Northwest Prerunners Starvation Ridge 100 Desert Race - Official Announcement


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Northwest Prerunners Starvation Ridge 100
Press release/official announcement

First of all let me thank all of you who attended the recent race at Starvation Ridge. I hope that you enjoyed the challenge. We had a wonderful turnout proving that there is a lot of interest in desert style racing in the NW. Also, thank you for the valuable feedback you provided during and after the race.

I am pleased to announce that we are once again able to race at the Starvation Ridge track this Labor Day weekend. Officially this race will be known as the Northwest Prerunners Starvation Ridge 100.

The pits will open Friday Sept 4th at noon. Racing will start Saturday Sept 5th with a UTV race at 12:30pm followed by Buggies racing Sunday morning at 8am and Trucks at 2pm.

This race will be similar to the last one, however we are making some changes to make the race more fun, more fair, more competitive, and more safe.

The race will consist of 9 laps around a course that is roughly 11 miles long. The course is rough, twisty, and challenging but can be negotiated by a stock 4x4 with 31 inch tires. Vehicle will start at 30 second intervals and their total time to complete the laps will be calculated off their start time. We will allow 5 hours for each vehicle to complete the course after which time you will DNF.

The race will be held on the same track as last time. We have done away with the hot pits. The track is being extended a little so the race course will travel down the center of the main pit row. This will allow people to pit for as long as needed to make repairs during the race without hindering the progress of other racers. The speed limit down pit row will be 5 MPH.

The start line is being changed from the last race to allow vehicles to blast off the start rather than idling through the pits first.

Please read through the safety rules. We are making an effort to have a safe set of rules while still making them easy for people to abide by. The Tech inspectors will not make compromises to your safety. If you have any questions about the rules please contact one of the Tech Inspectors listed at the bottom of this page.

There will be two opportunities to prerun the course. You must be a registered racer to prerun and course speed will be limited to 25 MPH during this time.

Vehicle recover from the course will be handled by course workers. They will be able to tow you into the pits or onto an access road at the halfway point of the race course. The course recovery vehicles will be available by CB, 2 meter, and cell phone. You cannot chase your own vehicle and doing so will be cause disqualification.

The pits will open on Friday. Cost to enter is $10.00 per person for the entire weekend and camping is allowed. No open fires are allowed. You can stay until Monday if you wish.

Several spectating areas will be available where many areas of the course can be viewed. An escort vehicle will guide people to the viewing areas.

It is our goal to offer the best race we can. I am sure that, like all races, this one will offer you stories for years to come. I hope to see you there.

David Capell

For more information or technical inspection question please use the following contacts.
1. Post questions at
2. E-mail or phone Broc Ross at or 503-366-9567 evenings.
3. E-mail or phone David Capell at or 503-550-0629


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The NWPrunners 100
At Starvation Ridge
Desert Race
Schedule of events

Starvation Ridge
1140 Niva Road
Centerville, WA. 98613
Sept 4th – 7th, 2009

Friday September 4th, 2009
12pm – Gates open

Saturday September 5th, 2009
9am – 1pm Technical Inspection (all vehicles)
9am - 12pm Course open for Pre-running
11:30am UTV Race Drivers meeting
12:30pm – 5:30pm UTV Race - all classes
6pm Awards and Payout – UTV’s
6pm – 8pm Course open for Pre-running

Sunday September 6th, 2009
7am Drivers meeting – Trucks and Buggies
8am – 1pm Buggy Race
2pm – 7pm Truck Race
7:30pm Awards and Payout – Trucks and Buggies

$10.00 Gate Fee (Overnight camping permitted)
Covers the entire weekend

Entry fee for Trucks and Buggy’s $200.00 with 50% Pay Back
Entry fees for UTV Classes $100.00 with 40% Pay Back
Pay back is one position for each three entries in class
Co-Driver $25.00 per person

For additional information please go to


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2009 Safety Rules

Safety Rules and Regulations
These rules apply to all classes unless otherwise stated. Please come prepared to race safely.
Tech Inspectors have final say on all rules.

Any questions e-mail or phone
Broc Ross 503-366-9567 evenings
David Capell 503-550-0629

Driver or Co-driver: must be over the age of 16 and have/had a drivers license. Drivers and co-drivers under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian signature on release form.

Personal Protective Gear:

1. Helmets: Snell 2000 or ECE-R 22.05 helmets are required.
2. Eye Protection: Face shield or shatterproof goggles for each occupant.
3. Protective Clothing: An SFI approved fire suit in good condition, with no holes or tears, is required for each occupant. Fire resistant or leather gloves and boots, and neck collars are recommended but not necessary.

Vehicle Safety:

Running vehicles: Any vehicle with the engine running must have a capable driver in the drivers seat.

1. Workmanship: All construction and preparations must be performed in a good workmanship manner subject to the approval of the tech inspector.

2. Harness Restraint:

• Seat Belts and Shoulder Harness: 5 Point harness with no older than 2006 approved date allowed. A quick release lap belt not less than three inches wide is compulsory. Both ends of the lap belt must be fastened to the roll bar cage/ frame with high quality graded bolts, not less than 3/8” diameter, with a self locking style nut and/or safety cotter pin required. The lap belt may be fastened to the floor of the vehicle so long as it is fastened to the factory locations.

• Shoulder harnesses are mandatory and must be no less than three inches wide and must come from behind the driver’s seat. The harness must be attached using a method that will prevent the harness from sliding side to side.

• A crotch belt is mandatory and must be securely mounted. Frayed belts, belts in poor condition, weathered or hard belts will not be accepted.

3. Seats:

• A racing style bucket seat of either high or low back must be used. If using a low back style seat a head rest must be fitted to allow for protection from rear impacts.

4. Window Nets:

• Mandatory for every vehicle. Nets are to be mounted in a manner as to keep driver and co-drivers arms inside of the vehicle. Single seat vehicles require one net per side.

• Double seat vehicles with only one occupant require only one driver’s net.

5. Fire Extinguisher:

• Each vehicle must be equipped with at least 1 (one) securely mounted 2lb fire extinguisher within the driver’s and co-drivers reach The extinguisher must have gauge showing full charge, have safety pin in place, and no broken parts. Second fire Extinguisher is recommended, to be mounted to the outside rear of vehicle in a manner to protect it in the event of a roll over.

6. Interior:

• Any sharp edges inside of drivers or co-drivers reach must be ground down, covered or padded.

7. Fuel Systems:

• The use of a commercially manufactured fuel cell is mandatory.

•Fuel Tank: Tech will reject any previously approved fuel cell which appears to be damaged, or not in proper condition.

• No pressure systems will be allowed except for LPG or natural gas. Any concealed or non-concealed pressure type containers, feed lines or actuating mechanisms will not be permitted, even if inoperable. Icing, Freon type chemicals or refrigerants may not be used in or near the fuel system.

• No material other than standard foam as provided by the fuel cell manufacturer is permitted.

•Rear mounted fuel cell must have a chassis or body cross member and fire wall of substance between the fuel cell and driver and be protected from ground obstacles.

• All fuel cells must have a vent line in which a one-way valve is installed and routed correctly. Vehicles that use a filler tube connected to fuel cell for remote filling must have an in-line one-way valve.

• Fuel cell cannot be vented into the driver’s compartment of any vehicle.

• A splash shield must be in place to direct any spill away from the driver, motor and motor exhaust. A body panel is considered sufficient splash shield.

• Double return springs on throttle required.

8. Chassis Fabrication:

• Roll Cage: Roll bar construction must be fully welded all the way around the tube intersection with high quality welds.
• Minimum mild steel tubing diameter and thickness for off road racing vehicles weighing:

• Mass up to 3,000 lbs - 1-1/2 inch diameter by .120 wall thickness.

• Mass 3,001 to 5,000 lbs - 1-3/4 inch diameter by .120 wall thickness.

• Mass over 5,000 lbs - 2 inch diameter by. 120 wall thickness.

• Chromoly chassis must be of comparable strength to mild steel tubing diameters.

• All gussets must be of the same material and thickness as the roll cage. All tubing, welds, gussets and roll cage construction must be approved by Tech

• All vehicle roll bar and protective caging material must meet or exceed above material specifications. This includes all door bars, diagonals and bracing.

• All roll bars within reach of drivers and co-drivers head and arms must have protective roll bar padding.

• Diagonal or similar bracing is mandatory for all truck roof openings as well as front and rear roll bar hoops.

9. • Engines:

• Only naturally aspirated engines may compete. Carburetors, fuel injection and propane mixers only are permitted. No Nitrous Oxide, turbo-chargers or super chargers for all race classes are allowed.

• Exhaust: No open headers are allowed. All vehicles must be equipped with a spark arrestor or muffler.

• Roofs: All vehicles must have a roof. It must be made of steel or aluminum. Roofs must be a minimum of .075 inch aluminum or 16 gauge steel. Recommended 1/8 inch aluminum with heavy duty hinge (buggies). Maximum roof opening between bars is 34 inches.

10. Steering: There must be no faulty parts or insecure welds. All tie-rod castle nuts, drag link castle nut, or steering component bolt must be safety wired or have safety cotter pins installed. All steering fasteners must be grade 8 or better.

11. Floor Boards: Required on all vehicles and must be securely mounted.

12. Electrical:

• Lights: All vehicles must have at least one brake light a minimum of three inches in diameter and easily viewed from the back of the race vehicle. Each vehicle must also have a minimum of at least one rear facing amber light with a minimum diameter of 3 inches that shall be on when ever power to the vehicle is switched on, and must be on the entire time the race vehicle is on the race course.

• Horn : All vehicles must have a loud working horn. Horn button must be mounted as to allow driver or co-driver to sound horn to signal slower vehicle of a faster vehicle approaching.

• Radios: Allowed, Frequency must be recorded with Tech.

• Batteries: must be securely mounted in a non corrosive container mounted in a safe location.

• Kill Switch: The switch that shuts off electrical power and the engine must be labeled.

13. Vehicle Bodies: for classes that apply

• Complete bodies must be attached at the start of competition, pre-run or any other on track activities. Bodies must be attached in such a fashion as not to create a pointed or sharp extrusion when panels are removed. Tech suggests a loop body mounting bracket construction.

14. Mirrors: all vehicles must have at least one (1) rear facing mirror. Must be mounted in a manner as to allow driver or co-driver to have a unobstructed view to the rear of the vehicles.

15. Bumpers:

• All vehicles must have safe bumpers front and rear. Tech must approve the bumpers.

• Bumpers for ALL trucks. Bumpers are to be constructed as to not penetrate or hook into another truck

• Rear Bumper may be of any design.


• Front Bumper may be of any design.

16. Firewall: The vehicle must have a firewall mounted in a manner to protect occupant(s) from fuel, oil, and engine coolant. Any liquid lines inside the driver’s compartment must be shielded. Oil coolers and radiators mounted in the rear must have all fittings facing outward from the cockpit.

17. Brakes: Brakes must be operational of all four wheels at start of each race. All brake operation must be Tech approved.

18. Wheels:

• All wheels must be in good condition.

• All wheel studs must have lugnuts installed

• No snap or clip-on wheel covers are allowed.

• Bead Locks: Allowed for all classes.

19. Marking and Vehicle Identification:

• Number plate must be solid black on a white background and must allow prompt identification by officials at all times.

• Numbers must have one inch of space between them.

• Numbers must be a minimum height of eight inches and be a minimum of one and one half inches wide.

• Minimum number plate size is ten inches high by fourteen inches long.

• Numbers must be located in the following positions: On the rear of race vehicle, high and close to the back of the cab and on both sides of the vehicle.

• Officials may require a competitor to use a different number to avoid confusion or duplication at an event. In the event that a vehicle number is not visible, the competitor will NOT be scored. It is each competitor’s responsibility to make sure their vehicle number is visible during all race conditions. Advertising on a race vehicle must be in good taste.

• Event may require the use of specific sponsor decals.

UTV safety rules.

All general safety rules apply, unless specified below.

1. Helmets: Snell 2000 or ECE-R 22.05 helmets are required.
2. Eye Protection: Face shield or shatterproof goggles for each occupant.
3. Protective Clothing: An SFI approved fire suit in good condition, with no holes or tears, is required for each occupant. Fire resistant or leather gloves and boots, and neck collars are recommended but not necessary.

4. Roll over protection- required, stock roll over accepted, aftermarket roll cage recommended. Roll bar to be padded where driver and co-driver head and arms can come in contact with roll over protection.

5. Seat belts- May have stock seat belts, lap and shoulder belts. 5 point harness recommended. No frays or tears in seat belts will be allowed.

6. Fuel cell- stock tank accepted, fuel cell recommended.

7. Side protection- Must have side netting. Netting is to be mounted in a manner to not let arms or legs outside of vehicle in the event of a roll over.

8. Fire extinguisher- Must be 2 lbs abc type, in good working order with gauge showing full charge, securely mounted and have easy access for both driver and co-driver.

9. Vehicle must have first aid kit mounted securely.

10. Mirrors: all vehicles must have at least one (1) rear facing mirror. Must be mounted in a manner as to allow driver or co-driver to have a unobstructed view to the rear of the vehicles.

11. Must have a Rear facing amber light Min. 3 inch in dia.
12. Roofs: All vehicles must have a roof. It must be made of steel, aluminum, or plastic. Roofs must be a minimum of .075 inch aluminum or 16 gauge steel. Factory plastic roofs are accepted. Soft tops, bikini tops, and the like will not be accepted.


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TRUCK CLASSES- Trucks will have 3 classes, (All trucks must pass safety rules) Tech inspector has final say on witch class you will run.

Sportsman Truck - Truck with Limited suspension modifications, No coil over shocks allowed. May have more than one shock per wheel. Shocks may be bypass style and have remote reservoir. Stock type Leaf or coil spring suspension only. Air bump stops are allowed. Engine mounted in factory position, any size engine allowed.

Modified truck – Must retain a stock frame. Engine and suspension are open.

Pro Truck – Trucks with unlimited modifications and design but must appear to be a truck. Any suspension design allowed. Any shocks allowed, any make of engine, any CID size, any engine mounting location. This is an open class.

Buggys Buggy’s will have 3 classes, (All buggy’s must pass safety rules) Tech inspector has final say on witch class you will run.
1600 class

Sportsman class

Pro class

UTV’s UTV’s will have two classes.
Stock and Modified


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Not sure we did talk about going the other direction we will wait and see what they set up for the start and pits that may dictate which way we run, either way it will be great.

Brian Mc

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I didn't see a kids course on the schedule of events? My kids where wanting to get some seat time. If there is any way to add a short course for the kids that would be great. We did talk to Scott about this and he said they did it for the bikers and it might be possible for us as well. If there is a need for track help for a course like this we as a club have a lot of experience.

Thanks Brian

randy s

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congratulations on putting on the race. it must be quite a task. i'm an outsider for sure but if i might be so bold to make a suggestion, it would be to look into how CODE runs their races down in mexico. i attended their race last weekend and it's a very similar type of deal utilizing a short course. they have tons of experience and it might not hurt checking them out. at any rate have fun and be safe. sounds like a good time.


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We may come to watch again, but the race truck is going to be torn down between V2R and the Silver State 300. It was a great time last time.


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The location has changed to the Ediville track.
Reasons out of our control must make us move the race, the new track will be 9.5 miles only .5 shorter but this way you get to run an extra lap.
The Ediville track is basically the same layout as the Starvation ridge track.

Here's the up side

It is 6 miles closer driving whooo!!!
There is no driving your motorhomes on dirt.
We were considering running both tracks next year so this way we get to try it now.
Pits are good
Track is closer to hotel and gas stations.

The down side there is none.

Any concerns please post away.

This should not change anything so don't fret just show up and RACE.

See you next week.


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We appologize for the late change but we think it will be a good one.

Also the race schedule is changing slightly. Trucks will be starting at 12:30 Sunday.
The goal of the race is 9 laps.
Competitors will be scored on corrected times.

Scott from Over the Bars Gang has been working hard on adjusting the track to fit our needs.
The Eddieville track will offer us the same thrills Starvation ridge did and hopefully more. It is very similiar with jumps and water obstacles to avoid.
There will be chances for big air time and a spot or two where you can open it up a bit. We will even be on a large oval track for a short time where you can drift it. There is plenty of pit space.

The race course will take you through the pit area where there will be a 5mph speed limit. We will be bypassing this area on the first lap so you can blast off the start into the desert.

Please feel free to call with any questions or concerns.

David Capell 503-550-0629
Broc Ross 503-366-9567 evenings.

Get ready for a great time.

David Capell