in Baytown...not to close but not too far.  Sounds like Chris did a great job and I hope he gets the car up and running!!
Jul 23, 2007 05:40 AM
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro

Thesa--I bet your family is quite the cheering section for Cliff. Hope he is ready to go for the next race!

Jul 23, 2007 08:08 AM
John Evarts
Classic Property Management of Santa Clarita - Santa Clarita, CA
Sounds fun. Is there betting?
Jul 23, 2007 09:49 AM
Paula Henry
Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group - Avon, IN
Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174
Thesa - This sounds like a blast. When I was young , a family treat night was going to races near by.
Jul 23, 2007 03:19 PM
Leah Ross
Your Tampa Bay Mortgage Source - Tampa, FL
Tampa, Florida Mortgage
Sounds like a great time in Central Oregon!  I want to be a part of that!  I love racing and would love the opportunity to see that view on top of a race.  What a great place to be!
Jul 23, 2007 03:27 PM
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Thesa,

Looks like good family fun for all. But I'm with Lisa on the dirt, mud issue. My family plays at Glamis in the desertin southern cal. You wind up with sand in very nook and cranny as you can imagine.

Jul 23, 2007 04:50 PM
Ray Saenz
Exit Realty Laredo - Laredo, TX
Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor

Hey Thesa,

So you will get along with Kim Murphy, she loves motor vehicles :) specially mortorcyles, :) great post,

Ray Saenz

Jul 23, 2007 06:13 PM
Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions" - Grand Rapids, MI
Real Estate Services You can Trust!

Thesa, great post and the sunset view photo is amazing.

 

Jul 28, 2007 12:05 PM