Start Your Engines Toward Lebanon

Willamette Speedway_kart races action_TumblesonThe stadium lights shining bright, the stands filled with enthusiastic spectators, the smell of freshly popped popcorn lingering in the air and the whizzing and whirling of go-carts going round and round the track: An evening at Willamette Speedway is a keen reminder that summer’s not over yet. And motorized sports can be fun to watch, too, especially if a few of the small go-carts hit a bump or veer off the track. (Don’t worry, emergency medical staff are positioned right next to the racing action.)

“Kart” races, as the speedway likes to call them, have drawn small crowds of all ages to the racetrack on Friday evenings throughout the summer. The kart races feature go-carts of various power levels and racers both young and young at heart. The best part? Admission is free! That leaves plenty of leftover cash for snacks and refreshments, which are available at the on-site concession stand. Grab the kids or some friends, load ‘em up in the car, and head over to Lebanon to catch two nights of kart racing entertainment this weekend.

The first annual Crocker’s Cars Summer Showdown is set to feature some of the area’s best kart racers this Friday, July 31 and Saturday, Aug. 1. If you want to get closer to the action, you can purchase a Pit Pass for $10 each evening. The gates open around 4 p.m. and racing will gear up at 6:30 p.m. each night. Winners in the various racing classes could be taking home prize purses worth as much as $500.

 The Willamette Speedway is located at 36606 Airport Drive in Lebanon. Visit for more information and a complete race schedule.

By Abbie Tumbleson