May 22 Tech and Test

May 23 Circle track race

June 6 Circle track race

June 20 Circle track race

July 11 Circle track race

July 24 Circle track race

July 25 Circle track race

Aug. 8 Circle track race

Aug. 15 Circle track race

Aug. 21 Demolition Derby

Aug. 27 Lawnmower Drags, Fairgrounds

Aug. 28 Memory Cruise

Aug. 29 Circle track race

Sept. 12 Circle track race

Sept. 26 Circle track race

Circle track races begin at Noon; Gates open at 9 a.m. at Pleasant Valley Speedway


Of the Baker City Herald

The Thunder Mountain Motorsports circle track racing season kicks off May 22-23 at the Pleasant Valley Speedway.

May 22 is a test and tune day. Drivers can have their cars run through tech then spend the day testing on the track.

Tech opens at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $25 per driver. All spectators and pit crews will be admitted free. However, all individuals entering the pit area will be required to sign an injury waiver.

Drivers who had a pit space reserved last season and would like it again this season must pay the $45 reservation fee for spots on the fence side facing the track, or $35 for the back side of the pit area. Checks should be made out to Pleasant Valley Speedway c/o Rick Hite, 1150 Resort St., Baker City 97814.

Drivers who did not have a space last year, but who would like one this season, can contact Hite at the same address.

May 23 is the first official circle track race of the new season.

Dues and membership fees

Club membership racing fees are $50 for individuals, $75 for families, and $100 for corporate. Dues should be sent to Thunder Mountain Motorsports, P.O. Box 349, Baker City 97814.

Race-day entry fees, paid at the gate, are $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Spectator admission is $7, plus an additional $3 for those people who want to go into the pit area.

Race times and info

The main gate at the speedway opens at 9 a.m. on race days.

Drivers must meet at the race trailer at 11:30 a.m. Heat races begin at noon. Opening ceremonies and trophy dashes begin at 1 p.m. Main events follow the trophy dashes.

More information about the circle track events is available by calling Hite at 523-7235, Randy Knadle at 523-4576, or Neal Chamberlain at 898-2189.

Track improvements

Corner 4, coming on to the main straight, has been widened and given a steeper slope to improve safety. Improvements in the fencing also are expected to be completed before the first race.

Work also has begun on the new 1/8-mile drag strip. The club must raise approximately $85,000 for the project. The first race on the drag strip is expected in the spring of 2005.

More information about that portion of the speedway is available by calling Tom Beaver, 523-6413, Dennis Radford, 523-9202, or Terry Schumacher, 523-4411.

The club's Web site is

What is Thunder Mountain?

Thunder Mountain is a group of car enthusiasts with a passion of specialty cars, the desire to take that passion to the next level, and stage drag races.

The first drag races were held in 1995 at the Baker Municipal Airport. More than 55 cars competed in front of about 800 spectators.

When the club could no longer hold races at the airport, it purchased the property for the current racing site.

Club members and members of the community started construction on the site in April 2001. The grand opening of the oval track was July 15, 2001.