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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Does the $75 Registration cover HIN admission?
Yes, it does. ***Limit 60 Participants*** — Register Below
Can you register and participate day of the event at the gate?
This event is limited to the first 60 participants. Pre-Register to guarantee your spot. Registration/Entry is $75
Are there Pit Passes? Cost? Do they cover HIN admission?
$25 for Tickets/Pit Passes at the gate. Tickets are All-Access. Purchase online here: https://hin.webconnex.com/monroetickets2015
Where can I find info about the whole Hot Import Night’s event?
Visit Hot Import Night’s — Hot Import Daze event page HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/466254683513962/
Where do we enter the track?
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.
Fan/Sponsor Pit Passes are available at the Frontgate at 5pm. They are not sold at the Backgate. People with this pass are not allowed to work on a car or be a spotter for a car. If you are seen doing either of these you will have your pass removed and asked to leave. They are $30.
Youth Pit Passes are available at both the Frontgate and the Backgate for kids 13 and under. They require a parental waiver that must be signed in person or on a Notarized Copy. These cost $20.
These are trial programs and will not be available at select races. These additions have been well received by many of our fans, sponsors, and drivers. Please follow these guidelines and keep children in safe areas so we can continue these programs going forward.
The points will be 25 flat points for both classes. Each class will run under their normal rules. If you choose to run 10 inch tires you will be scored as an Outlaw F8 for the night. There will be 1st 2nd and 3rd from each class represented on the podium.
Five classes of race cars took to the track Saturday night at Evergreen Speedway, including an
exciting demonstration by the Evergreen Drift cars that filled the air with tire smoke and a bunch
of new fans in the grandstands.
Up first in the Interstate Batteries Hornet division, Scott Hunt in his #22 car wrestled the lead
away from a hard charging Cody Hoopes on lap 15 and hung on for the victory. Hoopes finished
2nd with Mike Ridley in the 3rd spot.
The Outlaw Figure 8’s had a dry track to race on in preparation for their upcoming 60 Minutes
of FEAR show next Saturday, and it was the fence climbing Cowboy John Carlson dominating
the event with a wire to wire 30 lap main event win. Nick Gunderson finished 2nd with last
season’s champion Mike Steltz taking 3rd. In a classy move, the driver of the 74 car Chris Curtis
made his way up to the stage to personally thank all his competitors for their help in repairing
his car’s earlier crash damage.
Evergreen Drift made quite an impression on the fans. When the smoke cleared, last season’s
champion Cameron Moore wowed the crowd with the win. Matt Van Kirk finished 2nd and Cole
Werner finished 3rd. They then brought their cars up to the grandstand and happily answered
questions and proudly showed off their amazing cars.
The WESCO Sprints were on hand for their first appearance at Evergreen Speedway. The main
event was a 30 lap feature with the #4 car of Mike Midendorf laying waste to the field with a
margin of victory totaling 9 seconds over 2nd place finisher Doug McLees. Cameron Neissenger
The Les Schwab NASCAR Street Stocks finished off the night with last season champion Roger
Drake getting a close win over a hard charging Kenny Erickson. Drake took the lead on lap 10,
and had a mirror full of Erickson’s white #22 Camaro for the rest of the race. The soon to be
graduating from high school Chad Fitzpatrick brought his #12 car to the finish in 3rd place.
Up next at Evergreen Speedway will be the iconic 60 Minutes of FEAR on May 2nd. This race is
one of the favorites for not only the fans in the grandstands, but the participants as well. The 60
Minutes of FEAR always brings out the best of the best, with both the Outlaw Figure 8’s and
Monroe Grocery Outlet Super Stock Figure 8’s filling out the field. Tickets can be purchased on
line at www.evergreenspeedway.com.