After sleeping in the cell phone waiting area parking lot overnight at the Albuquerque airport....this was breakfast!
I had no idea what they were building here just outside of Albuquerque on the way to Salt Lake City.
A pretty nice view of the Albuquerque airport huh?
This is where the Albuquerque minor league baseball team plays (left) as well as the University of New Mexico football team (right).
As I landed in Salt Lake City I was impressed with the city being ringed in snow-capped mountains......even in June.
There was a good deal of rain over the U.S.A. but none where I was going in Washington.
This is one of the better airports in America.
I've been to Portland many times over the years, especially during my business career.
What a creative display for an airport.
For those who need a souvenir from Oregon.
You might not believe it but there is a good deal of walking required in the trackchasing hobby.
It rains a lot in Portland. This glass roof works well when it's raining and when the sun is shining.
What a good-looking roof structure at the Portland International Airport.
Airports are getting better and better. What a beautiful way to landscape an airport parking garage.
The Northwest on a nice day is as beautiful as anywhere in the country.
I had a passing view of snowy Mt. Hood that stands guard over Portland.
I've never had a Subway sandwich delivered.
My "Trackchasiing Tourist Attraction" today was a visit to an Apple store.
I'm "switching teams". Soon everything I do on a computer will be on an Apple. I was buying one in Oregon because they don't charge sales tax.
Although I was in Portland, I had to head toward Seattle for tonight's track.
What a beautiful day for a ride in the Northwest.
Is there a problem here?
It wouldn't be much longer and I would be at the Rainier Speedway.
"Garth" is man's best friend. Just a mile or so to the racetrack.
This is it! I would be the first trackchaser to ever visit the Rainier Speedway.
This place has gone by many different names.
Just five bucks got us "seniors" in the gate will full pit privleges.
When I arrived the winged outlaw karts were hot lapping.
There would be just four of them tonight but that was enough to make this a countable trackchasing effort.
I think you will agree, after you've seen all the photos, this track is located in a beautiful setting.
One of these drivers is not on the right page.
I'm guessing it's this guy.
They don't throw full course cautions here. They just put a little muscle behind it and the problem is cleared.
There aren't many of these really cool and old grandstands around anymore. The track was built in 1952 and this is probably the original grandstand.
This machine keeps the racing surface smooth.
The winged outlaw karts guys all pit in the same area.
This looks like a fun way for families to spend a weekend.
Where are these folks headed? To the "riders" meeting.
That's a heavy duty arm tattoo.
Danny, the track promoter, tells folks how the program is going to run.
A race track promoter's work is never done. Here Danny waters the track.
Any good promoter will have a good set of support staff.
These folks had a great place to watch the races.
Where's the ambulance?
The P.A. system was excellent and a young woman announcer gave a complete description of the racing action.
My only concession purchase tonight was a cherry sno cone.
There aren't many track setups like this one around anymore.
The flat track is ringed in pine trees.
My pit pass!
Does the left front tire on the #316 look a little bit loose?
I told you so!
Don't try this at home.
This type of riding is very much fun to watch.
This was the "Pee Wee" division.
Now THAT'S a driving uniform.
The starter wins "most colorful" starting outfit of the year!
With only four winged outlaw karts at the track I couldn't stand to see any drop out.
Hopefully, the driver would come back and get his kart.
I would love to see more motorcyle racing.
There were several places to get good quality racing shots at the Rainier Speedway. These riders are racing down the backstretch.
This can't be good for left legs!
Passing is an art in this form of motorcyle racing.
Check out the eyes.
I think this young woman is handling the noise meter.
Quads were on the racing card tonight as well.
These guys are just about as crazy at the motorcycle riders.
It's fun to see them get through the turns.
Is this where offset motors came from?
The riders enter the track at this point.
Tonight I watched 48 heat races.
Yikes! This rider looks like Spiderman.
I could get "up close and personal" with the riders tonight.
This is definitely a family sport.
These guys are nothing if not organized. This is the heat race lineup plan for tonight.
Wouldn't you know it. The caged karts are race #48!
There were several girls and young women racing tonight.
This is the kart driven my Matthew Drager, the Rockett Brand racing special.
The pit area was a beehive of activity.
You see it all at www.randylewis.org. It's hard to miss in conditions like this.
There were a few racing mishaps tonight.
This doesn't look very safe at all.
The starter was a throw back to days gone by when the flags were thrown with the starter standing on the track.
When these karts took to the track, the Rainier Speedway became my 1,550th lifetime track to see.
What a majectic setting to watch races with perfect temperatures to boot.
Matthew Drager took the checkers to win the first heat.
Here they come roaring out of the fourth turn.
See the sign post with "21" listed? The karts were moved up in the program and ran the 21st race of the night.
It's going to be a race to the finish (aren't they all).
It's Matthew Drager by a nose.
What an outfit!
The motorcyles just kept racing and racing.
I grabbed a seat in the stands for several races.
Here's the schedule if you want to visit this track.
This is the second outlaw kart heat, race #47.
The karts race through turns one and two.
Then race down the backstretch.
Before coming out of turn #4.
This driver captured the checkered flag in heat #2.
After 47 races, the starter takes an intermission break.
I took the opportunity at intermission to drive about five miles down the road for a beautiful early evening view of Mt. Rainier.
What would you give to have this guy's view.
As the sun illuminated this beautiful mountain, I reminded myself this mountain stays snow-covered all year round.
Even in black and white it was beautiful.
I could only take so many pictures of something this awesome. I had to move on but not before pausing to take in all of Mt. Rainier's majectic beauty.