Thorn Sets Pace Heading Into Second Half Of Season
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 12, 2013) – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West has passed the midway point of its season as it visits the Pacific Northwest this week for the NAPA Auto Parts/Evergreen 150 presented by Toyota at Evergreen Speedway.
The event marks a traditional series stop at the historic track that is part of the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Wash. The venue has a long heritage that includes the label, “The Super Speedway of the West.”
Derek Thorn leads the championship standings by 12 points as the series heads into the final seven events of the 15-race schedule. The Lakeport, Calif., driver registered eight consecutive top-five finishes – including three wins – through the first eight races. Thorn, who pilots the No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach Ford for car owner Bob Bruncati, came away with a third-place finish last year in his first visit to Monroe.
Michael Self, also with three wins this year, trails Thorn in the standings – 346 to 334. The driver of the No. 21 RCR/Golden Gate Meat Co. Chevrolet from Park City, Utah, will be looking to add to his runner-up Monroe finish from a year ago.
Fifteen points back of the leader is Cameron Hayley, who opened the season by winning the inaugural UNOH Battle at the Beach non-points event at Daytona International Speedway and has been in contention for his first career series points win at multiple events through the first half of the season. The 17-year-old from Calgary, Alberta drives the No. 24 Cabinets By Hayley Ford for championship car owner Gene Price. Hayley finished 19th last year in his first visit to Monroe.
Hayley’s teammate at Gene Price Motorsports, Greg Pursley, is 36 points out of first place in the standings. Pursley, the 2011 series champion, finished sixth at Monroe last year in the No. 26 GPM/Star Nursery/Real Water Ford.
This year’s leading Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, Dylan Lupton, is 56 markers back of first in the overall standings. The Wilton, Calif., driver – who wheels the No. 9 Vadio/Lupton Excavating/Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil Ford – is a teammate to Thorn in the Bruncati camp.
The balance of the top 10 drivers in the standings feature Carl Harr of Edmonton, Alberta in the No. 2 WestWorld Computers Chevrolet; Taylor Cuzick of Tolleson, Ariz., in the No. 42 Freightliner of Arizona Chevrolet: Daryl Harr of Edmonton, Alberta in the No. 71 iWorld Connect Chevrolet; Dylan Hutchison of Fair Oaks, Calif., in the No. 5 Karl Kustom/Bay Bio Diesel Chevrolet; and 15-year-old series rookie Giles Thornton of Whitefish, Mont., in the No. 12 TTC Racing Chevrolet.
RACE: NAPA Auto Parts/Evergreen 150 presented by Toyota
PLACE: Evergreen Speedway, Monroe, Wash.
DATE: Saturday, Aug. 17
TIME: 6 p.m. PT
TV SCHEDULE: Fox Sports 1, Sept. 8, 9 a.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT: .646-mile oval
2012 WINNER: Eric Holmes
2012 POLESITTER: Greg Pursley
EVENT SCHEDULE: Saturday: Practice 12-12:45 p.m., 1:15–2 p.m., Qualifying 4:15 p.m.
EVENT HASHTAG: #NAPA150
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The Race: This event is the ninth of 15 events on the 2013 schedule for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
The Procedure: The starting field is 24 cars, including provisionals. The first 20 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps.
The Track: Evergreen Speedway is a semi-banked .646-mile paved oval with turns banked eight degrees and four degrees banking in the straights.
Records: Qualifying: Greg Pursley, July 10, 2011, 101.862 mph, 22.831 seconds; Race: Ray Elder, July 6, 1975, 80.071 mph, 1 hour 10 minutes 15 seconds.
History: Evergreen Speedway has hosted 52 NASCAR K&N Pro Series races, dating back to 1964.
MONROE RACE NOTES
Havens Returns To Series: Braeden Havens is returning to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Monroe. The Spokane, Wash., driver – who celebrates his 20th birthday on Tuesday – has a career-best finish of seventh in nine series starts.
Admiraal Back In Action: Kelly Admiraal, who scored a career best seventh-place finish in his last series start at Sonoma, is set to compete at Monroe. It will mark the fifth career series start for the 18-year-old Edmonton, Alberta driver who also races a limited schedule in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.
Tifft Heads West: The entry list for Monroe includes Matt Tifft of Hinkley, Ohio. The 17-year-old driver, who competes as a rookie in the K&N East this season, is also slated to run select K&N West races in the second half of the season.
Schoonover Series Debut: Joshua Schoonover of Carlsbad, Calif., plans to make his series debut at Monroe. The Southern California driver competed in a truck division at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway in 2011.
Milestones: Several drivers will be celebrating career marks at Evergreen Speedway. Carl Harr is set to make his 70th career start. Harr, driver of the No. 2 WestWorld Computers Chevrolet, competes in the series as part of a two-car team with his son, Daryl. The Edmonton, Alberta driver made his series debut on March 1, 2001 at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Derek Thorn is slated to make his 30th career start in the No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach Ford. The 27-year-old Lakeport, Calif., driver made his first series start at Phoenix International Raceway on Feb. 24, 2011. Also set to make his 30th series start is John Wood, driver of the No. 30 Cook’s Collision/Pegasus Towing Toyota. Wood of Eagle, Idaho made his series debut at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif., on May 24, 1997.
LAST TIME OUT: Iowa
Another Victory For Pursley: Greg Pursley was the top finishing K&N West driver, fourth overall, in the Pork Be Inspired 150 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on Aug. 2. It marked his second win this season and 15th career win, moving him into a four-way tie for 10th on the list of all-time career series victories. Also on the list with 15 wins are Austin Cameron, Parnelli Jones and Roy Smith.
Hayley Takes Fourth Pole: Cameron Hayley set the fast time in qualifying among K&N West drivers at Iowa, marking the fourth time this season for him to take home the 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Brewing Co.
Top West Rookie: Giles Thornton was the top finishing rookie among K&N West competitors at Iowa, becoming the sixth different freshman driver to garner the Sunoco Rookie of the Race Award in eight races this season.
On Saturday August 17 at Evergreen Speedway on the BIG track as part of the annual NAPA Auto Parts NASCAR K&N Pro Series West presented by Toyota visit will be the third of the major Super Late Model races this season. The Genie Can-Am 125 will have another huge purse and that in turn brings out the best drivers shooting for the $5000 to win and $500 for making the starting grid of 125-lap feature. That night the best that NASCAR has to offer on the West Coast is the K&N Pro Series West as drivers compete for 150-laps on the BIG track. Evergreen Speedway ‘the biggest and fastest short track west of the Mississippi’.
The third and final major Super Late Model race of the season is bringing drivers from as far away as Mooresville, N.C. with 19-year old Austin Reed pre-registered. Reed has many accomplishments in his very young career in the big Late Models. Currently running in the Southeast’s PAS series and still a strong runner nationwide in the Legend car. Also expected to be on hand to emphasize the youth movement happening in Super Late Model racing is 16-year old Garrett Archer who has had very strong showings on Evergreen’s 5/8-mile oval only to have victory snatched away at the end. Others that will be on hand that are 21 and under will be second generation ace Tyler Tanner who has yet to get a victory at his home track but has seen winners circle at neighboring South Sound Speedway this season. 16-year old Hannah Newhouse who has been successful in her early career as a Super Late Model racer will make her debut at Evergreen Speedway. Newhouse’s home track is Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, ID and currently runs on the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series where she is in the top five in points. Don’t count out two of Evergreen’s young hard charging lady drivers including Jessica Dana and Molly Helmuth both 18-years old and with a tremendous background in racing to get to where they are at as they move up in the pursuit of a racing career. Helmuth a regular at Evergreen is currently fifth in the season point standings. Another young driver that could be here is 16-year old Blake Williams who just won the Idaho 200 at Stateline Speedway. This second generation driver was at Evergreen, for the first time, at the Summer Showdown in June and was one of the fastest on the BIG track only to have mechanical problems end his quest for victory too early.
Then there are the drivers with more time and experience in these types of big money events. The winner of the Mark Galloway 150 Shootout the first major this season, Jason Fraser will be back to try and be the first to repeat as winner of the third major. Fraser holds the record qualifying lap for a Super Late Model. The other winner of a major this season was the big win of the $12000 Summer Showdown 200 by Jay Sauls. It was Sauls’ biggest win of his career. Sauls in winning the Summer Showdown used a technique not before used by running much higher on the track than anyone else did or has. It will be interesting if he does the same for the Can-Am 125 and if so will others mimic him. Also expected for the event on Saturday August 17 are Pete Harding winner of many events at Evergreen over the years including the inaugural Summer Showdown in 2012. Gary Lewis who has also mastered Evergreen’s BIG track to go along with his NASCAR, ARCA and ASA wins and championships. Kelly Mann considers Evergreen his home track even though he has won championships at South Sound and Yakima Speedways. Garrett Evans one of the most prolific winners of this style of racing over his storied career. If he shows Jonathan Gomez has proven he can win the big money event and is currently leading the chase for the 2013 CarbonX Rocky Mountain Series title.
Never count out the locals that know Evergreen’s BIG track as well as anyone. Current NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Model points leader and six time track champion Tom Moriarity will be vying for the winner’s check but also as the season is starting to wind down needs a strong finish to keep his slim lead for the 2013 track championship. On his tail is Daniel Moore just a mere 6-points out of the lead and his first championship. Moore like Moriarity know how to win on the BIG track. Then there is four time track champion Naima Lang who has more wins on the BIG track than anyone in the last five years. Others in the top ten in season points that could sneak away with a win are Doni Wanat, Scott LaCross, Shane Sawin a former champion in Late Models at South Sound Speedway and Jeff knight is expected to return with a newly rebuilt car.
These are just some of the many expected for the special night of racing that has the West Coast’s only premier division of NASCAR superstar racers and owners in town. With stars of tomorrow in NASCAR and the drivers that are aiming for that goal both the 150-lap K&N race and the 125-lap Genie race the ‘Super Speedway of the West’ will be crawling with talented racers like no other night.
The week called Speedweek gets started on Monday August 12 with Media Day for the media and sponsors only getting to go around the BIG track in NASCAR style cars via the Richard Petty Driving Experience. RPDE will remain in town for the next few days as fans can get their chance to go fast on the BIG track either as a ride along or behind the wheel themselves. Go to www.drivepetty.com/evergreen to sign up.
Friday Night August 16th, is the NAPA Auto Parts FREE Fan Fest from 5pm to 10pm. Following the NASCAR practice, fans can take pictures with the cars, get autographs and listen to great live music. The live music will be provided by Unloaded from 8-10pm.
Saturday August 17 it is race day with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West making their only visit to Evergreen this season in the NAPA Auto Parts Evergreen 150 presented by Toyota. In addition the third of the three major Super Late Model races in 2013 the Genie Can-Am 125. Superstars of today, tomorrow and years to come will be tested by Evergreen’s tough 5/8-mile oval. The track many consider too tough to tame.
For tickets and or reservation for your RV or camping call 360-805-6100 or go to www.evergreenspeedway.com. There are discounted RV/Camping spots for this event only, $25 for both Friday and Saturday nights. You can be right at the track all weekend.
On Saturday August 17 Evergreen Speedway ‘the biggest and fastest NASCAR short track west of the Mississippi’ will host the annual NAPA Auto Parts NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Evergreen 150 presented by Toyota and the Genie Can-AM 125 for NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models.
A record will be set when three women make the start of the Super Late Model Can-Am 125. Speedway regular 18-year old Molly Helmuth (Seattle, WA)will be joined by 18-year old Jessica Dana (Olympia, WA)who has run on Evergreen’s 5/8-mile oval in the past and for the first time at Evergreen 16-year old Hannah Newhouse (Twin Falls, ID)who is in the top five in season points on the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series. Each of the three has extensive backgrounds in many forms of racing and each aspires to move up in the NASCAR echelon of racing. With $5000 to win, a full 33+ car field for the 125-lap Super Late Model race is expected with drivers from Canada, and nationwide from as a far away as North Carolina with many already registered.
The 2013 edition of Speedweek kicks off Monday August 12th with Media Day and complimentary ride-a-longs with the Richard Petty Driving Experience for media and sponsors. Throughout the week, the RPDE teams will be holding classes and driving schools for fans throughout the West Coast and Canada. The cars driven are real NASCAR Cup Cars. Evergreen Speedway is the only Short Track in America to host the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Entering their second year at Evergreen Speedway, fans in the Pacific Northwest would normally have to travel to tracks in Las Vegas, Daytona, Talladega or Orlando to experience the thrill at 130+ mph! Fans who would like to participate in the Richard Petty ride-along or schools can sign up at http://www.drivepetty.com/race-tracks/evergreen-speedway
Friday Night August 16th, is the NAPA Auto Parts FREE Fan Fest from 5pm to 10pm. Following the NASCAR practice, fans can take pictures with the cars, get autographs and listen to great live music.
Saturday August 17th, the NASCAR Pro Series West tour makes their annual visit to Evergreen Speedway. The NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by Toyota is a Speed Channel event which showcases drivers throughout the Country who have their sights on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The second featured event on Saturday night is the Genie Can Am 125 featuring the greatest local, regional, national and Canadian Super Late Model drivers.
The speedway has made arrangements for RV/Camping spaces at the Fairgrounds for a discount. Friday and Saturday nights stay is only $25 prepaid.
Saturday August 17 the opening ceremonies are scheduled for 5:40pm with NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver introduction followed by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and the former lead guitarist of Heart Roger Fisher performing the National Anthem. Tickets and or RV/Camping reservations for this national event are available online at www.evergreenspeedway.com or by calling 360-805-6100.
Saturday night August 3rd will go in the records book, as Jeff Montgomery, in his ASA NSRA Winged Sprint Car went faster than anyone ever has on the 5/8-mile oval in the 58-year history of Evergreen Speedway. A blistering :18.595 lap eclipsed the old record that stood for ten years by his brother Trevor at :18.732. Matt Hein went on to win the 30-lap Rory Price Memorial presented by Pettit Oil feature. On the 3/8-mile oval Jason McQuinn won the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stock main and Evan Margeson won the 20-lap WMRA/USAC midget main. The Northwest Outlaw Figure Eight 50-lap main was won by Nick Gunderson in front of a good crowd enjoying the night in perfect weather. The night drew drivers from Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Canada.
Qualifying for the annual Rory price Memorial presented by Pettit Oil was an amazing show of speed. Trevor Montgomery was the fastest ever on Evergreen Speedway’s 5/8-mile oval for the past ten years until Saturday night. The first to go quicker than Trevor was Matt Mansell who turned in a record setting :18.721 lap only to have that short lived record broke. Jeff Montgomery came onto the track and on lap two of qualifying set the new record for the fastest ever at an amazing :18.595 equal to 121mph average with speed guns getting him close to 160mph on the front stretch.
The Rory Price Memorial 30-lap feature was won by Hein again. Hein the only driver to win it more than twice in its eight year history. The night looked like it was going to Matt Mansell when a caution came out on lap 17 and Mansell for unknown reasons went into the pits after building a 4 second lead. With Mansell in the pits the lead went to Robert Beck and second was Matt Hein with Jeff Montgomery third. Beck kept the lead until lap 29 when in traffic Hein was able to squeeze by for the lead and the win. Beck finished a disappointed second and Montgomery held onto the third position. Andy Alberding finished fourth ahead of Johnny Geisler.
Street Stocks were on the 3/8-mile oval and Jason McQuinn picked up his second win of the season. Second place went to Dave Lund and points leader Roger Drake finished third. Darrel Lutovsky finished fourth and Steve Ptacek fifth. The points for the championship got a bit closer for winner McQuinn who is chasing Drake for the 2013 title.
Margeson had a clean sweep in the WMRA/USAC Midgets division by being quickest qualifier, winning the trophy dash, heat race and main event. There was no one in the division that could even mount any kind of a challenge. Finishing a distant second was Kris McKensie. Third went to Aaron Willison and fourth to Billy Bell followed by Tony Seidelman.
The traveling NWOF8 winner Nick Gunderson let everyone know he was the class of the field on Saturday night. Leading the entire 50-laps Gunderson drove a masterful race as he avoided traffic at the X of the figure eight. Second went to Pat Clark who also did a great job as he had to fight with third place finisher John Carlson and fourth Place Don Eslick to get the podium position. Fifth place was Mike Steltz.
Next up at Evergreen Speedway is on Saturday night August 10th with the annual Foster Press Chamber and Mayors Cup Night at the Races. The feature division will be the Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks. In addition two traveling groups will be there, the Vintage Modifieds and the Northwest Modifieds. The always exciting and popular Interstate Batteries Hornets will have their 30+ field of cars. Also the annual Mayors Cup race pitting area mayors against each other for the coveted perpetual cup. The winning city or town gets to keep the trophy for a year. All the activities starts at 6pm with spectator gates opening at 4pm. Time allowing there will be a Fan Fest from 5-6pm. For more information and or tickets go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100.
The biggest and fastest NASCAR short track West of the Mississippi, Evergreen Speedway, a NASCAR Top 10 track, will host the Genie Can-Am 125 for Super Late Models in conjunction with the NAPA Auto Parts NASCAR K&N Pro West Series 150 presented by Toyota on the same night as part of Speed Week 2013.
The weeklong event kicks off Monday August 12th with Media Day and complimentary ride-a-longs with the Richard Petty Driving Experience for media and sponsors. Throughout the week, the RPDE teams will be holding classes and driving schools for fans throughout the West Coast and Canada. The cars driven are real NASCAR Cup Cars. Evergreen Speedway is the only Short Track in America to host the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Entering their second year at Evergreen Speedway, fans in the Pacific Northwest would normally have to travel to tracks in Las Vegas, Daytona, Talladega or Orlando to experience the thrill at 130+ mph! Fans who would like to participate in the Richard Petty ride-along or schools can sign up at http://www.drivepetty.com/race-tracks/evergreen-speedway
Friday Night August 16th, is the NAPA Auto Parts FREE Fan Fest from 5pm to 10pm. Following the NASCAR practice, fans can take pictures with the cars, get autographs and listen to great live music.
Saturday August 17th, the NASCAR Pro Series West tour makes their annual visit to Evergreen Speedway. The NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by Toyota is a Speed Channel event which showcases drivers throughout the Country who have their sights on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The second featured event on Saturday night is the Genie Can Am 125 featuring the greatest local, regional, national, Canadian and West Coast Super Late Model drivers.
Entries are already coming in for the Genie Can-Am 125 with drivers from as far away as Mooresville, North Carolina and throughout the Western United States and Canada. Race one of the three Super Late Model majors in 2013 was the Mark Galloway 150 Shootout presented by Central Welding Supply and Jason Fraser (Snohomish, WA) won the winners share of the $. Race two was the Annual Coors Light Summer Showdown 200 presented by NAPA Auto Parts with Jay Sauls (Tacoma, WA)winning the $12k winner’s check. Both drivers are expected with many of their closest competitors trying to get the $5000.00 winner’s share of the large purse.
Coming from Mooresville, NC is Austin Reed (19-years old). Reed has already gained notoriety at a young age. Currently running in the Southeast PASS series with three top ten finishes and two consecutive top five performances. The California native finished second in Championship Points on the 2010 SRL Southwest Tour Series. Reed has also won many times in his Legend Car across the country. This will be Austin’s first visit to Evergreen Speedway.
Another young driver (16-years old)that is drawing much attention is Hannah Newhouse of Twin Falls, Idaho. Newhouse, the daughter of John Newhouse who has won many a big race in his racing career, is currently running in the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series a Super Late Model series that travels the Idaho and Utah area. Hannah is currently in fourth in championship points will be making her first trip to the 5/8-mile at Evergreen Speedway.
As the race draws near Speedway officials will be adding many names to the list of drivers for both the NASCAR K&N Pro West 150 and the Can-Am Super Late Model 125.
The speedway has made arrangements for RV/Camping spaces at the Fairgrounds for a discount. Friday and Saturday nights stay is only $25 prepaid.
Evergreen Speedway is pleased to have Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and the former lead guitarist of Heart Roger Fisher performing the National Anthem on Saturday August 17.
Evergreen Speedway wishes to invite you to experience the thrill of auto racing and the passion of the sport! For more information, tickets and RV/Camping reservations go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100.
The American Speed Association (ASA) NSRA Open Wheel Winged Sprint Cars roll onto Evergreen Speedway’s Monster 5/8-mile oval this Saturday August 3rd for the Annual Rory Price Memorial (RPM) presented by Pettit Oil. These speed demons own the all-time speed record on the BIG track at :18.732 set in March of 2003 by Trevor Montgomery. Track conditions should be favorable to set a new all-time speed record. Track officials are holding qualifying until 6pm so that fans will have the opportunity to potentially witness the fastest lap ever. In addition the 3/8-mile oval will be used by the WMRA/USAC Midgets and the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks. The fast figure eight track will have the Northwest outlaw Figure Eights in a points race. The racing action starts at 6pm with spectator gates opening at 4pm and competitor gates opening at 1pm.
Seven years ago a tragic accident jolted the racing community, Rory Price, a racer, friend, father, husband and son lost his life far too early. Since his passing RPM has become a sanctuary for those who knew Price, and a time to celebrate the extraordinary life of one of our own. Price’s family and friends have used their loss to rally together in an effort to carry on Rory’s love for open wheeled racing. Thanks to their countless hours of work and generous donations they have made the RPM one of the most prestigious races in the Northwest and have raised thousands of dollars towards The Rory Price Family Fund which ensures Rory’s daughter a secure future.
Twenty plus cars are expected Saturday night, Washington’s drivers would like to keep the RPM winner in state. Todd Coleman, Robert Beck and Greg Middendorf were all close to Price, and any of the three drivers would love more than anything to hoist the RPM trophy over their head. Beck was last year’s early leader but his night was cut short when he lost a power steering line, subsequently ending his night. Perhaps the most surprising and exciting name for this race is, Billy Kennelly. Kennelly was one of Price’s best friends, and for the first time ever will compete in the race that honors his long time friend.
Expected to make the trek south from Canada should include drivers; Dave Salamandick, Chris Schmelzle, Ron Larson, Guy Barrett, Scott Aumen, Robbie Haslam and Matt Mansell. Fan favorite, Sierra Jackson has had some bumps along her 2013 campaign, but hopes to use the RPM to set her season back on track. She is sure to have her hands full with fellow Idaho driver and teammate Johnny “The Jet” Giesler, who looks for his first NSRA championship and is consistently one of the fastest competitors. Three Oregon drivers, combining for ten ASA/NSRA championships between them, will make the tow. No driver has been more dominant in RPM races than Matt Hein, winning three of the six races including the last two in a row. He’s also the 2008 and 2009 NSRA champion. Andy Alberding, 2007, 2010 and the defending series champion and current points leader, searches for his first RPM victory. Lastly, the one known as “Quick” Rick Brown, he is the only driver to ever win an unprecedented five ASA/NSRA championships.
Another great group of Street Stocks will be on hand for their portion of the night. Roger Drake the points leader for the 2013 division championship will try to get back on the podium for the seventh time in nine races this season. The previous six include 3-wins, 2-seconds and 1-third. Second in the points chase is Jason McQuinn who has made a trip up to the podium five times this season. A close third in the chase is Darrel Lutovsky with four visits to the victory stage podium.
The NWOF8 will have a full contingent racing on the speedway’s fast and furious figure eight track. This points race is expected to draw the best of their discipline style of racing for this special night.
Three track surfaces will be in use the BIG 5/8-mile, the fast 3/8-mile and the Figure Eight. A night that you won’t want to miss. Be there on time 6pm to see if a NSRA driver can eclipse the all-time track record on the 5/8. For more information go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100.
Monroe, WA (July 28, 2013): On Saturday July 27 the 30th Annual Emerald City Harley-Davidson in Lynnwood Figure Eight Nationals at Evergreen Speedway, Ricky ‘The kid’ Dietz won the 150-lap event. It was the second time Dietz won this prestigious race for Super/Stock Figure Eights the last came in 2002. The same night the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models held a 75-laps feature on the 3/8-mile oval and Shane Harding made it two-in-a-row. Duane Schoesbeck won the 20-lap Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stock main. The Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stock main was won by Scott Burby and the Buzz Inn Steakhouse main was won by Jessica Gray. A great crowd enjoyed the fantastic weather and beer in the grandstands for the first time.
Dietz got one National win closer to matching his father Vern’s ‘The Crazy Cajun’ three wins of this long standing major West Coast figure eight race. Ricky dominated the 150-lap race by lapping the entire field before it was over. Only one close call came mid-way through the race when Dietz got tangled with a slower car and took a bit of time to get going again. The lead by Dietz (3/4′s of a lap) shrank to a few car lengths. Not to be denied his second Nationals win, Dietz took off and was never again in peril. One lap down John Carlson finished second ahead of Seth Funden. Fourth went to Lance O’Grain and fifth to Mike Steltz. The race started with a major incident on lap four when Steltz and Doug Delfel met at the intersection and Delfel’s car rolled over. Neither driver was hurt and Steltz was able to continue unlike Delfel. The figure eight cars return next week August 3rd for the Rory Price Memorial presented by Pettit Oil Night and will be joined by the NW Outlaw Figure Eights.
Harding won his second race in succession by winning another 75-lap feature on the 3/8-mile. Harding had trouble getting by second place finisher Shane Sawin. Sawin was very strong and made his first trip to the podium as a Super Late Model driver. Harding once by Sawin kept five car lengths ahead of Sawin to the finish. Third place was Daniel Moore who gained ground on points leader Tom Moriarity who finished seventh. Fourth went to Doni Wanat and fifth went to Scott LaCross. Next time out the Super Late Models are on the 5/8-mile for the Genie Can-Am 125 in conjunction with the NAPA Auto Parts NASCAR K&N Pro Series West 150 on August 17th.
Schoesbeck started on the pole of the Street Stock main and never gave up the lead even after six restarts. It was a slam bang event for the normally docile division. Second went to points leader Roger Drake and third place finisher was Steve Ptacek. In fourth it was Chad Fitzpatrick followed by Jason McQuinn. Next up for this competitive division will be next Saturday August 3 as a prelude to the Rory Price Memorial race for the ASA NSRA Winged Sprints.
Mini-Stock winner Scott Burby had an easy time in gaining his first win this season. The 30-lap main saw a Volkswagen Beatle driven by Rod Helmuth work his way through the field to second and a chance to catch Burby. Gaining ground each lap Helmuth ran out of laps as the checkers flew. In third was Chuck Richard. Fourth went to Pete Jensen (nearly 70-years old)who has won a race in each of the last five decades and was trying for a sixth in that many decades. Next up for the Mini-Stocks is in 2-weeks on August 10 as part of the Annual Foster Press Mayors Cup and Chamber Night at the Races.
Gray won her first Stinger 8 main of the season with a bold move at the intersection. Leader of the race and point leader for the division championship Todd Stillwell had to avoid traffic by slowing while Gray stayed up to speed to wiggle through. Gray then proceeded to withstand the pressure applied by Stillwell to gain that first win. Third place went to Joselyn LaFleur followed closely by Nicole Pollard and Matt Somerville. Stinger 8′s next time out will be on August 24th during the Evergreen State Fair and Buzz Inn Steakhouse Night at the Races.
Next up at Evergreen Speedway on Saturday August 3rd is the Annual Rory Price Memorial presented by Pettit Oil. The night will feature the fastest cars to ever race on the Monster 5/8-mile oval the ASA NSRA Winged Sprint Cars. These open wheeled speed demons hold the all time track record of :18.732. In addition two other track surfaces will be used with the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks and WMRA/USAC Midgets on the 3/8-mile oval. The NW Outlaw Figure Eights on the speedy Figure Eight. Racing starts at 6pm with spectator gates opening at 4pm. You may want to get there early for NSRA qualifying and see if the all time track record falls. For tickets or more information go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100.
On Saturday July 27th at Evergreen Speedway the annual Emerald City Harley-Davidson of Lynnwood Figure Eight Nationals brings the best racers to the Northwest’s fastest figure eight track for the 150-lap, $3,000 to win extravaganza. The Figure Eight Nationals is one of the Northwest’s oldest and most revered events. In addition the Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8 Division will have their 4-cylinder cars on the fast figure eight. On the 3/8-mile oval three of Evergreen’s NASCAR divisions will be on hand with the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models for a 75-lap feature plus the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks and Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks will each have their respective mains. That is over 300-laps of main event racing starting at 6pm.
Many of the best ever Super /Stock Figure Eight drivers have won the Figure Nationals over the years. A full field of cars is expected with former winners mixed in with drivers that want to add their name to the prestigious winners list. The Figure Eight Nationals is a 150-lap event which means 300 times through the center called the X. Avoiding traffic at the X will be the key to getting the $3000 winner’s check. Top drivers expected include Ricky Dietz, Steve Cox, Chris Curtis, Steve Peters, Don Eslick, Quinton Borreson, Mike Steltz, Seth Funden, John Carlson, Lance O’Grain and many more. The winner of the annual 88-minutes of FEAR run earlier this season, Nick Gunderson will try to win his second major event in one year.
The points chase for the 2013 season championship in the Super Late Model Division is tight with the top three only separated by a total of 26-points. Current leader and 6-time champion Tom Moriarity will try to keep his lead over Daniel Moore who is only 14-points back in his attempt at a first championship. In third and only 26 points back of the leader, Doni Wanat is also in the running for a first division title. In fourth is young 16-year old Garrett Archer is only 18-points behind Wanat. Another large contingent including last race winner and 2-time champion Shane Harding are expected for this 75-lap feature.
Stinger 8 point leader Todd Stilwell has a comfortable lead for the championship in this division. With a lot of races remaining he does not have the luxury of cruising to the title. Two of the four female drivers in this division hold the second and third spots towards the championship. Jessica Gray and Nicole Pollard hold those spots.
Another good point battle is in the Street Stock division with leader Roger Drake holding court with a 23-point edge on Darrel Lutovsky. In third 2-points back of Lutovsky is Jason McQuinn. McQuinn had a motor blow in the last race and has put in new power plant for this week. In fourth is former champion Joe Kneeland 5-points behind McQuinn. This division has half the season to go.
Jon Roberts the defending Mini-Stock champion has the lead for 2013 title. With half the season remaining his 44-point spread is not a lock. In second is second year racer Devin Kessler last years Rookie of the Year in the Mini-Stocks. Third is being held by Travis Woodward 14-points back and in fourth is Chuck Richard just 3-points behind Woodward.
The very full night of racing gets its start at 6pm with spectator gates opening at 4pm. Evergreen Speedway is Washington State’s only NASCAR sanctioned track. Located in Monroe, WA at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds. For tickets and or more information go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100.
On Saturday July 13 at Evergreen Speedway, Shane Harding returned to the track where he won two championships and won the 75-lap feature for the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models. Also in action were the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks with Joe Kneeland a former champion winning the 30-lap feature. The Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stock division feature winner was Scott Burby. Interstate Batteries NASCAR Hornet Division feature winner was Cyril Greenawalt. It was the annual Spirit 105.3 Faith and Family Night with great weather and crowd enjoying the spirited racing at ‘The Northwest Center of Racing’.
Harding took only 32-laps to gain the lead in the Super Late Model 75-lap main that had 14 cars take the green flag. With four drivers attempting to get the lead from Harding during the second half. Each were unsuccessful. Harding who only makes rare appearances at the track where he won two championships. In the post race interview Harding stated that he will be back for the next 3/8-mile race on July 27 as part of the Emerald City Harley-Davidson presents Figure Eight Nationals night at the races. Second place went to Doni Wanat and third to Daniel Moore.
In the 30-lap feature for the Street Stocks, Kneeland was very strong with no one was able to deny him his second win of the season. In second it was points leader Roger Drake in pursuit of his first ever NASCAR championship to go with his many with WWRA. Third went to Darrel Lutovsky.
Mini-Stock feature winner Burby was also a winner that was not to be denied. Winning in strong fashion Burby left no doubt it was his night. Second place went to Chuck Richard and a first Mini-Stock podium finish for Mark Marthaller Jr.
Greenawalt in his Hornet loves the road course and proved his prowess. Winning the 20-lap feature and on the podium where he is becoming a regular many nights. With the points lead in this division, Greenawalt is in the running for a first ever NASCAR championship. Second place went to Mark Hubbard and third to Jaime Corbett.
Next up at Evergreen Speedway is the annual appearance of the Formula D Drift Series on July 19 & 20. The next racing event is on July 27 with the annual Figure Eight Nationals presented by Emerald city Harley-Davidson. 150-laps for the Emerald City Lynnwood Harley-Davidson Super/Stock Figure Eights plus the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models, Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks, Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks all on the 3/8-mile. In addition the zany Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8′s are back at it on the NW fastest figure eight surface. Racing action begins at 6pm with spectator gates opening at 4pm. For more information or tickets go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100.
Saturday July 13 at Evergreen Speedway it is the annual Faith & Family Night presented by Spirit 105.3. The nights racing will feature the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models, Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks and Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks all on the fast and competitive 3/8-mile paved oval. In addition the Interstate Batteries Hornets will be on the road course. The racing begins at 6pm with spectators gates opening at 4pm.
A great battle is underway for the 2013 Super Late Model track championship. Six time division champion Tom Moriarity has a 16-point edge over Daniel Moore. Both have one win this season. Only 14-points back of Moore is Doni Wanat who has a slim 2-point advantage over 15-year old Garrett Archer. Scheduled for 75-laps on the 3/8-mile this Saturday will be a pivotal race as the season enters the second half.
Also a great fight for the 2013 title is waging in the Street Stock division. Current leader Roger Drake has a 10-point lead over Jason McQuinn. McQuinn is 9-points up on Darrel Lutovsky who enjoys a 15-point margin on Joe Kneeland and Steve Ptacek who are tied for the 4th position in the title chase. Of the five only Joe Kneeland has a NASCAR Street Stock championship. Kneeland won the 2011 title.
In the Mini-Stock division the points for the title are not as close with defending division champion Jon Roberts holding a 63-point lead. In second in points is 18-year old Devin Kessler with a 4-point edge on Travis Woodward.
Hornet division driver Cyril Greenawalt has the points lead by 14-points. Scott Hunt holds onto second position and is the leading candidate for Rookie of the Year in the division. 36-points back of Hunt is former champion Jaime Corbett. With a lot of races left in 2013 the mid season is always an important race.
In addition to the racing action Evergreen Speedway will be honoring two of our fallen supporters. Vern Foster and Mike Wilkinson will be honored via memorial laps.
Racing starts at 6pm with front gates opening at 4pm. For more information go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 3690-805-6100.