Racing returns on April 26


   A new series debuts at Madras Speedway's quarter-mile dirt track on Saturday, April 26.
   That will be part of a chance for fans of dirt-track and drag racing to enjoy opening day action in both at the respective venues for such racing in Madras on Saturday.
   Races will gear up at the Madras Dragstrip in the afternoon.
   A new organization - the Madras Drag Racing Association -- is conducting the races at the track. Adherance to National Hot Rod Association regulations will be among the hallmarks of the the group. It will let racers at Madras qualify for a higher level of competition if they choose.
   Some updates to the eighth-mile track have been made by the non-profit Madras Drag Racing Association at recent work days which included testing of new starting ladders (red to green lights) and installing of new guard rails, among other items.
   Later, the Madras Speedway will host the Pacific Coast Dirt Late Models for the first time. Racers in that division with high horsepower cars will be joined by Dwarf Cars and racers from other divisions. Super Sports, Juniors, Mini cars and trucks, Paint and Pass, plus Sportsman will be among those divisions fans will recognize from past seasons.
   Hot laps, to warm up, will be allowed starting at 5:30 p.m. with racing scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
   For the teams coming to compete and other diehard fans the track opens at 3 p.m. Costs for the Madras Speedway's first event of the season will be $10 for adult tickets and $5 for children 7-11 or seniors. Children 6 or less get in free.
   The schedule of action starts earlier at Madras Dragstrip. The track will continue offering various events after a lease for a former operator was not renewed with the city. Among the leaders of the new group are Vicki McElvy and Fred Lang, Denny and Jamie McPheeters, Rod Gregg, Steve and Linda Miller and Dan and Kathy Freeman. They will be joined by many more members in getting the track ready for events.
   Both the Madras Dragstrip and Madras Speedway feature a busy schedule of events shown on web sites that each have formed using their respective names at and
   Upcoming events at the speedway include a stop of the Northwest Street Stock tour cars that debuted there last summer. That will be on May 3. The Cascade Hardtops return on May 17 before a May 31, Memorial Day weekend, special event of the Pacific Coast Dirt Late Models. While the May 31 event will be priced at $10, like opening night, the other Madras Speedway events will cost adults $8. The $5 fee for children 7-11 and seniors will remain the same.
   Admission fees for the dragstrip are still being determined.