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
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On Saturday June 21 at Evergreen Speedway Frontier Communications will be sponsoring Family Night at the Races. Tickets are $10 with 10 and under FREE. The nights racing features the Interstate Batteries Hornet Nationals, Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks, Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks, Super Stock Figure 8’s and Pro 4 Trucks. Racing begins at 6pm with spectator gates opening at 4pm.
The Hornet Nationals will be a $500 to win race open to all hornets including door bar cars. Contenders for the big prize are many, but a few of those that could take home the winner’s check are current Hornet Division point leader Scott Hunt or Mark Hubbard, a three time winner this season, or Cody Hoopes, second in the standings and a frequent visitor to the podium or Zach Bristol, third in the standings and a winner this season. There will be a large contingent for this division’s big night at the race track.
Roger Drake, who leads the points chase for the Street Stock Division Championship, is coming off a rare DNF the last time out. His lead of over 30 points shrank to just 11 with Darrell Lutovsky closing in. Tucked in behind Lutovsky is Steve Ptacek just 5 points back and rookie Kevin Compton is within striking distance just 12 back of Ptacek. Last season’s Rookie of the Year, 17-year old Chad Fitzpatrick, is fifth in the standings with one win to his credit. This division will be on the 3/8-mile this Saturday and on Friday June 27 as part of the $100,000.00 Summer Showdown they move out to the BIG track the 5/8-mile oval.
It has been a tremendous battle amongst three drivers for the Mini-Stock Division Championship. Leader at this time Bobby DeYoung has been on and off the top of the list as has third in point’s rookie Trenton Moriarity. Throw in second in points Andrew Schukar and you have a classic battle on who will be the 2014 champion. With half the season remaining there could be others that climb to the top to join these three. As with the Street Stocks this Division is on the 3/8 this week and on the BIG track on Friday June 27.
The new division the Super Stock Figure 8’s has ‘The One Armed Bandit’ Quenton Borreson on top in the chase. Doug Delfel is second followed by Devin Jenkins. This fledgling division always brings excitement as they challenge “The Planets Most Dangerous Intersection” the dreaded X of the figure eight track.
Pro 4 Truck Series is a traveling group and they are making their third stop at Evergreen this season. With six races at Evergreen on their schedule more than any other track they visit, this is considered their home track in 2014. The points for the 2014 championship are led by Matt Greene with Mike Tipps just behind. Only 1-point behind Tipps is Hayley Wilkinson and Aaron Greene is in fourth. This 3/8-mile division provides great side-by-side truck racing.
For more information and or tickets go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100.
On Saturday June 14 at Evergreen Speedway Ricky Deitz won his fourth KISW 60-Minutes of FEAR. The night also had a first ever in the 60 year history of the fabled track there was an all-women podium finish in the Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8 Division main. Jessica Gray was the winner with Nicole Pollard second and Joselyn LaFleur third. In other events Scott Hunt won the Interstate Batteries Hornet main and Scott Rinkle won the NW Vintage Modified main. It was another large crowd on hand to watch the 21st Annual 99.9 KISW 60-Minutes of FEAR (Figure Eight Auto Racing).
Ricky ‘The Kid’ Deitz won the inaugural 60-Minutes of FEAR in 1995 then again in 2007 once again in 2010 and now in 2014. Deitz got the lead around the 15-minute mark and never looked back as he won easily. Easily on a figure eight track is not doable especially when the weather changed in the last 15-minutes as it started to rain and the track got very slick. It was not weather, traffic at the X or other racers that were going to deny Deitz a record event tying fourth win of a major West Coast figure eight race. Second place and on the lead lap was two time event winner John ‘Cowboy’ Carlson. Mike Middleton was third a few laps back followed by Doug Wilkinson and Quenton ‘The One Armed Bandit’ Borreson. Next BIG event for the Figure Eights is the 31st Annual Seattle Sun Tan Figure Eight Nationals presented by Northsound 1380 on August 9.
Never before in a non all women’s race have three women finished on the podium. On Saturday that all changed. Even though they had come close with two on the dais never three. In the Stinger 8 main the three women worked their way through race traffic and the traffic at the X of the figure eight and finally took over the top three spots and finished one, two, three. Jessica Gray was the first to the checkers followed closely by Nicole Pollard and not far behind was Joselyn LaFleur. All three are friends and they were elated to finally have broken the barrier. Fourth went to Lance O’Grain and fifth to Jason Wilson.
Hornet point leader Scott Hunt showed prowess on the 3/8-mile by winning the 25-lap feature by over 2 seconds. Mark Hubbard finished second and just could not catch Hunt. Hunt credited Hubbard with teaching him and helping set the car up. In third it was Cody Hoopes, fourth went to Nicole Pollard and fifth to Mike Ridley. Next up for this large division is the Interstate Batteries Hornet Nationals next Saturday June 21.
Scott Rinkle was the winner of the NW Vintage Modified feature. Rinkle set fast time and wasted no time getting to the lead and pulled way to the victory. This was the second of three stops at Evergreen for this traveling series. Bobby Wheeler Jr. was second just ahead of Kyten Jones. Next two spots respectively were John Mustered and Tom Smitham.
Next Up: Saturday June 21 Frontier Communications Family Night with all tickets $10 with 10 years old and under Free. The night features the Interstate Batteries Hornet Nationals plus the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks, Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks, Super Stock Figure 8’s and the Pro 4 Truck Series. Racing begins at 6pm with spectator gates opening at 4pm. For tickets and or more information go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100.
Evergreen Speedway June 14 Official Results:
21st Annual 99.9 KISW 60-Minutes of FEAR (60 minutes figure 8 track): 1-Ricky Deitz; 2-John Carlson; 3-Mike Middleton; 4-Doug Wilkinson; 5-Quenton Borreson; 6-Pat Clarke; 7-Zach Larson; 8-Steve Schoenfeldt; 9-Doug Delfel; 10-Jake Repin; 11-Mike Steltz; 12-Steve Cox; 13-Chris Harrison; 14-Don Eslick; 15-Steve Peters; 16-Nick Gunderson; 17-Jesse Burtino
Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s (30-laps figure 8 track): 1-Jessica Gray; 2-Nichole Pollard; 3-Joselyn LaFleur; 4-Lance O’Grain; 5-Jason Wilson; 6-Matt Somerville; 7-Ryan Barber; 8-Tyler Draper; 9-Bryant Carlson; 10-Zach Neel; 11-Toby Jenkins; 12-Donnie Bennett
Interstate Batteries Hornets (25-laps 3/8-mile oval): 1-Scott Hunt; 2-Mark Hubbard; 3-Cody Hoopes; 4-Nicole Pollard; 5-Mike Ridley; 6-Scott Burby; 7-Cullen Hubbard; 8-Zach Bristol; 9-Richard Morgan; 10-Justin Brave; 11-Jason Wilson; 12-Shelby Minor; 13-Ryan Barber; 14-Briana Heilman; 15-Jay Carpenter; 16-Kahl Cheth; 17-Cyril Greenawalt; 18-Bryant Carlson; 19-Mike Daher; 20-Tyler Draper; 21-Rick Hubbard; 22-Zach Neel
NW Vintage Modifieds (30-laps 3/8-mile oval): 1-Scott Rinkle; 2-Bobby Wheeler Jr.; 3-Kyten Jones; 4-John Mustered; 5-Tom Smitham; 6-Robert Rux; 7-Jeff Peterson; 8-Devin Eirman
1st – $500
2nd – $300
3rd – $250
4th – $200
5th – $100
6th – $75
Back – $50
Door Bar Cars Allowed. Running the Boot. Need a NASCAR License. (Temps are $25)
With the richest and biggest Super Late Model Race in the 60 year history of Evergreen Speedway looming closer, the entries are pouring in for the $20,000.00 to win $100,000.00 Summer Showdown presented by Coors Light on June 27 & 28. The 200-lap race on Evergreen’s 5/8-mile oval, the biggest NASCAR weekly track on the West Coast, is bringing many of the country’s best Super Late Model racers to the Northwest. The 2014 Summer Showdown with the $100,000.00 plus purse and $1,000.00 to start the feature and $650 for making the Last Chance Qualifier has been chosen by a major racing publication as a race you want to put on your Bucket List. The car count for this year’s Summer Showdown looks to exceed the previous record of 52 cars set in the 1990’s when there was the Western Nationals pitting the Northwest Tour vs the Southwest Tour.
The Summer Showdown is drawing many champions such as: Pete Harding (Langley, BC) NASCAR NW Tour and winner of the inaugural Summer Showdown; Jay Sauls (Puyallup, WA) 2013 Summer Showdown; Gary Lewis (Snohomish, WA) 2-Time NASCAR NW Tour, ARCA NW Tour, ASA NW Tour and Evergreen Speedway Super Late Models; Garrett Evans (E. Wenatchee, WA) 4-Time NASCAR NW Tour; Ron Eaton (Tacoma, WA) 3-Time NASCAR NW Tour; Jim Pettit (Prunedale, CA) 2-Time NASCAR SW Tour & 3-Time SRL; Eric Schmidt (Roseville, CA) SRL; Trevor Emond (Leduc, ALB) ARCA West, Western Canada SLM, Western Racing League; Jonathon Gomez (Twin Falls, ID) SRL; Cameron Hayley (Calgary, ALB) Dakota Dunes SLM, won the inaugural NASCAR K&N Pro Series ‘Battle at the Beach’ at Daytona Speedway; Jeremy Doss (Upper Lake, CA) 2-Time AABLM; Blake Williams (Spokane, WA) ICAR, Hydrive; Korbin Thomas (White Rock, BC) 3-Time Canada Sportsman Tour; Dave Garber (Spokane Valley, WA) 3-Time INSSA; Braeden Havens (Airway Heights, WA) INSSA; John Boyatt (Graham, WA) LLMRs.
Then there are the many champions from their respective tracks including such drivers as: Brent Harris (Wenatchee, WA) Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval; Tom Sweatman (Cosmopolis, WA) South Sound Speedway; Ryan Wells (Hingham, MT) Montana Raceway Park; Kelly Mann (Monroe, WA) Yakima Speedway, South Sound Speedway; Dylan Lupton (Sacramento, CA) SRL S2; Owen Riddle (Naches, WA) Yakima Speedway; Dustin Ash (Las Vegas, NV) Las Vegas Bullring; Austin Reed (Mooresville, NC) Multiple Legends Series, Mike Longton (Moxee, WA) Yakima Speedway, Alan Cress (Stayton, OR) Douglas County Speedway, Shane Mitchell (Orondo, WA) Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval, Justin Gilbert (Dublin, CA) Stockton 99, NASCAR California State, Shane Sawin ( Snohomish, WA) South Sound Speedway.
Never count out Evergreen Speedway’s NASCAR State of Washington and Track Champions such as: Naima Lang (Snohomish, WA) 4-Time; John Bender (Maltby, WA); Shane Harding (Langley, BC) 2-Time; John Zaretzke (Snohomish, WA) 3-Time; Daniel Moore (Spokane, WA).
There are many others who could win the BIG prize that make up the 60 plus drivers that are expected for this record setting BIG money race. For more information, registration and or tickets go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100.
On Saturday June 14 at Evergreen Speedway KISW 99.9 presents the 21st Annual 60 Minutes of FEAR. This is one of the two major figure eight events each season. 60-minutes of continuous mayhem on the track with the ‘Planets Most Dangerous Intersection’ the fast and furious Evergreen Speedway Figure Eight. Also the 4-cylinder figure eight division, the Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s, will be challenged by the same intersection. In addition the Interstate Batteries Hornets and NW Vintage Modifieds will be in action. Racing starts at 6pm with spectator gates opening at 4pm for the ‘Rain or Shine’ racing at the ‘Super Speedway of the West’. Fans are protected from the elements under the covered grandstand at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, WA.
There are two races each season that the figure eight drivers look forward to, they are the 60-Minutes of FEAR and the Figure Eight Nationals in August. Each driver wants to add their name to the list of drivers that have won one of these major races. Last season’s 60-Minutes of FEAR winner Nick Gunderson will be back to defend. Previous winners expected are Mike Middleton 2011; Ricky Dietz 2010, 2007 & 1994; John Carlson 2008 & 2006; Steve Cox 2003, 2001, 2000 & 1998. Other past winners that may get back in a car for the big race are: Brian Gunderson 1995; Dave Brandenburg 1996; Steve Peters 2002; Don Eslick 2004 & 2012 and Greg Scott 2005 & 2009. Retired are the 1997 winner Ron Steltz and Ken Schukar 1999. There are many drivers that would like to join the past winners such as: Mike Steltz, Jake Repin, Pat Clark and Quenton Borreson. Another strong field is expected to contend for the big purse offered for this race.
Stinger 8 point leader and rookie Toby Jenkins has held the top position since the first race of the season. Two wins has kept him ahead of his nearest challenger Joselyn LaFleur with one win. In third is Jessica Gray also with one win. This highly competitive division is once again setting up for that final race of the season to decide who will be the 2014 Stinger 8 Division Champion.
Another tightly contested division is the Hornets. Last season second place in points lost the title by just 2-points. That driver leads this season’s point chase. Scott Hunt has 2-wins and leads Cody Hoopes and Zach Bristol. As with the Stinger 8’s, this division looks to be headed for another final night close finish to decide the division title holder.
The traveling NW Vintage Modifieds will be making their 2nd of three stops at Evergreen Speedway this season. They are always a fast and racey group in their older styled Open Wheeled Modifieds.
For more information and or tickets go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100.