Rainy Weather Bogs Down Saturday’s Lawn Mower Races
Lawn Mower Races… In Lake Spokane?
Lake Spokane held its first annual lawn mower races on Saturday; however, the weather did not cooperate, and it turned out to be a disappointing day for Spokane and surrounding area racers. Due to lack of spectators and lots of rain, they called it quits after just two races. The lack of spectators, probably due to the weather and graduation parties, was not as big of an issue as the rain. The dirt track, located behind the Stonelodge Fire Station #1, was full of mud. There were inches of water and mud throughout the entire track, which made it difficult for the racers to keep traction. The mud made everything extremely messy, and the lawn mowers had inches of mud caked on them after just the two races that were held.
The racers are based out of Spokane, and there are about 50 of them within 50 miles of Suncrest. They have been racing, on average, for a few years. There were only a handful of racers at this event, but in the future, they plan to have many more participate. Brad Strength, nicknamed “Bad Brad,” was one of the few racers at the track on Saturday. Brad has been racing for about three years; he began with drag racing, and has only been dirt racing for a year. “Bad Brad” was the driver of the #32 “Motor Chaos.” While showing me his mower, Brad gave me a little information on racing lawn mowers. The average racing lawn mower can reach up to 45 to 50 mph, but they usually only race at 28 to 32 mph. Some of the other drivers at the track on Saturday include Javier Cochran, with the #256 “The Deader Chicken,” Rob Johnston, with the #33, and Phil Johnston with the #3 “The Mowtivator.”
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Although this race was a letdown because of rain, the racers said they had fun and plan to return soon. When talking with them about the future of Lake Spokane’s involvement with lawn mower racing, they stated they would love to eventually get a local track in the Suncrest/Lake Spokane area. If races become a success locally, they plan to support our local food bank at their events by taking canned food donations and giving the donator money off the entry fee.
Thank you to the racers for their time and effort; we hope to have you back shortly. In addition, a big thanks also goes to the Stevens County Fire District #1 for donating the dirt track for this event.
Future lawn mower races will be announced as information becomes available.