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Pocket Change Race - Final chance to see the AMCA Bandit Dwarf Cars!

Updated: Sep 27, 2022

Coming Oct 1st at Willamette Speedway - It's the Pocket Change Race!

(Thank you Jennifer Woolf for the photo!)


One of the biggest dwarf car races in the country is next weekend on October 1st, and we are a part of it again. Now almost $2,600 to win, and a minimum $200 coming if you make the main event! There is also a $100 bonus for the highest finishing AMCA member thanks to FOG Racing. Over $11,000 in payout coming. We expect to see a high turnout in racers and crowd! It will not be a race to miss.

Special details from Andrew Kunas


2022 Pocket Change Race - Saturday, October 1st at Willamette Speedway

Payout as of 9/26


Main event position payout

  1. The change, $2,693 and counting

  2. $1,039 from Andrew Kunas for his 39th

  3. $500 from the Anonymous Sponsor (will raise to $750 if someone matches the $500 to pay another position)

  4. $469 from collected money 3

  5. $400 from Western States Dwarf Car Assoc. Wsdca teams 3/11-12

  6. $385 from ASCS Frontier Region sprint car teams 8/20 9/2-4, 9/10

  7. $375 from ASCS Frontier Region teams/staff/fans 7/2-3 & 8/13

  8. $350 from collected money 1

  9. $333 from Fike's Roofing & Construction

  10. $325 from collected money 2

  11. $308 in memory of Kelly Martin from his friends (if anyone add anything to this position, the difference will be made up to make it pay $408 and be slotted accordingly)

  12. $285 from Willamette Speedway fans & staff 4/23, 5/21

  13. $260 from Big Sky Speedway, MT

  14. $250 from Gaylon & Carla Stewart ($200) & NW Focus Midgets Series ($50)

  15. $250 from rained out Skagit bonus from Andrew

  16. $240 from Western States teams 9/23-24

  17. $237 from AMCA Bandit Dwarfs

  18. $222 in memory of Jess Turner Jr.

  19. $220 from Becca clark racing

  20. $220 from Stagg Motor Sports

  21. $218 from Willamette Speedway fans & staff 8/26

  22. $200 from Western Auto Racing Promoters Association 2021 attendees

  23. $200 from GALLATIN SPEEDWAY, MT

Total main event position pay - $10,179


24 cars will start Pocket Change Race main event. Guaranteed $200 to start. We can still take position sponsorships as a few certain positions can be combined to make room, though we would need something like $250 or more at this point to ensure that lower paying positions don't get bumped up when we'd rather have higher paying positions get bumped down.


We also received good amounts of change or cash over time from our friends with the Wingless Sprint Series, Cottage Grove Speedway and Eagle Track Promotions.


B-Main non-transfers get $100 from Willamette Speedway


Contingencies pay

  • Hard charger - $100 from Scott and Angela Sherriff

  • Hard charger 2 - $100 from Dietz Racing 72 sprint car

  • Dump Truck (falls furthest back but still running) - $100 from Shauninthedirt.com Podcast

  • Leader at Halfway (Lap 15) - $50 from Dwarf Cars of Arizona

  • Lap leader bonuses

  • Lap 5 leader - $25 from Blake Anderson of All Star Circuit of Champions

  • Lap 10 leader - $25 from Island Dwarf Car Club

  • Lap 12 leader - $50 from McFly Racing

  • Lap 15 leader - $15 in memory of Steve Kunas

  • Lap 21 leader - $25 from NV Outlaws

  • Lap 22 leader - $22 in memory of Jess Turner Jr.

  • Lap 25 leader - $25 in memory of Todd Damron from Shawn Etheredge

  • 12th place finisher - $100 from anonymous on behalf of McFly Racing

  • 17th place finisher - $44 from NW Dwarf Cars

  • Last place (24th) - $25 from Scott and Angela Sherriff

  • Highest finishing AMCA car - $100 from FOG Racing

  • B-Main winner - $200 from Curr Racing 43 (to be split if twin B's)

Long tow bonuses

  • Long Tow 1 - $108 in memory of Kelly Martin

  • Long Tow 2 - $100 from Dwarfworld

  • Long Tow 3 - $100 from D&R Chassis

  • Long Tow 4 - $100 from FM Performance Diesel & Auto Repair

  • Long Tow 5 - $50 from Mohave Valley Raceway, AZ

Heat race winners

  • Heat 1 winner - $50 from Mohave Valley Raceway, AZ

  • Heat 2 winner - $50 from Orland Raceway, CA

  • Heat 3 winner - $50 from Columbia Basin Karting By WVSO

  • Heat 4 winner - $50 from NW Dwarf Cars

  • Heat 5 winner - $50 from Wenatchee Valley Super-Oval, WA - to be converted to Tow if no Heat 5

  • Heat 6 winner - $50 from Flawless Auto Body - to be converted to Tow Bonus if no Heat 6

  • High Heat Race points - $100 from Deming Speedway, WA

Hard Luck 1 - $100 from Reeder Brother's Racing -72N

Hard Luck 2 - $50 from LRC - Lahorgue Race Cars


Total contingencies pay - $2,017

Total pay from Andrew Kunas - $12,196 USD

Highest finishing Canadian Bonus - ~$293 CD, including $200 from AMCA Bandit Dwarfs


The 2022 Pocket Change Race is October 1st at Willamette SpeedwayWillamette Speedway, brought to you by ALK Promotions and co-sanctioned by the NW Dwarf Cars, AMCA Bandit Dwarfs and Southern Oregon Dwarf Car Association (SODCA). We are collecting coins for the winner and cash for the rest of the field in a grassroots effort. All participating clubs will accept coins and cash throughout the season and will get it to Andrew Kunas for the special payout. You can pitch in online also if you wish to. Andrew can be reached on PayPal (www.paypal.me/AKunas) or Venmo (@Andrew-Kunas). *Everything* goes to the racers. Andrew's Dwarf Car Posse thanks you for your support!


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This year's Pocket Change Race is the 10th edition. The first one was in 2010, paying $788 to win, paying all coins to win the race. The original idea I had was to sponsor a dash race for a mere $50 and I figured I'd just collect the coins I had lying all around. I hadn't even told anyone yet I was doing that when I saw I was close to $100 already, and I just decided to make let it grow, make it a main event prize and see what happens. The winner of the race gets paid entirely in the coins collected year round! After that first Pocket Change Race there were a couple of down years (and not held at all) before I rededicated myself to it starting with 2015. The prior record for change is $2,227 won by Darren Brown in 2019. With the change almost taking care of itself now, additional focus has been on collecting cash to pay the rest of the field also. Last year's race, held at River City Speedway in St. Helens, Oregon and won by Josh Rodgers, was the first in which I paid the entire A-Main field myself, paying $200 to start when it is usually around that much to win a dwarf car race in the Northwest. Willamette Speedway is hosting the event for the first time this year.


Past winners

2010 - Dave Cantu, $788

2011 - Dave Cantu, $326

2014 - Corey Esteban, $136

2015 - Ryan Martinez, $536

2016 - Corey Esteban, $851

2017 - Ryan Martinez, $1,444

2018 - Johnathon Henry, $2,105

2019 - Darren Brown, $2,227

2020 - canceled due to COVID

2021 - Josh Rodgers, $2,095

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