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#24 Joey Bird made his first start in an Idaho 200 and had a good night for his efforts. Locking in as the last driver to qualify within the top-12, Bird made advances into the top-10 running order on several occasion only to be caught in racing incidents that sent him to the pits for repairs. Staying on the lead lap Bird was able to salvage a 10th place finish and continue his solid rookie season of late model competition.  Read More

Keeping Pace 

Idaho 200 Victory-News & Notes

Aug. 5, 2013


Posted: Monday, August 5, 2013

By JERRY HITCHCOCK/Sports writer 




 Cool Customers

    It was a cool night at Stateline Speedway, in more ways than one.  


Joey Bird  finished a strong top ten in the IDAHO 200. Coming from the back twice....from a spin and front end damage....still managed to secure a top ten win. Spokanes’ Joey Bird secured the last (12th) spot on qualifying time.  Read More

Keeping Pace

Idaho 200 News & Notes-

Aug. 1, 2013


   The 14th Annual Idaho 200 rolls into Stateline Speedway this weekend. Here's a sneak peek at the race with information on some of the driver's taking part and a bit of history on the event.


#24 Joey Bird-

Finished inside the top-10 in his first start at Montana Raceway Park in the track's Super Late Model division. Has multiple Sunset Speedway karting championships. Made several early season starts in Stateline's HyDrive series. Nephew of famed engine builder, Jeff Bird.  Read More





                                                                  The list of talent continues to grow for this weekend's 200, as drivers like Gary Lewis, Garrett Evans, Ryan Wells,                                                                          Shane Mitchell and current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Justin Lofton are confirmed.  Joey Bird, like                                                                          Behar a Stateline regular in other divisions, also is set to take on his first Idaho 200 this weekend. Bird will be a senior                                                                    at University High in Spokane this fall.
                                                                  "It's one of the biggest races of the year," Bird said. "It's going to be tough and a big challenge for us, just like                                                                                Montana.  But I have a lot of confidence in my team that we will perform well." After a setback at the recent                                                                                      Montana 200, Bird's crew has been readying his car for this weekend's action.  "We were running fourth in the LCQ                                                                          (last- change qualifier) and got wrecked from behind - the third race in a row for us. We had to take the whole rear end                                                                  off to fix the damage. "Bird's goal for the weekend is to take the race, stay fast all weekend, don't wreck, and "get out                                                                  with the best finish possible."
                                                                   "We are very proud of the local talent we have nurtured here at Stateline Speedway," Bertrand said. "And over the                next few years, you will see some of the dominant performances in the Northwest by our racers. We're really excited that they have done a great                amount of  their learning here at Stateline."

Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013


Sports writer

                Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013

                By MARK NELKE

                Sports Editor           

    Auto racer issues a challenge

 Bird wants other drivers to join hm in helping Oklahoma tornado victims


Joey Bird, who races Late Models at Stateline Speedway this season, wants to help victims of last week's tornado in Oklahoma - and he's challenging fellow race car drivers and others to help as well.


Bird, 17, who lives in Spokane Valley and is a junior at University High, wants to challenge fellow drivers to donate half of their winnings from the next two races to the relief fund.  Read More

               Posted: Monday, April 2, 2012

               By JERRY HITCHCOCK/Sports writer 

               The Coeur d' Alene Press 



   Mixing it up 


     Joey Bird of Spokane Valley Holds the trophy for winning the main event in MMRA Baby Grands at 

 Stateline Speedway in October 2011.  Bird won the rookie of the year and Junioir Pro Division championship

 in Baby Grands, and will move up to late models this season.  Read More


                 Keeping Pace

               September 30, 2011

               Spokesman Review


   Bird looks to future after battles with Behar


     All it takes is the ability, luck, good equipment and the chance to race at a variety of tracks and a person can claim national recognition.  For one Spokane Miniature Motorsports Racing Association driver, that formula led to a West Coast championship and rookie of the year honor.

Joe Bird battled Nicole Behar throughout the season at Stateline Speedway for wins in the MMRA Baby Grand division, with both drivers capturing several checkered flags. Each also ventured away from home to earn national points. When the dust settled, Bird won the Western honors.....Read More




                                   2011 CHAMPIONS 

Future Stars of Racing

Will Fagan - GA

Junior PRO 
Joey Bird - WA

PRO Division
Troy Vandenbilche - CN

Masters Cup
Troy Vandenbilche - CN

Keeping Pace

Aug 3, 2015

Spokesman Review


Wofford holds off field to win Idahoo 200

Valliant rally by Spkane's BIRD falls one car short

Bird leaped out of his car after the race, with a mix of frustration and satisfaction about his night.

“We had a really good car, I knew we could get it done from the back, we were up there in the top 5, but that wreck before the 100 laps kind of got me,” he said. “We had to battle our way back up. My uncle Jeff put a good setup on the car and we got it done.”

Bird got to the leader’s (Wofford’s) bumper and after a restart on lap 168, tried to give chase. But Wofford poured it on when it counted and had a nice lead of a few car lengths the remaining laps. Read More

Montana 200

    Cars collide during a restart on the tenth lap Saturday night during the Montana 200 at Montana Raceway Park in Kalispell. Six cars were involved in the wreck but no one was injured.                                                                                               

July 19, 2014 at 8:22 pm | Patrick Cote/Daily Inter Lake

 Wofford races to win in Idaho 200

 Holds off hard-charging Joey Bird at Stateline

    Bird, who also netted an $8,000 payday with the Bertrand bonus, was happy with the result.

“We battled there at the end to get up and chase (Wofford) down. My uncle builds great motors as (Wofford) and I are here in the top two, but I just needed a little bit more time to try and catch him. What a night, though, to come from the back to second.” Read More

August 03, 2015 at 1:47 pm | By JERRY HITCHCOCK /

by Jeremy Anders

Sept. 13, 2016, 3:57 p.m.


Wanat wins Neal Newberry 125 race at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval

WENATCHEE — Short track racing was at its best for the Neal Newberry 125 at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval on Saturday night in Wenatchee. When the lights came on and the checkered flag flew, it was Doni Wanat taking home his first career Northwest Super Late Model Series victory.

Joey Bird, Clint Habart, Braeden Havens and Alan Cress rounded out the top-five. Read More

Car @ Bullring (United States) • 22 October 2016 by   The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Weekend promises delight for fans

The Northwest Super Late Model Series makes the first of two Spokane appearances this season with the running of Saturday’s Park Model Homes 125. As a promotion, SCR is offering half-price grandstand admission to any fan presenting a ticket stub from last weekend’s NASCAR event.

Leading the local charge will be Joey Bird, who finished second in the series season opener followed by Braeden Havens in third. Dirk Bennett, Jason O’Neil and Kameron McKeehan will also be out to defend home turf.

 By Doug PaceFor The Spokesman-Review

 PUBLISHED: MAY 18, 2017

By Doug Pace:                                                               For The Spokesman-Review

Thu., May 4, 2017

    One race is not indicative of an entire season. For Spokane’s Joey Bird and Medical Lake’s Braeden Havens, their results from last weekend’s Northwest Super Late Model Series opener in Wenatchee send a clear message – each driver will be a force to reckon with all year long in the chase for the series championship.

     Bird, who qualified second last weekend to pole winner Jeremy Doss, started ninth in the 150-lap race based on a 10-car invert. By the race’s quarter mark, Bird had moved inside the top five. By lap 75, he settled into his eventual second-place position behind race winner Shane Mitchell.

“Our team went to Wenatchee with a lot of stuff that we learned from last season and it paid off,” Bird said. “We knew the car would be balanced and race really well. That’s the best the car has been at Wenatchee, but it just got a little too free toward the end of the race. We’re really looking forward to being back at SCR. The car was fast there last year but just didn’t have the long run speed. This time we should have the car dialed in to go all 125 laps and contend for the win.

Spokane County Raceway prepares for busy weekend

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