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.
Six time Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Model Champion, Tom Moriarity has returned to Evergreen Speedway as if he was never gone. Winning the Foss Towing 75-lap feature on Saturday May 11, Moriarity, let his fellow competitors know he is ready to contend for another title. The Emerald City Harley-Davidson Super/Stock Figure Eights were in action and Ricky Dietz won the 50-lap main. Zach Bristol won his first ever Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8 main. In the main for the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stock Division, Jason McQuinn was victorious. The Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stock Division main winner was Chad Benjamin. Another great crowd enjoyed the unseasonably warm weather and hot racing.
Moriarity won the Super Late Model feature in strong fashion. Pulling out to a 4-second lead after each restart. Moriarity carrying the US Navy insignia on his hood stated at the post race interview, “I am back!” The best action was for second the entire race. Second place finisher Daniel Moore held off multiple attempts by two drivers trying take his spot away. The first was Naima Lang. Lang tried to pass high and low but just could not get the second spot. Lang eventually spun on the back stretch making significant contact with the inside retaining wall ending his night. Then it was Doni Wanat’s turn. Wanat did what Lang had tried, to no avail. Wanat settled for third. Doug Davidson and John Boyatt rounded out the top five. Next up for the Super Late Models is the makeup of the postponed Mark Galloway 150 Shootout on the BIG 5/8-mile oval on May 25. $6000 to win and $600 to start will draw all the regulars and many visitors with over 30-cars expected.
Super/Stock Figure Eight veteran Dietz drove a masterful race with no pressure from any of his competitors. This division’s second place battle was a heated one. Mike Steltz held the second spot most of the race until Nick Gunderson finally drove by. Gunderson finishing second, was gaining on Dietz, who was on cruise control, but laps ran out in the 50-lap main. Third went to Steltz ahead of Lance O’Grain and Seth Funden. Next up for the Figure Eight Division is the Sean Peters Memorial on May 26 followed the following week June 1, by the all new 88-minutes of FEAR. The 88-minutes of FEAR is drawing drivers from the East Coast to the West by the big purse.
A solid win went to Bristol in the Stinger 8 Division 30-lap main. It was Bristol’s first win in this division. He has coupled that with a win earlier this season in the Hornet Division. Jessica Gray survived the bumping and banging to finish second. Third went to Matt Somerville. Last week’s winner Joselyn LaFleur, had to go to a backup car after losing an engine in the primary during an earlier heat race, finished fourth. Fifth place went to Nicole Pollard. Next up for the Stinger 8 Division is the Sean Peters Memorial on May 26.
A hotly contested Street Stock main event had McQuinn winning for the first time this season. McQuinn who had been on the podium twice in the first three races of the season was jubilant with the win. Joe Kneeland fished a close second and Roger Drake an even closer third. Fourth place went to Duane Schoesbeck followed by Steve Ptacek. Next up for the Street Stock Division is the night of the Mark Galloway Memorial Shootout on May 25.
Mini-Stock visiting driver Benjamin, won the main event with a strong run. Benjamin was able to keep Gary Hanawalt a bay. Hanawalt had his hands full hanging onto second with third place finisher Joe Hobbs on his bumper. Jon Roberts who won the first three races this season and was going for four-in-a-row finished fourth. Fifth went to Devin Kessler, the son of the owner of the evenings sponsor Foss Towing . Next up for the Mini-Stock Division is on Saturday, June 8.
Up next at Evergreen Speedway is Pro/Am Drifting Saturday, May 18. The next circle track racing happens as day one of the two day double header on Memorial Day weekend. Saturday May 25th the Mark Galloway 150 Shootout with over 30 Super Late Models expected for the $6000 to win on the BIG 5/8-mile paved oval. In addition the Street Stocks, Vintage Modifieds and Hornets will be in action. On Sunday may 26th it will be the first annual Sean Peters Memorial. The special night will include a Truck Demolition Derby, Super/Stock Figure Eights, Stinger 8′s, V-8 Extremes and a giant holiday Fireworks Display. Both nights get underway at 6pm. For tickets and or information go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6117.
On Saturday May 11, at Evergreen Speedway it is Foss Towing Night at the Races. The night will feature the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models on the 3/8-mile oval for 75-laps. Plus the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks, Emerald City Harley-Davidson Super/Stock Figure Eights, Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks and Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8′s. Racing begins at 6pm and spectator Gates open at 4pm. Dry weather is forecasted for the second race of the season for the Super Late Model 75.
Super Late Model 2012 champion Naima Lang will be going for two-in-a-row to start the season and a possible fifth title. Six time SLM champion Tom Moriarity, will be vying for the win to back up his second place finish on opening night last Saturday. Eighteen SLM’s started last week’s 100 on the 3/8-mile and that many or more are expected again this Saturday.
Roger Drake won the first three races this season in the Street Stock Division. Drake will try to make it four-in-a-row this Saturday. The previous wins were on a wet track. The forecast is for dry weather this Saturday and Drake has emphasized he prefers a dry track. Darrel Lutovsky second in points also says he prefers a dry track. Jason McQuinn third in the points chase has made it to the podium two of the three races so far this season.
In the Super/Stock Figure Eight Division rookie Lance O’Grain is in the points lead for the 2013 championship. O’Grain is driving last season’s championship car formerly driven by Jake Repin. Repin is taking the year off from racing. Ricky Dietz and Mike Steltz are tied for second only five points back of the leader.
Another driver looking to make it four-in-a-row is Jon Roberts in the Mini-Stock Division. Roberts the 2012 division champion has started his season off with a bang. Travis Woodward is in second with Devin Kessler close behind in third.
Always an extremely competitive division the Stinger 8′s point leader is Todd Stilwell, Second place heading into Saturday’s racing is Matt Somerville and one of the four women racers in this division Nicole Pollard is third.
May 11, racing at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA gets underway at 6pm. For tickets and or information call 360-805-6117 or go to the speedway’s web page at www.evergreenspeedway.com. A reminder that the Coors Light Summer Showdown is getting closer. June 27-29 the biggest race in the NW for Super Late Models with tickets on sale and driver registration both available on line at the web page listed above.
On Saturday night May 4, Naima Lang started his run for a fifth title in the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Model Division here at Evergreen Speedway, in Victory Lane. Seth Funden was dominant, winning the Emerald City Harley-Davidson Super Figure Eight main. The Buzz Inn Steakhouse main was won by Joselyn LaFleur. Interstate Batteries Hornet Division racer Mark Hubbard won the road course main. The warmest day of the year brought out a great crowd for the Genie presents Military Appreciation Night at the Races.
Lang looked, early in the 100-lap Super Late Model main, like he was going to drive away with another SLM Division opening night main. Rookie contender Garrett Archer (16 years old) caught Lang and passed easily on the outside. On every restart Archer was able to pull away from Lang and by lap 97 had over a 1.5 second lead. A caution flew on lap 98. The restart had Archer choosing the inside lane and Lang on the outside. As the two came to the green flag young Archer missed a shift and the lead went to Lang. Archer then spun as he got to turn one and his night was done. If Archer had hung on for the win he would have been the youngest to ever win a Super Late Model feature in the 58 year history of Evergreen Speedway. Another yellow flew for the Archer spin. On the ensuing restart Lang was inside and Tom Moriarity was outside. Moriarity gave all he had but came up a few feet short. Moriarity finished second with John Bender third. Fourth went to Brian Cottrell and fifth was Jeff Knight, who had recovered from an earlier spin. Twenty cars were there to start the day and eighteen made it to the main.
Funden took the lead at the beginning of the 50-lap main for the Super Figure Eights. Funden was never challenged other than a few close calls at the intersection of the figure eight track. John Carlson finished second and rookie Lance O’Grain third. Pat Clark finished fourth ahead of Nick Gunderson.
The Stinger 8 Division had LaFleur winning in convincing fashion by grabbing the early lead and stretching that lead to almost a half lap. Todd Stilwell took a long time to get out of traffic to start his pursuit of LaFleur. Cutting into the lead considerably , Stilwell ran out of laps to finish second in the 30-lap main. John Hilburn and Nicole Pollard finished third and fourth respectively and fifth went to Matt Somerville.
Hornet Division winner Mark Hubbard used his many years of experience at Evergreen to his advantage winning the 20-lap Road Course main by a sizeable margin. Cyril Greenawalt brought his ‘Lightning McQueen’ paint schemed car home in second. Point leader Jaime Corbett finished third. The fourth and fifth positions went to Rick Hubbard and Scott Hunt.
Next Up at Evergreen Speedway on Saturday May 11, is Foss Towing Night at the Races with the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Model 75 on the 3/8-mile oval. In addition the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks and Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks will each be on the 3/8-mile. The figure eight track will have the Emerald City Harley-Davidson Super/Stock Figure Eights and the Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8 Divisions challenging the dreaded X. Racing will begin at 6pm with spectator gates opening at 4pm.
For more information or tickets go to the web at www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6117. Remember the Coors Light Summer Showdown is on June 27-29. Tickets are on sale via the web or telephone and driver registration is available on-line.
At Evergreen Speedway on Saturday, May 4 it is Genie Industries Military Appreciation Night. All Active/Reserve Military and their immediate family will be admitted FREE. The Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models will make their season debut on the 3/8-mile paved oval. In addition the Emerald City Harley-Davidson NASCAR Super/Stock Figure Eights, Buzz Inn Steakhouse NASCAR Stinger 8′s and the Interstate Batteries NASCAR Hornets will be in action. Racing starts at 6pm and front gates open at 4pm. With the warmest temperatures of the year predicted, a large turnout of cars and fans are expected.
The 2013 season kicks off for the Super Late Model Division with over twenty cars confirmed. It is turning into a ‘Night of Champions’ with defending champion Naima Lang back to contend for a fifth title. Other past champions running are: Tom Moriarity, John Bender, Shane Harding and potentially John Zaretzke answering for the past 15 years of championship crowns.
Others expected to vie for the season title are Andy Sole, Doni Wanat, Jeff Knight, Daniel Moore, Doug Davidson, Shane Sawin and last season’s Rookie-of-the-Year Molly Helmuth.
In honor of our nation’s military Jeff Knight will be running the National Guard Logo on his car, Scott LaCross (who is back after a late model hiatus. In the interim he won the 2011 Mini-Stock Championship) will run the Army logo, Tom Moriarity the Navy, John Boyatt the Air Force, John Bender the Coast Guard and Doni Wanat the Marines.
Besides LaCross’ the return to SLM racing Marty Ferguson will be back after a long absence. Throw in Rookie-of-the-Year contenders Garrett Archer and Frank Cowgill (2012 Street Stock Champion),the season looks to be extremely strong for the Super Late Model Division.
Super Figure Eights are back after two weeks off. Steve Peters, Seth Funden, Don Eslick, Ryan Gunderson are among the many that are in the running for the championship. Last season’s champ Jake Repin is sitting out the season and gave his ride to former Stinger 8 Champion, Lance O’Grain. This division is always extremely competitive and keeps the fans on the edge of their seats.
The Stinger 8 Division has four females competing on a regular basis and all four finished the 2012 season in the top ten in points. They are Nicole Pollard, Jessica Gray, Melissa Repin and Joselyn LaFleur. Current point leader for the 2013 championship is Todd Stilwell with Matt Somerville and Bryant Carlson following close behind. These four-cylinder cars keep the world’s most dangerous intersection, the X of the figure eight, a busy place.
Hornet Division point leader Jaime Corbett (2010 Champion) has yet to win in the early going of the 2013 season. On the podium in 2 of the first 3 races this season, Corbett is anxious to get back on the road course. Hornets this season, who traditionally run on the road course, have had two of their races this season on the 3/8-mile oval. Cyril Greenawalt and Scott Hunt hold the next two positions respectively on the points list. Over 40 cars are expected and with the great weather even more could show.
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