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.
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.
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Grandstand Access opens at 3pm – Events Start at 6pm – Fireworks at the end of all events when dark.
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The three day $100,000.00 Third Annual Summer Showdown presented by Coors Light at Evergreen Speedway did all it was intended to do and more. It was designed to bring together many of North America’s Super Late Model drivers young, old, male and female. Fifty-four drivers were on hand to be challenged by Evergreen’s BIG track, the 5/8-mile paved oval. The drivers represented 8 US States and two Provinces of Canada. In turn the fans showed their support by turning out in droves. The weather Gods supported the event with only a few showers during the three days. It gave Evergreen Speedway, the largest NASCAR weekly short track west of the Mississippi, a chance to show the country that it is the ‘Super Speedway of the West’. Canada’s Cameron Hayley came and he conquered by winning the $20,000.00 winner’s check plus was the Don Scriver Memorial Fast Time recipient of $1,000.00 by setting fast time and a new track record of :22.002, over 114mph. In addition on Thursday June 26 while everyone else was practicing their racing skills in Monroe, WA, Hayley was home in Calgary, Alberta, Canada graduating from Bishop Carroll High School.
Hayley led the entire 200-laps of the Saturday night Summer Showdown. The young 17 year old also led all of his 25-lap Qualifying Heat Race on Friday night. A total of $21,000.00 was quite the graduation gift he gave himself. In 2013 Cameron was one of ten drivers to be included in NASCAR’s Next. The NASCAR Next is an initiative to help spotlight NASCAR’s rising stars – and bolster fan recognition around talent that will grow into NASCAR Sprint Cup Series mainstays.
The challenges for Hayley during the 200 laps were many. On each of the six restarts due to yellow flags he had to start side by side with his closest pursuer for the lead. Withstanding each of those challenges, the other was tire wear. At the halfway break to take on new tires Hayley said during a brief interview “I thought I had a right front flat then a left rear flat, I even thought they were all flat when I came in”. With the new tires in the second half Hayley stayed out front. With a late caution coming out on lap 196 there was to be one more double file re-start. This one had the 2012 Summer Showdown winner fellow Canadian Pete Harding (Surrey, BC) on the inside of the front row, as Hayley had chosen the outside. In row two was veteran Garrett Evans (E. Wenatchee, WA). The rules called for five green flag laps to end the race. On the re-start at lap 200 Hayley made a strong run into turn one and held back Harding. Harding lost second to Evans. Evans made a strong effort to catch Hayley in the last four laps but finished second by :0.634 seconds. Harding was third. Youth vs age and youth won this time. Harding and Evans both have strong racing credentials that they have garnered throughout their respective racing careers.
Side Bar: Hayley will be back at Evergreen on August 16 with his Cabinets by Hayley K&N Pro Series West car for the NAPA Auto Parts K&N Pro Series West 150. Wanting to take his Super Late Model to the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida the first weekend of December, Hayley said, “The $20,000.00 will sure help in getting us there”.
In Saturday’s 50-lap Last Chance Shootout presented by Epic Firearms, 8 cars qualified to move up to the 36-car Summer Showdown 200. That race was won by Daniel Moore (Spokane, WA). Ron Eaton (Tacoma, WA) finished second with Zack Beaman (Yakima, WA) third. John Zaretzke (Snohomish, WA), Jason Gilbert (Pleasanton, CA), Korbin Thomas (White Rock, BC), Doni Wanat (Woodinville, WA) and Peter Link (North Bend, WA) all moved up to the Showdown. Of this group young Zack Beaman, who started 31st, finished the highest in the Showdown at fifth.
The youngest driver to start the Summer Showdown 200 was 16-year old Nicole Behar (Otis Orchards, WA). One of the record four women to enter the event. It was Behar’s first time at Evergreen and was the only woman to make the 200 and did so via her strong 15th quick qualifying effort. Behar finished a very respectable 12th on the lead lap. Nicole will return to Evergreen’s 5/8-mile on August 16 with her new NASCAR K&N Pro Series West car for the NAPA Auto Parts 150.
Friday’s racing included the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stock and Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stock Divisions in 30 lap mains on the BIG track. The Street Stock main was won by Jason McQuinn with Chad Fitzpatrick second and Joe Kneeland third. The Mini-Stock winner was Josh Ingram followed by Trenton Moriarity and Andrew Schukar. The four qualifying heat races for the Summer Showdown were also on Friday, with the top six from each race moving into the Saturday’s Summer Showdown 200. The other four were added from the fastest from earlier qualifying that did not get in via their heat race. Hayley won race #1. Race #2 was won by Jim Pettit (Prunedale, CA), Race #3 Jason Fraser (Snohomish, WA) and Race #4 Owen Riddle (Naches, WA).
On Saturday the traveling Pro 4 Alliance Series ran a 40-lap main on the BIG Track. The winner was Eddie Secord (Oak hills, CA). Second went to Bud Rumsey (Prosser, WA) and third was Tobey Becker (Highland, CA).
Next Up: The July 4th USA Birthday Bash featuring Mr. Dizzy Stunts, Boat Races, Outlaw Figure 8, Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8, Interstate Batteries Hornets, Renegade 8’s, Big Car Demo Derby and Fireworks. Start time is 6pm with grandstand gates opening at 3pm.
Evergreen Speedway Summer Showdown Weekend Results:
Friday June 27:
Don Scriver Memorial Fast Time Award ($1,000.00): Cameron Hayley – :22.002 NTR
Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks (30-laps 5/8-mile oval): 1. Jason McQuinn, 2. Chad Fitzpatrick, 3. Joe Kneeland, 4. Roger Drake, 5. Darrell Lutovsky, 6. Mike Marthaller, 7. Kenny Erickson, 8. Brent Rohrer, 9. Zach Bristol, 10. Jim Foti, 11. Kevin Compton, 12. Steve Kunz, 13. Duane Schoesbeck, 14. Steve Ptacek, 15. Casey Merrill
Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks (30-laps 5/8-mile oval): 1. Josh Ingram, 2. Trenton Moriarity, 3. Andrew Schukar, 4. Dale Creager, 5. Devin Kessler, 6. Mark Creager, 7. Bobby DeYoung, 8. Nat Barber, 9. Scott Burby, 10. Chuck Richard, 11. Rod Helmuth, 12. Kyle Schukar, 13. Travis Woodward, 14. Aaron Flett, 15. Doug Hinds, 16. Ryan Rasmussen, 17. Brad Thomas, 18. Kevin Larson
Summer Showdown Qualifying Heat Race #1 (25-laps 5/8-mile oval): 1. Cameron Hayley (Calgary, Alb., Canada), 2. Eric Schmidt (Roseville, CA), 3. Pete Harding (Surrey, BC, Canada), 4. Tyler Tanner (Auburn, WA), 5. Brent Harris (Wenatchee, WA), 6. Jason Kooy (Monroe, WA), 7. Daniel Moore (Spokane, WA), 8. Nicole Behar (Otis Orchards, WA), 9. Mike Holden (Snohomish, WA), 10. Jason Gilbert (Pleasanton, CA), 11. Zack Beaman (Yakima, WA), 12. John Lathrop Jr. (Puyallup, WA), 13. Dave Garber (Spokane, WA)
Summer Showdown Qualifying Heat Race #2 (25-laps 5/8-mile oval): 1. Jim Pettit II (Prunedale, CA), 2. Shelby Thompson (Spokane, WA), 3. Jay Sauls (Puyallup, WA), 4. Shane Mitchell (Orondo, WA), 5. Tayler Riddle (Naches, WA), 6. Trevor Emond (Leduc, Alb., Canada), 7. Mark Sundberg (Seattle, WA), 8. Andy Sole (Marysville, WA), 9. Braeden Havens (Spokane, WA), 10. Rob Angus (Langley, BC, Canada), 11. Peter Link (North Bend, WA), 12. Will Hunholz (Vail, AZ), 13. Dave Miller (Coquille, OR)
Summer Showdown Qualifying Heat Race #3 (25-laps 5/8-mile oval): 1. Jason Fraser (Snohomish, WA), 2. Gary Lewis (Snohomish, WA), 3. John Bender (Snohomish, WA), 4. Jonathan Gomez (twin Falls, ID), 5. Naima Lang (Snohomish, WA), 6. Ryan Wells (Hingham, MT), 7. Blake Williams (Spokane, WA), 8. Jessica Dana (Olympia, WA), 9. Jeff Knight (Monroe, WA), 10. Tim McDougald (Tacoma, WA), 11. Mariah McGriff (Tucson, AZ), 12. Ron Eaton (Tacoma, WA), 13. John Boyatt (Graham, WA)
Summer Showdown Qualifying Heat Race #4 (25-laps 5/8-mile oval): 1. Owen Riddle (Naches, WA), 2. Garrett Evans (E. Wenatchee, WA), 3. Gracin Raz (Lake Oswego, OR), 4. Kelly Mann (Monroe, WA), 5. Dustin Ash (Las Vegas, NV), 6. Mike Longton (Moxee, WA), 7. Korbin Thomas (White Rock, BC, Canada), 8. Doni Wanat (Woodinville, WA), 9. Austin Reed (Mooresville, NC), 10. Ryan Philpott (Tracy, CA), 11. Tom Sweatman (Cosmopolis, WA), 12. Tim Minister (Eatonville, WA), DNS Molly Helmuth (Seattle, WA), DNS Shane Harding (Langley, BC, Canada), DNS John Zaretzke (Snohomish, WA)
Saturday June 28:
Summer Showdown Last Chance Shootout presented by Epic Firearms of Monroe (50-laps 5/8-mile oval): 1. Daniel Moore, 2. Ron Eaton, 3. Zack Beaman, 4. John Zaretzke, 5. Jason Gilbert, 6. Korbin Thomas, 7. Doni Wanat, 8. Peter Link, 9. Mike Holden, 10. Jeff Knight, 11. John Lathrop Jr., 12. Mariah McGriff, 13. Austin Reed, 14. Dave Garber, 15. Rob Angus, 16. Dave Miller, 17. Andy Sole, 18. Tim McDougald, 19. Jessica Dana, 20. John Boyatt, 21. Tim Minister, 22. Will Hunholz, 23. Tom Sweatman, 24. Ryan Philpott
Pro 4 Alliance Series Main (40-laps 5/8-mile oval): 1. Eddie Secord, 2. Bud Rumsey, 3. Toby Becker, 4. Kayla Pittman, 5. Eric Kaas, 6. Max Schroeder, 7. Steve Thompson, 8. Charles McDonald, 9. Jerry Hayes, 10. Brendon Fries, 11. Alex Peck, 12. Johnny Rumsey, 13. Tom Pinkowsky, 14. CJ Hawley, 15. Ken Chandler, 16. Steve Catlow, 17. Jeff Raver, 18. Rick Thompson
3rd Annual Summer Showdown presented by Coors Light (200-laps 5/8-mile oval) (place – car# – name – laps completed): 1-24 Cameron Hayley 206; 2-64 Garrett Evans 206; 3-39 Pete Harding 206; 4-00 Naima Lang 206; 5-25b Zack Beaman 206; 6-73 Gary Lewis 206; 7-10r Owen Riddle 206; 8-19 Korbin Thomas 206; 9-37 Mike Longton 206; 10-15t Tayler Riddle 206; 11-99 Shane Mitchell 206; 12-33 Nicole Behar 206; 13-18p Jim Pettit II 206; 14-16w Blake Williams 205; 15-78 John Zaretzke 198; 16-83 Braeden Havens 195; 17-25 Peter Link 180; 18-05 Eric Schmidt 179; 19-65 Tyler Tanner 166; 20-26 Jason Kooy 165; 21-15g Gracin Raz 158; 22-31 Jason Fraser 157; 23-20t Shelby Thompson 141; 24-7e Ron Eaton 132; 25-17 Trevor Emond 132; 26-16 Daniel Moore 115; 27-88 Jason Gilbert 100; 28-7s Mark Sundberg 96; 29-5 Ryan Wells 85; 30-22 Jonathon Gomez 68; 31-0 Brent Harris 56; 32-20s Jay Sauls 47; 33-11 Dustin Ash 47; 34-9 Kelly Mann 29; 35-18 John Bender 29; 36-89 Doni Wanat 14
After months of preparation for the biggest and richest Super Late Model Race on the West Coast, Evergreen Speedway’s 3rd Annual NASCAR Summer Showdown presented by Coors Light on June 27 & 28 is finally here. It should be a record number of Super Late Models with over 50 cars pre-registered and more expected by race day. The $100,000.00+ has drawn drivers from 8 States and 2 Provinces of Canada. The speed weekend begins on Thursday June 26 with an open practice on the BIG Track the 5/8-mile oval. Friday June 27 has Summer Showdown qualifying for the Super Late Models. The local Street Stock and Mini-Stock Divisions will be on the 5/8-mile for main events. The very important Summer Showdown Qualifying Heats (25-laps) where the drivers race their way into the big race. Saturday will have the Last Chance Shootout(s) (50-laps) to qualify for the remaining positions in the 36 car Summer Showdown 200-lap race with $20,000.00 going to the winner plus the Pro 4 Alliance Race (40-laps) for the 4-cylinder Late Models.
Not only are the drivers from the 8 US States and 2 Canadian Provinces they are very diverse in age and experience. From top named drivers that have won many series and track championships to a group of in their teens to a bit more mature group in their twenties and beyond.
The seasoned veterans include these champions: Pete Harding (Langley, BC) NASCAR NW Tour and winner of the inaugural 2012 Summer Showdown; Garrett Evans (E. Wenatchee, WA) 4-Time NASCAR NW Tour; Ron Eaton (Tacoma, WA) 3-Time NASCAR NW Tour; Gary Lewis (Snohomish, WA) 2-Time NASCAR NW Tour, ARCA NW Tour, ASA NW Tour and Evergreen Speedway Super Late Models; Shane Mitchell (Orondo, WA) many at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval; Jim Pettit (Prunedale, CA) 2-Time NASCAR SW Tour & 3-Time SRL; Trevor Emond (Leduc, AB) 10 Time Champion on Asphalt, Dirt and Motocross and Dave Garber (Spokane Valley, WA) 3-Time INSSA Champion.
There are four women entered all in their teens: Molly Helmuth (Seattle, WA) 19-years old is a regular Super Late Model driver at Evergreen Speedway; Jessica Dana (Olympia, WA) 19-years old has the second most experience on the BIG track, the 5/8-mile oval at Evergreen Speedway; Nicole Behar (Otis Orchards, WA) is this youngest of the four at just 16-years old. Her home track is Stateline Speedway in Post Falls, Idaho; Mariah McGriff (Tucson, AZ) the 18 year old granddaughter of NASCAR Legend Hershel McGriff. Mariah will be making her first trip to Evergreen Speedway as a Super Late Model driver. Her home track is NASCAR’s newest Home Track, Tucson Speedway in Tucson, AZ. Each of these ladies has a strong background in racing. Check out at their highlights on their individual web sites.
Some of the other very talented racers in their teens entered are: Gracin Raz (Lake Oswego, OR) 16-years old; Blake Williams (Spokane, WA) 19-years old; Peter Link (Snoqualmie, WA) 19 years old; Brandon Scheiber (Maple Valley, WA) 19-years old; Cameron Hayley (Calgary, AB) 17-years old. Each of these drivers already have championships from quarter midgets to karting. Many have won major races in their young careers. Each has aspirations to further their career and the Summer Showdown’s national attention is another step toward the top.
The twenty somethings abound being led by: Jay Sauls (Puyallup, WA) winner of the 2013 Summer Showdown; Dylan Lupton (Sacramento, CA) 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Rookie of the Year with 1 win that came at Evergreen Speedway; Owen Riddle (Naches, WA) multiple championships at Yakima Speedway making his first trip to Evergreen Speedway; Dustin Ash (Las Vegas, NV) Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring Champion; Austin Reed (Mooresville, NC) multiple championships as Legend driver; Daniel Moore (Spokane, WA) 2013 NASCAR State of Washington and Evergreen Speedway Champion; Shelby Thompson (Spokane, WA) Stateline Speedway Champion; Braeden Havens (Spokane, WA) races on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Series, Spokane Raceway and Stateline Speedway winner plus INSSA and ICAR winner; Mike Longton (Moxee, WA) Yakima Speedway Champion; Shane Harding (Langley, BC) 2 Time Evergreen Speedway Champion; Tyler Tanner (Auburn, WA) won this year’s Mark Galloway Shootout 150 at Evergreen Speedway and Jason Gilbert (Dublin, CA) has many wins in his career.
Then there are the 30 to 50 year old group that have many wins throughout their respective racing histories: Naima Lang (Lynnwood, WA) 4-time Evergreen Speedway and NASCAR State of Washington Champion; Eric Schmidt (Roseville, CA); Brent Harris (Wenatchee, WA); Shane Sawin (Snohomish, WA) won a South Sound Speedway Championship; Ryan Wells (Hingham, MT); Kelly Mann (Monroe, WA); John Boyatt (Graham, WA); John Bender (Snohomish, WA); Korbin Thomas (Vancouver, BC); Jason Fraser (Snohomish, WA) with the track record for the Summer Showdown; Dave Hemrich (Delta, BC); Mike Holden (Clearview, WA) currently 2nd place in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series at Evergreen Speedway; David Miller (Coquille, OR); Mike Obrist (Portland, OR); John Zaretzke (Snohomish, WA) 3-time Evergreen and NASCAR State of Washington Champion; Tom Sweatman (Cosmopolis, WA) South Sound Speedway Champion and longtime NASCAR NW Tour competitor and Alan Cress (Stayton, OR).
Add in these very capable drivers that have wins and strong finishes throughout their respective careers: Doni Wanat (Woodinville, WA); Tim McDougald (Tacoma, WA); Jason Kooy (Seattle, WA); Zack Beaman (Yakima, WA); John Lathrop Jr. (Puyallup, WA); Andy Sole (Quincy, WA); Will Hunholz (Vail, AZ); Taylor Riddle (Naches, WA); Tim Minister (Eatonville, WA); Mark Sundberg (Seattle, WA); Bobby Baker (Pasco, WA) and Jeff Knight (Monroe, WA) head Pastor at the Rock Church in Monroe.
More drivers are expected.
Early in the year track operators Doug & Traci Hobbs asked what would it take to make the Summer Showdown bigger and better? The answer was increase the purse to a record amount. They did with the response above expectations by both drivers and the fans. The Hobbs always forward thinking are already planning the 2015 Summer Showdown. In their short tenure, they have quickly raised Evergreen Speedway to the third ranked NASCAR Weekly Track in North America and the biggest weekly track west of the Mississippi. The Hobbs were recently chosen as Racing Promoters of the Year in District 6 by their peers in the Racing Promoters Association.
Summer Showdown Grand Marshall is NASCAR Legend Hershel McGriff who will be available for autographs throughout the two extravaganza. During NASCAR’s 50th anniversary celebration in 1998, McGriff was elected one of NASCAR’s 50 greatest drivers. A plaque with many of McGriff’s career stats is in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC. McGriff has been inducted into Motorsports Hall of Fame, Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, Most Popular Driver 12 years running.. McGriff began racing stock cars in 1945 after racing resumed in the U.S. following World War II. At the age of 17, he raced at the Portland Speedway where he finished 12th or 13th in a 250-lapper on a muddy, 5/8-mile track in his minister father’s 1940 Hudson while his father prayed under the bleachers. At age 84, he is NASCAR’s oldest active competitor and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West’s oldest and winningest active competitor, with 31 victories. McGriff won the inaugural Mexican Carrera Pan Americana road race in 1950, outrunning 131 other cars including NASCAR founder Bill France, Curtis Turner and other NASCAR drivers.
The anthem on Saturday will be performed by the 40-member University of Washing Alumni Band and there will be a special fly over.
For more information and or tickets go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100.
2014 Summer Showdown Schedule:
Thursday, June 26, 2014
5:00pm – 8:00pm Open Practice
8:00pm Chowdown (Free Food and Drink for Drivers and Teams)
Friday, June 27, 2014
1:00 – 4:00 Practice (alternating through Super Late Models, Street Stocks & Mini-Stocks)
4:30 Qualifying – Mini-Stocks; Street Stocks & Super Late Models (2 laps each)
6:30 Opening Ceremonies
Mini Stock Main Event 30 Laps
Street Stock Main Event 30 Laps
Showdown Qualifying Heat 1 25 Laps
Showdown Qualifying Heat 2 25 Laps
Showdown Qualifying Heat 3 25 Laps
Showdown Qualifying Heat 4 25 Laps (if needed)
Showdown Qualifying Heat 5 25 laps (if needed)
Saturday, June 28, 2014
11:30 – 2:00 Practice (alternating through Super Late Models & Pro 4 Alliance)
2:30 Pro 4 Qualifying 2 Laps
3:45 Last Chance Shootout(s) Driver Introductions
4:00 Last Chance Shootout(s) 50 Laps (Maybe two race if needed)
5:00 Pro 4 Main Event 40 Laps
6:00 Summer Showdown Cars Roll Out Immediately Following Pro 4 Race
6:30 OPENING CEREMONIES. Driver Intros, National Anthem as the last drivers buckle in.
6:45 Start Your Engines for Summer Showdown – 200 Laps
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE – ABOVE EVENTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE