It was an exciting night of racing at the Evergreen State Fair as all the main events produced dramatic results. Tyler Tanner cruised to a two car length win Saturday at Evergreen Speedway over Shane Harding and Andy Sole, who matched his best run this year. Every bit as crucial as his second win of the season, Tanner picked up 22 points on leader Mike Holden who exited to the pits early for lengthy repairs. The pair go into championship night with a mere 10 point spread. The battle is far from over, as Tanner historically has been superior on the big 5/8, but Holden picked up the first win of his career on the track just one week before. Only a top 5 finish will secure the title for Holden if Tanner carries his momentum to the close of the 100 lap finale.
Doni Wanat and Molly Helmuth brought the field down for the green for the final time on the 3/8 oval for 2014. Wanat surged into the lead with Brandon Scheiber in hot pursuit to close out lap one. Despite a couple strong challenges from the Genie Chevy of Shane Sawin, Wanat held the point through an early caution that collected Helmuth and her Frontier Communications Late Model into the front stretch wall. On the restart, Sawin grabbed the lead by a nose, but couldn’t hold it through the first turn and Wanat came roaring back down the back stretch. Meanwhile Tanner, Holden and Harding were working their way through traffic after the 8 car invert. Tanner took over third on lap 6 and Holden got by for the spot 10 laps later. Holden didn’t waste any time and driving like there’s no tomorrow, set his sights on Sawin, who was already applying heavy pressure to Wanat for the lead. Sawin looked inside for several laps before connecting with the back edge of Wanats bumper, spinning him out of the lead as they came down to complete lap 22 of the 125 lap grind. Sawin received a black flag for his aggression, but was headed to pit road anyway to repair a rear tire flattened by Holden, who also collected the front stretch fence in the melee.
With the top 3 now out of the picture, Tanner inherited the lead with Harding in tow and never looked back. After starting dead last, Andy Sole made his way through the early carnage to settle into the top five, eventually disposing of Peter Link and Jason Kooy for third. Sole took over second from Harding for several laps after a lap 75 restart, but wasn’t able to hold it to the finish as Harding slipped back by to complete lap 90. Harding kept Tanner in his sights but never mounted a serious challenge and they crossed the line a couple car lengths apart with Sole right behind. Joe Constance and Kooy rounded out the top 5.
In other action, Trenton Moriarity held off Bobby DeYoung for his fourth win in his rookie season in the Foster Press Mini Stocks and the two head into championship night tied for the lead in overall points. Lance O’Grain outdueled Jessica Gray in the closing laps of the Stinger 8 main to secure his first win of the season. The two traded the lead several times in the final three laps, with O’Grain squeaking by on the inside of the final turn for the win. In Vintage Modified action, Jim Palmer ran last for 29 straight laps, then slipped by everyone for the win coming out of turn four! First Bobby Wheeler Jr. and Kyten Jones got together for the lead in the closing laps, then on the final turn, Robert Rux collected leader John Mustered. Tom Smitham couldn’t avoid and the trio gathered up Rux who was charging back through the field. Mike Clother and Jones slowed to avoid and Palmer slipped by everyone to collect the victory! Next up is Championship night for 100 laps for the Super Late Models on the 5/8 oval along with the Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Hornets and the Pro 4 Trucks.
We will open the back gate at 10 am when the Fair opens on race day. You can buy your pit pass and come in and drop your car and enjoy the Fair. Depending on the event at a certain time (check the schedule that is posted for that event) we will close and clear the pits and at that time you will need a pit pass to enter. Also please remember that we are using the north pit gate entrance. Please drive slowly while on the fairgrounds. Also if you have a large hauler the Fair would like you to exit to the left through the horse area at the end of the night so we don’t knock over all the orange cones they have set up.
Evergreen Speedway’s races that are scheduled during the fair are considered fair-time events. Tickets will be available on-line (print at home) and at the Fair Box Office. All race event seating is FESTIVAL. During fair, tickets are available at any fair entrance gate or at the Grandstand Box Office prior to the race.
Sun, Aug 31: Demo Derby & Fireworks Show
6pm-10pm Fireworks appx 10pm (doors open 3pm)
Speedway Chevrolet Night at the Fair. Large Car Demo, Mr Dizzy Stunts, Super Stock Figure 8′s, Stingers, Renegades, Train Race, Hornets, and Fireworks
2-5 yrs $5 Buy now | Under 2 Free
Drag Race What You Drive!!!
Mon, Sep 1: Evergreen Street Drags: 11am-5pm (doors open 10am) FREE with paid Fair gate admission
*Fair admission is included with tickets. Prices do not include convenience fees for tickets purchased on-line or over the phone at 1-800-514-ETIX (3849) Ext. #2. Tickets purchased at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds Passbooth located at the West Tunnel Entrance #201 at 14405 179th Ave SE, Monroe, Washington are not subject to a convenience fee.
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by BZ ZELLER
MONROE, WASH., — Momentum and Matt Hein are meshing. Fresh off his hometown win in Roseburg, Hein dominated the NSRA Speedfest Main Saturday night at Evergreen Speedway.
Hein began the program as the quick qualifier with a 19.191 lap turned in on the longest (5/8 mile) track on the tour. Later he went from back to front to win his respective Heat. And, after a pill draw placed him on the inside of Row 2 in the starting grid of the 30-Lap feature, he darted to the front on Lap 4 and led by more than a quarter mile during most of the race.
“We were definitely quick tonight,” Hein said. “Our car was super fast. The crew did a great job of giving me a fast car. It was a lot of fun out there.”
Johnny Giesler, Meridian, Idaho, started second in the Main, led the first four circuits and finished runner-up to Hein. Ryan Burdett, West Jordan, Utah, had the Speedfest pole and finished third ahead of Beck and Ron Larson respectively.
While Hein’s fortunes flourished, other top entrants experienced heartaches.
Season points leader Sierra Jackson, Middleton, Idaho, had mechanical issues following the practice sessions, in which her 25J was the fastest on the oval. Jackson was only able to record one lap time of qualifying and then struggled with the car after every subsequent Main green flag.
“We had a nozzle break during qualifying and blew a spark plug during the Heat,” Jackson said. “Then during the Main the car was just crap.”
Jackson, the former tour champion, entered Monroe with the season points lead, but now trails Hein by nine points as the tour heads to Canada in two weeks. She finished ninth in the Main, but did win her Heat.
The nationally ranked Jackson wasn’t the only victim of mechanical failure Saturday. During a practice session, reigning NSRA champ, Andy Alberding blew the motor in the 76 car, ending his bid to compete at one of his favorite tracks before it started.
“We won’t know until we take it apart what exactly broke,” Alberding said. It could be a rod, but regardless, whatever broke was supposed to. We were unsure about racing in Canada, now it looks like we really might not make it.”
There were 14 entrants at Monroe, with only eight running in the Main when Hein captured the checkered flag. Monroe’s own John Tharp and Jake Mann both experienced engine issues as did Greg Middendorf, Snohomish. Richie Larson, Prince George, BC. also didn’t start the Main.
Matt Mansell, Victoria, British Columbia, drew the only yellow flags of the race. He spun his No. 14 car on Lap 11 and then tagged the rear of Robert Beck, Redmond, on the backshoot of Lap 26 and sent himself into a night-ending spin.
Giesler ranks third in points ahead of Burdett who leapfrogged Alberding in the standings. Bryan Warf, who was in the top five, didn’t compete at Monroe.
Main: 1. Matt Hein; 2. Johnny Giesler; 3. Ryan Burdett, 4. Robert Beck; 5. Ron Larson; 6. Billy Kennelly, 7. Todd Coleman; 8. Sierra Jackson; 9. Greg Middendorf; 10. Matt Mansell; 11. Jake Mann.
Heat 1: Jackson; Kennelly, Ron Larson; Giesler; Mann; Richie Larson
Heat 2: Hein; Coleman; Mansell; Beck; Middendorf; Burdett; Tharp
Hog Heaven for Evergreen Speedway winners during Harley Davidson night
MONROE, Wash. (July 26, 2014)-A first-time winner in the late model division, with racing down to the wire in several of the night’s main events provided an action packed thrill during Evergreen Speedway’s Emerald City Harley Davidson Night at the Races presented by Central Welding Supply held Saturday night.
Providing the biggest moment of the evening was teenage late model sensation, Brandon Scheiber, who scored his first career NASCAR Whelen All-American victory in the Emerald City Harley Davidson Super Late Model division. The division’s Rookie of the Year points leader, nabbed the lead early in the second of two late model 50-lap main events. Once in front Scheiber held off the challenges of John Bender and Jeff Knight en route to the victory.
Late model championship points leader, Mike Holden, scored the win in the night’s first main event. With the victory Holden stretched his championship lead on Daniel Moore and Tyler Tanner heading into the big 100-lap race on August 16 as part of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West stop at Evergreen Speedway.
Carl Davidson led over 20 laps of the Les Schwab Street Stock’s main event only to be overtaken by the hard-charging Roger Drake. Once Drake cleared Davidson it opened the door for Mike Marthaller and Steve Ptacek to move by as well with all three closing out the night atop the podium.
Scott Burby stormed through the Foster Press Mini Stock field en route to his main event victory. Burby, who pulled double-duty on the night as he posted a ninth-place finish in the Interstate Batteries Hornet division, saved his best for last in the Mini-Stock show by posting one of the race’s fastest laps while holding off Andrew Shukar on the white flag lap. Kyle Shukar, Bobby DeYoung and Trenton Moriarty rounded out the top-5 running order.
Zach Bristol scored the Hornet main event victory over JJ Kooy with Justin Brave also in the mix for much of the night before he settled for third-place. Bristol took the lead near the race’s midway point then set sail towards the checkered flag in a lighting quick fashion. Gary Rarden and Cody Hoopes came fourth and fifth place respectively.
Steve Schoenfeldt navigated his Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8 car to victory on he action-packed course as he staved off countless challenges from his competitors including runner-up Jessica Gray and third-place runner, Lance O’Grain.
Evergreen Speedway continues its racing season on Saturday, August 2 with the running of the annual NSRA Winged Sprint Car Speedfest presented by the Angel of the Winds Casino. Also competing during the evening will be the Les Schwab Street Stocks, Foster Press Mini-Stocks, Columbia River Legends and the Northwest Pro 4 Truck Series.
For tickets and other information log onto evergreenspeedway.com or call (360) 805-6100.
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ADULTS 16+: $20.00 / Reserved Sections E&D $25.00
YOUTH 6-15: $10.00 / Reserved Sections E&D $25.00
5 & Under FREE
Active Military and Reserves w/ ID – FREE
Grandstand Access opens at 3pm – Events Start at 6pm – Fireworks at the end of all events when dark.
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THIS POLICY IS IN EFFECT FOR ALL MOTORSPORT EVENTS.
- See Rules during the Evergreen State Fair. ]
- ONE SOFT SIDE BAG OR COOLER NO LARGER THAN 14 x 14 x 14 inches.
- To ensure these items fit underneath grandstand seats and do not block walkways, coolers with
telescoping handles and wheels will not be permitted.
- One lightweight backpack. Bag can be similar to a daypack carried by school students, approximately
17inches in length.
- Fans can bring in one cooler and one backpack.
- Binoculars, scanners, headsets, cameras, not in a bag, worn separately over the neck or on the belt and
seat cushions carried separately are also allowed.
- All items brought through the grandstand gate will be inspected.
- The following may not enter the admission gates:
NO FIREARMS, NO OUTSIDE FIREWORKS or GLASS or ALCOHOL.
Hard sided coolers, thermos and insulated cups of any size.
No umbrellas that obstruct fan view.
Any bags, backpacks, or containers larger than the allowed size.
None of the above restricted items may be left in or around the admissions gate area.
The above are subject to change without notice.
- To expedite entrance into the facility, guests are encouraged to arrive at the gates as early as possible.
Available to those 21 & Older with ID & Wristband
Main Concessions, Kettle Corn, Slushies Zone, Ice Cream U Scream, Taco Fiesta & BBQ Stands Available.
Hot Dogs, Burgers, Chicken Strips, Nachos, Chili.