It was Driver Reunion night presented by Seattle Suntan at Evergreen Speedway last Saturday night along with an Evergreen Speedway Hall of Fame celebration attended by many surviving members of this prestigious group. There was also a Memorial presentation honoring the members of the 5 Hall of Famers that have passed on in the past year, including remembrances of Mick Tomlin, Don Perry, Gordy Stewart, Ron Daggett and Donnie Scriver.
Five classes took to the track on a bright, sunny Saturday afternoon. Qualifying started off the day, with Aaron Green setting fast time in the Northwest Pro 4 Trucks, Quenton Borreson in the Monroe Grocery Outlet Super Stock Figure 8’s, Mike Holden in the Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Model Series, and Trenton Moriarty qualified first in the 27 car field for the Outlaw Compact Super Series. Moriarty set the fast time on his first of two qualifying laps, and as he was coming out of turn two on his second lap, suspension issues halted his progress and was towed back to his pit stall. The Les Schwab Street Stock division set their heat race and main event line-ups based on points.
In the first main event of the night, the Northwest Pro 4 Trucks took to the 3/8’s oval, with eleven trucks making up the field. Rick Shaver took the early lead, and managed to keep it for the first 2/3rds of the race. Doug Wilkenson experienced issues on restarts, and it seemed like his truck couldn’t get out of its own shadow until it finally came to life all the while losing positions. When his truck finally got wound back up, he was flying. An incident later in the race brought out a caution, and leader Rick Shaver left the track. On the restart, Wilkenson had the same results, but his truck roared to life and on the white flag lap, he made a thrilling move out of turn 4 to get his first win of 2015 over Pete Brady and Aaron Green.
The Monroe Grocery Outlet Super Stock Figure 8’s were up next for their 25 lap main event. 10 cars took to the track in a relatively “tame” race. As expected, the “One Armed Bandit” continued on his way to his second consecutive championship in this division with a start at the back of the field and precision driving to the front for the win. Doug Delfel in a new car that he described on the Angel of the Winds victory stage as “Not so much fun to drive….yet” finished 2nd and Devin Jenkins took 3rd.
In the Les Schwab Street Stock’s, 18 cars showed up to battle it out on the 3/8’s. Current point’s leader Chad Fitzpatrick had a busy week, what with graduation from high school and all. After the thrilling victory he pulled off last Saturday, the 12 team were looking to make it 3 wins in a row, but while Chad was feeling fine, the car wasn’t. Chad got mired in traffic in the 30 lap main, and just couldn’t get the wick turned up resulting in a 6th place finish. Duane Schoesbeck returned to Evergreen Speedway to pick up the win going away, with Carl Davidson putting in his best effort of the season placing 2nd with Roger Drake following in 3rd.
The feature race of the night was the 50 lap “Mini Mania” race for the Outlaw Compact Series. It was awesome to see racers from the Wenatchee Valley Super Oval, Yakima Speedway and most of the regulars of the Foster Press Mini Stock division run this race. To add to the diversity of compact cars, several Northwest Pro 4 Trucks entered the race, including earlier main event winner Doug Wilkenson. As mentioned above, Trenton Moriarty, current points leader at Evergreen and undefeated in main events this season set fast time for this race. Evergreen regular Scott Burby burst to the lead and held it through several caution flags. Long time racer in the Outlaw Compacts Nat Barber, racing at his home track found himself hitting the inside wall coming into turn 3 halting the race while making sure that Barber was okay. The crowd gave Nat a nice round of applause upon hearing that Nat was unharmed. His race car however is a way different story. Another one of those flags involved the NWP4T of Wilkenson, hitting the front stretch wall hard, retiring him from the race. Trenton Moriarty shucked and jived his way through traffic to take the lead and win going away. Scott Burby held off a furious charge by NWP4T driver Jason Majors to finish 2nd and Majors took home the 3rd place trophy.
The Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Models made their final appearance at Evergreen Speedway until the 4th Annual Summer Showdown with a 75 lap main on the 3/8’s oval. 15 cars timed in earlier in the day. Rookie of the Year contender Luke Selliken, driving for Mike Barrett Motorports comes up from Portland Oregon to race with the best in the Northwest, started up front and was never seriously threatened on his way to his first victory in a Super Late Model. Luke had his restarts down to a science, holding off last year’s champion Mike Holden for 3-4 times. “I can’t believe what just happened” Selliken said from the Angel of the Winds Casino Hotel victory stage, “I was getting kind of tired towards the end, but it’s an amazing feeling to get a win on this class. Can’t wait for the Showdown!” Holden finished 2nd and Shane Sawin made his first podium finish this season with his 3rd place finish.
In a night filled with a lot of memories, both from the past and present, a highlight was the individual selected to give the command to start the engines for the Super Late Model main event. Mickey Beadle was the promoter/operator of Evergreen Speedway for 25+ years, and after being introduced commented on the outstanding effort put in by the staff of High Roads Promotions in resurrecting Evergreen Speedway to its former glory. Mickey and the Beadle family for years poured their heart and soul into one of the most unique race tracks in the country, and many in the grandstand and the returning racers from the past were happy to see the Beadles back at the track they had so much passion for.
Up next Saturday will be Walmart Community Night at the Races. Kids 10 and under get in free, and adults are only $10.00. We’ll have Figure 8 racing, the West Coast Vintage Modifieds return, the Interstate Battery Hornets and Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s will see action. The Foreign Stock Car Racing Association will celebrate 50 years of racing this Saturday at Evergreen Speedway. Check outwww.frcsasuper4s.net for more information on this historical event. Tony Deegan will be on this week’s edition of Northsound Racingthis Thursday from 5:00 to 6:30 PM to talk about the FSCRA. Tune in FOXSPORTS 1380 KRKO Radio, or listen online atwww.northsoundracing.com
The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience is back at Evergreen Speedway on June 19th and the morning of the 20th. More information on how you can drive a Super Late Model at Evergreen Speedway can be had on www.racewithrusty.com. They have great packages available, so check it out soon. You won’t be sorry you did.
Tickets still available for the Summer Showdown and Budweiser Speedweeks at the end of this month. Reserve your favorite seats onwww.evergeenspeedway.com, or call the office at 360-805-6100. This is a huge event with an incredible payout. Drivers from all across the country are loading up and heading to the Super Speedway of the West for this prestigious event.
Cody Hoopes of Redmond, WA. capitalized on a front row starting spot and lead the Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger Nationals to a wire to wire victory in the 50 lap main event. Meanwhile, Chad Fitzpatrick out muscled champ Roger Drake to earn the top spot by a fender for the Les Schwab Street stocks in what was surely the best race of the year so far.
Hoopes qualified number two, earning the front row starting spot in the Nationals and never looked back as he led every lap. It wasn’t easy though as Bryce Kolar making his first Stinger 8 start of the year gave virtually all of the leaders fits as he refused to yield his Honda at the intersection for any and all conditions, breaking up the pack of racers dicing for position on a regular basis. Kolar brought the crowd to their feet time after time with his heroics, sending the leaders scrambling for a clean pass through the cross roads. The top ten settled in to position by lap thirty and spent the remainder of the race threading the needle. Nicole Pollard trailed Hooped the entire distance, closing to within striking distance in the closing laps, but had to yield one last time inside of 5 to go and the race was settled. Jessica Gray, Matt Somerville and Lance O’Grain rounded out the top five.
Roger Drake sailed into the lead of the Street Stock main from his second row starting spot to lead the first lap, the beneficiary of an attempted jump by front row starter Chuck Richard. When Richard attempted to get the jump, pole sitter Kenny Erickson didn’t bite, and Rickard ended up costing himself five positions by the end of the first lap. Fitzpatrick settled into second by lap 12. A lap 25 caution bunched the field together, giving Fitzpatrick a shot. As Drake brought the field down for the restart, Roger went first, but hazed his tires and Fitzptrick capitalized, leading the field into turn 1. Out of four for the White flag, Fitz slid up a groove allowing Drake a look inside. Drake lead down the back stretch, and Fitzpatrick inched ahead going to three. Virtually even through the final turn, Fitzpatrick had enough momentum on the outside to nose ahead of Drake by half a fender for the finish and claim the win. Darrell Lutovsky claimed the final podium spot in his first run of the year at Evergreen.
Chris Curtis took home the 30 lap Outlaw Figure 8 main, while Scott Hunt claimed the Hornet main event on the 3/8 oval and Trenton Moriarity led every lap of the Mini Stock main event to remain undefeated in his campaign to defend his championship rookie season.
Saturday night is Driver Reunion night at the speedway so there will be lots of special activities along with the Super Late Model 75 and Outlaw Compact open competition event with well over 40 entries expected. Summer Showdown is on the docket for the end of June as the summer heats up at the historic facility. You can get tickets for all these events by visiting www.EvergreenSpeedway.com.
The unstoppable Kelly Mann Express steam rolled the competition at the fifth running of the Mark Galloway Memorial Shootout. Mann took command on lap 89 of the 150 lap affair and was never seriously challenged as he cruised to a two second victory and his fourth win in a row. Kelly is undefeated in the opening three rounds at South Sound Speedway and is on a serious roll heading toward Summer Showdown and an excellent shot at the healthy $25,000 first place bounty.
The weekend started with practice on Friday night for the combined NASCAR Whelen All American Series and Tri Track Super Late Model event. The monster 5/8 mile claimed its first two victims before the night was over with Jay Sauls of Puyallup and Yakima’s Randy Marshall Jr. suffering unrepairable mechanical failures and heading home early. Saturday, Shane Harding of Vancouver BC blistered qualifying with a 22.204 and drew a 4 for the minimum invert putting Spokane’s Blake Williams on the pole for the start. Moxee, WA’s Mike Longton got the initial jump from his outside front row starting position and laid down some scorching times of his own and stretched out to a 6 car length lead. The field slowed at lap 24 for the first caution of the night, the result of Tyler Baker’s engine failure. The restart brought the first serious altercation when Marysville’s Andy Sole slowed out of two when a tire went down. The field piled up behind him and several contenders were eliminated in the melee including Gary Lewis, Ron Eaton, Daniel Moore and Parker Stephens.
Longton repeatedly chose to restart from the outside and continued his commanding pace to lead the first 48 circuits. Longton may have used up all he had however as Blake Williams closed the gap and took over just shy of lap 49 and Longton fell from the lead lap before the lap 100 break. Williams continued uninterrupted for the next 35 laps while Mann worked his way through the field from his fourth row starting spot until John Boyatt had a catastrophic failure in the drive train, sending the transmission up through the floor and Boyatt hard into the turn one wall driver’s side first. The red flag was immediate so EMS crews could get to the scene quickly. Fortunately Boyatt was uninjured, but the car not so much. The restart allowed Mann to close the gap and he disposed of Williams a few laps later to lead the final 10 laps before the break for fuel and a pair of tires.
Mann once again chose the inside for the restart and got the jump, but was slowed a few moments later when Luke Selliken and Jeff Knight got together in Turn 1. Mann continued to dominate through a few more restarts, all for broken components suffering their demise from the rough ride modern set ups provide. First time visitor Mitch Kleyn as well as Longton, after having fought his way back on to the lead lap, suffered suspension failures in the closing laps while running in the top 10. The final green flag flew on lap 142 and Mann cruised to his first major win as Williams and Mike Holden rounded out the podium. K&N Pro Series West Rookie contender Gracin Raz crossed fourth and young Selliken completed the top 5 after starting dead last in his first attempt on the 5/8 oval, the result of missing qualifying while making repairs.
Roger Drake, John Grosvenor and Garrett Archer won the preliminary mains in Street Stocks, FSCRA Super 4’s and Legends respectively. Archer has been tearing up the Legends events as he keeps his feet wet, waiting for a return to Super Late Model racing, possibly in the Summer Showdown at the end of June.
Saturday night is Driver Reunion night at the speedway so there will be lots of special activities along with the Super Late Model 75 and Outlaw Compact open competition event with well over 40 entries expected. Summer Showdown is on the docket for the end of June as the summer heats up at the historic facility. You can get tickets for all these events by visiting www.EvergreenSpeedway.com
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It’s fast and bragging rights are on the line at our 515 foot drag strip. You can drag race your street car with 8 brackets to choose from ranging from a daily driver to the all out outlaw. Specific bracket information at our track can be found here.
All you need is to be 16 years old or older a vehicle, a helmet, and a $30 entrance fee. (Permission from an accompanying parent required if 16 or 17 years old.)
Evergreen Speedway Recap for 5/16/2015
The Rolling Thunder Big Rigs along with the return of the WESCO Sprint Cars provided a packed house at Evergreen Speedway with excitement that will be remembered for quite a while!
Reardon’s Chrysler Jeep Ram of Monroe presented the 2015 debut of the Rolling Thunder Big Rigs. In an interview during the Fan Fest, series owner Mike Gibbons explained that this group of racers is the real deal. “Don’t for a second think that we are going to put on an exhibition” Gibbons said. “These guys and gals are spot on serious about competition. It’s been a couple of years since we last raced at Evergreen Speedway and all of them are amped up about getting the season started”
The heat races proved Gibbons point, as the series only female driver Tammi Rodstrom thrilled the crowd with her 3-wide win. In the 25 lap main event, Rodstrom started on the pole and led the first few laps of the race. There was a caution on lap 2 as 3 trucks got tangled up in turn one. The trucks shuffled back and forth after the restart, until a mandatory caution at lap 12. This caution was used to cool the trucks down because of the extreme amount of heat generated during the race. Dustin Smith took the lead after the restart, and survived a furious charge from Dave Barr’s 1948 International. Smith took his 1967 Peterbilt to the checkered flag with Barr in second and Scott “Scooter” Zahn in third. Thanks to Reardon’s Chrysler Jeep Ram of Monroe for bringing this crowd pleasing group back to Evergreen Speedway.
Trenton Moriarty is on a kind of roll that hasn’t been seen at Evergreen Speedway in a long time. Last year’s Rookie of the Year and Series Champion in the Foster Press NASCAR Mini Stock division has been the top qualifier and main event winner in all 3 previous races this season, and continued his mastery of the division by setting fast time and winning the 25 lap main event. Scott Burby led over half the race until Moriarty asserted his Volkswagen around Burby’s Mustang to pull off the win. Brad Thomas finished 3rd.
The WESCO Sprint cars returned to the 3/8’s mile oval with Todd Coleman leading the 10 cars that attempted to qualify. Coleman turned a lap at 14.891 seconds and 90.659 miles per hour to set up the 30 lap main event. The 12 car of Cameron Neisenger broke out into the lead and held on until the engine blew up going into turn 3 with one lap to go. Todd Coleman raced the green-white-checkered finish to the end, with Greg Midendorf finishing 2nd and Olympia’s Doug Mc Lees took 3rd.
Six cars raced in the Outlaw Figure 8 division, with 2014 Champion Mike Steltz driving his DR Consulting car to the front until a collision with Chris Curtis going into turn 3 spun Steltz around ending his chance for his second straight win. The 33 Gunderson Speed Shop entry driven by Nick Gunderson picked up his first win of the season with Cowboy John Carlson in 2nd and Chris Curtis finishing 3rd.
The Northwest Pro 4 Trucks made their return to Evergreen Speedway with a nice 10 truck field. The 25 lap main event eventually came down to a father son battle between Aaron and Matt Green. The two ran away from the field until the 6 truck of Aaron green went away with engine issues, allowing son Matt to take the win. Rod Helmuth made his first start in a NWP4T filling in for Mike Tipps and finished 2nd with Rick Shaver finishing 3rd. Props to Hailey Wilkenson for her 4th place finish.
This weekend is going to be a huge one for all fans of Evergreen Speedway. The Tri-Track Super Late Model Series make its first appearance at Evergreen Speedway. The Galloway 150 Shootout will be run on Saturday May 23rd. The best Super Late Models in the Northwest will be racing on the longest track they will see this season, the 5’8’s mile oval at Evergreen Speedway. TTSLMS Points Leader Tayler Riddle will attempt to continue his quest for the 2015 Championship along with drivers Parker Stephens, Garrett Evans, Gary Lewis, Mike Longton doing battle with Evergreen drivers Doni Wanat, Jeff Knight, Brandon Scheiber, Andy Sole and 2014 Series Champion Mike Holden all expected to contend for the trophy at the end of 150 laps. The Galloway Shootout is a “must-win” race for all who enter. Fans are welcome to attend the Friday practice session from 5-9PM. Also on the schedule with be the return of both the Foreign Stock Car Racing Association Pro 4’s and the exciting Columbia River Legends.
Sunday the 24th will feature the Sean Peters Truck Fest Demo Derby along with the Monroe Grocery Outlet Super Stock Figure 8’s, Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s, the WWRA Bump to Pass cars, Boat Races and day #2 for the Columbia River Legends. The night will conclude with another incredible Memorial Day Fireworks display that Evergreen Speedway had become famous for over the years.
Tickets for all races this weekend and all season long are available on www.evergreenspeedway.com, or you can reserve the best seat in the house by calling the Speedway office at 360-805-6100. It’s a great way to make sure that you are in your favorite spot for the upcoming Evergreen Speedway Summer Showdown! Budweiser Speedweek begins on June 22nd with the 200 lap Summer Showdown being run on Saturday June 27th!
Rairdon’s Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Monroe Presents the Rolling Thunder Big Rigs Saturday May 16th – 6pm at Evergreen Speedway.
No Green Screens. No Computer Generated Effects… This is Real, Live and this Saturday 6pm. Staring Rolling Thunder Big Rig Racing, Outlaw Figure 8, Winged Sprint Cars! With special guest stars the Pro 4 Trucks and NASCAR Mini Stocks
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Grandstands open at 4pm, Events Start at 6pm. Come early and enjoy the FanFest at 5pm. Meet the Superstars of Speed. See these Monsters up close!
Adult Tickets $20, Kids 6 & Under FREE.