Nineteen different classes compete, starting with the youngsters. While their counterparts squabble in the sandbox, youths 9 and younger mount quads, go-carts and junior dragsters. Bigger kids raise Mummy-style clouds in vehicles from motorcycles to Jeeps to top fuel/top alcohol/A-Fuel dragsters.
Let the yard work wait -- spring for one last fling before summer really begins. Admission is $10, or $15 for both days. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the raceway, located at 99th Avenue, south of Carefree Highway. For more information, call 928-587-9385. -- Kim Toms
Three is the magic number in Tempe
Any ASU student will tell you that Tempe's got the trifecta -- babes, beer and the beach (that of the Town Lake, of course). So it's only fitting that more than 600 triple-threat athletes will make their way to Tempe Town Lake on Sunday, May 23, for the "Rio Salado Road to Athens" Triathlon. From 6 a.m. to noon, U.S. Olympic hopefuls Victor Prada, Julie Swail and Mark Fretta, as well as more than 100 pro triathletes and 500 amateurs, will swim, run and bike the 32-plus-mile course for the $20,000 purse. Spectators can watch for free; participants must register ($75) by Saturday, May 22, at www.riosaladotri.com or at Monti's La Casa Vieja on Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe. -- Joe Watson