300 Minutes of Pumpkin Smashing Racing Mayhem! Coming Saturday Oct. 25 at Noon. Rain or Shine. Watch here for details. This event will be open to all 4cyl. Door Bar, Caged Hornets, Stingers, Road Runners, Bumble Bees from around the NW!
by BZ ZELLER
MONROE, WASH., — Momentum and Matt Hein are meshing. Fresh off his hometown win in Roseburg, Hein dominated the NSRA Speedfest Main Saturday night at Evergreen Speedway.
Hein began the program as the quick qualifier with a 19.191 lap turned in on the longest (5/8 mile) track on the tour. Later he went from back to front to win his respective Heat. And, after a pill draw placed him on the inside of Row 2 in the starting grid of the 30-Lap feature, he darted to the front on Lap 4 and led by more than a quarter mile during most of the race.
“We were definitely quick tonight,” Hein said. “Our car was super fast. The crew did a great job of giving me a fast car. It was a lot of fun out there.”
Johnny Giesler, Meridian, Idaho, started second in the Main, led the first four circuits and finished runner-up to Hein. Ryan Burdett, West Jordan, Utah, had the Speedfest pole and finished third ahead of Beck and Ron Larson respectively.
While Hein’s fortunes flourished, other top entrants experienced heartaches.
Season points leader Sierra Jackson, Middleton, Idaho, had mechanical issues following the practice sessions, in which her 25J was the fastest on the oval. Jackson was only able to record one lap time of qualifying and then struggled with the car after every subsequent Main green flag.
“We had a nozzle break during qualifying and blew a spark plug during the Heat,” Jackson said. “Then during the Main the car was just crap.”
Jackson, the former tour champion, entered Monroe with the season points lead, but now trails Hein by nine points as the tour heads to Canada in two weeks. She finished ninth in the Main, but did win her Heat.
The nationally ranked Jackson wasn’t the only victim of mechanical failure Saturday. During a practice session, reigning NSRA champ, Andy Alberding blew the motor in the 76 car, ending his bid to compete at one of his favorite tracks before it started.
“We won’t know until we take it apart what exactly broke,” Alberding said. It could be a rod, but regardless, whatever broke was supposed to. We were unsure about racing in Canada, now it looks like we really might not make it.”
There were 14 entrants at Monroe, with only eight running in the Main when Hein captured the checkered flag. Monroe’s own John Tharp and Jake Mann both experienced engine issues as did Greg Middendorf, Snohomish. Richie Larson, Prince George, BC. also didn’t start the Main.
Matt Mansell, Victoria, British Columbia, drew the only yellow flags of the race. He spun his No. 14 car on Lap 11 and then tagged the rear of Robert Beck, Redmond, on the backshoot of Lap 26 and sent himself into a night-ending spin.
Giesler ranks third in points ahead of Burdett who leapfrogged Alberding in the standings. Bryan Warf, who was in the top five, didn’t compete at Monroe.
Main: 1. Matt Hein; 2. Johnny Giesler; 3. Ryan Burdett, 4. Robert Beck; 5. Ron Larson; 6. Billy Kennelly, 7. Todd Coleman; 8. Sierra Jackson; 9. Greg Middendorf; 10. Matt Mansell; 11. Jake Mann.
Heat 1: Jackson; Kennelly, Ron Larson; Giesler; Mann; Richie Larson
Heat 2: Hein; Coleman; Mansell; Beck; Middendorf; Burdett; Tharp
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ADULTS 16+: $20.00 / Reserved Sections E&D $25.00
YOUTH 6-15: $10.00 / Reserved Sections E&D $25.00
5 & Under FREE
Active Military and Reserves w/ ID – FREE
Grandstand Access opens at 3pm – Events Start at 6pm – Fireworks at the end of all events when dark.
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THIS POLICY IS IN EFFECT FOR ALL MOTORSPORT EVENTS.
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- ONE SOFT SIDE BAG OR COOLER NO LARGER THAN 14 x 14 x 14 inches.
- To ensure these items fit underneath grandstand seats and do not block walkways, coolers with
telescoping handles and wheels will not be permitted.
- One lightweight backpack. Bag can be similar to a daypack carried by school students, approximately
17inches in length.
- Fans can bring in one cooler and one backpack.
- Binoculars, scanners, headsets, cameras, not in a bag, worn separately over the neck or on the belt and
seat cushions carried separately are also allowed.
- All items brought through the grandstand gate will be inspected.
- The following may not enter the admission gates:
NO FIREARMS, NO OUTSIDE FIREWORKS or GLASS or ALCOHOL.
Hard sided coolers, thermos and insulated cups of any size.
No umbrellas that obstruct fan view.
Any bags, backpacks, or containers larger than the allowed size.
None of the above restricted items may be left in or around the admissions gate area.
The above are subject to change without notice.
- To expedite entrance into the facility, guests are encouraged to arrive at the gates as early as possible.
Available to those 21 & Older with ID & Wristband
Main Concessions, Kettle Corn, Slushies Zone, Ice Cream U Scream, Taco Fiesta & BBQ Stands Available.
Hot Dogs, Burgers, Chicken Strips, Nachos, Chili.
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Oct 20th INTERSTATE BATTERIES – PUMPKIN SMASH 3 HOUR ENDURO 4 Cyl. Coupes or Sedans.
Your Home Track Hornet Rules apply! Come race!!
Must Mount at least a 30″ Pumpkin to your Front Bumper!
Drivers must be at least 14 years of age! Course includes the pits-5/8-3/8 and 1/5 mile!!
PAYOUTS —1000 500 400 300 250 200 175 150 125 100
Early Registration until Oct. 15th –*$30.00 Car – Pit Pass not included
**$60.00 after 10/17/2012 $30.00 Pit Passes $20 Transponder Rental
Cash and Trophy for the BEST appearing Car!
$100.00 BONUS to the highest finishing driver with the most PUMPKIN still intact at the end of the race!
Prizes for the Best Fan Halloween Costume Contest! Kids Carved or Colored Pumpkin contest!
$10 Admission for ages 12 and over or $5.00 and 3 cans of non perishable FOOD for our Fall Food Drive!
FANS GET TO SMASH THE PUMPKINS FOR OUR WILD NEARLY 1 MILE RACE COURSE!!! Rain or Shine event. Racing at HIGH NOON!!!
Back Gate Opens at 10am
Late Model Drivers register below!
Purse is as follows:
- 300 back
For actions on August 25th, 2012 during the Figure Eight Nationals fines, suspensions and disciplinary actions have been taken. These actions are clearly defined to the teams involved.
The Snohomish County Sherriff’s office investigation of this matter has not been released to us.
Evergreen Speedway takes great pride in its fan friendly environment. We are also very conscientious of our responsibility to driver safety. The actions displayed during the Figure Eight Nationals have also instituted a change for our fire and safety crews. Safety is our number one concern and will be addressed in this weeks pit meetings.