The 12th and final race of the 2023 ERCU Pentair Championship Series is the Atomic Cup. This race is set for Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023, at Vance Creek Park in Elma. Here is all you need to know to be prepared for final event of the year.
Vance Creek Pond #2 Boat Launch
Wenzel Slough Road
Elma, WA 98541
The Columbia River towns of Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland first climbed on the unlimited bandwagon in 1966 with the first annual Tri-Cities Atomic Cup. There had been talk of inviting the unlimiteds there as early as 1958. But 1966 was when it finally happened. Bill Brow was the winner that first year, driving Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser. The race remained named the Atomic Cup until 1976 when it was renamed the Columbia Cup. In 2006, when the race lost its title sponsorship from Budweiser, the event was run as the Atomic Cup once again, but with the arrival of Lamb Weston as title sponsor in 2007, it returned to being the Columbia Cup. ERCU last raced in Elma in 2012 and 2013. Ron Forister swept both finals in 2013 with his 1999 Miss Madison and 1971 Miss Madison, respectively.
What to Expect
(All times approximate, and subject to change)
Pre-Registration for the Atomic Cup is now open. To find the pre-registration form, navigate your web browser to https://www.ercu-hydros.com/atomic-cup.html, where you will find the pre-registration link in a gray box near the top of the page. Pre-registration will close at 11:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29. After that deadline, please register in person on site before 8:30 a.m.
You can also find pre-registration by going to www.ercu-hydros.com, then selecting “Schedule” from the main menu, and “Atomic Cup” from the schedule itself.
The drivers meeting is mandatory for ALL divisions and all classes and will begin at the scorer’s table within five minutes of the closing of the testing period. Drivers who do not attend the drivers meeting will be scratched from the first heat regardless of whether they are pre-registered and pre-paid. Drivers arriving after the drivers meeting will not be added to the event until the draw for the second flight of heats.
Contest Director: Nelson Holmberg
Chief Referee Modern: Bob Van den Akker
Chief Referee Classic: David Heilbrunn
Chief Referee Vintage: TBA
Drivers Representatives: Paxton Reunanen & Craig Mullen
Turn Judges: First and second place finishers will judge the next heat
Atomic Cup Defending Champions
1/10 Scale Modern: Ron Forister, 1999 Miss Madison
1/10 Scale Vintage: Ron Forister, 1971 Miss Madison
Post-Race Cleanup and Awards Presentation
Club equipment cleanup and re-packing the trailer will take priority once each day’s racing is complete. Once the trailer is re-packed, awards will be presented. Awards will be given to the first, second and third place finishers. All members have a responsibility to help with set up and breakdown of club equipment. As a courtesy to your fellow racers, please stick around for the awards presentation whether you’ve won one or not.
The long range forecast for September 30 in Elma is 66 degrees and showers with a 58 percent chance of rain with 7 mph winds out of the southwest. Stay tuned for updated forecasts as they become more clear prior to race weekend.
Restrooms are available in the park and are expected to be open.
There is no access to electricity in the pits. It would be wise to bring a generator or other power source to charge your batteries if you need to charge during the day.