Racing comes back to Ripple Ridge Raceway after three-year hiatus
By Chad Abshire
RAWLINS — It’s been a while, but racecars are coming back to Ripple Ridge Raceway Sunday.
After a three-year break, Carbon County Racing Association Secretary Becky Slater said she was “excited” for racing’s comeback.
Even though racing had been out for a while, Ripple Ridge has still been home to mud bogs. But it’s just not been the same, Slater said.
“I love watching the races,” Slater, who also serves as the flagger for Sunday’s races, said. “I go out of town a lot of times to watch races and I hope it comes back so I can stay home and go to the racetrack.”
Racing was halted for car rebuilds, Slater said, but “now there’s a new generation and they’re really into racing and racecars.”
Sunday’s races feature racers from across the region and prospective drivers who want to test their mettle on the quarter-mile dirt track can register until the day of the event. The races are open to all classes.
“Drivers just show up, fill out paperwork, pay their passes to get in and pay for the crew,” she said. “We’ll check out their safety equipment, do a meeting, get them all together and decide how many laps to run depending on how the car count is.”
Gates open at 9 a.m. and races begin at 2 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, seniors 55 or older are $5, teens 13 to 17 years old are $5 and kids under 12 with an adult get in free. The track is located three miles south of Rawlins on Highway 71.
Slater said vendors would be on-site, offering drinks and food.
She also said the Carbon County Racing Association was hoping for a “really big turnout,” especially since it’s the first race in three years.
With a solid turnout of “at least 15 to 20 cars” thundering around the track, Slater said the next races, set for June 12, the Association “will know more of what’s going on.” She said other racing associations, like Sheridan’s, was helping out with the non-profit’s volunteers.
And with the comeback, Slater said “hopefully some locals will pull their cars out of their garage and come out racing.”
Nate Fryar, morning show host at Rawlins Radio, 92.7 FM, is calling the action.
“I’ve been involved with the racing association since 2009,” he said. “When I was first brought up here to experience radio, part of that was going out to the races and being involved.
“Ever since, I’ve been a big supporter,” he said. “This is a great thing for families to go out and do on a Sunday.”
“Families can come out there and have a good day of racing,” she said. “Hopefully we’ll have some really good racing going on between cars. It’s a good afternoon spent on a Sunday afternoon.”