In the words of Darrell Waltrip, “Boogity, boogity, boogity, let’s go racing boys.”
A Kodiak resident is making a push to revive stock car racing on the island, something that hasn’t happened since 2008.
“I would like to race again, but I am too old to get back on a bike,” Craig DeHart said. “I’ve got a hip that doesn’t operate any good anymore, so we are seeing if we can’t get the cars back.”
DeHart was at the first Kodiak Island Racing Association’s meeting of the season Wednesday and told the board that there is enough interest to bring back hobby stock racing. He said he has at least seven drivers and cars ready to rev it up when the season starts in late May at the Kodiak Island Fairgrounds.
Board president Tracy Anderson said cars would be a welcome addition to a race day lineup that features motocross, pit bikes and mud bogs. The racing association has tried to drop the green flag on stock cars every season, but has not gotten the commitment from the drivers.
“Basically people have to have a car and keep it running and that is the issues that we have had in the past,” Anderson said. “The biggest issue is that they are privately-owned cars and it is expensive.”
Anderson said it takes three cars to start a heat race, but would prefer at least five.
Decades ago getting drivers and cars was not an issue.
In 1983, the first year the track was open, a dozen drivers showed up at every race. The crowd was also there.
“I’m thinking 10 years ago, a couple hundred people were out there watching the races,” Anderson said. “That is why they have so many bleachers because they needed them. Now they are kind of obsolete.”
DeHart is hoping stock cars can bring spectators back to the track.
“Everybody loves the suspense of a crash; going 80 miles per hour around a quarter mile and slamming into each other — it is hair-raising and all around fun,” DeHart said.
In the middle of the 1/4-mile track sits a portion of the motocross track, which has become the main attraction since car racing stopped in 2008.
Last season, KIRA had around 125 members, and Anderson is hoping to increase that by 75 this season.
“I think we easily can because people don’t realize the track isn’t just for riding races motocross, it is really there seven days a week for people who want to ride on it,” she said.
KIRA registration forms can be picked up at 58 Degrees North, Scott’s Heating and Plumbing and Kodiak Support Services on the Coast Guard base or contact the association through its Facebook page.
For those interested in hobby stock racing, contact DeHart at 539-1750.