KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Saturday night, racecar drivers got together to talk about their need for speed. They were talking about just how much they'll miss the Tri-City Raceway. The raceway is in the process of being sold to the Port of Kennewick for $1.75 million.
At the Wild Vine Event Center in Kennewick, it was a celebration of almost 35 years of racing at the Tri-City Raceway.
Miller Edwards, or Ed, as most people know him drove the 79 car because he bought the car in 1979. He raced in the Tri-Cities for 2 years.
He says, "It was a ball, some of the best years of my life. I had fun racing for those two or three years."
Patrick Culdwell drove the 39 car and organized Saturday's party. He said along with his love of racing, he loves the people surrounding the sport. He says,"Racing people are quality people at every level."
And the good times are what make it so hard for racers to say goodbye to the raceway. They say they understand the Port's desire to use the land for the regions growing wine industry but they insist the Tri-Cities will lose something important when the raceway is sold.
They say the entertainment that racing provides can't be replaced.