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NSRA since 1987

In the early years of pavement open wheel racing in the Pacific Northwest, there was WRA(Washington Racing Assoc) and CAMRA(Canadian American Modified Racing Assoc) putting on individual and co-sanctioned racing events throughout the region. In 1985 and 1986 the United States Auto Club, (USAC) ventured out from the Midwest and sanctioned supermodified racing on the West Coast with regional divisions in the states of Washington, California, Idaho, Utah and Colorado. In 1987, they unexpectedly dropped the regional sanctioning.

At that time, Curt Kern and Ed Williams started a new association and named it. the Northwest Supermodified Racing Association (NSRA) and continued sanctioning racing in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Colorado as well as Canada. In 1992, Curt Kern took the supermodifieds and formed the Western States Supermodified Tour (WSST), leaving the sprint cars to continue with the Northwest Supermodified/Sprintcar Racing Association (NSSRA). Leading this dual class association was Ross Fontes as president. Along the road of popularity were a few rule changes, some regrouping and some reorganization.

Then headed by Mike Sullivan Sr. in 2001 the NSRA continued to expand with the help of the racers and our fans. This is the most exciting opened wheel racing anywhere and by far the fastest. NSRA drivers currently hold 15(?) all time track records at venues throughout the region.

The large spoiler on the roof and a smaller spoiler on the nose of the car usually signify a Sprint car. All Sprint cars (as classified by NSRA) have open wheels, meaning no fenders over the wheels. The speed obtained by a sprint car is partially aerodynamics. Without bulky body panels, a Sprint Car has far less body surface area than your everyday car, therefore reducing aerodynamic drag, The other part of the speed comes from the power plant. One big difference from most other racecars is the respiration (how the engine gets its fuel/air mixture). The majority of sprint cars with NSRA use Ethanol: it is good for the environment, smells wonderful, and burns cooler. With engines that can produce up to 750 Horsepower, you need a good way to keep all four tires on the ground; hence the wing. The upper spoiler (aka wing) is used to increase down force on the car, forcing it tighter to the pavement the faster it goes. The wing is adjustable so that the amount of down force can be changed to accommodate varying conditions, like using different tires, or even to compensate for the car’s weight (or lack thereof). There is also a nose wing, usually 1/3 smaller, that helps keep the frond wheels down. If this wing wasn’t used, the car would have a tendency to do wheelies (which is very bad if you don’t want to do wheelies)

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