This Saturday and Sunday May 25 & 26, Evergreen Speedway host its annual two day extravaganza. The weekend starts on Saturday May 25 with one of the biggest Super Late Model events of the season with the Mark Galloway 150 Shootout presented by Central Welding Supply. The $6000 to win 150-laps on the BIG 5/8-mile oval has drawn a serious contention of Northwest drivers with over 30 pre-registered. Plus the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks, Interstate Batteries Hornets and traveling NW Vintage Modifieds will be on the 3/8-mile oval. Day two of the weekend is Sunday May 26 and the first annual Sean Peters Memorial featuring the Emerald City Harley-Davidson Super/Stock Figure Eights, Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8′s, V-8 Extremes, Truck Demolition Derby and all capped off with another famous Evergreen Speedway Fireworks Display. Saturday’s events get started at 5pm to accommodate all the action and Sunday’s start time is 6pm.
The biggest names in NW Super Late Model Racing are set for the 150-lap big money race on the BIG Track. The Mark Galloway 150 Shootout on Saturday May 25, is one of the three big races this season at Evergreen for Super Late Model cars. Many of these drivers are using this race as a tune up for the Summer Showdown on June 27-29. Tuning up is one thing, but with a chance at winning 6-grand is another. This is a race to not miss.
Sunday May 26 is a big day for all figure eight racers as they have the opportunity to pay tribute to one of their own Sean Peters. Young Sean lost his life during the off season in a tragic traffic accident. Sean who raced in both the Super Figure Eight and Stinger 8 Divisions. Sean is the son of many time figure eight champion Steve Peters. In addition the event is one week prior to the all new big money race the 88-Minutes of FEAR for the Super Figure Eights. Many drivers will be on hand for this very special night. Throw in the Derby for Trucks and Fireworks and this becomes another not miss event.
Again start times are 5pm on Saturday May 25 and 6pm on Sunday May 26. For tickets, RV spots and or more information go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6117.
The 30+-drivers that have committed to attend the Mark Galloway 150 Shootout presented by Central Welding Supply at Evergreen Speedway is remarkable. The best of the best are setting their sights on the $6000 to win with $600 for starting the 150-lap shootout on the BIG 5/8-mile oval on Saturday, May 25. Racing will commence at 6pm with spectator gates opening at 4pm. There is a Friday, May 24 evening practice for the Galloway 150 Shootout Super Late Models from 5pm until 9pm.
When race fans are asked, “Who are the greatest Northwest drivers of all time,” these drivers, that are entered for the Galloway 150 Shootout, are always included: Garrett Evans, Ron Eaton, Pete Harding and Gary Lewis.
When the question is asked, “Who are the greatest to ever run a Super Late Model at Evergreen Speedway,” these names are included: Tom Moriarity (6-Time Champion), Naima Lang (4-Time Champion), John Zaretzke (3-Time Champion) and John Bender (1-Time Champion).
Then when asked,” Who could win a Super Late Model race on the BIG Track at Evergreen Speedway,” these names come to mind: Jason Fraser, Kelly Mann, Shane Mitchell, Mark Sundberg, Daniel Moore, Jeff Knight, Tyler Tanner, Rod Schultz Sr. and Rod Schultz Jr.
Throw in these up and coming drivers: Andy Sole, Doni Wanat, Garrett Archer, Molly Helmuth, Jessica Dana, Shane Sawin, Doug Davidson, Scott LaCross, John Boyatt, Alex Kerslake, Tommy Rasmussen, Frank Cowgill, Brian Cottrell, John Lathrop Jr., Michael Knutson and Jon Hubbert.
Add in few other drivers and the list is as formidable as it gets for the 150-lap Super Late Model feature on the BIG track, the 5/8-mile oval, the biggest in the Northwest.
In addition the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks, traveling Vintage Modifieds and Interstate Batteries Hornets on the 3/8-mile oval are a part of the first day of the Double Header Holiday Weekend at Evergreen Speedway May 25 & 26.
On Sunday the 26th it is the Sean Peters Memorial featuring a Truck Demolition Derby, Emerald City Harley-Davidson Super/Stock Figure Eights, Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8′s, V-8 Extremes and a Gigantic Holiday Fireworks Display with racing both days at 6pm.
For tickets, RV spots and or more information call 360-805-6117 or got to www.evergreenspeedway.com.
Six time Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Model Champion, Tom Moriarity has returned to Evergreen Speedway as if he was never gone. Winning the Foss Towing 75-lap feature on Saturday May 11, Moriarity, let his fellow competitors know he is ready to contend for another title. The Emerald City Harley-Davidson Super/Stock Figure Eights were in action and Ricky Dietz won the 50-lap main. Zach Bristol won his first ever Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8 main. In the main for the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stock Division, Jason McQuinn was victorious. The Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stock Division main winner was Chad Benjamin. Another great crowd enjoyed the unseasonably warm weather and hot racing.
Moriarity won the Super Late Model feature in strong fashion. Pulling out to a 4-second lead after each restart. Moriarity carrying the US Navy insignia on his hood stated at the post race interview, “I am back!” The best action was for second the entire race. Second place finisher Daniel Moore held off multiple attempts by two drivers trying take his spot away. The first was Naima Lang. Lang tried to pass high and low but just could not get the second spot. Lang eventually spun on the back stretch making significant contact with the inside retaining wall ending his night. Then it was Doni Wanat’s turn. Wanat did what Lang had tried, to no avail. Wanat settled for third. Doug Davidson and John Boyatt rounded out the top five. Next up for the Super Late Models is the makeup of the postponed Mark Galloway 150 Shootout on the BIG 5/8-mile oval on May 25. $6000 to win and $600 to start will draw all the regulars and many visitors with over 30-cars expected.
Super/Stock Figure Eight veteran Dietz drove a masterful race with no pressure from any of his competitors. This division’s second place battle was a heated one. Mike Steltz held the second spot most of the race until Nick Gunderson finally drove by. Gunderson finishing second, was gaining on Dietz, who was on cruise control, but laps ran out in the 50-lap main. Third went to Steltz ahead of Lance O’Grain and Seth Funden. Next up for the Figure Eight Division is the Sean Peters Memorial on May 26 followed the following week June 1, by the all new 88-minutes of FEAR. The 88-minutes of FEAR is drawing drivers from the East Coast to the West by the big purse.
A solid win went to Bristol in the Stinger 8 Division 30-lap main. It was Bristol’s first win in this division. He has coupled that with a win earlier this season in the Hornet Division. Jessica Gray survived the bumping and banging to finish second. Third went to Matt Somerville. Last week’s winner Joselyn LaFleur, had to go to a backup car after losing an engine in the primary during an earlier heat race, finished fourth. Fifth place went to Nicole Pollard. Next up for the Stinger 8 Division is the Sean Peters Memorial on May 26.
A hotly contested Street Stock main event had McQuinn winning for the first time this season. McQuinn who had been on the podium twice in the first three races of the season was jubilant with the win. Joe Kneeland fished a close second and Roger Drake an even closer third. Fourth place went to Duane Schoesbeck followed by Steve Ptacek. Next up for the Street Stock Division is the night of the Mark Galloway Memorial Shootout on May 25.
Mini-Stock visiting driver Benjamin, won the main event with a strong run. Benjamin was able to keep Gary Hanawalt a bay. Hanawalt had his hands full hanging onto second with third place finisher Joe Hobbs on his bumper. Jon Roberts who won the first three races this season and was going for four-in-a-row finished fourth. Fifth went to Devin Kessler, the son of the owner of the evenings sponsor Foss Towing . Next up for the Mini-Stock Division is on Saturday, June 8.
Up next at Evergreen Speedway is Pro/Am Drifting Saturday, May 18. The next circle track racing happens as day one of the two day double header on Memorial Day weekend. Saturday May 25th the Mark Galloway 150 Shootout with over 30 Super Late Models expected for the $6000 to win on the BIG 5/8-mile paved oval. In addition the Street Stocks, Vintage Modifieds and Hornets will be in action. On Sunday may 26th it will be the first annual Sean Peters Memorial. The special night will include a Truck Demolition Derby, Super/Stock Figure Eights, Stinger 8′s, V-8 Extremes and a giant holiday Fireworks Display. Both nights get underway at 6pm. For tickets and or information go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6117.
On Saturday May 11, at Evergreen Speedway it is Foss Towing Night at the Races. The night will feature the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models on the 3/8-mile oval for 75-laps. Plus the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks, Emerald City Harley-Davidson Super/Stock Figure Eights, Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks and Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8′s. Racing begins at 6pm and spectator Gates open at 4pm. Dry weather is forecasted for the second race of the season for the Super Late Model 75.
Super Late Model 2012 champion Naima Lang will be going for two-in-a-row to start the season and a possible fifth title. Six time SLM champion Tom Moriarity, will be vying for the win to back up his second place finish on opening night last Saturday. Eighteen SLM’s started last week’s 100 on the 3/8-mile and that many or more are expected again this Saturday.
Roger Drake won the first three races this season in the Street Stock Division. Drake will try to make it four-in-a-row this Saturday. The previous wins were on a wet track. The forecast is for dry weather this Saturday and Drake has emphasized he prefers a dry track. Darrel Lutovsky second in points also says he prefers a dry track. Jason McQuinn third in the points chase has made it to the podium two of the three races so far this season.
In the Super/Stock Figure Eight Division rookie Lance O’Grain is in the points lead for the 2013 championship. O’Grain is driving last season’s championship car formerly driven by Jake Repin. Repin is taking the year off from racing. Ricky Dietz and Mike Steltz are tied for second only five points back of the leader.
Another driver looking to make it four-in-a-row is Jon Roberts in the Mini-Stock Division. Roberts the 2012 division champion has started his season off with a bang. Travis Woodward is in second with Devin Kessler close behind in third.
Always an extremely competitive division the Stinger 8′s point leader is Todd Stilwell, Second place heading into Saturday’s racing is Matt Somerville and one of the four women racers in this division Nicole Pollard is third.
May 11, racing at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA gets underway at 6pm. For tickets and or information call 360-805-6117 or go to the speedway’s web page at www.evergreenspeedway.com. A reminder that the Coors Light Summer Showdown is getting closer. June 27-29 the biggest race in the NW for Super Late Models with tickets on sale and driver registration both available on line at the web page listed above.
On Saturday night May 4, Naima Lang started his run for a fifth title in the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Model Division here at Evergreen Speedway, in Victory Lane. Seth Funden was dominant, winning the Emerald City Harley-Davidson Super Figure Eight main. The Buzz Inn Steakhouse main was won by Joselyn LaFleur. Interstate Batteries Hornet Division racer Mark Hubbard won the road course main. The warmest day of the year brought out a great crowd for the Genie presents Military Appreciation Night at the Races.
Lang looked, early in the 100-lap Super Late Model main, like he was going to drive away with another SLM Division opening night main. Rookie contender Garrett Archer (16 years old) caught Lang and passed easily on the outside. On every restart Archer was able to pull away from Lang and by lap 97 had over a 1.5 second lead. A caution flew on lap 98. The restart had Archer choosing the inside lane and Lang on the outside. As the two came to the green flag young Archer missed a shift and the lead went to Lang. Archer then spun as he got to turn one and his night was done. If Archer had hung on for the win he would have been the youngest to ever win a Super Late Model feature in the 58 year history of Evergreen Speedway. Another yellow flew for the Archer spin. On the ensuing restart Lang was inside and Tom Moriarity was outside. Moriarity gave all he had but came up a few feet short. Moriarity finished second with John Bender third. Fourth went to Brian Cottrell and fifth was Jeff Knight, who had recovered from an earlier spin. Twenty cars were there to start the day and eighteen made it to the main.
Funden took the lead at the beginning of the 50-lap main for the Super Figure Eights. Funden was never challenged other than a few close calls at the intersection of the figure eight track. John Carlson finished second and rookie Lance O’Grain third. Pat Clark finished fourth ahead of Nick Gunderson.
The Stinger 8 Division had LaFleur winning in convincing fashion by grabbing the early lead and stretching that lead to almost a half lap. Todd Stilwell took a long time to get out of traffic to start his pursuit of LaFleur. Cutting into the lead considerably , Stilwell ran out of laps to finish second in the 30-lap main. John Hilburn and Nicole Pollard finished third and fourth respectively and fifth went to Matt Somerville.
Hornet Division winner Mark Hubbard used his many years of experience at Evergreen to his advantage winning the 20-lap Road Course main by a sizeable margin. Cyril Greenawalt brought his ‘Lightning McQueen’ paint schemed car home in second. Point leader Jaime Corbett finished third. The fourth and fifth positions went to Rick Hubbard and Scott Hunt.
Next Up at Evergreen Speedway on Saturday May 11, is Foss Towing Night at the Races with the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Model 75 on the 3/8-mile oval. In addition the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks and Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks will each be on the 3/8-mile. The figure eight track will have the Emerald City Harley-Davidson Super/Stock Figure Eights and the Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8 Divisions challenging the dreaded X. Racing will begin at 6pm with spectator gates opening at 4pm.
For more information or tickets go to the web at www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6117. Remember the Coors Light Summer Showdown is on June 27-29. Tickets are on sale via the web or telephone and driver registration is available on-line.
At Evergreen Speedway on Saturday, May 4 it is Genie Industries Military Appreciation Night. All Active/Reserve Military and their immediate family will be admitted FREE. The Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models will make their season debut on the 3/8-mile paved oval. In addition the Emerald City Harley-Davidson NASCAR Super/Stock Figure Eights, Buzz Inn Steakhouse NASCAR Stinger 8′s and the Interstate Batteries NASCAR Hornets will be in action. Racing starts at 6pm and front gates open at 4pm. With the warmest temperatures of the year predicted, a large turnout of cars and fans are expected.
The 2013 season kicks off for the Super Late Model Division with over twenty cars confirmed. It is turning into a ‘Night of Champions’ with defending champion Naima Lang back to contend for a fifth title. Other past champions running are: Tom Moriarity, John Bender, Shane Harding and potentially John Zaretzke answering for the past 15 years of championship crowns.
Others expected to vie for the season title are Andy Sole, Doni Wanat, Jeff Knight, Daniel Moore, Doug Davidson, Shane Sawin and last season’s Rookie-of-the-Year Molly Helmuth.
In honor of our nation’s military Jeff Knight will be running the National Guard Logo on his car, Scott LaCross (who is back after a late model hiatus. In the interim he won the 2011 Mini-Stock Championship) will run the Army logo, Tom Moriarity the Navy, John Boyatt the Air Force, John Bender the Coast Guard and Doni Wanat the Marines.
Besides LaCross’ the return to SLM racing Marty Ferguson will be back after a long absence. Throw in Rookie-of-the-Year contenders Garrett Archer and Frank Cowgill (2012 Street Stock Champion),the season looks to be extremely strong for the Super Late Model Division.
Super Figure Eights are back after two weeks off. Steve Peters, Seth Funden, Don Eslick, Ryan Gunderson are among the many that are in the running for the championship. Last season’s champ Jake Repin is sitting out the season and gave his ride to former Stinger 8 Champion, Lance O’Grain. This division is always extremely competitive and keeps the fans on the edge of their seats.
The Stinger 8 Division has four females competing on a regular basis and all four finished the 2012 season in the top ten in points. They are Nicole Pollard, Jessica Gray, Melissa Repin and Joselyn LaFleur. Current point leader for the 2013 championship is Todd Stilwell with Matt Somerville and Bryant Carlson following close behind. These four-cylinder cars keep the world’s most dangerous intersection, the X of the figure eight, a busy place.
Hornet Division point leader Jaime Corbett (2010 Champion) has yet to win in the early going of the 2013 season. On the podium in 2 of the first 3 races this season, Corbett is anxious to get back on the road course. Hornets this season, who traditionally run on the road course, have had two of their races this season on the 3/8-mile oval. Cyril Greenawalt and Scott Hunt hold the next two positions respectively on the points list. Over 40 cars are expected and with the great weather even more could show.
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The 2nd annual Coors Light Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway on June 27th-29th is the largest three day racing event in the Pacific Northwest. This mid-summer classic will once again bring the best Super Late Model racers to the largest track in the Northwest. Over 42 teams from several Western States and Canada came to Evergreen in 2012 for the inaugural event. This year’s event will be bigger and better based on early car counts. Champion Drivers throughout the West are vying for their chance to become this year’s Summer Showdown winner.
The winner’s share of the Summer Showdown purse rises to $12,000.00 with $1,000.00 for starting the 34-car 200-lap event. The total purse for the three days of racing is over $80,000.00. This year’s action includes the Summer Showdown 200 for Super Late Models, Les Schwab Tires Street Stocks, Foster Press Mini-Stocks, and the traveling Pro Four Alliance Series.
The FREE Coors Light Fan Fest on Thursday evening kicks off the three day extravaganza. The day begins with Summer Showdown practice session for the Super Late Models only from 5pm-8pm. The Fans will be able to enjoy free admission with live music, great food and drink and an autograph session. New to this year’s Fan Fest will be a FREE Chili Feed and BBQ for the drivers and crew members. At the conclusion of the practice there will be a drawing for qualifying order by the contestants in the Summer Showdown 200. Each racer will come on stage and draw a can of Coors Light that will have a number on the bottom. That number will be the order in which they qualify. Interviews with these drivers will also be a part of this new festivity.
Friday June 28th gets started early with qualifying at 4pm for the Les Schwab Street Stocks, Foster Press Mini-Stocks and the Super Late Models for the Summer Showdown 200. Racing begins at 6:30pm with the Mini-Stock and Street Stock mains on the 5/8. They will be followed by the 25-lap qualifying heats for the Super Late Models of the Summer Showdown.
Saturday June 29th starts early with practice sessions for the Last Chance Qualifying race for the Summer Showdown, Pro 4 Alliance Series and the Summer Showdown qualified cars. The racing begins early with a 50-lap Last Chance Qualifier. The Pro 4 Alliance then takes to the 5/8-mile oval as the prelude to the Summer Showdown. At 7:00pm the Coors Light Summer Showdown goes green. 200-laps later we will crown this year’s Summer Showdown winner, $12,000.00 richer!
Rules for the Summer Showdown are posted on the Evergreen Speedway web site at www.evergreenspeedway.com. Registration is available on the web site. Car Numbers, Pit Stalls, Tire Purchase and Pill Draw Order will all be by the registration received date.
Evergreen Speedway has made a few changes for this year’s Summer Showdown. From infield redesign, counting caution laps, elimination of the cone restarts, use of the lucky dog for lapped down cars.
New equipment purchases to ensure quicker cleanup include a new twin turbine blower, on site broom truck, new safety vehicles, plus new sweep-safety staff. Additional tow trucks, Fire and EMS staff and improved fire response equipment have been added this season.
On the customer service side, Evergreen Speedway is now the concessionaire for the first time ever in the 58 year history.
On Monday June 24, the World Famous Richard Petty Driving Experience returns for the second year. RPDE will be on track Monday June 24th for Media Day. Tuesday through Thursday will be times for fans to DRIVE OR RIDE in a NASCAR Cup Car. To sign up for either go to www.drivepetty.com. These sessions are limited and sell out fast, so sign up early to get a session that fits your schedule.
Summer Showdown tickets are on sale now via the web site and or by calling 360-805-6117.
On Saturday April 27 it was Interstate Batteries Night at Evergreen Speedway. The night featured the return to the BIG track for the ASA NSRA Winged Sprint Cars. Andy Alberding won the feature. The WMRA/USAC Series was also on hand and Tony Seidelman won the main on the 3/8-mile oval. Three local divisions were in action on the 3/8-mile. Jon Roberts won his third main in as many races in the Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stock Division and Roger Drake did the same in the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stock Division. It was the annual Hornet Nationals for the Interstate Batteries Hornet Division with Scott Hunt winning the feature including the $500 winners share of the purse.
Alberding the defending champion of the traveling NSRA Series started the season off with a win on the BIG 5/8-mile oval. Early race leader and fast qualifier Jeff Montgomery looked like he would win until a mechanical problem ended his night early. Alberding then took the lead. On a restart at mid race Alberding and Sierra Jackson started side-by-side. Jackson tried to get by Alberding, with the two putting on a great battle, Jackson then started to slow and hung on to finish second just ahead of Johnny Geisler. Todd Coleman was fourth and Billy Kennelly fifth.
WMRA/USAC regular Seidelman won the main that was shortened due to rain. Evan Margeson, who was fast qualifier and winner of the heat race, finished a close second. Third went to Kris McKensie. Fourth was Ariel Biggs (was the winner of the USAC portion of the race). Whitney Nolan finished fifth.
The night started dry for the Street Stock Division but ended with the main event on another wet track. Three races in row this division has raced in the rain and all three were won by Drake. Again during the post race interview Drake stated that he likes a dry track best. Darrel Lutovsky finished second with Jason McQuinn third. Steve Ptacek and Jim Foti rounded out the top five.
As with the Street Stock Division the Mini-Stocks also were on a wet surface for the third time in as many races this season. Roberts who is defending his 2012 season championship won for the third time. Mike Hessler tried valiantly to get by Roberts but had to settle for second. Third went to Eric Whitaker, with fourth to Sheridan Horn-Vincent and fifth was Scott Burby.
Winning his first ever stock car race Hunt was the winner of the Hornet Nationals event on the 3/8-mile oval. Hunt lost the lead for a bit only to regain it from Nick Williams at the end. Williams finished second. Third was Jaime Corbett, fourth went to Mike Ridley and fifth was Cyril Greenawalt. The top ten in this division received cash.
Next Up: On Saturday May 4, it is Genie Industries Military Appreciation Night. All Active/Reserve Military and their Immediate Family admitted FREE. The night will feature the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models for the 1st time this season on the 3/8-mile oval. In addition the Emerald City Harley Davidson Super/Stock Figure Eights and Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8′s are back in action. Throw in the Interstate Batteries Hornets back on the familiar road course and the night will be full of racing mayhem. The spectator gates open at 4pm and the racing starts at 6pm. For tickets and or more information go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100.
Evergreen Speedway on Saturday April 27 hosts the American Speed Association NSRA Winged Sprints on the BIG 5/8-mile oval as part of a full night of racing on Interstate Batteries Night at the Races. The NSRA Sprint Cars are the fastest cars ever at Evergreen Speedway with the all-time track record of :18.732 lap on the BIG track. In addition the WMRA/USAC Midgets along with the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks, Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks and the Interstate Batteries Hornet Nationals all on the 3/8-mile oval. The Hornets will have a purse for the top ten with the winners share being $500.00. A large car count in all divisions is expected. Racing begins at 6pm and spectators gates open at 4pm. Come out early and enjoy the all new Speedway Concessions provided by High Road Promotions.
The winged sprint cars are back on the BIG track and that has drawn over 20 of the best-of-the-best pavement open wheel racers. Three time series champion Andy Alberding of Roseburg, OR, Sierra Jackson the 2011 series champion from Meridian, ID, ‘Quick’ Rick Brown of Springfield, OR and Canada’s Jeff Montgomery are just of the few from the Northwest. Local contenders that need to be watched are Monroe’s Robert Beck and Lynnwood’s Todd Coleman. The question always is will the all-time tack record be set again. The fastest ever was set in 2003 by Trevor Montgomery at :18.732. There have been some very close times set over the last nine years.
Always entertaining and fast on the 3/8-mile are the Washington Midget Racing Association USAC Midgets. These open wheel speed demons keep the fans on their feet as they slice their way around the banked oval.
Back in action after a week off is the Street Stock Division. Will Roger Drake win his third feature in as many races to start the 2013 campaign towards the season championship? Darrel Lutovsky has been on the podium in the two previous races is in second in the chase for the championship. Jason McQuinn is third. Last time out rookie contender 16-year old Chad Fitzpatrick finished third.
Jon Roberts is defending his 2012 Mini-Stock championship well with two wins in as many races for this division. Travis Woodward is second in points followed closely by former champion Chuck Richard.
With $500 going to the winner of the Hornet Nationals on the 3/8-mile, a large swarm of Hornets is expected. The top ten finishers will share in the $1250.00 purse. Some of the top drivers vying for the money will be Jaime Corbett, Mark Keith and Zach Bristol. Over 50 cars can be expected for this one.
A full night of racing on both the BIG 5/8-mile and the fast 3/8-mile ovals at Evergreen Speedway located at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. WA. Racing on Saturdays begins at 6pm. Go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100 for tickets and or information.
Evergreen Speedway on April 13 held its annual Comcast Business Class Fan Appreciation Night. The fans that attended the rain or shine event were treated to great racing while staying dry under the covered grandstands. There were great prizes given out during the night including the grand prize a package for four to the Summer Showdown June 27-29. The racing albeit on a wet surface was great with Roger Drake winning the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stock main. Jon Roberts won the Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stock main. In the two Figure Eight mains Ricky Dietz won the Emerald City Harley Davidson Super Figure Eight main and Joselyn LaFleur won the Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8 feature. The traveling Northwest Pro 4 Truck Series opened their season with Aaron Greene winning the main.
Drake won for the second time in as many weeks in the Street Stock division and both were on a wet track. During the post race interview Drake said, “I like it better when it’s dry”, which makes one wonder what will happen when the weather cooperates and provides dry track racing. Second place went to Darrel Lutovsky who made multiple attempts to pass Drake but the wet surface on the outside grove held him up. The finish of the night went to young 16 year old rookie Chad Fitzpatrick. Starting towards the back Fitzpatrick got to third then half way through the 30-lap main spun on the front stretch and again came from the back to finish third. In only his second race ever in the Street Stock Division Fitzpatrick received the accolades of the fans and his fellow racers.
Mini-Stock defending champion Jon Roberts won his second main of the young season. This time it was not by as big a margin as the first. Chuck Richard stayed on his bumper through most of the 30-lap feature event. Richard fell off toward the end when he ran into brake problems. Richard did finish second ahead of Ryan Rasmussen.
Taking the lead on the opening lap and never being challenged Ricky ‘The Kid’ Dietz won the Super Figure Eight 30-lap main. Mike ‘The Outlaw’ Steltz finished a distant second. An emotional Steve Peters finished third in his first race back after the death of his son Sean.
At one point in the Stinger 8 main it looked like it would be an all women podium finish. LaFleur was the winner after a strong run. Todd Stilwell spoiled the all women top three by finishing second ahead third place finisher Nicole Pollard.
The traveling Pro 4 Trucks don’t normally run in the rain but decided they would when the rain stopped and the track was partially dry. Aaron Greene who also races with WWRA at Evergreen and is used to the rain won with bold passes on the very outside groove. Second place went to Richard Shaver a former figure eight racer at Evergreen and used to wet surfaces. Third went to another local driver Mat Greene.
Next Up at Evergreen Speedway: The next Circle track racing will be on Saturday April 2, Interstate Batteries Night at the Races. The feature will be the return to the Monster 5/8-mile oval for the American Speed Association NSRA Winged Sprint Cars. The night will also feature the Washington Midgets Racing Association/USAC, Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks, Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks plus the Interstate Batteries Hornets Nationals all on the 3/8-mile oval. Racing commences at 6pm with spectator gates opening at 4pm. On Saturday April 20 the fastest growing form of motorsports Drifting takes over with Grassroots and Pro-Am Drifting under the lights.
For information and or tickets go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100 Tuesday – Saturday.
Evergreen Speedway April 13 Official Results:
Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks (30-laps 3/8-mile oval): 1-Roger Drake; 2-Darrell Lutovsky; 3-Chad Fitzpatrick; 4-Jason McQuinn; 5-Jim Foti; 6-Steve Ptacek; 7-Joe Kneeland; 8-Donny Engh; 9-Zach Bristol
Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks (30-lap 3/8-mile oval): 1-Jon Roberts; 2-Chuck Richard; 3-Ryan Rasmussen; 4- Andrew Schukar; 5-Travis Woodward; 6-Devin Kessler; 7-Mike Marthaller Jr.; 8-Douglas Hinds; 9-Sheridan Horn-Vincent; 10-Eric Whittaker; 11-Bobby DeYoung; 12-Brad Thomas
Emerald City Harley Davidson NASCAR Super & Stock Figure Eights (30-laps)(* denotes Stock Figure Eight): 1-Ricky Dietz; 2-Mike Steltz; 3-Steve Peters; 4-Lance O’Grain; 5-Doug Delfel*; 6-Chuck Widdis*
Buzz Inn Steakhouse NASCAR Stinger 8′s (25-laps): 1-Joselyn LaFleur; 2-Todd Stillwell; 3-Nicole Pollard; 4-Bryant Carlson; 5-Matt Somerville; 6-James Conley; 7-Melissa Repin; 8-Zach Bristol; 9-Ryan Barber; 10-Tyler Draper; 11-Jessica Gray
Northwest Pro 4 Truck Series (25-laps 3/8-mile oval): 1-Aaron Greene; 2-Richard Shaver; 3-Mat Greene; 4-Roger Maynard; 5-Mike Tipps