Photo by Drew Turner

Small cars go big time

Dwarf cars from Vernal entertain Speedway

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— With a hazy orange sunset Saturday evening, fans were greeted and treated to the high-pitch sounds of dwarf cars buzzing around the dirt track at Hayden Speedway.

The fifth race in a 10-race series may have been called Super Streets Madness, but the small and speedy dwarf cars seemed to steal the thunder.

A dozen dwarf cars competed in two heat races, a trophy dash and a main event in addition to the Sport Stocks, Street Stocks, Super Streets and Modifieds.

All 12 dwarf car drivers traveled from Vernal, Utah - not far from a wildfire that has claimed at least two lives and led to the hazy orange sunset.

"Last year we had about five dwarf car drivers, and now we have about 35," Shane Simper said. "On our track we run about 80 (mph). This one is quicker, but smaller and harder to get up speed."

Shane MacArthur, a heat one victor, said the cars are 10 feet in length, 73 inches wide and weight about 1,000 pounds.

MacArthur's father-in-law, Tony Rivera, said they have poured about $20,000 into the small red racecar.

"It's affordable racing if there is such a thing," Rivera said. "You can spend between $16,000 and $35,000 on these little things."

The winners of the Street Stock and Super Street classes will not be announced until after Monday's Western Colorado Racing Association because of protests.

Ed Hatch of Clifton was victorious in the Sport Stock heat dash, trophy dash and main event.

"I got a couple of new sponsors, and they are going to send me some memorabilia that I'm hoping to share with the kids," Hatch said.

Nick Craig of Craig won Modifieds heat two and the main event toward the end of the evening.

Racing continues July 7 with Modified Madness, sponsored by T&H Auto Parts.

The racing will consist of Sport Stocks, Street Stocks, Super Streets, Modifieds and Mini Sprints.

Drew Turner can be reached at 824-7031, ext 211, or aturner@craigdailypress.com

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