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ELGIN —Elgin Outlaw Stockcar Racers invites everyone out on Saturday for the last race of the season.

The pits open at 4 p.m. and racing begins at 5 p.m. It is important that all drivers be signed in before the races begin.

At the last Outlaw Racing Association Meeting it was decided that the races would begin an hour earlier due to cold temperatures in the late evening hours.

The 2003 season raced past (pun intended). The Elgin Outlaw Racing Association calls this year another successful season.

Drivers, association members and volunteers put in many hours and work very hard to put these races on and anxiously await the next season to begin.

All three classes — the streets, supers and the minis — plan to put on a spectacular show for the fans to end the season. Rumor has it that cars from other tracks plan to join the racing action with the Elgin Outlaws.

The Elgin Outlaws have heard from several drivers from other tracks in Oregon and Washington. They have finished their season and still haven't been able to tuck the racing bug away into hibernation yet.

The Elgin Outlaw Racing Association wants to especially thank Willy Williams for an outstanding job as flagger.

Everyone that attended the races this year got to watch Williams several times as he gave new meaning to "throwing a yellow flag" at drivers.

Rollover plaques will be presented to Jannell Collier and to Jim Daniels. On separate race nights, both drivers had breathtaking moments as their cars rolled onto their tops.

Both race cars were carrying passengers during the roll overs. The two drivers and their passengers were a little shaken and sore the next day however, due to the safety equipment required at the track, neither driver nor the passengers sustained injuries.

Becky Thwreatt, announcer for the Elgin Outlaw Raceway, said the Raceway is proud to put on these events that is known by all as "backyard racing."

It is great adrenaline-filled, affordable, family entertainment. The races are always family oriented and run in an alcohol-free environment.

Racing promotes camaraderie and teamwork. At the same time it encourages healthy rivalry between drivers as they put their skills to the test on the track and bring the crowd a great show, according to Thwreatt.

The Elgin Outlaw Raceway is located at the Elgin Stampede Grounds.

Gate admission is adults $5, seniors $4, kids 7-13 years $3 (with adult). Kids 6 and under get in free when accompanied by parent.

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