On Saturday September 14 Les Schwab Tires presents NASCAR Championship and Emerald City Harley-Davidson in Lynnwood ride your Harley on the track night. The Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models will decide the track and State of Washington NASCAR champion on the BIG 5/8-mile oval in a 100-lap, $3000 to the winner feature. In addition the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stock and Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stock Divisions will each race on the 3/8-mile oval to determine their respective season champions. Interstate Batteries NASCAR Hornet Division racers will be on the 3/8-mile oval in their next to last race of the season with a mere 3-points between the top two drivers. The racing begins at 6pm with a Harley ride on the BIG track to kick things off. Riders and their passengers get a two for one admission and single riders only $8. The first 250 riders will get a commemorative T-shirt.
Super Late Models on the BIG track always draw a large field of cars. The current point leader Daniel Moore, who is after his first ever SLM and NASCAR championship, is flying in from his honeymoon in Hawaii. Moore got married this past Friday. He would like to present his new bride with the track and State of Washington NASCAR championship. Moore, who has a 28-point margin, heading into the 100-lap season finale, cannot relax. Tom Moriarity, a six time speedway SLM champion, is second in the points and if all went his way could end up as the champion. There are 50-points to win and it drops by 2-points per position in the Super Late Model main. With many cars expected both Moore and Moriarity need to be on top of their game. So does Doni Wanat who is only 8-points behind Moriarity.
Seven of the drivers entered in the SLM season finale, have won one or more championships during their respective careers - most notably Garrett Evans with championships that run the gamut from track to touring NASCAR Series championships .Kelly Mann (set a new track record and won the SLM main at South Sound Speedway last week) has won track titles, Shane Sawin has won the South Sound Speedway Late Model Championship, Moriarity has won a total of 9 championships at Evergreen (6-SLM and 3 Mini-Stock) and 1 Late Model championship at South Sound Speedway, Naima Lang has 4 Evergreen Championships and is the defending SLM and State of Washington NASCAR champion. Then throw in the Street Stock championship that Frank Cowgill won last season and the Mini-Stock championship that Scott LaCross won a few years back making the SLM feature full of champions.
Others expected that could make their way to the winners circle: Molly Helmuth, Garrett Archer, Tyler Tanner, Jeff Knight (looks like he will make it as they are almost finished rebuilding his car from an earlier in the season wreck), John Boyatt, Tommy Rasmussen, John Lathrup Jr., Tim McDougald, Jason Kooy and Brandon Sheiber. Another that is trying to make the event is Brian Cottrell. There are always a few surprise teams that show up on race day.
Roger Drake leads the Street Stock Division points with a 30-point edge over Jason McQuinn. depending on the number of cars that show Drake needs another strong finish to wrap up his first NASCAR championship to go along with his many WWRA championships. McQuinn, also after his first title, knows that he needs a bunch of cars to show, and that Drake needs to falter while he wins the main and his respective heat race. The Street Stocks always have a very competitive group and will put on a great show for the fans.
The Mini-Stock defending champion Jon Roberts will make it two-in-a-row. With a sizeable 47-point lead going into the divisions final race Roberts just needs to show up. Knowing Roberts (nickname: Fozzy Bear) will do all he can to get his sixth win of the season to go with his eight from last season.
There is one division that is running this Saturday but not for their championship and that is the Hornets. With one more week before their championship night the top two drivers in the points battle are neck and neck. Leader Cyril Greenawalt has the slimmest of margins with a mere 3-point spread between himself and Scott Hunt. The Hornets who normally run on the road course will be on the 3/8-mile for only the third time since the inception of this division many years ago. This division always shows with well over 20-cars and many times has to have a Last Chance Main (B-Main).
For more information and or tickets go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100. Racing starts at 6pm with spectator gates opening at 4pm and Back Gate opening at 12pm. SLM qualifying is scheduled for 4pm.
On Saturday September 7th Evergreen Speedway will host the annual Economy Fence 1st Responders Night at the Races. Besides a tribute to our 1st Responders the night will feature three visiting series and three local divisions. The Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks, Interstate Batteries NASCAR Hornets and V-8 Extremes are the local divisions with heated points chases in the Street Stock and Hornet Divisions. The WESCO Sprints, Columbia River Legends and NW Vintage Modifieds are the three visiting series. Everyone but the Hornets will be on the 3/8-mile paved oval, with the Hornets on the road course. Special pricing for this fantastic night of action with 1st Responders, Teens with ASB cards and 5 and under all FREE. All other tickets are just $7.00. Racing starts at 6pm. Front gates will open at 4pm. Some of the heat races will be from 5pm-6pm to accommodate all the expected cars.
Street Stock point leader Roger Drake will try to add to his 28-point lead for the 2013 division championship. Jason McQuinn will be trying to close that margin heading into next week’s championship race. Drake was able to win last week’s feature and McQuinn had trouble getting to the front. This will be an important week for both of the top two who are both looking for their first NASCAR Street Stock title.
Cyril Greenawalt leads the Hornet division by 11-points over Scott Hunt. Hunt won last week’s main and closed in on the title. Greenawalt is after his first speedway title as is Hunt. Including Saturday’s race the Hornet division has three remaining to decide who will be the 2013 champion. They will be on the 3/8-mile next week September 14 and on the road course for their championship on September 21.
The WESCO Sprints (Washington Econo Sprint Car Organization) will be making their first trip to Evergreen Speedway this season. On the 3/8-mile these winged sprint cars are very fast. Drivers expected are point leader Cody Stewart, Tim Halliday, Danny Mathews , Doug McClees and Todd Coleman.
The last time the Columbia River Legends were here at Evergreen Speedway the last lap and last turn decided the winner of their feature race. Young Parker Stephens won by a few feet with the pass on Duane Swanson. They brought 20-cars with them on June 8 and that many or more are expected for their last visit this season to the ‘Northwest Center of Racing’, Evergreen Speedway.
This will be the NW Vintage Modifieds last race of the season. Paul Field and Grant Clother have a good battle for the championship. Others expected will Robert Rux, John Mustered and Kyten Jones plus many others.
V-8 Extremes are a division of bump-to-pass drivers and always keep the fans well entertained with their crazy style of driving. Not knowing what the main event will be from Flag Pole to Figure 8 these drivers are prepared for anything.
For tickets and or more information got to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100.
On Saturday night August 31 at Evergreen Speedway on the annual NASCAR Night presented by Northsound Racing and KING 5 TV, Daniel Moore took top honors in both Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Model mains and was the quickest qualifier. In other action at the Evergreen State Fair, Roger Drake won the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stock main. Eric Whittaker won the Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stock feature. The Interstate Batteries Hornet main winner was by Scott Hunt. Evan Margeson won the WMRA Midget main.
Moore who took over the points lead for the 2013 Super Late Model championship at the last race padded his lead by winning both 50-lap mains on the 3/8-mile. With just one race remaining for the season Moore will have a slightly comfortable lead. The Championship race will be on the BIG track on September 14. In race number one Moore grabbed the lead on lap 19 and never had problems. Second place went to Shane Sawin and third went to Scott LaCross. In race number two, Moore took over the top position on lap 43. Getting by leader Tom Moriarity who finished second, Moore cemented the triple win night and potentially the championship. Third went to John Zaretzke who took over the Jason Kooy car for the second race.
Street Stock point leader Drake also added to his point total and opened up a gap that may be insurmountable with two races remaining in this divisions run to the championship. The Street Stocks are on for next Saturday September 7 and the championship night September 14. Drake used the outside groove to get to the front on lap 28 of the 30-lap feature. Steve Ptacek who held the lead up to that point finished second ahead of Darrel Lutovsky. Early leader rookie 16-year old Chad Fitzpatrick had the lead until on a restart on lap 15 when a miscue got him a bit sideways and slid back to finish fifth. Fourth went to Joe Kneeland.
Whittaker winner of the Mini-Stock main is a visiting Outlaw Compact racer and does not get the winning points. Joe Hobbs who finished second will receive those points. Jon Roberts who came into the night with a sizeable lead in his effort to repeat as the division title holder had a DNF. With one race remaining this season Roberts only needs to get the green on championship night September 14. Second in points Devin Kessler had an eighth place finish and was unable to make a major dent into Roberts’ big lead. Third place in the race went to Outlaw driver Chad Benjamin and fourth went to another outlaw driver Jim Perry. Fifth was local racer Scott Burby.
The point’s battle for the Hornet Division title got a bit closer with second in points Scott Hunt taking the win and point leader Cyril Greenawalt finishing fifth. That is a 10-point difference. With Hunt winning his heat race and Greenawalt second in his there was a one point difference there. Unofficially the 20-point lead for Greenawalt is down to nine points. The Hornet division has two races remaining with a 3/8-mile oval race on September 14 and the championship on September 21. Second place in the race went to Mark Hubbard and third to Mike Dahar. Rick Hubbard was fourth.
Margeson again as he has each time he has raced here in the last two seasons with the WMRA owned the track. Winning by over 4 seconds Margeson keeps his streak alive. Second went to Ton Seidelman and third to Brad Curtis.
Next up at Evergreen Speedway is the annual Economy Fence 1st Responders Night on Saturday September 7. The night will feature the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks, WESCO Winged Sprints, Columbia River Legends and NW Vintage Modifieds all on the 3/8-mile oval. The racing will start at 6pm with front gates opening at 4pm. All tickets are just $7 and students with an ASB card and 1st Responders will be admitted free. For more information and or tickets go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100.
The annual Evergreen State Fair and Evergreen Speedway team up for the Labor Day Weekend for Saturday August 31, Sunday September 1 and Monday September 2. On Saturday Northsound Racing presents NASCAR Night featuring twin 50-lap mains on the 3/8-mile oval for the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models plus the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks, the Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks and the Interstate Batteries Hornets. On Sunday it is the annual Evergreen State Fair demo Derby presented by Coastal Community Bank. The night features a Large Car Demo Derby, Mr. Dizzy Stunts, Emerald City Harley-Davidson in Lynwood Super/Stock Figure Eights, Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s, V-8 Extremes and a Giant Fireworks Display. Both Saturday and Sunday’s racing gets underway at 6pm. On Monday the Evergreen Drag Racing program takes to the track for the DeYoung Inc. Dash for Cash starting at 11am through the afternoon.
The point’s battle in two of the NASCAR divisions is extremely close. In the Super Late Models Daniel Moore has a 16-point edge on Tom Moriarity and Doni Wanat. Both Moore and Wanat are after their first championship while Moriarity has six. In the Street Stock Division Roger Drake has an 18-point spread on Jason McQuinn. Both Drake and McQuinn are after their first division title. The twin 50-lap mains for the SLM’s makes this a double points night with one race left and that being the championship night on September 14 on the BIG track. The SS have two more after Saturday the first on September 7 and the championship on September 14.
The Mini-Stocks and Hornets are running. Jon Roberts has the championship all but won in the MS division as he is making it a repeat of last year’s championship. In the Hornet division point leader Cyril Greenawalt has a 20-point margin over Scott Hunt. Both are after their first. MS championship night is September 14 and for the Hornets it is on September 21.
Both the Super Figure Eights and the Stinger 8’s go at it on Sunday as art of the Derby night. Their championship night is on September 21 and each only has that one race remaining. Ricky Dietz holds the points lead in the SF8 and Todd Stilwell in the S8 divisions. Sunday’s SF8 will be an open-comp with $1000 to win non points race.
For tickets go to www.evergreenfair.org . Race tickets will get you admitted to the fair. For more information call 360-805-6100.
Chris Curtis just out of retirement won the 100-lap Emerald City Harley-Davidson in Lynnwood Super Figure Eight main at Evergreen Speedway on Seattle Sun Tan Night. Other winners were Dave Lund of the 30-lap Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stock feature. Jon Roberts won the 30-lap main for the Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks. Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8 main went to Gary Rarden. The visiting FSCRA Super 4 Late Model main winner was Jeff Jones. The clear weather night of racing was part of the annual Evergreen State Fair.
Curtis, only running the Boney Brothers car for the second time this season, took Liberty (name of the car) to its first win this season. Curtis was able to take advantage on lap77, of traffic at the intersection of the figure eight, when leader Nick Gunderson had to slow to avoid contact. Gunderson kept full pressure on Curtis the remaining laps and was unable to get by finishing a close second. Third went to Doug Delfel and fourth to Quinton Borreson.
Street Stock division winner Lund grabbed the lead on lap six and never gave it up. Jason McQuinn finished second and closed the gap for the division championship. Current point leader Roger Drake finished a distant 6th. McQuinn won his heat race and Drake finished second in his. That unofficially equates to a 9-point gain for McQuinn. Drake opened the night with a 27-point advantage. With three races remaining in that many weeks for this division, it looks to be very tight all the way to championship night on September 14th. Finishing third in the 30-lap main was newcomer Kevin Compton. Steve Ptacek and Darrell Lutovsky rounded out the top five of the 21-car turnout.
Roberts kept up his winning ways and the points lead for the 2013 Mini-Stock Division Championship by winning for the 6th time this season. Roberts inherited the lead on lap eleven when leader Chuck Richard exploded an engine. Second place went to Scott Burby and third to Ryan Rasmussen. Rookies Sheridan Horn-Vincent and Mike Marthaller Jr. made up the remainder of the top five.
The winner of the Stinger 8 main Rarden won his first ever race in this division. Rarden took the lead on lap 15 of 30 and was able to avoid traffic to gain that first win. Nicole Pollard and Todd Stilwell finished a close second and third respectively. Fourth and fifth went to Joselyn LaFleur and Jessica Gray.
For the visiting FSCRA Super 4 Late Model Series it came down to the final lap and the final run off turn four to the checkers to decide the winner. Jones running second got the lead on lap 33 of the 40-lap main. John Grosvenor got the lead back as the two headed to turn one on the final lap. Grosvenor had the slight edge exiting turn four as the checkers were waving but Jones won the drag race back to the line. Third went to Gracin Raz followed by Max Schroeder and Scott Graf.
Next up at Evergreen Speedway is the Evergreen State Fair Labor Day Weekend Triple Header. Starting with Saturday August 31 is the Northsound 1380 Racing Radio Night featuring the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models for twin 50-lap mains on the 3/8-mile oval. Plus the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks, Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks and the Interstate Batteries Hornets. Racing starts at 6pm. Day two of the triple header is on Sunday September 1 featuring the annual Coastal Community Bank Fair Demo Derby and Fireworks. The night will have a Large Car Demo Derby, Powder Puff Derby, Mr. Dizzy stunt, Emerald City Harley-Davidson Super Figure Eights, Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s and v-8 Extremes. Racing begins at 6pm. The third day of the triple header weekend is on Monday Labor Day with the DeYoung Inc. Dash for Cash Drag Racing all afternoon. For tickets that include admission to the fair go to www.evergreenfair.org. For more information call 360-805-6100.
Naima Lang won the $5000 to win Genie Industries Can-Am 125 on the BIG track at Evergreen Speedway on August 17 for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models. The NAPA Auto Parts NASCAR K&N Pro Series West ‘Evergreen 150′ presented by Toyota was won by Dylan Lupton.
Lang the defending and four time champion of the Super Late Model Division had not been to victory stage since the opening night for this division back in May. Taking an early lead Lang pulled out to an almost five second lead on the second place car. A caution then a red flag as the track was greased down by a car leaking rear end fluid at lap 114 brought the field back together. On the double file restart Lang lost the lead to Tyler Tanner. Tanner led until another caution came out. On a green-white-checker restart Lang won the restart and was able to gain the victory. Tanner finished second. Third went to new points leader Daniel Moore. Doni Wanat finished fourth with Gary Lewis the fast qualifier finishing fifth. Austin Reed who came all the way from Mooresville, North Carolina finished sixth.
The end of the 150-lap K&N Pro Series West race was exciting. The two leaders at the time Eric Holmes and Derek Thorn got together going into turn one on a late race restart and slid up into the wall taking young Giles Thornton with them. The lead then went to Dylan Lupton who was able to avoid the wreck. Lupton hung on for his first ever win in the series and it was also his first trip to Evergreen. Second place went to Greg Pursley followed by Derek Thorn. Thorn was able to recover from the wreck while both Holmes and Thornton were done with too much damage. Holmes ended up 13th and Thornton 14th. Thornton 15-years old from Whitefish, Montana ran a strong race on his first time to Evergreen and looked like a top five finisher all day until the incident he could not avoid.
Next up at Evergreen Speedway is the Evergreen State Fair events. Thursday and Friday August 22 & 23 it is Monster Mania with world class Monster Trucks, Tuff Trucks, Rally-X and Mr. Dizzy stunts. On Thursday at the completion of the show there will be the annual opening day of the fair fireworks show. on Saturday August 24 it is the Seattle Sun Tan night at the races featuring the Emerald City Harley-Davidson in Lynnwood Super Figure Eights 100-laps, Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8′s, Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks, Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks and FSCRA Super 4′s. Thursday and Friday show time is at 7pm and Meet & Greet is at 6pm. Saturday racing begins at 6pm. Get your show and or race tickets which includes admission to the fair online at www.evergreenfair.org. For more speedway information call 360-805-6100.
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.