Jay Sauls of Puyallup, WA won the second annual Coors Light Summer Showdown 200 presented by NAPA Auto Parts at Evergreen Speedway. 31-cars started the 200-lap race for Super Late Models on the BIG 5/8-mile paved oval with drivers from Washington, California, Idaho and Montana plus drivers representing two provinces of Canada. Sauls received the $12,000.00 winners portion of the $80,000.00 purse.
Sauls made it interesting by running a much higher groove than anyone else during the second half of the 200-laps on the BIG 5/8-mile oval. Once in the lead Sauls used the outside starting position on all ensuing restarts. Things were going well until with 9-laps to go a yellow flag forced a restart and this time Sauls did not get up to speed quickly and fell back to fourth. Fighting his way back to second when another yellow came out. Eric Schmidt of Roseville, CA was the leader and had the option to go high or low on the green-white-checker restart. Schmidt chose low to everyone’s surprise, giving the outside to Sauls on the double file restart. Sauls used the upper groove to his advantage and took the lead back, exiting off turn four as the white flag flew. Schmidt finished second with Daniel Moore of Spokane, WA a very close third. Fourth went to young 15-year old Garrett Archer from Kent, WA and fifth was Ryan Wells of Hingham, MT.
An interesting side note is that an open motor car won with a McGunegill motor second, a GM crate third and fourth and open motor fifth. A testament that the rules for the Summer Showdown are very close letting all types of super late model cars run the annual super big payday event.
The earlier main for the traveling Northwest Pro 4 Alliance Series had a wild finish with Rick Thompson of Prosser, WA just beating young 15-year old Cody Walker of Yakima, WA. As the checkers flew the two got tangled in turn one and the mayhem began with many other cars coming to the checkers involved. The 40-lap event with 25-cars starting was very entertaining and a great prelude to the Summer Showdown 200. Bud Rumsey from Prosser, WA was third with Jeff Jones of Tacoma, WA fourth and Eddie Secord of Oak Hills, CA fifth.
Up next at the ‘Northwest Center of Racing’ Evergreen Speedway is the annual July 4th Birthday Bash presented by Republic Services featuring a Large Car Demolition Derby, Emerald City Harley Davidson Super/Stock Figure Eights, Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8′s, Interstate Batteries Hornets, V-8 Extremes, WMRA/USAC Midgets and the county’s largest Fireworks Display. Gates will open at 2pm with racing starting at 6pm. For pre-race tickets or more information go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100.
Evergreen Speedway Official Finish of the 2nd Annual Coors Light Summer Showdown presented by NAPA Auto Parts: (200-laps on .667-mile oval)(finish position – car # – name – hometown)
1-20s – Jay Sauls – Puyallup, WA
2-05 – Eric Schmidt - Roseville, CA
3-16 – Daniel Moore - Spokane, WA
4- 5 – Garrett Archer - Kent, WA
5- 5w – Ryan Wells - Hingham, MT
6- 89 – Doni Wanat - Woodinville, WA
7- 52 – Ryan Philpott - Tracy, CA
8- 22 – John Lathrup Jr - Puyallup, WA
9- 1x – Rod Schultz Jr - Woodland, WA
10- 12 – Jessica Dana - Olympia, WA
11- 7 – Ron Eaton – Tacoma, WA
12- 31 – Jason Fraser – Snohomish, WA
13- 22g – Jonathon Gomez - Twin Falls, ID
14- 39 – Pete Harding - Surrey, B.C.
15- 92 – Tommy Rasmussen - Eatonville, WA
16- 19 – Korbin Thomas - White Rock, B.C.
17- 1 – Shane Sawin - Clearview, WA
18- 90 – Molly Helmuth - Seattle, WA
19- 00 – Naima Lang - Snohomish, WA
20- 83 – Braeden Havens - Airway Heights, WA
21- 9 – Kelly Mann - Monroe, WA
22- 65 – Tyler Tanner - Auburn, WA
23- 51 – John Zaretzke – Snohomish, WA
24- 86 – Tom Berrow - Coquitlam, B.C.
25- 16x – Blake Williams - Spokane, WA
26- 88 – Tom Moriarity - Monroe, WA
27- 73 – Gary Lewis – Snohomish, WA
28- 21 – Rob Angus – Langley, B.C.
29- 8 – Kelly Admiraal - Edmonton, ALB
30- 20 – Andy Sole - Marysville, WA
31- 195 – Rod Schultz Sr - Kalama, WA
The Coors Light Summer Showdown presented by NAPA Auto Parts at Evergreen Speedway on June 27, 28. & 29 is the biggest Super Late Model Race on the West Coast. The list of competitors after the $12,000.00 to win 200-lap event on the Northwest’s longest track the 5/8-mile paved oval is growing daily. Among the many that have already been mentioned in previous releases there are most of the speedways regulars going after their share of the $80,0000.00 plus purse.
Saturday’s opening ceremonies will include the National Anthem being sung by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Member and the founder of Heart, Roger Fisher. Born in Seattle, Washington, Roger Fisher was the founding guitarist of the rock group Heart, globally known through the sales of more than 30 million albums.
There is a very strong contingent of local Super Late Model racers that will be on the BIG track after the big money. They include Jeff Knight (Monroe, WA), Mark Sundberg (Seattle, WA), Doni Wanat (Woodinville, WA), Tommy Rasmussen (Eatonville, WA) and Andy Sole ( Marysville, WA)to mention a few.
A couple more of our Canadian friends are expected. If conditions in his part of Canada permit, Brian Levant (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)states on his web page that he is coming. Korbin Thomas (Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada) is also expected.
A recent addition to the very formidable list is Braeden Havens (Airway Heights, WA). Havens adds to the list of young drivers making this year’s Summer Showdown the youngest Super Late Model race in the history of Evergreen Speedway. The 19-year old has already amassed a strong set of credentials with 4 Karting Championships, the ICAR Rookie of the Year and the 2012 INSSA Championship. The student at Spokane Community College has also run on NASCAR’s prestigious K&N Pro Series West with strong results. Nine drivers attempting to make the 33-car starting field are under the age of twenty-four.
Another new entry is from Eastern Oregon’s Tim Babcock who has run at Hermiston Super Oval in Hermiston, OR.
With more entries expected from drivers in Southern Oregon and from South Sound Speedway, the list expands daily.
The 2013 Summer Showdown gets its start on Thursday June 27 and ending with the 200-lap Summer Showdown on the BIG 5/8-mile oval on Saturday June 29. With a lot of racing in-between.
Evergreen Speedway has arranged for discounted ($12.50 per day) RV/Camping on the Fairgrounds. Call 360-805-6100 for reservations.
Thursday June 27:
Back Gate Opens at 4pm
5 – 8pm Practice for Summer Showdown Super Late Models (5/8-mile)
6 – 9pm – Free Admittance to Coors Light Fan Fest (Food, Drink, Live Music, Vendors,Autographs)
8:30pm – Pill Draw for Qualifying Order on Friday (Drivers or their representative will come on stage and choose a can of Coors Light that will have number on the bottom that will correspond to their respective qualifying order)
9:00pm – Complimentary Chili Feed for Summer Showdown Teams
Friday June 28:
9am – Back Gate opens (Street Stocks and Mini-Stocks will pit in the North Pit)
10:30am – Street Stock and Mini-Stock Pit Meeting
11am – Summer Showdown Super Late Model Pit Meeting
12 – 4pm – Practice (5/8-mile all Classes) (Alternating through the 3 Classes)
4pm – Qualifying 5/8-mile: Mini-Stocks; Street Stocks; Summer Showdown Super Late Models
6:30pm – Opening Ceremonies:
Mini-Stock Main Event – 5/8-mile
Street Stock Main Event – 5/8-mile
Summer Showdown Super Late Model Qualifying Races – 25-laps – 5/8-mile
Saturday June 29:
8:30am – Back Gates open (Pro 4 Alliance pit on 3/8-mile)
10am – Pro 4 Alliance Drivers Meeting
11- 2pm – Practice 5/8-mile – (Alternating through LCQ Super Late Models; All Super Late Models and Pro 4 Alliance)
12:30pm – Last Chance Qualifying (LCQ)Tech Opens
2pm – Summer Showdown 200 Tech Opens
2:30pm – Qualifying – Pro 4 Alliance Series
3pm – Summer Showdown Super Late Model Drivers Meeting
3:45 – LCQ Driver Introduction
4pm – Last Chance Qualifier Race (Scheduled for 50-laps – 5/8-mile)
4:50pm – Dodge Ball Event
5:15 – Pro 4 Alliance Main Event
6:10pm – Summer Showdown Super Late Models Roll Out (or immediately after Pro 4 race)
6:30pm – Opening Ceremonies (Driver Intro – National Anthem as Drivers buckle in)
7:00pm – Drivers Start your Engines for the 2013 Coors Light Summer Showdown presented by NAPA Auto Parts Super Late Model 200 on the 5/8-mile
The above times are approximate and schedule is subject to change.
For tickets and or more information go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100.
With the Summer Solstice here it means only one thing at the Northwest’s biggest race track Evergreen Speedway, it is time for the Coors Light Summer Showdown presented by NAPA Auto Parts on June 27, 28 & 29th. The West Coast’s biggest race, the $12,000.00 to win 200-lap Super Late Model race on the Northwest’s longest track the 5/8-mile oval, is bringing the best in the West to the “Super Speedway of the West’. Drivers from the U.S. and Canada will be vying for one of the coveted 33 starting spots in the Summer Showdown. Just for making the field the racer receives $1,000.00. Evergreen Speedway is located in Monroe, WA at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds.
Many of the best in the West will be on hand including one of the youngest starting fields in the long history of Super Late Model racing in the Northwest. Blake Williams the 17 year old will be making the trek from Eastern Washington to Monroe for the first time. Just graduating this past week from high school, Molly Helmuth the 17 year old from Seattle, WA will make her second start in the Summer Showdown. 16-year old Garrett Archer of Kent, WA will also be making his second attempt at making the 33-car field. Another female racer Jessica Dana, 19-years old, will be racing with the many older veterans of Super Late Model racing. Throw in other young hard charging lions such as: Jon Hubbert, Daniel Moore, Tyler Tanner and John Lathrop Jr. all being part of the youth movement to this style of racing.
The Summer Showdowns gets started on Thursday June 27 with the Free Admission to the fans for the Coors Light Fan Fest. The evening will feature practice from 5-8pm for the Summer Showdown Super Late Models plus food, live music, vendors and autographs. The teams will be served free chili and drinks. The night will also include the qualifying order draw. Drivers will come on stage and draw a can of Coors Light that will have a number which will be the qualifying order for Friday night.
Friday June 28 is the all important night to find out who locks themselves into one of the 33 starting positions. Each car will qualify via the time-clock on the BIG 5/8-mile oval. Their corresponding times will determine their starting position in one of the night’s 25-lap Qualifying Races. The finishes of the Qualifying Races will determine their starting position in Saturday’s Summer Showdown. In addition the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks and Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks will each have main events on the BIG track.
Saturday June 29 the evening starts at 4pm with the Last Chance Qualifier with cars that did not lock in on Friday attempting to fill remaining positions to make up the 33-car field for the 2013 Summer Showdown. The traveling Pro 4 Alliance Series will also be here for their annual race on the 5/8-mile. Over 30-cars are expected with this 4-cylinder Late Model group. The evening ends with the running of the 200-lap Coors Light Summer Showdown presented by NAPA Auto Parts.
This year’s Summer Showdown has a few changes to it. Yellow Flag laps will be counted. If a long caution period is expected they will throw the red. Restarts will be double file without the cone. More emergency equipment, clean-up and tow vehicles will be on hand if needed. The track has obtained a twin turbo blower to assist in cleaning the track and drying if necessary. The Moto-Cross track has been changed to give more room off track and improve the sight lines for the fans. There will be a mid-race break at lap 100 for fuel and tires.
The Speedway has discounted RV/Camping spots available at the fairgrounds. For tickets, registration or camping go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6117.
The 2013 edition of the Evergreen Speedway Coors Light Summer Showdown presented by NAPA Auto Parts is drawing near and the list of Super Late Model Drivers entered grows daily. The $80,000.00 purse is bringing the best from the Western United States and Canada. With $12,000.00 to win, the 200 lap Summer Showdown makes it the biggest Super Late Model race on the West Coast. The list of drivers entered is laden with former and present champions for the June 27, 28 & 29 extravaganza. Add in the Canadian stars that have entered and it has become an international affair. The star studded field will be over 40 strong competing for one of the 33-car starting positions on the Northwest’s biggest track the BIG 5/8-mile paved oval. The full three days of activity has a total purse of $100,000.00.
There are three former NASCAR Northwest Tour Champions entered. They are Ron Eaton (Tacoma, WA), Gary Lewis(Snohomish, WA) and Pete Harding(Surrey, B. C., Canada). Harding won the first Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway. Lewis has also won ASA and ARCA championships.
Jonathan Gomez (Twin Falls, ID) winner of the 2010 Spears SRL Southwestern Tour Championship and NASCAR K&N Pro West Series racer started last year’s Summer Showdown on the outside of the front row after a second place qualification run.
Four Evergreen Speedway NASCAR Super Late Model Champions have entered. They are Tom Moriarity (Monroe, WA)(6 Time Champ), Naima Lang (Lynnwood, WA) (4 Time and present Champ), John Zaretzke (Monroe, WA) (3 Time Champ), John Bender (Snohomish, WA) (1 Time Champ). These Championships account for 14 of the last 17 championships. Gary Lewis also won an Evergreen Championship prior to heading out on the NASCAR Northwest Tour in 1992.
Ryan Wells (Hingham, MT) has won the last two Super late Model championships at Montana Raceway Park in Kalispell, Montana. This will be Wells’ first trip to the Northwest longest track, the 5/8-mile oval at Evergreen. Wells had a podium third place at this year’s Southern Idaho 200.
There is an international flavor that the biggest Super Late Model race in the history of Evergreen Speedway and the Northwest has taken with entries from drivers representing two provinces of Canada. Tom Berrow (Coquitlam, B.C., Canada) and Rob Angus (Langley B.C., Canada) including Pete Harding. Kelly Admiraal (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) has also entered. Admiraal is also running on this year’s NASCAR K&N Pro West Series. Each of these drivers has won championships in their respective portions of their country.
There are others entered that have won championships at their respective tracks such as: South Sound Speedway Champions Kelly Mann (Monroe, WA) and Shane Sawin (Clearview, WA). Eric Schmidt (Roseville, CA) and Rod Schultz Sr.(Kalama, WA) have also been winners at their respective tracks.
Throw in these top winners of many of the West Coasts biggest races, Jason Fraser (Evergreen Speedway track record holder)(Snohomish, WA), Ken Sleveland (Olympia, WA), Rod Schultz Jr.(Woodland, WA), Jon Hubbert (Chehalis, WA) and Jay Sauls (Puyallup, WA) makes this the strongest field ever assembled for a Super Late Model race in the history of Evergreen Speedway.
These are just some of the 40 plus drivers that are presently entered for the June 27,28 & 29 Coors Light Summer Showdown presented by NAPA Auto Parts.
The 2013 Summer Showdown opens on Thursday June 27 with Fan Fest and a practice for the Summer Showdown Super Late Models. The evening will consist of the practice from 5-8pm. All fans will be admitted free with Live Music, Food, Beer Garden and Autograph Session. For the Teams there will be a free Chili Feed. For the first time the drawing for Friday’s Qualifying Order will take place. Each team entered will have their driver or representative come on stage and draw a can of Coors Light that will have a number on the bottom which will be their respective qualifying position in Friday’s Portion of the three day event.
Friday June 28 will include the qualifying runs for the Summer Showdown Super Late Models which will determine their starting positions in the 25-lap qualifying heats later in the evening. Also the NASCAR Street Stocks and Mini-Stocks will each have a main event on the 5/8-mile. Those will be followed by the all important 25-lap qualifying races for the Summer Showdown.
Saturday June 29 starts off with the Last Chance Qualifier race for the Summer Showdown 200. Those cars that did not get into the Summer Showdown via the 25-lap qualifiers on Friday will have one last chance to make the 33-car starting field for the 200. If you make it into the Summer Showdown it is $1,000.00 for making the start. The traveling Pro 4 Alliance Series brings their 30 car contingent to the Summer Showdown for a main event on the BIG track. Then the $12,000.00 to win 200-lap Summer Showdown.
Evergreen Speedway has obtained RV/Camping spaces at a discount (half price) for the weekend. Teams and fans can call the Speedway Office at 360-805-6117 to reserve a space(s). Tickets for the 2013 Summer Showdown are on sale via the Speedway’s web site www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6117. Driver entry is still open on the Speedway’s web site.
Daniel Moore won the Whelen Night presented by Grocery Outlet Bargain Market 75-lap feature for the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models at Evergreen Speedway on Saturday June 8. Also victorious on the BIG track the 5/8-mile was Jeff Jones in his FSCRA Super 4. There were three classes on the 3/8-mile with Parker Stephens winning the Columbia River Legends main. The Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stock main was won by Jon Roberts and the West Coast Street Stock Series winner was Zack Beaman. Another great weather night with fantastic finishes keeping the large crowd on the edge of their seats.
Moore was second and over 14 seconds behind leader Garrett Archer with 5-laps to go in the 75-lap feature on the BIG Track for the Summer Showdown Warm-up in the Super Late Model Class. A flat right front tire for Archer brought out the yellow. The lead went to Moore as Archer, with sparks flying, limped to pit road for a tire change. On the ensuing double-file restart Moore was able to withstand the charge on the outside by second place finisher Tom Moriarity, going on to win his first main this season. Moore in the Grocery Outlet Bargain Market sponsored car won on his sponsors night at the races. Third place went to Jason Fraser who fought to keep Moore back in third for much of the race. Moore was able to get by, not long before the late caution that gave him the lead. Fourth went to Pete Harding and fifth went to Shane Sawin. Next up for the Super Late Models will be the Coors Light presented by NAPA Auto Parts Summer Showdown on June 27, 28 & 29. The biggest Super Late Model event on the West Coast with $12,000.00 to win the 200-lap race on the BIG Track the 5/8-mile. Over 40-cars are expected for the $80,0000.00 weekend spectacle.
Using the trip to Evergreen’s BIG Track as a warm-up for the Summer Showdown the FSCRA Super 4 group will be a step up on the Pro 4 Alliance Series cars for their portion of the June 29 race. Jones was quickest qualifier and took little time to get to the front in the 20-lap feature for these Late Model 4-cylinder cars. Second place went to Scott Graf and third was Scott Beaudoin.
A last-lap, last-turn pass for young Parker Stephens had the crowd on their feet. Winning by a few inches Stephens thanked his dad Dirk Stephens for all his help with the setup for Parker’s first time on Evergreen’s 3/8-mile oval in the 30-lap Columbia River Legends main. Stephens made the pass on veteran Duane Swanson who finished second. Third went to Randy Beddow. 20-cars made the trip and put on a great show.
Jon Roberts kept his winning ways intact with his fourth this season in the Mini-Stock division. Roberts had a bit of a struggle getting by early leader Mike Hessler but once the pass was made cruised to the victory. Hessler had to settle for third as second place finisher Gary Hanawalt got by, late in the 30-lap main.
The West Coast Street Stock Series once again brought a full complement of cars and put on a great show for the fans on the speedway’s 3/8-mile oval. Zack Beaman who started his career at Yakima Speedway was quickest in qualifying and capped his night with a solid win. Dad, Chet Beaman, was beaming as Zack received the winner’s trophy. Second place went Andy Stibel and Kim Winnerberg third, both from the Wenatchee area where they have raced at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval. Local Street Stock racer Joe Kneeland finished fourth and a former Evergreen track champion and series regular Dave Lund finished fifth.
Up Next at Evergreen Speedway for circle track racing is the Season’s and the West Coast’s biggest Super Late Model event the Coors Light Summer Showdown presented by NAPA Auto Parts on June 27, 28 & 29. Over 40 Super Late Models will vie for one of the 33 starting positions in the 200-lap Summer Showdown on the Northwest largest track the BIG 5/8-mile paved oval. The $12,000.00 to win and $80,000.00 weekend purse is the largest in the history of SLM racing in the Northwest. June 27 is Fan Fest night which is free for the fans. The night will have a practice session for the entries in the Summer Showdown. There will also be live music, food, vendors and autograph opportunities for the fans. The crews will be treated to a free Chili feed courtesy of High Road Promotions. In addition, for the first time the drivers come on stage and draw for their qualifying position on Friday night. Friday June 28, the Super Late Models will qualify via the time clock for their starting positions in the 25-lap Qualifying Races later that night. Also the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks and Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks will have main events on the BIG Track the 5/8-mile. Saturday June 29 starts off with the Last Chance Qualifying Main with the top cars filling out the 33-car starting grid for the 200-lap Summer Showdown. In addition the traveling Pro 4 Alliance Series will have their 30 plus cars on the BIG Track for their respective main event. Evergreen Speedway has reserved 42 RV/Camping spaces on site for the weekend at a discounted rate of 2-nights for the price of 1-night. Also the speedway has arranged for discounts at the Holiday Inn in Everett, WA. For tickets, reservations and more information go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6117.
On Saturday June 8 at Evergreen Speedway the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models will be on the BIG track the 5/8-mile paved oval for 75-laps. It will be Whelen Night presented by Grocery Outlet Bargain Market for the Summer Showdown warm-up. The night will also feature the FSCRA Super Late Model 4′s on the 3/8. In addition the West Coast Street Stock Series (WCSSS), Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks and Columbia River Legends are on the 3/8-mile paved oval. The main events start at 6pm with heat races at 4pm. Another cannot miss night at the ‘Super Speedway of the West’.
Super Late Models in their last run on the BIG track before the Summer Showdown later in the month. Over 20 teams are expected to be there on Saturday for the 75-lap main. Winner of the Mark Galloway 150 Shootout, Jason Fraser will be vying for two-in-a-row. Winner of last year’s Summer Showdown Pete Harding will be tuning up for the West Coast’s biggest Super Late Model race on June 27-29. Others that are committed are: 4-time track champion Naima Lang, 6-time champion Tom Moriarity, tied for second in season championship points Daniel Moore and Doni Wanat, fifth in points 16-year old Garrett Archer, Jeff Knight, Brian Cottrell, Scott LaCross, Andy Sole, Shane Sawin, John Boyatt, Tommy Rasmussen and 17-year old Molly Helmuth. Also last week’s winner at South Sound Speedway Tyler Tanner and Rod Schultz Sr. are among the 20 plus that are expected.
The FSCRA has not been to Evergreen in many years. These 4-cylinder Late Model cars will be on the 3/8-mile for their 30-lap main.
WCSSS will be here for the North Sound Racing .com 50. A full contingent of the Northwest best Street Stock drivers are expected. Dave Lund a local driver will be on hand. Series point leader Andy Stibel, Zack Beaman, Glen Knutson, Randy Pugh, Bryon Goetz, Buck Noel Jr., Kelly Hellewell, Kim Winnerberg and Todd Connell are the top ten in points and are all expected. Add in the local drivers form Evergreen’s Street Stock division and another 20 plus car count expected for the 50-lap main on the 3/8-mile oval.
Point leader in the local Mini-Stock division Jon Roberts has the lead over Travis Woodward heading into the nights action. Always a great field and a competitive race is what is the norm for this division in their 30-lap feature on the 3/8-mile.
Columbia River Legends will be making their first visit to Evergreen Speedway. Legends are 5/8-scale replica cars of the early days of NASCAR. This mini replicas are powered by motorcycle engines and are very fast on the 3/8-mile oval. Their main will be for 25-laps.
Heat races are at 4pm followed by a Fan Fest at 5pm. Opening Ceremonies and Main Events start at 6pm. Evergreen Speedway home of the Coors Light Summer Showdown presented by NAPA Auto Parts on June 27, 28 & 29 is located in Monroe, WA at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds. For more information, tickets or RV camping call 360-805-6100 or go to www.evergreenspeedway.com.
On Saturday June 1, Evergreen Speedway held the first ever 88-Minutes of FEAR for the Emerald City Harley-Davidson NASCAR Super/Stock Figure Eights. The winner of the $3000 winner’s check was Nick Gunderson. It was also the first visit in over 30 years for the Northwest Modifieds and Jeff Braton was the winner of the 75-lap feature. The winner of the Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8 Division main was Josh Young. Interstate Batteries Hornet main was won by Cyril Greenawalt. Another great crowd enjoyed the Emerald City Harley-Davidson Night at the Races and the clear weather.
Gunderson led the most laps of what ended up being a 240-lap 88-minutes. Don Eslick looked like he was going to walk away with another major Figure Eight Title until a flat tire under green sent him to the pits for repairs. Gunderson the only other car on the lead lap at the time inherited the lead and never gave it up. Steve Peters who finished second got back on the lead lap when Gunderson under yellow made a stop for fuel. Peters started up front on the ensuing restart at the tail end of the lead lap. Gunderson kept Peters back a half lap the rest of the way. There were very few major accidents during the 88-minutes but some extremely close calls including one for the winner. Gunderson made slight contact with John Carlson at the X of the figure eight spinning Carlson and causing only cosmetic damage to the front of Gunderson’s car. The only major incident was when Pat Clark put ‘Miss Liberty’ (car name) on top of the retaining wall barrels. Nineteen cars took the green for the start of the 88-minutes and eleven finished. Steve Cox finished third in his return to action after a long layoff. Fourth went to Seth Funden followed by Mike Steltz.
Modified racer Braton used his years of experience to whittle away at the lead to win the main. Todd Witham held the lead for many laps of the 75-lap feature but was unable to hold back Braton at the end. Witham finished second with Chris Ochs finishing third. Ben Reid and Mark Weaver held the next two positions respectively.
Young, winner of the Stinger 8 main and the defending champion of the division, made his first visit of the season to the figure eight track. Young is in the process of trying to put together a Super Late Model program. Second place went to current point leader Todd Stilwell. Nicole Pollard finished third. Jessica Gray was fourth and Matt Somerville fifth.
With just a few laps to go Greenawalt looked like he would finish second in the Hornet main. A red flag came out and as the cars were ready to go leader Scott Hunt’s car could not start. Push trucks attempted to push start Hunt to no avail. Greenawalt took the lead and won the main. Second place went to Zach Bristol and third to Mike Ridley. The fourth position finish went to John Hilburn and fifth was Gary Rarden. The win for Greenawalt gives him the points lead towards the season divisional championship. Hunt is second 29-points back with a bunch of races left in the 2013 season for the Hornet Division.
Next up at Evergreen Speedway: June 8, is Whelen Night presented by Grocery Outlet Bargain Market. The evenings racing will feature the Summer Showdown Warm Up for the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models on the 5/8-mile oval for 75-laps. Plus three visiting series the West Coast Street Stocks, FSCRA Pro 4′s and Columbia River Legends with the local Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stock Division all on the 3/8-mile oval. Main event racing starts at 6pm with heat races after 4pm. For more information call 360-805-6117 or go to www.evergreenspeedway.com.
On Saturday June 1, at Evergreen Speedway the all new $3000 to win 88-Minutes of FEAR for the Emerald City Harley-Davidson Super/Stock Figure Eights and the first visit in over 30 years by the Northwest Modifieds in the Emerald City Harley-Davidson Night at the Races. 100-laps for the Modifieds on the 3/8-mile oval and 88-minutes on the track with the Planets Most Dangerous Intersection the figure eight for the Figure Eight Auto Racing group of cars. In addition the Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8′s and Interstate Batteries Hornets will be in action. The racing begins at 6pm with spectator gates opening at 4pm.
What was known as the 60-Minutes of FEAR has been changed to the 88-Minutes of FEAR in honor of Evergreen Speedway racer Sean Peters who lost his life so young. There are over 20 cars expected for the first of two major Figure Eight events this season. The $3000 to win will bring together the best in the Northwest. Some of the top racers expected are Ricky Dietz, Don Eslick, Nick Gunderson, Lance O’Grain, Mike Steltz, Steve Cox, John Carlson, Quinton Borreson, Steve Peters, Seth Funden, Pat Clark, Chuck Widdis, Tommy Gapp and Steve Schoenfeldt. 88-Minutes of running time will have the racers going through the center of the figure eight over 200 times.
The traveling Northwest Modifieds have not been on the west side of the Cascades in a very long time. The series normally runs at Stateline Speedway in Post Falls, ID and Spokane County Raceway in Airway Heights, WA. The majority of the racers are from Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington. 100-laps on Evergreen’s 3/8-mile oval for these open wheel cars will be fast and exhilarating.
The points battle in the Stinger 8 Division has Todd Stilwell on top with Matt Somerville in second followed by two of the division’s lady drivers Nicole Pollard and Jessica Gray respectively third and fourth. The fifth position is held by Zach Bristol. Another full field of cars is expected with 20-cars receiving points so far this season.
Always having a large 30-40 car count is the Hornet Division. Point leader Jaime Corbett holds a slim 14-point edge over Cyril Greenawalt. Scott Hunt is third with John Hilburn fourth close behind the leaders. Many of these racers in this division also like to run as a Stinger 8 so adding to the already strong list.
The racing begins at 6pm with spectator gates opening at 4pm. Qualifying for the 88-Minutes of FEAR and 100-lap Modified Mains start at 3pm. Heat races will be from 4pm to 5pm followed by a Fan Fest.
For more information on Saturday June 1 Emerald City Harley-Davidson Night at the Races and or the Coors Light Summer Showdown presented by NAPA Auto Parts on June 27, 28 & 29 go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6117.
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.