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.
$150 will secure you a booth space for all three days of Summer Showdown with 2 working passes per booth per day. If you are interested please contact the office at 360.805.6100. This is for non-food vendors.
Evergreen Speedway is pleased to announce that Roger Fisher, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Member and co-founder of Heart, will be singing the National Anthem for the Summer Showdown on June 29th Saturday Night.
Born in Seattle, Washington on February 14th, 1950, Roger Fisher was founding guitarist of the rock group Heart, globally known through the sales of more than 30 million albums. Roger has played in almost every major city in North America. He has also toured Europe, Japan, Australia, Uzbekistan and Russia, and performed at massive events in the Czech Republic, Japan, Canada and the United States for as many as 280,000 people at a single rock show. He has appeared on a multitude of television shows including Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, and television broadcasts for more than 60 million people in Europe.
Songs featuring Roger’s songwriting and iconic guitar riffs have been used in numerous TV commercials, TV shows, Guitar Hero (3 songs), and in several movies, including Charlie’s Angels and Shrek 3. Other artists have covered his material, including Eminem. His timeless anthem guitar intro to Barracuda is frequently used as the lead in for America’s number one rated radio talk show, Rush Limbaugh. Tony Robbins refers to Barracuda as part of the turning point in his life. It was also controversially featured by Republican presidential and Vice Presidential candidates, John McCain and Sarah Palin in the 2008 election.
The original line-up of Heart was inducted to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2013.
His latest release is album one – ALL TOLD – of a four-album package entitled ONE VISION, with brother Mike, aka Magic Man.
Mini Stocks can buy 2 new tires for the 5/8 race.
Street Stocks can buy 4 new tires for the 5/8 race.
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.
Looking for a hotel room for Summer Showdown? Call and make a reservation at the Everett Holiday Inn and tell them you are staying for Showdown and receive a special room rate. Call 425.339.2000