Evergreen Speedway Recap for 5/16/2015
The Rolling Thunder Big Rigs along with the return of the WESCO Sprint Cars provided a packed house at Evergreen Speedway with excitement that will be remembered for quite a while!
Reardon’s Chrysler Jeep Ram of Monroe presented the 2015 debut of the Rolling Thunder Big Rigs. In an interview during the Fan Fest, series owner Mike Gibbons explained that this group of racers is the real deal. “Don’t for a second think that we are going to put on an exhibition” Gibbons said. “These guys and gals are spot on serious about competition. It’s been a couple of years since we last raced at Evergreen Speedway and all of them are amped up about getting the season started”
The heat races proved Gibbons point, as the series only female driver Tammi Rodstrom thrilled the crowd with her 3-wide win. In the 25 lap main event, Rodstrom started on the pole and led the first few laps of the race. There was a caution on lap 2 as 3 trucks got tangled up in turn one. The trucks shuffled back and forth after the restart, until a mandatory caution at lap 12. This caution was used to cool the trucks down because of the extreme amount of heat generated during the race. Dustin Smith took the lead after the restart, and survived a furious charge from Dave Barr’s 1948 International. Smith took his 1967 Peterbilt to the checkered flag with Barr in second and Scott “Scooter” Zahn in third. Thanks to Reardon’s Chrysler Jeep Ram of Monroe for bringing this crowd pleasing group back to Evergreen Speedway.
Trenton Moriarty is on a kind of roll that hasn’t been seen at Evergreen Speedway in a long time. Last year’s Rookie of the Year and Series Champion in the Foster Press NASCAR Mini Stock division has been the top qualifier and main event winner in all 3 previous races this season, and continued his mastery of the division by setting fast time and winning the 25 lap main event. Scott Burby led over half the race until Moriarty asserted his Volkswagen around Burby’s Mustang to pull off the win. Brad Thomas finished 3rd.
The WESCO Sprint cars returned to the 3/8’s mile oval with Todd Coleman leading the 10 cars that attempted to qualify. Coleman turned a lap at 14.891 seconds and 90.659 miles per hour to set up the 30 lap main event. The 12 car of Cameron Neisenger broke out into the lead and held on until the engine blew up going into turn 3 with one lap to go. Todd Coleman raced the green-white-checkered finish to the end, with Greg Midendorf finishing 2nd and Olympia’s Doug Mc Lees took 3rd.
Six cars raced in the Outlaw Figure 8 division, with 2014 Champion Mike Steltz driving his DR Consulting car to the front until a collision with Chris Curtis going into turn 3 spun Steltz around ending his chance for his second straight win. The 33 Gunderson Speed Shop entry driven by Nick Gunderson picked up his first win of the season with Cowboy John Carlson in 2nd and Chris Curtis finishing 3rd.
The Northwest Pro 4 Trucks made their return to Evergreen Speedway with a nice 10 truck field. The 25 lap main event eventually came down to a father son battle between Aaron and Matt Green. The two ran away from the field until the 6 truck of Aaron green went away with engine issues, allowing son Matt to take the win. Rod Helmuth made his first start in a NWP4T filling in for Mike Tipps and finished 2nd with Rick Shaver finishing 3rd. Props to Hailey Wilkenson for her 4th place finish.
This weekend is going to be a huge one for all fans of Evergreen Speedway. The Tri-Track Super Late Model Series make its first appearance at Evergreen Speedway. The Galloway 150 Shootout will be run on Saturday May 23rd. The best Super Late Models in the Northwest will be racing on the longest track they will see this season, the 5’8’s mile oval at Evergreen Speedway. TTSLMS Points Leader Tayler Riddle will attempt to continue his quest for the 2015 Championship along with drivers Parker Stephens, Garrett Evans, Gary Lewis, Mike Longton doing battle with Evergreen drivers Doni Wanat, Jeff Knight, Brandon Scheiber, Andy Sole and 2014 Series Champion Mike Holden all expected to contend for the trophy at the end of 150 laps. The Galloway Shootout is a “must-win” race for all who enter. Fans are welcome to attend the Friday practice session from 5-9PM. Also on the schedule with be the return of both the Foreign Stock Car Racing Association Pro 4’s and the exciting Columbia River Legends.
Sunday the 24th will feature the Sean Peters Truck Fest Demo Derby along with the Monroe Grocery Outlet Super Stock Figure 8’s, Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s, the WWRA Bump to Pass cars, Boat Races and day #2 for the Columbia River Legends. The night will conclude with another incredible Memorial Day Fireworks display that Evergreen Speedway had become famous for over the years.
Tickets for all races this weekend and all season long are available on www.evergreenspeedway.com, or you can reserve the best seat in the house by calling the Speedway office at 360-805-6100. It’s a great way to make sure that you are in your favorite spot for the upcoming Evergreen Speedway Summer Showdown! Budweiser Speedweek begins on June 22nd with the 200 lap Summer Showdown being run on Saturday June 27th!
Warm temperatures and sunny skies greeted heroes both in the grandstands and in the pits at Evergreen Speedway Saturday night as Frontier Communication presented Military Appreciation Night at the races.
Representatives from all the branches of the US Military were in attendance, and 5 Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Models showed their appreciation for service to our country by proudly displaying the branches of the military on their cars. (On a personal note, it was truly impressive that each team came up to me to make sure that the branch of service displayed on their car was mentioned first in sponsor introductions!)
The Interstate Battery Hornet division held their annual Hornet Nationals this past Saturday, with 22 cars taking to the track in a 40 lap road course main event. The 88 car of Branden Lindberg led the first 20 laps until the Mike Ridley driven #66 car assumed the lead. Cody Hoopes did a masterful job slicing his way through the field with his 10X PMS Power car with Rookie of the Year candidate Dawson Cox following him. Points leader Mark Hubbard withstood a hard hit into the front stretch wall slowing his progress, but as the race came down to its final laps, Mike Ridley survived a furious charge from Cody Hoopes to win the Hornet Nationals. Dawson Cox finished third.
The Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s put on a great show for the fans. Matt Summerville took his 21 car to the checkered flag in the 30 lap feature. Cody Hoopes warmed up for the Hornet Nationals to finish 2nd on the Figure 8 course with Lance Ograin finishing 3rd.
The Foster Press NASCAR Mini Stocks returned to the track, and as it’s been all season long, Trenton Moriarty dominated the race from the beginning. Moriarty was all business, as was the 41 car of Scott Burby These two are one and two in the season championship chase, and by all appearances are going to be the ones to beat for the title as the season rolls on. Trenton held Scott off his back bumper by 3-4 car lengths all race long to capture the win. Burby finished 2nd with Michael Fritz finishing 3rd.
The Les Schwab NASCAR Street Stocks put 14 cars on the track for their 30 lap main event. 2 time division champion Roger Drake took the lead on the start, with the 12 car of Chad Fitzpatrick following closely in 2nd. Experienced fans of this division expected this to be another run away and hide victory for Drake, but those fans also noticed that Fitzpatrick was sticking close to the rear bumper of Drake. On lap 10, it was as if Chad took a deep breath and went around the #1 Camaro of Drake to take the lead. Fitzpatrick show driving talent beyond his years to hold of his good friend Roger Drake to take his first win of 2015. Drake finished 2nd with Steve Ptacek finishing 3rd.
The Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Models lined up 16 cars for their 75 lap main event to close out the night. Special recognition goes out to Mike Holden representing the US Navy, Doni Wanat with the US Marines, John Boyat representing for Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Scott LaCross with the US Army and Shane Sawin carrying the US Coast Guard logo on his #1 Chevrolet.
Mike Longton made the tow from Yakima to run his #37 car on the 3/8’s. Mike is preparing for the upcoming Tri-Track Super Late Model Series Central Welding 125 race on July 11th and took advantage of the off weekend in his schedule to get some time in on the challenging 3/8’s mile oval. Mike set fast time in qualifying with last season’s champion Mike Holden qualifying 2nd.
The 6 car invert put Doni Wanat on the pole with Brandon Scheiber on the outside front row. Wanat led the first part of the race in his US Marines Chevrolet until Mike Holden got around him in the US Navy car and cruised to a solid victory for his 2nd win in 2015. Jeff Knight continued his fantastic season with a hard fought 2nd, and Doni Wanat brought his car home in 3rd.
Thanks to the staff of Evergreen Speedway for welcoming all the Military past and present that attended the races. Frontier Communications continues to be a fantastic partner to the Super Speedway of the West by providing Family Nights like they did this past Saturday. Thanks as well to the US Navy and National Guard for setting up information tables for the fans, and to the Disabled American Veterans for putting on the 50/50 raffle. Evergreen Speedway recognizes the incredible sacrifices that our men and women who choose to protect our country by offering great entrance deals just by showing military ID at the front entry all season long.
Coming up this Saturday will feature the return of the Rolling Thunder Big Rigs. Rolling Thunder put on a thrilling exhibition Saturday night, and fans are in for a real treat when these monsters take to the asphalt this Saturday. The WESCO Sprint Cars return along with the Outlaw Figure 8’s, the Foster Press Mini Stocks and the NW Pro 4 Trucks. Reserve your favorite seats by getting onto www.evergreenspeedway.com. This is also a great way to have the best seat in the house for the Galloway 150 Shootout coming up on May 23rd. The Tri-Track Super Late Model Series makes its first of two appearances at Evergreen Speedway on that night, so expect to see the best Northwest Super Late Models converge on the longest track in the west for a special event honoring a special young man that we lost way to early, Mark Galloway.
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AutoX participants enter the Pit Gate of the Speedway from Cascade View Dr. off Hwy 2.
Note: Speed Limit is 10mph on county property!
Absolutely no racing/drifting/hooning in the Gravel Parking Lot behind the speedway or any surrounding property. If we discover you causing damage we will ban you from future events.
What are the participant times?
9AM AutoX Gate Opens/Track Setup
9:30am Tech/Transponder Install
10:30 Drivers Meeting
11am to 1pm Track is Hot
1pm to 1:25pm Break (HID VIDEO)
1:25pm to 3pm Track is Hot
3pm to 3:25pm Break (HID VIDEO)
3:25 to 5:30pm Track is Hot
Rules & Regulations:
Front Wheel Drive
Rear Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive
Open-toed footwear is not allowed in the pits/competition areas.
All drivers, volunteers, and people working on cars or standing in grid must wear full length pants. Shorts are allowed in pits providing you are not participating in one of the above activities.
Pets are not allowed in the pits.
Bring a DOT or SNELL (M, K, or SA certified 95 or newer) helmet and wear pants and shoes to ride shotgun.
Maximum pit speed is 10 mph. If you are going faster than a walking pace you are going too fast!
TECH INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS
Safety Helmet: If you bring your own safety helmet, it must be approved by Snell in the current or two most recent ratings (e.g. if Snell 95 is in production then that, 90 and 85 are legal).
Safety Belts: Original safety belts, at a minimum are required. Shoulder belts are not required, if your car did not come with them, but you must have a lap belt. Belts must be firmly attached.
Solidly Mounted Battery: The battery must be held down properly. If it can be moved at all, it will not pass. There are some additional battery requirements which may affect you if you have modified your car. The Tech Inspector will help you out with them.
Legal Tires: In Stock and Street Prepared categories, the tires must have measurable tread, and must be in good condition. Excessive weather checks or visible cord/plies will fail inspection. Tire pressures should be higher than used for the street, usually 45psi-Front/35psi-Rear for a front-wheel-drive car, or 40psi all around for a rear-wheel-drive car.
Brakes: The brake pedal must be firm, with no loss of pressure when held down.
Steering / Suspension: The steering must be tight, with no excessive play. Wheel bearings cannot have excessive play.
Loose Items in Car: All loose items must be removed from the passenger compartment and trunk. This includes the floor-mats. You may remove the spare tire and jack, but you are not required to if they are properly secured.
Fluid Leaks: Excessive fluid leaks will not pass inspection.
Adequate Muffler: Your car must be quieter than 95dbA (RLS) measured 50 feet from the course at a place where you are under full throttle. Due to the possibility of losing sites for noise problems, this rule is strictly enforced. (If your car is quiet enough to avoid attracting Police attention, it will most likely pass the noise requirement)
Throttle: Accelerator pedal must have a return spring and operate freely.
You are not required to have your car registered for street use, but it must pass tech inspection.
Note: Speed Limit is 10mph on county property!
Absolutely no hooning in the Gravel Parking Lot behind the speedway or any surrounding property. If we discover you causing damage we will ban you from future events.
The 60 Minutes of FEAR highlighted an exciting night of racing last Saturday night at Evergreen Speedway, with the defending champion in the Outlaw Figure 8 division surviving more than 140 laps to achieve his first victory in this legendary race.
The race was actually two races in one, as the Monroe Grocery Outlet Super Stock Figure 8 division joined the field with the Outlaws. Nick Gunderson led the first 19 laps until 4-time winner of the 60 Minutes of FEAR, Rick Deitz took over the lead and built up a healthy lead until a caution at lap 39. As the laps went up and the clock was counting down, Steve Cox assumed the lead when the 76 of Deitz broke a right front spindle ending his night. Cox held the lead until lap 111 when Cox and Doug Delfel collided hard in the intersection. Both drivers got out of their cars when the red flag stopped the race. Cox’s #7 Outlaw car was done for the night. Delfel took a walk around his car, got back in and joined the field. “Both these cars did exactly what they were designed to do when hit like they were” Steve Cox said after the race. “My car was hit in the left front and with the way these things are designed, kind of collapsed in on itself. Delfel’s car is built so strong and protected in the right places, so he was able to carry on”
Race winner Steltz took the lead on lap 131 and never looked back Doug Wilkinson finished 2nd and Zach Larson finished 3rd. In the Monroe Grocery Outlet Super Stock Figure 8 division, 2-Time Champion and 2015 points leader Quentin Borreson took his #17 Ford to the winners stage with Steve Peters in 2nd and a returning Greg Scott finishing 3rd. The win for Steltz made Evergreen Speedway history, as Mike’s brother Ron Steltz won the race in 1997 making them the first brother combination to win the 60 Minutes of FEAR.
In the Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Model 75 lap main event, Jeff Knight set fast time in qualifying. Several teams took advantage of the nice weather and return to the Speedway to race, including Tom Hughes in his 48 car, John Bender was fast in his #18 car and Naima Lang blew the dust off his 00 car to get tuned up for the upcoming Galloway 150 Shootout on May 23rd.
The 6 car invert put 2nd year driver Brandon Scheiber on the pole. Scheiber led the first 9 laps until a restart from a caution allowed John Bender to take over the lead. Several caution flags later Naima Lang assumed the lead with Jeff Knight maintaining a 2-3 car distance from Lang’s rear bumper. As the laps wound down, lapped traffic really came into play. Knight followed Lang through the traffic until he found a hole and took advantage of the opening to take the lead and the win. Lang recovered for 2nd and Brandon Scheiber finished 3rd.
The Northwest Vintage Modifieds returned to Evergreen Speedway for a 30 lap main event. Bobby Wheeler Jr. won the main with Robert Rux and Mike Clother finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s put on a great 30 lap main, with young Branden Lindberg taking the lead at lap 3 and wasn’t threatened for the rest of the race. Branden paid tribute his father Malcom “The Maniac” Lindberg with a flamed white paint job.
May 9th at Evergreen Speedway we celebrate Military Appreciation Night. Military members can show their Military ID at the ticket gate to receive a free/complimentary Family Pass (2 Adults, 4 Kids Under the age of 16!) Races will feature NASCAR Super Late Models, Interstate Batteries Hornet Nationals, Stinger Figure 8, NASCAR Street Stocks & NASCAR Mini Stocks. Grandstands open at 4pm. Racing at 6pm. Help share this with members of our Armed Forces to share a night of fun with their families! You can join them too… May 9th is also Frontier Family Night. Tickets are just $10. Kids 10 & Under are FREE. Pre-order tickets on Evergreen Speedway.com.