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Speed Week ’13 at Evergreen Speedway August 12-17

August 2, 2013 by  
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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.

 

Winged Sprints Return To Evergreen’s 5/8-Mile

August 1, 2013 by  
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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.

Dietz Wins Fig. 8 Nationals

July 28, 2013 by  
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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.

 

Figure Eight Nationals Return July 27

July 25, 2013 by  
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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.

Harding Winner of SLM Feature

July 16, 2013 by  
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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.

Faith & Family Night

July 12, 2013 by  
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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.

Sauls Captures Win & $12k at Summer Showdown

July 1, 2013 by  
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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

 

Entries for the 2013 Summer Showdown Grows

June 24, 2013 by  
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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.

 

Summer Is Here

June 21, 2013 by  
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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.

2013 Summer Showdown Just Days Away

June 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Speedway News

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.

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