This weekend, the 3rd Annual N.A.H.A. Northwest Nitro Nationals Hill Climb returns to the valley (just off of Highway 24, 20 minutes outside of Yakima and 10 minutes from Sunnyside.)

Last year, fans were treated to outstanding weather all three days with the culmination on Sunday when the Pros attacked the 800 foot hill.  This weekend's forecast is looking just as good, if not better.

My brother-in-law, Justin Crawford, proprietor of Crawford's Pro Tech and distributor of EVS Racing Gear as well as a sponsored rider himself, managed to qualified on Saturday last year in the 451-700 cc category.

Photo by: Todd E. Lyons, Esquire

His first run of 22 seconds had him still in the hunt as the Top 10 all received prize money. He drew #30 out of 34 racers. Here's what "J" said as he headed into his second run:

Unfortunately, Justin laid his bike down just before reaching the top:

In between competitions, spectators will be treated to an outstanding freestyle show. Click the picks below for some of their flavor!

Tickets are available at all Les Schwab Tires locations from Ellensburg to Prosser.

Kids 5 and under: Free!
Adults: 1-day pass is $15 / Weekend pass $25

Kids 6-12, Seniors (65+), and retired/active duty military: 1-day pass $10 / Weekend pass $20

Camping: $20 per vehicle for the whole weekend.