ALGER — The Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup boasts some of the snazziest advances in dirt track racing. But for a few laps Saturday, the track saw cars that hailed from an earlier era.
Two classic cars took several exhibition laps at the speedway in an event sponsored by The Golden Wheels Fraternity, a Seattle area-based group dedicated to preservation, advancement and memory of classic race car driving.
The cars that made an appearance were a re-creation of a 1935 Samco Ford Big Car. The car is owned and was driven by 77-year-old Jim Edwards of Renton.
Also appearing was a 1960 Sky Valley CAE Modified. That car was owned and driven by 77-year-old Loren Day of Bothell.
The track that hosted the cars was celebrating a milestone, too. This year marks Skagit Speedway’s 65th anniversary.
Schmelze moves into main
Garen Linder’s misfortune was Chris Schmelzle’s gain Saturday.
Linder had qualified for the American Sprint Car Series A Main based on points, but a crash Friday proved too costly for him to return to racing
Schmelze, of Victoria, British Columbia, moved from the pole position in the B Main into a guaranteed spot in the A Main instead.
A scary-looking crash didn’t cut Australian driver Scott Bogucki’s Dirt Cup short.
After a crash while in the lead in Friday’s A Main, Bogucki was able to return to Saturday’s racing.
The driver from McLaren Vale was guaranteed a spot in the A Main based on points. He earned the pole position last year at the 47th annual event.
Matt Covington earned the pole position in the ASCS A Main on Saturday ... Burlington’s Tristin Thomas set the fast time in the Northwest Focus Midget hot laps with a lap of 14.496 seconds ... Evan Margeson won the midget dash race.