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It was Frontier Communications Family Night at Evergreen Speedway this past Saturday, featuring the Evergreen Speedway Street Stock Invitational event, along with the Foster Press Mini Stocks, the Interstate Battery Hornets, Outlaw Figure 8’s and the return of the Vintage Modifieds.
Qualifying was held in all the classes. Chris Curtis took the top spot in the Outlaw F8’s, Trenton Moriarty in the Mini Stocks, Cullen Hubbard in the Hornets, Mike Clother in the Vintage Mods and Chad Hinkle turned a lap of 17.497 for the pole position in the Street Stock Invitational.
Heat race victories went to Seth Funden in the F8’s, Scott Burby in the Mini Stocks, Mark Hubbard in the first Hornet heat with Cullen Hubbard getting the win in the second heat race. The Street Stock’s ran two heat races as well, with Chad Hinkle getting the win in the first 8-lap heat, and one of the members of the Top 60 Drivers of Evergreen Speedway Dave Lund picked up the win in the second heat.
The Vintage Modifieds race was interesting due to the fact that long time racer Vern Huson out of Wenatchee was behind the wheel of the #77 car. Huson was a former champion when Spanaway Speedway was in existence. In fact, Vern raced claims to have started racing “Two years before Ron Eaton did!” Vern purchased a car from Bobby Wheeler Jr in July, and ran it for the first time at the Wenatchee Valley Super Oval. In the VMRA heat race, Vern took the checkered flag. Vern mentioned prior to a practice session that this was his first time racing at Evergreen Speedway. When asked what he thought about the track, Vern replied “I like it well enough, it’s just that huge tire before you go into turn 1 that throw’s me for a loop!”
A moment of silence was observed in opening ceremonies for the tragic loss of 3 firefighters battling the Okanogan Complex Fires in Eastern Washington. The crowd showed it’s appreciation when any firefighters, public safety officers and military veterans or active military were asked to remain standing.
Main events rolled off after the heat races. The Outlaw Figure 8 division were up with a 25 lap main. Chris Curtis and John Carlson are in a tight battle for the season championship with only 1 point separating them. Seth Funden started the race on the pole and led the race with Curtis right off his back bumper. The 2 cars pulled away, with Carlson in 3rd place a half lap back. Curtis and Carlson collided in the intersection, with Curtis being unable to continue. Funden wins the race for his second win of the season. Rich Groshong making his first run in an Outlaw car took 2nd with Carlson finishing 3rd.
The Foster Press Mini Stocks took to the track for their 25 lap main. Trenton Moriarty had his season long win streak broken last time out due to a flat tire, so he was looking to get back to the winners stage. Moriarty got the lead early in the race and appeared to be cruising to yet another victory when going into turn 3 about half way through the race a mechanical issue caused the 24 car to spin and ended Trenton’s night. Scott Burby finally got his first win of 2015 over a hard charging Michael Fritz and Devin Kessler. “I wish I could have got this win by racing Trenton” Burby said at the Angel of the Winds Victory Stage. “But it’s nice to finally get this monkey off my back. Thanks to Central Welding Supply and Squiers Machine for all their help”
The Interstate Battery Hornets had a thrilling race for 25 laps on the road course. It’s so much fun to watch the fast cars start at the back of the pack and work their way to the front. 20 cars started the race. On lap 3, it seemed like 15 of the 20 cars all tried to cram into the short chute part of the course that transitions from the 1/5 mile flat track to turn 3 on the 3/8’s! Once that traffic jam was sorted out, last season Champion Scott Hunt took his #22 car to the front in a classic race with Cody Hoopes. Points leader Mike Ridley finished 3rd.
The Vintage Modifieds took to the 3/8’s for their 25 lap main event. The race was halted early due to an incident involving John Mustered and Vern Huson in turn 2. Bobby Wheeler got the win with Robert Rux in 2nd and Kyten Jones picking up 3rd.
The final main event of the night was for the Evergreen Speedway Street Stock Invitational. 18 cars started the main, a mix of regular Les Schwab Street Stock drivers and Limited Late Model cars from Eastern Washington. The race was slowed down considerably by numerous cautions, either from incidents on the track or mechanical issues. Speedway Officials reduced the race from its original 75 lap length down to 50 laps due to the curfew. In the end, Marysville’s Dave Lund drove his #21 car to the checkered, with Doug Porior taking second and Richard Kerr getting the third place trophy.
The Evergreen State Fair starts on Thursday, August 27th, and as usual, Evergreen Speedway kicks it up several notches! The Northwest Truck Pulls and Fireworks Show kicks off the fair schedule on the 27th. On Friday the 28th, it will be the Super Cross Summer Shootout starting at 6:00 pm. Saturday the 29th will see the Figure 8 track get it’s time to shine, as the Monroe Grocery Outlet Super Stock Figure 8’s will highlight the evening, along with the Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s, Interstate Battery Hornets, the NW Pro 4 Trucks and the return of the FSCRA Super 4’s.
Sunday will feature the Evergreen Drift-Pro AM Championship running from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Check out the great ticket prices available by getting onto www.evergreenspeedway.com that include both fair and race admission. Getting your tickets online are the best way to reserve your favorite seats for all the great events during the fair.
The K&N Pro Series West returned to Evergreen Speedway Saturday night for the series’ 54th race at the historic .646-mile. Legends like Bill Elliot, Geoff Bodine, Ken Schrader, Ray Elder, Ron Eaton and Chad Little have won West Series events over the years, and the name David Mayhew can now be added to the list of multi-time winners at this historic track.
Prior to the race, eight different drivers have claimed victory twice at Evergreen. Bill Amick, Dick Bown, Brendan Gaughan, Butch Gilliand, Harry Jefferson, Neil Newberry, Jim Robinson and Bill Sedgwick have crossed the line over the years. Mayhew’s victory now puts him in that exclusive roster.
The NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by Toyota saw 17 cars take the green flag. The #36 car of Jesse Iwuji crashed hard into the turn 1 fence in practice and could not continue. Last season’s Sunoco Rookie of the Year winner James Bickford in his Sunrise Ford/Interstate Plastics Ford qualified at the top with a lap of 23.294 seconds (99.837mph) for his second straight Coors Light 21 Means 21 Pole Award. David Mayhew qualified second with a lap of 23.317 (99.738 mph), and Bickfords teammate Ryan Partridge qualified third with his effort of 23.323 second (99.713 mph).
The race started with Bickford and Mayhew on the front row. The field was led to the green flag by a Toyota Tundra decked out in Seattle Seahawk colors. As the field took off into turn one, Dylan Caldwell and Johnny Borneman got together and hit the turn one wall hard effectively ending both their nights. After the track was cleaned up and the race restarted, James Bickford held off furious charges from Mayhew, with Mayhew being threatened by Ryan Partridge. On lap 35, Mayhew found a way around Bickford and cruised his MMI Racing/Ron’s Rear Ends/Pour House Chevrolet to the half-way break at lap 75. One driver was very happy to see the caution come out on lap 75! Mooresville NC driver Brandon McReynolds in his NAPA Auto Parts Toyota was visibly slow as the laps wound down prior to the break. His Bill McAnally Racing crew got the problem fixed, all the while down 2 laps on the restart.
With the restart on lap 75, Mayhew held onto the lead and went wire-to wire for the win. Ryan Partridge got a look under Mayhew coming out of turn to early in the second half, but Mayhew headed off the challenge and managed to eventually build up a 2 second lead. As the race wore down, Mayhew went into “conservation mode” to make sure his second trip to victory lane was far different than his first trip last year.
Fans will never forget Mayhew’s wild win last season, with his last lap move against Dylan Lupton in between turns 3 and 4 to get around Lupton and take the checkered flag. This year he was on cruise control. “It was a lot less stressful this year!” Mayhew said on the Angel of the Winds Victory Stage. “My crew gave me a flawless car, and when it was in clean air, it was a rocket ship”
Rancho Cucamonga CA driver Ryan Partridge finished second in his Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford. Finishing third in the race was Chris Eggleston in his NAPA Belt and Hose/H20 Fire Protection Toyota. The point’s battle for the season championship really tightened up after the NAPA 150 Presented by Toyota. Tied for the lead are Chris Eggleston and Noah Gragson, who came into the night separated by only 2 points. Gragson driving for Jefferson/Pitts racing finished 5th behind teammate Grayson Raz. The next race for the K&N Pro Series West is August 22nd at the Colorado National Speedway.
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The companion event for the night was the Michael’s Bellevue Toyota 100 for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models. 20 cars lined up for the race with top qualifier Blake Williams out of Spokane starting on the front row alongside Garrett Archer. Williams was the only participant in both the K&N Pro Series West event and The Michaels Toyota 100.
This race had everything a Super Late Model fan would want to see. Blake Williams and Garrett Archer battled hard for the lead on the races opening laps until Williams could pull away and keep the 16W Ford out front. What had the crowd fascinated was all that was going on behind Williams, as it was pass after pass for position, especially when the 39 of Pete Harding poked his nose under Williams a couple of times before a thrilling duel between the two with Williams coming out on top. Then Parker Stephens (fresh off his Miller 200 win down at South Sound Speedway the previous Saturday) worked his way into a battle for the lead, finally getting to the top spot.
And then the fun really began. Jason Kooy found a groove to his liking, and his #26 Budweiser/Crown Distributing Chevrolet was hooked up. Kooy got around the leader with about 15 laps to go and held on for his first win ever in a Super Late Model. It was a popular win for not only for Jason, but the entire Kooy family as well. The Kooy’s have been long time racers out at Evergreen Speedway with the Western Washington Racing Association. A couple of years ago Jason decided to give Late Models a try, and one could see improvement every time the team took to the track. At the beginning of this season, Jason decided to get some issues with his back taken care of before getting back behind the wheel, and it all came together for him and his team Saturday night. Shelby Thompson finished second with Parker Stephens coming home third.
Coming up this Saturday will be another of the popular Frontier Communications Family Nights. The feature event of the evening will be the Street Stock Nationals with a whopping $1500.00 to the winner. This event will present Evergreen Speedway Les Schwab Street Stocks led by 2015 points leader Chad Fitzpatrick who holds a 6-point lead over defending champion Roger Drake with Jim Foti, Steve Ptacek and Chuck Richard rounding out the top 5. Cars from all over Washington State are expected to compete in this annual event. Also on the card will be the Outlaw Figure 8’s, Foster Press Mini Stocks, Interstate Battery Hornets and the West Coast Vintage Modifieds. Tickets can be reserved on www.evergreenspeedway.com or you can call the Speedway office at 360-805-6100.
Don’t forget that the Evergreen State Fair is right around the corner. Check out the schedule for this years “Summer Nights with the Stars” series featuring Pat Benetar & Neil Geraldo, The Casting Crowns, Lee Brice, Jerod Niemann and Vince Gill. Tickets are on sale now at www.EvergeenFair.org. As always, Evergreen Speedway lines up outstanding family entertainment during the fair beginning with the Northwest Truck Pulls and a huge opening night Fireworks show on September 27th. Check out www.evergreenspeedway.com or www.EvergreenFair.org for more information.
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If there is one thing that every race track in the country has in common, it’s a safe bet that there is one driver that has been slugging it out for as long as anyone can remember. He’s the guy that has supported the track, represented his sponsors and those who have been on his crews, always made sure that his “better half” is aware of how much her and his families support means to him.
He’s also the racer that has been of service to his division that he races in. Always the guy that will take on a position that will help his fellow racers keep having a series to race in, will represent his club to the best of his ability, because that’s how he truly believes it should be done.
Doug Delfel is that guy out at Evergreen Speedway. His iconic car number 01 was retired by the Figure Eight Racing Association (FEAR) way back in 1999 to honor Doug’s up until then 25 years of service to FEAR. He had served as the President of FEAR four times and has been a board member six times. Add to all that his 3 championships over the years and the fact that Doug was named as one of the top now 60 top drivers in the history of Evergreen Speedway. Oh yeah, he was inducted into the Evergreen Speedway Hall of Fame in 2010!
For 29 years, Doug Delfel has competed in the Figure 8 Nationals, even racing in the very first F8 Nationals won by the “Crazy Cajun” Vern Deitz in 1984!. This race, along with the 60 Minutes of FEAR have been called the “Must Win” events that anyone who has strapped into a Figure 8 race car will have on their bucket list to win. These races are the Daytona 500 of the yearly FEAR calendar. Past Figure 8 Nationals winners include Vern Deitz (3-times), Ricky “The Kid” Deitz (2-times), Steve Peters (4-times), “Mr. Excitement” Steve Cox (2-times), “The Cowboy” John Carlson (2-times) and even Doug’s brother Brian Delfel won the Figure 8 Nationals on 3 separate occasions!
Needless to say, it was an emotional time on the Angel of the Winds Victory Stage last Saturday night, as finally (and not without some drama thrown in!), Doug Delfel captured his first Figure 8 Nationals victory! 17 cars in the Monroe Grocery Outlet Super Stock Figure 8 Division started the race, with several past F8 Nationals winners lined up, In addition to those named above, past winner Rich Groshong and the son of the 2001 event winner Malcom “The Maniac” Lindberg Brandon Lindberg were on the track for this race. The starting line-up was determined by a pill draw during opening ceremonies.
Delfel sprinted to an early lead in the 75 lap race. Steve Peters worked his way through the field and eventually took over the lead. As the race was winding down, a mechanical issue forced Peters to turn the lead back to Delfel and “The Griz” took the 01 to the checkered flag. On the stage, an emotional Delfel thanked his family, crew and his sponsors, including Nutty’s Junkyard Grill, J2 Racing, the Everett Car Connection and his business Harbour Point Towing & Service. Doug also expressed his thanks to the Monroe Grocery Outlet for their support of the Super Stock Figure 8 division. Finishing second was Rich Groshhon and third place went to Brian Little.
In the Outlaw Figure 8 division, 2014 race winner Nick Gunderson drove his #33 Gunderson Speed Shop entry to the finish line for his 2nd F8 Nationals win. Finishing second was John Carlson and third place went to “Slick” Don Eslick.
The Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s put on a great show for the nearly packed grandstand! “Hammerhead” Lance Ograin got the win with 14 cars starting the race. Matt Somerville survived for second and Branson Lindberg took third. It should be noted that Lindberg competed in all three Figure 8 divisions Saturday night. The “Iron Man” drove his familiar #88 Stinger 8 and then drove the V88 Sean Peters Tribute car the other two F8 races. Nice job Brandon.
Doug Wilkinson thrilled the fans with another one of his patented “Here they come out of turn 4 ladies and gentlemen… Matt Greene on the inside. Wilkinson on the outside, Who’s gonna win it???? There coming to the line…… It’s Wilkinson at the line by a nose!!!” Insert the sound of the crowd going bonkers here! The best seat in the house for the finish was Pete Brady with his third place finish.
The West Coast Vintage Modifieds returned to Evergreen Speedway. Local WCVM driver from Arlington Kyten Jones picked up his first ever main event win to go along with his earlier heat race win. A hard charging Mike Clother took second and Bobby Wheeler Jr, who set fast time earlier in qualifying finished third/
The Interstate Battery Hornets raced a 25 lap main event. Mark Hubbard grabbed the win over Jamie Corbett with former division Champion Scott Hunt finishing in third place. 21 cars took to the road course.
This weekend marks the return to Evergreen Speedway of the K&N Pro Series West. The West Series has raced at Evergreen more times than any other track in the history of the series. Points leader Noah Gragson is holding onto a slim 2-point lead over Chris Eggleston. Noah made his first start in the K&N Pro Series East this past weekend at the Watkins Glen road course, and is looking forward to getting back in his #7 Jefferson-Pitts Racing Ford this Saturday. NAPA Auto Parts once again has gotten behind this race to present the 150 lap race on the 5/8’s mile oval.
Michaels Bellevue Toyota presents the Super Late Model 100 lap race prior to the West race on Saturday. Defending season Champion Mike Holden is looking for his second straight win on the big 5/8’s mile track. His LB Motorsports team switched form a Chevrolet to a Ford power plant prior to the last time the series raced on the 5/8’s with Holden getting the win. Doni Wanat enters this weekend in second place with rookie Luke Selliken in third.
Get your favorite seats online at www.evergeenspeedway.com for this weekend’s events. Check out Evergreens web site for all the information. There is still plenty of racing left in the 2015 season, so make sure and join us at the Super Speedway of the West for all the fun and excitement!
There were many elements in place to attract fans of all types of motorsports out to Evergeen Speedway this past Saturday and Sunday. With the 10th Annual Rory Price Memorial being held Saturday on the 3/8’s mile oval and its $10,000 winner’s check on the line, the event brought 35 teams to attempt to make the 24 car field.
Saturday’s event saw the King of the Wing Sprint Cars, the Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Model Series and the Foster Press Mini Stocks take to the 3/8’s oval. In addition to the intrigue of the Rory Price Memorial for the Sprint Cars, there was close attention paid to one young man attempting to maintain his unbeaten streak in the Mini Stock division and make his first start in a Super Late Model.
Monroe Washington’s Trenton Moriarty qualified 2nd in his #24 Mini Stock behind Scott Burby and 3rd in a Super Late Model “on loan” from his father Tom, a 9-time Evergreen Speedway Champion. Trenton, along with all the qualifiers battled a hot, slick race track throughout the day. Last season’s Champion and the current point leader Mike Holden qualified at the top of the 12 car field. The LB Motorsports team used the past 2 weeks to switch from a Chevrolet to a Ford engine package along with changing the body, so the amount of unknowns going into the weekend for the 32 team was like bringing a knife to a gun fight. “
“We felt like it was the best time to make the change was before the King of the Wing Weekend” team owner Brian Estrin said. “We knew that we had to run on both the 3/8’s on Saturday and the 5/8’s on Sunday. This team worked so hard not only this weekend, but in the time it took to make such a drastic change to our program. It’s not like changing a shock package, or making a carburetor change. I couldn’t be prouder of the effort that went into this. And the input that Mike Holden provided us with on both days helped a ton.” Estrin added “We got a lot accomplished this weekend that will help us not only try for our 2nd Championship, but for some other plans that we have later on down the road.”
Qualifying for the Rory Price Memorial was an event unto itself. A record 35 cars from around the country made a 2 lap attempt for the top spot, with 5-time RPM winner and Roseburg OR native Matt Hein qualifiying P1 with his 13.677 (98.706 mph average) with Andy Alberding, Scott Aumen, Ron Larson and Matt Mansell making up the top 5. The current points leader in the King of the Wing series Aaron Pierce qualified 7th.
The first main event of the evening was for the Foster Press Mini Stocks. Point’s leader and defending Champion Trenton Moriarty started mid pack of the 9 car field. On the start, Scott Burby took the lead and looked as strong as he has all season long until his engine grenaded going into turn 3 on lap 5. It then looked like it was going to be another win for the undefeated #24 car until a flat tire cost Moriarty the lead going a lap down to get repaired. Andrew Shukar picked up the win with Devin Kessler in 2nd and Brian Taylor getting his first podium finish running part time this season.
Next up was the 12 lap B-main for the Rory Price Memorial. The top 4 finishers would then move up to the 30 lap main event. Greg Middendorf picked up the win to advance, with local driver Reece Goetz in 2nd, WESCO driver Cameron Nesinger took 3rd and Tyler Muse finished 4th. With those 4 moving up to the main, the win for the B-main goes to TJ Thorn.
The Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Models lined up for their 50 lap main on the 3/8’s. In a pre-race interview, Mike Holden commented on the track conditions. “There are so many things that not only our team, but all the teams will need to deal with during the main. With the type of rubber that the Sprint Cars are putting down on the track, along with all the heat that the asphalt has soaked up, the set-up and the patience level will really need to be paid attention to” Two time series Champion Shane Harding rocketed to the lead and never looked back. As mentioned above, all eyes were on the #12 J2 Racing of Trenton Moriarty. Trenton started mid pack and used the early laps to settle down and get comfortable with his car. It didn’t take long to get happy with the car, and Moriarty was starting his move to the front. The race went yellow just after half way with a wicked incident involving the #30 car of Tyler Baker. The Canadian driver who has been improving every outing this season slid hard into the inside retaining wall on the front stretch, wiping out the car. The crowd gave Tyler a nice ovation when he climbed out of the car.
Shane Harding went on to take the checkered flag, with Shane Sawin having his best finish this season in second and the #20 car of Cle Elum’s Andy Sole finishing 3rd. In post-race inspection, Harding’s car was disqualified by officials, and the #1 car of Sawin was declared the winner. Mike Holden moved up to 3rd.
Two words come to mind when one is trying to describe the Rory Price Memorial. Matt Hein.
In what many are calling the best race and driving exhibition in the long 60+ years of Evergreen Speedway, Matt Hein displayed why he is now the 6-time winner of the Rory Price Memorial. To witness Hein work through traffic is like watching Van Gogh paint, Stevie Ray Vaughan solo, and Muhammad Ali box, he’s that good! A grandstand full of chins hit the ground watching him work through the field, lapping all but the top 3 of the 24 cars that started the race. A caution late in the race brought the field together, but on the restart, it was all Matt Hein as he picked up where he left off and picked up the win and the $10,000 check. King of the Wing series point’s leader took second and Darren Yates got third.
Aaron Pierce had an interesting week. The KOTW series started their Northwest Swing Thursday night at Meridian Speedway in Idaho where he picked up the win. Friday found Pierce racing a Silver Crown car at the Bellville High Banks in Bellville KS where he finished 10th. Then back on the plane to Evergreen Speedway for the 2-day KOTW event!
Sunday the events moved to the big 5/8’s mile oval for both the KOTW cars and Super Late Models. The Les Schwab Street Stock Series joined the show, but raced on the 3/8’s. KOTW wing qualifying was led by Matt Mansell, turning a lap time of 18.003 seconds/124.979 mph pass with his 2 laps of qualifying. Many teams spent the night and early morning swapping from 360 cubic inch engines to 410 engines to really put the power to the ground for Sundays show on the big track. Aaron Pierce qualified 2nd and Sierra Jackson took 3rd. During qualifying, the track record on the 5/8’s was shattered 3 times! Jeff Montgomery set the record on August 3, 2013 with a pass of 18.595. Meridian Idaho’s Sierra Jackson was the first to get the crowd off its feet with her pass of 18.475/121.786 mph! Then later on, Aaron Pierce cuts an 18.362/122.536 mph to take the top spot! Wait, it gets better! Matt Mansell lays down an 18.003/124.979 mph to take the top spot! All in all, 5 drivers broke the record that day. Darren Yates qualified 4th with his pass of 18.558/121.242 mph and DJ Hamilton put an 18.579/121.14 mph on the scoreboard to qualify 5th!
Mike Holden took the top spot in Super Late Model qualifying with a 22.370/100.581 mph effort. Shane Harding qualified 2nd and Luke Sellican qualified 3rd.
Sunday’s first main event was for the Les Schwab Street Stocks. Former Mini Stock driver Carl Davidson continued to move up the ranks with his impressive main event win over the defending 2-time Champion Roger Drake. Points leader Chad Fitzpatrick held on to finish 3rd despite caving in the right front fender and door of his #12 Camaro.
The Super Late Models put 11 cars on the 5/8’s for a 50 lap main on Sunday afternoon. 12 cars came through the back gate, but the #5 car of Garrett Archer kick a rod out of the side of his engine in practice bringing his day to an abrupt halt. Pacific Northwest racing legend Pete Harding made the tow down from Surry BC to run on the big track, yet a series of issues during the race left Pete10 laps down at the end of the day. His son Shane hit the front stretch wall hard during one of the events many restarts ending his day, along with Alex Shutte up from California. Luke Selliken was involved in an incident taking him back to the pits, along with John Lathrup Jr. Brandon Scheiber retired early on due to a broken shift lever in his #75 Northsound Racing Chevrolet. In the end, 5 cars were able to be running at the end, with Mike Holden getting the win, Doni Wanat finished 2nd and Andy Sole made it to the podium for the second straight day with his 3rd place run.
The final event of the weekend was the 24 car 30 lap feature for the King of the Wing Sprinters. In a caution filled race and 6 cars on the lead lap, it was Ron Larsen picking up the win, with Bryan Warf in 2nd and Sierra Jackson hanging on for 3rd. The race had to be red flagged for incidents twice in the event, forcing KOTW officials to allow one crew member per car bring fuel out to the cars. Two cars had to be winched off the moto-cross berm in turn #1 during the race.
On a personal note, I’d like to thank Fred Rannard for coming down from Canada to help with the announcing, along with KOTW series announcer Tom Hartsell Jr. Also, a huge thanks to Western Speedway announcer Cole Sorenson, who came down with his parents to “shadow” me for the weekend. Remember that name, because at the tender young age of 15, Cole has got an incredible talent for what he does!
Coming up this weekend at Evergreen Speedway is the iconic “Figure 8 Nationals”. The Outlaw Figure 8’s will be there, along with the Monroe Grocery Outlet Super Stock Figure 8’s and the Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s will all see action on the track. Add to that the Interstate Battery Hornets, the Northwest Pro 4 Trucks and the Northwest Vintage Modifieds, it should be quite a show. Get your favorite seats for this and all the upcoming events on www.evergreenspeedway.com. Don’t forget about the NAPA Auto Parts 150 K&N Pro Series West along with the Michaels Bellevue Toyota 100 for the Super Late Models coming up on August 15th! It’s a busy month at the Super Speedway of the West, and we’d sure like to see you there.
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Evergreen Speedway hosted Mayors and City Council Members on Chamber of Commerce Night Presented by Foster Press last Saturday. Donna Foster welcomed the dignitaries who attended in pre-race ceremonies, along with Traci Hobbs from High Road Promotions. The Mayor of Monroe, Geoffrey Thomas, along with Marysville Council member Jeff Seibert, Stanwood Mayor Lynard Kelly, Edmonds Council member Phil Butler, Kirkland Council member Shelley Kloba, Snohomish Council member Michael Rohrscheib, Goldbar Mayor Linda Loen and Arlington Council member Jesica Stickles all participated in the 2 5-lap races in Stinger 8 cars. The races were started by Grand Marshal Nicola Smith, the Mayor of Lynnwood.
Jeff Seibert from Marysville won the first race with Snohomish Council member Michael Rorscheib taking the checkered flag in the second race. Congratulations to those two, and to all who came out to the track.
There was plenty of power on display at the Super Speedway of the West, but none quite as impressive as the power displayed by the K-9 unit from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office as they wowed the crowd in a simulated chase during intermission. The Evergeen Speedway Pace Car played the part of the bad guy, and 3 Sheriff K-9 vehicles chased the yellow Camaro all over the track until the “perp” stopped the pace car and the K-9 division went to work. It was amazing to witness the intensity of the German Shepard taking the driver to the ground, and proving to those in attendance that those animals mean business! Thanks to Deputy Wallin and his dog Ronin for not only what they displayed at the track, but what they along with the entire Snohomish County Sheriff’s K-9 unit does to protect us. Check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SnoCoSheriffK9 for more information and videos from Evergreen Speedway.
There was racing Saturday night! 5 Classes took to the 3/8’s oval and Figure 8 track. As hard as it is to believe, the season in on its back half, and it has been fun to watch how important qualifying and heat races are becoming. Toby Jenkins set fast time in the Buzz Inn Steakhouse Figure 8’s, Nick Gunderson topped the field in the Outlaw Figure 8’s, Scott Burby was quickest in the Foster Press Mini Stocks, Aaron Greene spun a lap of 19.592 for the NW Pro 4 Trucks and season points leader Mike Holden qualified first of the 14 cars that timed in for the Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Models with his lap time of 16.611. All competitors battled extreme high track temperatures during qualifying and heat races as well.
The Northwest Pro 4 Trucks were the first main event of the evening. 25 laps on the hot and slick 3/8’s oval. Rick Shaver started the race on the pole and led the first lap of the race until coming off turn 4, his truck shut itself off and Rick had to pull into the infield. Jessica Wilkenson also retired with only one lap completed. Doug Wilkenson and Matt Greene battled hard for the lead during most of the race, with Greene maintain the slim lead over the 27 truck of Wilkenson. Rod Helmuth, like he has done so many times before in his long racing career, methodically worked his way to the front, eventually taking the lead and the checkered flag. Wilkenson finished 2nd, with 3rd place going to Matt Greene, who also won the heat race earlier in the day.
The Outlaw Figure 8’s were up next. As mentioned above, Nick Gunderson set fast time earlier, but it was the #40 car of Seth Funden that had a night that he has been waiting for all season long. Seth debuted a new car at the beginning of the season that is not only incredible to look at, but is also the only fuel-injected Outlaw Figure 8 car that runs at Evergreen. Seth has been improving week by week and with both his heat race victory and 25 lap main event win this past Saturday night, it was good to see the hard work that Seth and his team have put into their car have some success. Seth did the wire-to-wire job on the field, with Nick Gunderson finishing 2nd and Chris Curtis taking 3rd. Curtis and John Carlson were tied coming into the night for the season championship. Carlson finished 4th in the main, and finished ahead of Curtis in the heat race, so check out the points standings on http://organisation.mylaps.com/championship/view.jsp?id=42580#_ga=1.209619477.600432678.1377546109 to keep track of what should be an exciting point’s battle.
The Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s also had a wire-to-wire main event winner in Jessica Gray. She also took the first spot in the heat race. In what is shaping up to be an exciting points race as the season winds down, Matt Somerville came into the day leading Lance Ograin by a slim 3 point margin with Brandon Lindberg in 3rd only 7 points out of the lead. But it all girl power in the main, as Jessica picked up her 2nd main event win of 2015. Brandon Lindberg helped out his season championship cause with his 2nd place finish with Toby Jenkins finishing 3rd.
Trenton Moriarty continued his flat out domination in the Foster Press Mini Stock with yet another main event win keeping the streak alive. Starting 5th on the field, Moriarty as is the norm, worked his way efficiently through the field, taking the lead on lap 4 and never looked back, surviving a late race caution and restart with Scott Burby lined up next to the 24 of Moriarty. As he’s done all season long, Trenton nail the restart and off to the checkered flag he went. Burby finished 2nd with Travis Blackwood getting his first podium finish by hanging on for 3rd. On his Angel of the Winds Victory Circle interview, Trenton announced that he will be behind the wheel of a Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Model as part of the field August 1st on day one of the King of the Wing Weekend.
Rounding out the night was the 75 lap main event for the Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Models. 14 cars started the race, with Doni Wanat on the pole due to the 6 car invert pulled by fast qualifier Mike Holden. Doni came into the night 2nd in season championship points, and let the early portion of the race. Luke Selliken took over the lead a third of the way into the event and cruised to his second victory of 2015. Luke was fresh off an impressive showing in the Central Welding Supply 125 the previous weekend, leading a ton of laps in that event, and seems to be a lock for the Rookie of the Year and possibly a top five in the season point’s race. Last season’s champion Mike Holden still leads in points for this season, with Wanat close enough behind to make for an interesting scenario as the season winds down. The teams have this weekend off, but return for a packed weekend on August 1stand 2nd as the division runs both days. The race on the 1st puts them on the 3/8’s and then they switch it up and attack the 5/8’s on Sunday the 2nd as part of the King of the Wind weekend.
Up this weekend is Formula Drift presented by GoPro. The huge 3 day event runs from Thursday through Saturday. Check out all the info on http://www.formulad.com/schedule/monroe . Advanced tickets are available at www.evergreenspeedway.com. This is one of the most highly anticipated and well attended shows of the year, so get your tickets now!
August will be a huge month at Evergreen Speedway, with the Rory Price Memorial as part of the King of the Wing Weekend on the 1st and 2nd. The Figure 8 Nationals are on August 8th, then the following weekend will be the return of the K&N Pro Series West to Evergreen Speedway. The Budweiser Fan Fest takes place on Friday the 14th, then on Saturday it will be the NAPA Auto Parts NASCAR K&N Pro Series West 150 and the Michaels Toyota Super Late Model 150, both events on the big 5/8’s oval.
Frontier Family Night happens on August 22nd and features the Street Stock Nationals, and then the Evergreen State Fair starts on August 27th with the Rairdon Dodge Northwest Truck Pulls.
Check out www.evergreenspeedway.com for all the information you need on upcoming events. Don’t forget to bring you radio to the race track and tune in 101.9 FM to hear all the action. Also, check out our Facebook page for up to date happenings at the Super Speedway of the West.