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Trash Car Racing brings ordinary vehicles to an extraordinary race

Friday , July 27, 2018 - 11:15 AM

OGDEN — Trash Car Racing. The name pretty much says it all.

This weekend, the Golden Spike Event Center will again host a wild night of less-than-impressive vehicles racing around on a flat, dirt track.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28, in the venue’s outdoor arena, at 1000 N. 1200 West. The timed solo runs begin at 5:30 p.m., with heats at 7 p.m. The main events begin after that.

Trash Car Racing is the brainchild of Wayne West, who runs 1st Place Promotions, out of Smithfield. Now in their third year, the competitions are open to just about anybody with an old 4- or 6-cylinder front-wheel-drive passenger car who’s willing to sacrifice it to the racing gods.

“Wayne likes to call it the poor man’s sport,” said Jen Larsen, the event’s registration secretary. “We don’t ask people to put a ton of money into these cars. We don’t want cars that people have spent thousands of dollars modifying. But anybody can buy a 4-cylinder vehicle, spend a couple hundred on a roll cage, and get all the glass and plastic off the car.”

Larsen said the race cars are “basic and simple.” But while they may not be pretty, or even all that fast, she says they are all about the fun.

Logan, Tremonton and southern Idaho have been popular places for Trash Car Racing the last couple of years. And this year, Ogden is getting three events — one race was held in June, one is slated for this weekend, and a third will be Aug. 18.

Unlike a demolition derby, Larsen says Trash Car Racing is not about trying to disable the other vehicles. However, she admits there’s a lot of pushing, rubbing and fighting for the top three positions.

“They can push and shove each other as they race around the track,” she said. “And sometimes that means putting another driver into the berm or cement barriers.”

Earlier in the week, Larsen said they had nine drivers signed up for Saturday’s race. However, she said they could end up with about 20 competitors by Saturday night.

“The winnings aren’t huge right now, but we’re trying to build that up,” Larsen said.

Many of the drivers come from the Logan area, but Larsen said they’re starting to get a few more drivers from Ogden.

“And we’ve got a great group of drivers,” she said. “They help each other off the track — they’re like a huge family — but they compete in the arena.”

Tickets are $13 for ages 12 and older, $7 for ages 5 to 11, and free for children 4 and younger. There’s also a military discount, according to Larsen.

Tickets are available through Smith’s Tix, 800-888-8499 or www.smithstix.com.

Contact Mark Saal at 801-625-4272, or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @Saalman. Friend him on Facebook at facebook.com/MarkSaal.

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