Its with great sadness and sorrow for us to announce the sudden passing of PARKER. While his family called him Chris (Christopher Keith Parker), the racing community called this wonderful man PARKER.
 
On Monday, March 25, 2013 he lost his two- year battle with cancer that had had valiantly tried to beat. He was a genuine friend and hardworking crewmember to the Harding Racing Teams. He will forever be missed.
 
 
 
 
September 2, 1981 - March 25, 2013
 
 
     

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Sept 30th 2011

Shane is Racing this weekend in Yakimas Fall Classic in Yakima, WA. Qualifying starts Sat @ 12:00 PM . Sunday the racing Start @ 1:00 PM

1:00 p.m. Opening Ceremonies
Hobby Stock – Main Event, 50 laps
Street Stock – Main Event, 75 laps
Super Late Model Fall Classic, 200 laps

Sept 29th 2011  From the front page of the Yakima Herald.

Hardings race to a checkered record

September 29, 2011 by

Canadian father, son hold both of Speedway’s coveted titles ||

YAKIMA, Wash. — It may take Canadian Pete Harding five hours of steady freeway driving to roll his hauler into town for races at Yakima Speedway, but he is in every other sense at home here.

“We call dad Mr. Yakima,” says Pete’s son, Shane. “He has always said Yakima is his home track. It may not look that way on a map, but that’s definitely how he feels.”

For good reason.

Shane Harding drives in the 23rd Annual Yakima Speedway Fall Classic in Yakima, Wash., Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010. (Andy Sawyer/Yakima Herald-Republic)

Harding won the inaugural Fall Classic in 1988 — the first of a dozen major-event titles earned on the half-mile oval — and returns this weekend for the 24th edition as the reigning champion of Yakima Speedway’s other marquee event, the Apple Cup.

But the Harding show is now a double feature.

The Fall Classic’s defending champion and the driver Pete says is clearly the one to beat in Sunday’s 200-lap Super Late Model finale is his son.

“Oh definitely. Shane is the guy to beat,” Pete says with no hesitation. “He knows the track, he won last year and he’s got a great car.”

Make no mistake, despite residing 10 miles north of Blaine, Wash., in British Columbia, these Harding boys know the track like they grew up here. As far as racing goes, Shane did.

Pete Harding drives in the Apple Cup at the Yakima Speedway Sunday, April 9, 2011. (Andy Sawyer/Yakima Herald-Republic)

“My earliest memory of Yakima was actually the first Fall Classic,” Shane says of the 1988 event. “I was 10 years old and they set me up as a lap counter. It was 125 laps and there were some scoring issues that took hours to sort out. I was sure dad had won it and he did.”

What followed has been a career of dominance at Pete’s home away from home.

Already with nearly 20 years experience racing mostly six-cylinder machines on quarter-mile tracks, Pete immediately thrived in more powerful cars on Yakima’s larger, flatter oval. He has won a record four Fall Classic titles, captured three Apple Cups and five NASCAR Northwest Tour races here.

Pete’s blockbuster year was 1999 when he bookended his Northwest Tour championship with victories in the Apple Cup and Fall Classic.

“This style of track has really suited me,” says Pete, who owns Harding Forklift in Surrey, British Columbia. “Yakima has definitely been my best track over the years and it has always felt like my home track. I have so many fond memories there.”

Even with a heavy resume stuffed full of victories and thrilling duels, Pete’s fondest memory may be a race he didn’t even finish. Just 25 laps into last year’s Fall Classic, Pete’s yellow No. 39 racer ended its day on the hook of a tow truck following a breathtaking backstretch wreck.

From the infield, Pete then watched Shane dominate the 200-lap race and claim the biggest victory of his career.

P. Harding

“I was out of the race, and that turned out to be a fortunate thing, really,” he says. “It was a tough race with tremendous competition, and to sit back and watch Shane win it was such a wonderful thing. As a father, it doesn’t get any better than that.”

Shane had the same fatherly glow, making good on a promise to take his daughter to Disneyland if he won the Fall Classic.

“My wife said you can’t promise things like that,” Shane says. “I was confident it was going to be a good race for us, but of course we already had the tickets booked. What she didn’t know is we planned the trip for the next week. After I won, she said, ‘Daddy, when are we going to Disneyland?’ I said, ‘Now!’ That whole week turned into a big family adventure and that’s what I’ll always remember.”

S. Harding

When the Hardings returned to Yakima for this year’s season-opening Apple Cup, the day was like a wild ride on Space Mountain.

It had been 10 years since Pete’s last major win in Yakima and the dry spell appeared to be over as he took a strong lead into the final circuit of the 125-lap race. But suddenly, in turn 1, he was forced to check up with his line blocked.

It was Shane’s No. 29 car.

Down a lap and battling a broken throttle pedal, Shane had briefly spun off the racing surface and was re-entering the track. He dipped directly into Pete’s line, allowing Korbin Thomas to run clear on the high side and dash to the apparent victory.

Pete settled for second and quickly consoled his son, who was nearly speechless.

“I assumed the yellow was out. There were just no words to describe how I felt,” Shane recalls. “For a while it looked liked we had the car to beat, and in an instant we were barely able to run. Then that last lap … I would’ve felt bad if I cost anybody the win, but for it to be my dad …

“Thankfully it all worked out.”

It worked out because Thomas failed a post-race engine inspection, elevating Pete to first place. It was a gratifying return to the winner’s circle for the 60-year-old veteran.

“It sure was nice, coming near the end of a long career,” Pete says. “The young guys are extremely hard to beat, and these long races are demanding at my age. It’s one thing to have a fast car, it’s another to handle the endurance.”

While neither Harding raced much this summer, they have the machines, crews and experience to be major players this weekend. Add the fact that they currently hold the Speedway’s two major titles, and the No. 39 and 29 are at the top of the favorites list.

“We both realize there are targets on our backs,” Shane says. “The Fall Classic is always a big challenge, and it’s one of my favorite weekends of the season. Having won it last year, that adds a little to the challenge.”

And if the challenge comes from your own family?

“I’ve got to be careful, if you know what I mean,” Pete says. “I’ve got to ride home with his mother.”

If you go …

What: 24th annual Fall Classic.

Where: Yakima Speedway, 1600 Pacific Ave.

Who: Super Late Models, Hobby Stocks, Street Stocks, Northwest Pro-4 Alliance.

Schedule — Saturday: Noon start for trophy dashes, heat races, and qualifying. B mains (if needed) followed by Northwest Pro-4 Alliance 100-lap main event. Sunday: 1 p.m. opening ceremonies followed by main events for Hobby Stocks (50 laps), Street Stocks (75 laps) and Super Late Models (200 laps).

2010 winners: Shane Harding (Super Late Model), Mike Van Amburg (Street Stocks), John Rose (Hobby Stocks), Craig Forney (Northwest Pro-4 Alliance).

Ticket and track information: 248-0647 or www.yakimaspeedway.us

April 9th, 2011

Apple Cup: It’s family first for Hardings

 The race was the 45th annual Apple Cup race in Yakima WA. The race weekend went very well with us being on top of the speed charts all weekend. In qualifying we had a flat tire, which disrupted our plans to break the track record in qualifying. Despite the leaking tire we qualified in the 10th position. On Saturday afternoon in Shane's 25 lap qualifying race, everything went well with Shane finishing in 2nd place. For Sundays main event we started on the inside row in the 2nd position. The first half of the race went very well as by lap 25 we had the lead. With Shane comfortably leading he put himself in cruise control. After a number of cautions, Shane was easily able to defend off all challengers being able to easily distance himself form the cars chasing him.

On lap 70 trouble developed with the splined shaft on Shane's throttle. Shane was no longer able to attain full throttle and was forced to give up the lead that he had so comfortably held. Shortly afterwards a wreck the covered the track with debris brought out the red flag for about ten minutes. Shane worked on the throttle lever as well as he could from inside the car as he was required to stay inside the car. After the race restarted it appeared that Shane's temporary fix had worked as he started closing the gap on the cars in front of him. It was short lived joy as the temporary fix didn't hold and he was once again unable to get full throttle on the long straight stretches of Yakima Speedway.

 On lap 148 the # 50 car which was many laps down failed to hold his line. As Shane was passing him it forced Shane off the track in the middle of turns one and two. Unbelievably the flag man never waived the yellow caution flag. As the field of cars came back around to the Start/Finish line. The flagman waived the white flag instead of the yellow flag. This occurred just as Shane was pulling back onto the track, while the race leader #39 Pete Harding and the 2nd place car of Korbin Thomas needing only 5 seconds to get from the flag stand to the middle of turn 1-2 where Shane was trying to turn his car around on the track. Shane never expected the lead cars to be arriving at 120 MPH and chaos ensued. Shane's father Pete Harding who was ready to collect his 3rd Apple Cup Victory found the track blocked by his son Shane. Pete slammed the brakes and sliding below Shane missing him only a fraction of an inch, while the 2nd place car of #19 Korbin Thomas was able to slide by on the upper outer side of the track also narrowly missed hitting Shane. Korbin was able to maintain more speed as he slid sideways past Shane and was able to pass Pete for the lead and the win.

Shane ran to the winners circle to greet his father, Shane couldn't' hardly put two words together, managing only a barely audible "sorry" while hugging his father, Pete, who had just lost the 45th annual Apple Cup because of his sons mishap. "Hey, don't worry about it," Pete told Shane, "That’s racing — anything can happen. I’ve won plenty of races. We still had a great day together out here." That kind of class and fatherly love was rewarded not long after their long embrace when the #19 Korbin Thomas was disqualified for failing a postrace engine inspection. The late news gave Pete Harding his third Apple Cup victory and first since winning back-to-back races in 1998 and '99. It also gave Pete the $4,000 winner's check. Pete has also won four Fall Classic titles at the Yakima Speedway whereas Shane picked up his first Yakima Fall Classic win in October 2011.

 

April 9th, 2011

Apple Cup: It’s family first for Hardings

 The race was the 45th annual Apple Cup race in Yakima WA. The race weekend went very well with us being on top of the speed charts all weekend. In qualifying we had a flat tire, which disrupted our plans to break the track record in qualifying. Despite the leaking tire we qualified in the 10th position. On Saturday afternoon in Shane's 25 lap qualifying race, everything went well with Shane finishing in 2nd place. For Sundays main event we started on the inside row in the 2nd position. The first half of the race went very well as by lap 25 we had the lead. With Shane comfortably leading he put himself in cruise control. After a number of cautions, Shane was easily able to defend off all challengers being able to easily distance himself form the cars chasing him.

On lap 70 trouble developed with the splined shaft on Shane's throttle. Shane was no longer able to attain full throttle and was forced to give up the lead that he had so comfortably held. Shortly afterwards a wreck the covered the track with debris brought out the red flag for about ten minutes. Shane worked on the throttle lever as well as he could from inside the car as he was required to stay inside the car. After the race restarted it appeared that Shane's temporary fix had worked as he started closing the gap on the cars in front of him. It was short lived joy as the temporary fix didn't hold and he was once again unable to get full throttle on the long straight stretches of Yakima Speedway.

 On lap 148 the # 50 car which was many laps down failed to hold his line. As Shane was passing him it forced Shane off the track in the middle of turns one and two. Unbelievably the flag man never waived the yellow caution flag. As the field of cars came back around to the Start/Finish line. The flagman waived the white flag instead of the yellow flag. This occurred just as Shane was pulling back onto the track, while the race leader #39 Pete Harding and the 2nd place car of Korbin Thomas needing only 5 seconds to get from the flag stand to the middle of turn 1-2 where Shane was trying to turn his car around on the track. Shane never expected the lead cars to be arriving at 120 MPH and chaos ensued. Shane's father Pete Harding who was ready to collect his 3rd Apple Cup Victory found the track blocked by his son Shane. Pete slammed the brakes and sliding below Shane missing him only a fraction of an inch, while the 2nd place car of #19 Korbin Thomas was able to slide by on the upper outer side of the track also narrowly missed hitting Shane. Korbin was able to maintain more speed as he slid sideways past Shane and was able to pass Pete for the lead and the win.

Shane ran to the winners circle to greet his father, Shane couldn't' hardly put two words together, managing only a barely audible "sorry" while hugging his father, Pete, who had just lost the 45th annual Apple Cup because of his sons mishap. "Hey, don't worry about it," Pete told Shane, "That’s racing — anything can happen. I’ve won plenty of races. We still had a great day together out here." That kind of class and fatherly love was rewarded not long after their long embrace when the #19 Korbin Thomas was disqualified for failing a postrace engine inspection. The late news gave Pete Harding his third Apple Cup victory and first since winning back-to-back races in 1998 and '99. It also gave Pete the $4,000 winner's check. Pete has also won four Fall Classic titles at the Yakima Speedway whereas Shane picked up his first Yakima Fall Classic win in October 2011. 

 

 
 
     

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AUGUST 8TH 2009 WE RETURNED TO THE BEAUTIFUL SUN VALLEY SPEEDWAY VERNON BRITISH COLUMBIA FOR THE ARCA WEST NORTHWESTTOUR.  Shane finished a very strong 2nd place losing by only .006 seconds to his father Pete Harding in a very close side by side finish

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