Just to clarify that both the streets and minis will be on the 3/8s for their races during King of the Wing Weekend.
The Tri-Track Super Late Model Series made their second appearance at Evergreen Speedway last Saturday night with the running of the Central Welding Supply 125 on the 3/8’s mile oval. A starting field of 16 cars took to the track, with Tumwater WA second generation driver Parker Stephens on the pole with Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Model driver Shane Sawin lined up outside Stephens. Fast time qualifier Shane Harding drew a 5 car invert earlier in the day.
At the drop of the green flag, Stephens maintained a 2-3 car length lead over Rookie of the Year contender Luke Selliken. The Portland OR based driver was fresh off his first career victory on the 3/8’s the last time the division ran on the track.
Stephens was able to hold off both Selliken and veteran Garett Evans through cautions on lap 39 and 46 using the bottom lane to get the grip he needed. On lap 56, Selliken took over the lead until a caution on lap 73 involving former Evergreen Super Late Model Champions Shane Harding and John Zaretzke in turn 3 bunched up the field for the ensuing restart. Selliken, as he has been doing all season long nailed the restart with Evans in second and Stephens in third.
Garrett Evans used a nice move going into turn 2 on lap 90 to take the lead until the caution flag flew once again on lap 96. Two laps later, Evans was forced into the pits with a cut left rear tire handing the lead back to the 3 car of Selliken. With the laps winding down, it appeared as if it was Sellikens race to lose. Last season’s division champion Mike Holden effectively worked his way into the top 3 with Andy Sole and Doni Wanat behind Holden.
Contact between leader Selliken and Stephens coming into turn 4 caused Selliken to spin, allowing Stephens to slip by and retake the lead with 4 laps to go. Tri-Track Super Late Model rules dictate that the race must finish under 5 consecutive laps of green flag racing, so off to overtime we go!
Stephens withstood a furious charge by Holden who tried to make a move on the outside on the white flag lap, but Stephens did a great job holding his line and took the checkered flag. Holden hung on for 2nd and Andy Sole finished 3rd. Finishing 4th on the night was Doni Wanat, who is in an interesting position with both the Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Model division and the Tri-Track Super Late Model Series. Wanat, who is driving both series in 2015 finds himself in 2nd place in each one. Doni is only 5 points back of Garrett Evans in the TTSLMS and coming into Saturdays race 20 points behind defending champion Mike Holden.
Parker Stephens commented after the race “ We fought a tight car most of the night and Holden made it tough there at the end but he raced me clean and I was able to hold the bottom groove (in the closing laps) to get the win.” Stephens is making occasional races at Evergreen this season, along with events at South Sound Speedway and the SRL Southwest Tour for NTS Motorsports.
The next event scheduled for the TTSLMS is July 31st at Stateline Speedway for the Idaho 200.
In other racing action Saturday at the Super Speedway of the West, Trenton Moriarty continues his dream season in the Foster Press Mini Stock division, keeping his undefeated streak intact with a 25 lap victory over Scott Burby and Devin Kessler. Moriarty set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 18.874. The race was stopped midway due to a vicious hit into the turn 4 wall by Brad Thomas. Thomas was understandably shaken up but walked to the ambulance under his own power. Moriarty nailed the restart and off to the checkered flag he went. Look for Trenton to get his first shot in a Super Late Model coming up soon!
The Monroe Grocery Outlet Super Stock Figure 8’s ran a main event typical of what they have been running all season long. An outstanding field of 14 cars qualified, with 12 starting the main. Fast time qualifier and season points leader Quenton Borreson took his rebuilt Dave Brandnenberg owned car from the back to the front for yet another win, with Steve Peters driving is V8 car to a 2nd place finish and Tony Hill piloted his #80 car to 3rd.
Chad Fitzpatrick continued his quest for the Championship in the Les Schwab Street Stock division with his 3rd main event win in 2015. Steve Woods placed second and Steve Ptacek finished 3rd. Fitzpatrick came into the event with a slim 2 point lead over defending champion Roger Drake, and helped his cause out immensely with Drake’s 5th place finish. Chad’s father Shawn Fitzpatrick mentioned that the time is getting closer and closer to move Chad up to a Super Late Model. The teams now have a very welcomed 2 weeks off until they return to the 5/8’s oval on August 2nd as part of day 2 of the King of the Wing Weekend August 1st and 2nd.
The Interstate Battery Hornets put 19 cars to the track for their road course 25 lap main event. Cody Hoopes in the 10X PMS Power car takes the win over season points leader Mike Ridley with Cullen Hubbard finishing 3rd.
Coming up this weekend is Chamber of Commerce Night Presented by Foster Press. Join a fun and action packed night of business networking and racing at the Whelen NASCAR Night & Foster Press Chamber Night at the Races. The Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Models return to the 3/8’s, along with the Foster Press Mayors Cup Race of City Officials, Outlaw Figure 8 Racing, Foster Press NASCAR Mini Stocks, Buzz Inn Stinger 8s, and the Northwest Pro 4 Trucks. Puget Sound area Chamber of Commerce member can receive 2 complimentary tickets by using this link onwww.evergreenspeedway.com to RSVP: http://www.evergreenspeedway.com/schedule-2/chambernight/.
Tickets for this event are available at www.evergreenspeedway.com, or call the Speedway Office at 360-805-6100. Make sure and check out Evergreen Speedway on social media. Like us on Facebook and use the Twitter handle #WAstateNASCAR to get the latest info on all that is happening at Evergreen. See you at the races!
When you have sunny skies, a group of racers that chose Evergreen Speedway to hold their 50th anniversary celebration, 5 divisions of racers and a hot crowd in the grandstands, it makes it easy to appreciate what a special place we get to call out home track!
The FSCRA celebrated 50 years of racing both under the grandstands and out on the track this past Saturday. It was amazing to see the memorabilia that former FSCRA members brought for fans to check out. From programs created in the 60’s, hundreds of pictures from all the greats that ran with this club over the years to an assortment of cars from back in the day, jackets, banners, to several DVD’s and tapes showing how exciting the racing was back then. Tony Deegan and all the people who made the Foreign Stock Car Racing Association so special hit it out of the park with what they provided fans to appreciate truly deserve a huge Thank You for what they did Saturday.
The West Coast Vintage Modifieds started the main event action. Kyten Jones started off the race leading the first nine laps until Bobby Wheeler Jr. used a move on the outside to pass Jones and managed to hold the lead until the checkered flag waved. Robert Rux brought his car to the line to finish 2nd with Kyten Jones finshing 3rd.
The FSCRA Super 4’s were up next for their 25 lap main. Federal Way’s Kayla Pittman led the first 6 laps until John Grosvenor took over the lead and never looked back on his way to the win. Tom Pinkowski was listed as the driver of the 2nd place finisher, and I have to apologize for not noting whom was behind the wheel, but I do know that Max Shroeder finished 3rd!
The Interstate Battery Hornets took to the road course for their 25 lap main event, Steve Garka lead the first 4 laps of the race. Cody Hoopes took his 10X car past Garka and led until a caution came out on lap 17. Point’s leader Mike Ridley came into contact with another car causing the entire right side door skin to come off the 66. Mike did an impressive job working through traffic to assume the lead for good on lap 21. Ridley finished 1st, last week’s winner Scott Hunt took 2nd and Cody Hoopes hung on for 3rd.
The Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s were up next for a 30 lap race. Coming into the race, 2nd generation driver Brandon Lindberg was 4th in division points, behind Matt Sommerville (1st), Lance Ograin (2nd) and Cody Hoopes (3rd). Lindberg did a wire-to-wire job on the field for his first win in 2015. Sommerville finished 2nd and Lance Ograin took 3rd. The race was an emotional one for Ograin, as he and his family lost Lance’s Grandfather Dick Ograin a few days earlier. The rooting section in the grandstands consisting of the Ograin family and friends were loud and proud as Lance paid a fitting tribute on the victory platform.
The Monroe Grocery Outlet Super Stock Figure 8’s finished up the night, with several new cars with familiar names behind the wheel. It was good to see Rich Groshong back running on the F8 course once again. Point’s leader Quenton Borreson set fast time earlier in the day, causing him to have to start at the back of the field. Bill Fleischacker led some of the early portion of the race along with Eric Allision until Doug Delfel took the lead on lap 10. Allison got the lead back 2 laps later only to get passed by Borreson who had drove his way through the field. Delfel re-assumes the lead one lap later and holds it until a wreck involving Devin Jenkins and Quenton Borreson on lap 15. Jenkins hit Borreson in the left rear quarter of the 17 car, but Quenton managed to get his car restarted and soldiered on. Doug Delfel eventually won this wild race, with Borreson managing to finish 2nd and Tony Hill finished 3rd. The top 3 came up to the Angel of the Winds Winners Circle, but Borreson was feeling the after effects of his incident with Jenkins. Quenton told me that he can’t recall ever getting hit as hard as this time, and he’ll be dealing with some sore ribs for a while, but a nice break in the schedule will have the “One Armed Bandit” healed up and ready to go when the division races again on July 11th.
Coming up this weekend is an event being billed as “The Biggest Race of the Year” and rightfully so! The 4th Annual Evergreen Speedway Summer Showdown starts off with Budweiser Speedweeks, including the Summer Showdown Karting Challenge being held at TRAXX Indoor Raceway in Mukilteo on Wednesday June 24th from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. There will be a pizza party and no host bar. You can register by contacting Shonda at 360-805-6100 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday the 25th will be practice on the 5/8’s for Showdown teams only. Practice is free to those in the grandstands and will run from 4:00 to 8:30 PM. Northsound Racing will be broadcasting their show live from practice from 5:00 to 6:15 PM. If you can’t make it to practice, you can listen to Northsound Racing on FOXSPORTS 1380-KRKO Radio. There will be a BBQ after practice for the teams practicing that night.
Friday June 26th will start at 4:30 with qualifying for the Summer Showdown Super Late Models along with qualifying for the Les Schwab Street Stocks and Foster Press Mini Stocks. Opening ceremonies start at 7:00 PM, then we will start the 25 lap Super Late Model qualifying races, along with 30 lap main events for the Street Stocks and Mini Stocks.
Saturday will start with qualifying for the Northwest Pro 4 Alliance cars at 2:30. After that, there will be a Showdown drivers and spotters meeting at the flag stand. The Showdown Last Chance Qualifier race will go off at 4:00 PM for 50 laps. The 40 lap Main Event for the Northwest Pro 4 Alliance cars starts at 5:30. Opening ceremonies for the Summer Showdown will begin at 6:30 and the feature event, the 200 lap Summer Showdown will begin after that.
We are honored to have as our Grand Marshall for this epic event, Delisa “Mama” Lynch, known to Seattle Seahawk fans as the mother of Hawks running back Marshawn Lynch. “I’m so excited to be coming back to Evergeen Speedway this weekend” Mama Lynch said on Northsound Racing last Thursday. “I know that the fans are so excited to have an event like this occur in their backyard and I’m honored to be a part of it”
For tickets for this event, go to www.evergeenspeedway.com or call the speedway office at 360-805-6100. Make sure and bring your radio to the Speedway and tune to 101.9 FM for a unique way to get coverage of the event and live play by play along with pit reports.
Summer Showdown will be be a flat 25 Points for Friday Night Heat races for Evergreen Super Late Model track points. National NASCAR points will be awarded for the Showdown race on Saturday.
It was Driver Reunion night presented by Seattle Suntan at Evergreen Speedway last Saturday night along with an Evergreen Speedway Hall of Fame celebration attended by many surviving members of this prestigious group. There was also a Memorial presentation honoring the members of the 5 Hall of Famers that have passed on in the past year, including remembrances of Mick Tomlin, Don Perry, Gordy Stewart, Ron Daggett and Donnie Scriver.
Five classes took to the track on a bright, sunny Saturday afternoon. Qualifying started off the day, with Aaron Green setting fast time in the Northwest Pro 4 Trucks, Quenton Borreson in the Monroe Grocery Outlet Super Stock Figure 8’s, Mike Holden in the Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Model Series, and Trenton Moriarty qualified first in the 27 car field for the Outlaw Compact Super Series. Moriarty set the fast time on his first of two qualifying laps, and as he was coming out of turn two on his second lap, suspension issues halted his progress and was towed back to his pit stall. The Les Schwab Street Stock division set their heat race and main event line-ups based on points.
In the first main event of the night, the Northwest Pro 4 Trucks took to the 3/8’s oval, with eleven trucks making up the field. Rick Shaver took the early lead, and managed to keep it for the first 2/3rds of the race. Doug Wilkenson experienced issues on restarts, and it seemed like his truck couldn’t get out of its own shadow until it finally came to life all the while losing positions. When his truck finally got wound back up, he was flying. An incident later in the race brought out a caution, and leader Rick Shaver left the track. On the restart, Wilkenson had the same results, but his truck roared to life and on the white flag lap, he made a thrilling move out of turn 4 to get his first win of 2015 over Pete Brady and Aaron Green.
The Monroe Grocery Outlet Super Stock Figure 8’s were up next for their 25 lap main event. 10 cars took to the track in a relatively “tame” race. As expected, the “One Armed Bandit” continued on his way to his second consecutive championship in this division with a start at the back of the field and precision driving to the front for the win. Doug Delfel in a new car that he described on the Angel of the Winds victory stage as “Not so much fun to drive….yet” finished 2nd and Devin Jenkins took 3rd.
In the Les Schwab Street Stock’s, 18 cars showed up to battle it out on the 3/8’s. Current point’s leader Chad Fitzpatrick had a busy week, what with graduation from high school and all. After the thrilling victory he pulled off last Saturday, the 12 team were looking to make it 3 wins in a row, but while Chad was feeling fine, the car wasn’t. Chad got mired in traffic in the 30 lap main, and just couldn’t get the wick turned up resulting in a 6th place finish. Duane Schoesbeck returned to Evergreen Speedway to pick up the win going away, with Carl Davidson putting in his best effort of the season placing 2nd with Roger Drake following in 3rd.
The feature race of the night was the 50 lap “Mini Mania” race for the Outlaw Compact Series. It was awesome to see racers from the Wenatchee Valley Super Oval, Yakima Speedway and most of the regulars of the Foster Press Mini Stock division run this race. To add to the diversity of compact cars, several Northwest Pro 4 Trucks entered the race, including earlier main event winner Doug Wilkenson. As mentioned above, Trenton Moriarty, current points leader at Evergreen and undefeated in main events this season set fast time for this race. Evergreen regular Scott Burby burst to the lead and held it through several caution flags. Long time racer in the Outlaw Compacts Nat Barber, racing at his home track found himself hitting the inside wall coming into turn 3 halting the race while making sure that Barber was okay. The crowd gave Nat a nice round of applause upon hearing that Nat was unharmed. His race car however is a way different story. Another one of those flags involved the NWP4T of Wilkenson, hitting the front stretch wall hard, retiring him from the race. Trenton Moriarty shucked and jived his way through traffic to take the lead and win going away. Scott Burby held off a furious charge by NWP4T driver Jason Majors to finish 2nd and Majors took home the 3rd place trophy.
The Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Models made their final appearance at Evergreen Speedway until the 4th Annual Summer Showdown with a 75 lap main on the 3/8’s oval. 15 cars timed in earlier in the day. Rookie of the Year contender Luke Selliken, driving for Mike Barrett Motorports comes up from Portland Oregon to race with the best in the Northwest, started up front and was never seriously threatened on his way to his first victory in a Super Late Model. Luke had his restarts down to a science, holding off last year’s champion Mike Holden for 3-4 times. “I can’t believe what just happened” Selliken said from the Angel of the Winds Casino Hotel victory stage, “I was getting kind of tired towards the end, but it’s an amazing feeling to get a win on this class. Can’t wait for the Showdown!” Holden finished 2nd and Shane Sawin made his first podium finish this season with his 3rd place finish.
In a night filled with a lot of memories, both from the past and present, a highlight was the individual selected to give the command to start the engines for the Super Late Model main event. Mickey Beadle was the promoter/operator of Evergreen Speedway for 25+ years, and after being introduced commented on the outstanding effort put in by the staff of High Roads Promotions in resurrecting Evergreen Speedway to its former glory. Mickey and the Beadle family for years poured their heart and soul into one of the most unique race tracks in the country, and many in the grandstand and the returning racers from the past were happy to see the Beadles back at the track they had so much passion for.
Up next Saturday will be Walmart Community Night at the Races. Kids 10 and under get in free, and adults are only $10.00. We’ll have Figure 8 racing, the West Coast Vintage Modifieds return, the Interstate Battery Hornets and Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s will see action. The Foreign Stock Car Racing Association will celebrate 50 years of racing this Saturday at Evergreen Speedway. Check outwww.frcsasuper4s.net for more information on this historical event. Tony Deegan will be on this week’s edition of Northsound Racingthis Thursday from 5:00 to 6:30 PM to talk about the FSCRA. Tune in FOXSPORTS 1380 KRKO Radio, or listen online atwww.northsoundracing.com
The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience is back at Evergreen Speedway on June 19th and the morning of the 20th. More information on how you can drive a Super Late Model at Evergreen Speedway can be had on www.racewithrusty.com. They have great packages available, so check it out soon. You won’t be sorry you did.
Tickets still available for the Summer Showdown and Budweiser Speedweeks at the end of this month. Reserve your favorite seats onwww.evergeenspeedway.com, or call the office at 360-805-6100. This is a huge event with an incredible payout. Drivers from all across the country are loading up and heading to the Super Speedway of the West for this prestigious event.
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!