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.
If you haven’t picked up your tickets for becoming a NASCAR member, you can pick them up in the office Tuesday – Friday or at the back gate Saturdays.
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.
The June 22nd Street Stock race has been moved to September 7th.
There will be no Thursday Night Enduros this year.
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.
For tickets and or more information go to the speedway’s web page at www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6117. Friend us on Facebook at Evergreen Speedway.
The 2nd annual Coors Light Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway on June 27th-29th is the largest three day racing event in the Pacific Northwest. This mid-summer classic will once again bring the best Super Late Model racers to the largest track in the Northwest. Over 42 teams from several Western States and Canada came to Evergreen in 2012 for the inaugural event. This year’s event will be bigger and better based on early car counts. Champion Drivers throughout the West are vying for their chance to become this year’s Summer Showdown winner.
The winner’s share of the Summer Showdown purse rises to $12,000.00 with $1,000.00 for starting the 34-car 200-lap event. The total purse for the three days of racing is over $80,000.00. This year’s action includes the Summer Showdown 200 for Super Late Models, Les Schwab Tires Street Stocks, Foster Press Mini-Stocks, and the traveling Pro Four Alliance Series.
The FREE Coors Light Fan Fest on Thursday evening kicks off the three day extravaganza. The day begins with Summer Showdown practice session for the Super Late Models only from 5pm-8pm. The Fans will be able to enjoy free admission with live music, great food and drink and an autograph session. New to this year’s Fan Fest will be a FREE Chili Feed and BBQ for the drivers and crew members. At the conclusion of the practice there will be a drawing for qualifying order by the contestants in the Summer Showdown 200. Each racer will come on stage and draw a can of Coors Light that will have a number on the bottom. That number will be the order in which they qualify. Interviews with these drivers will also be a part of this new festivity.
Friday June 28th gets started early with qualifying at 4pm for the Les Schwab Street Stocks, Foster Press Mini-Stocks and the Super Late Models for the Summer Showdown 200. Racing begins at 6:30pm with the Mini-Stock and Street Stock mains on the 5/8. They will be followed by the 25-lap qualifying heats for the Super Late Models of the Summer Showdown.
Saturday June 29th starts early with practice sessions for the Last Chance Qualifying race for the Summer Showdown, Pro 4 Alliance Series and the Summer Showdown qualified cars. The racing begins early with a 50-lap Last Chance Qualifier. The Pro 4 Alliance then takes to the 5/8-mile oval as the prelude to the Summer Showdown. At 7:00pm the Coors Light Summer Showdown goes green. 200-laps later we will crown this year’s Summer Showdown winner, $12,000.00 richer!
Rules for the Summer Showdown are posted on the Evergreen Speedway web site at www.evergreenspeedway.com. Registration is available on the web site. Car Numbers, Pit Stalls, Tire Purchase and Pill Draw Order will all be by the registration received date.
Evergreen Speedway has made a few changes for this year’s Summer Showdown. From infield redesign, counting caution laps, elimination of the cone restarts, use of the lucky dog for lapped down cars.
New equipment purchases to ensure quicker cleanup include a new twin turbine blower, on site broom truck, new safety vehicles, plus new sweep-safety staff. Additional tow trucks, Fire and EMS staff and improved fire response equipment have been added this season.
On the customer service side, Evergreen Speedway is now the concessionaire for the first time ever in the 58 year history.
On Monday June 24, the World Famous Richard Petty Driving Experience returns for the second year. RPDE will be on track Monday June 24th for Media Day. Tuesday through Thursday will be times for fans to DRIVE OR RIDE in a NASCAR Cup Car. To sign up for either go to www.drivepetty.com. These sessions are limited and sell out fast, so sign up early to get a session that fits your schedule.
Summer Showdown tickets are on sale now via the web site and or by calling 360-805-6117.