Monroe, WA- The Gilliland Family did it again this past Saturday night at Evergreen Speedway as for the 52nd time in the 62-year history of the “Super Speedway of the West”, a third generation racer made it to the victory stage in the running of the K&N Pro Series West NAPA Presented by Toyota.
16-year old Todd Gilliland joined his father David and Grandfather Butch as winners at the historic .646-mile oval in his NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Camry with a wire to wire victory. Fresh off a victory at Iowa Speedway, Gilliland drove his Bill McInally Racing Camry to a 4-car length win over fellow BMR teammates Chris Eggleston and Riley Herbst, giving car owner McInally a top 3 sweep. With his 5th win in 9 races, Gilliland now holds a 12-point lead in the series points race over Ryan Partridge who finished 5th. Gilliland also won the Coors Light 21-Means-21 Pole award as the events fast qualifier.
Another important race was on the schedule at Evergreen featuring the Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Models with the running of the Mark Galloway 150 Shootout. This race had to be rescheduled from earlier in the season due to a rain out. 22-cars lined up for the prestigious race that featured former Galloway winners Naima Lang (who won the inaugural Galloway 150) and Tyler Tanner. Defending series Champion Mike Holden led qualifying with the 2016 Summer Showdown winner Tayler Riddle a tick behind.
Jeff Knight started on the pole due to the invert, and from the drop of the green Knight continued where he left off the last time the cars ran on the big track. Knight dominated the first 50-laps until a caution came out. On the restart, Tyler Tanner got the jump on Knight right behind him and Riddle in the 3rd spot. The race survived several yellows up until the break at lap 100.
On the restart after teams changed tires and made their adjustments and a tank full of fuel, Tayler Riddle proved why he’s the Showdown Champion with a premier restart and cross over move to take the lead for good, leading Tanner and eventual 3rd place finisher Mike Holden to win the Galloway 150 Shootout.
The Les Schwab Street Stocks took to the 3/8’s oval for a 30-lap main event, with Roger Drake returning to the winner’s podium. Chuck Richard had his best effort of the season with a strong 2nd place finish and Steve Woods continuing to impress with his 3rd place run.
The Foster Press Mini Stocks started off the night with a 30-lap main event. Nat Barber continued his dominance in the division with win #7 on the season. Michael Fritz finished 2nd and Brad Thomas brought his #5 car home in 3rd.
This Saturday night at Evergreen Speedway will honor the Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8 division with the running of the Stinger 8 Nationals. Also taking to the track will be the West Coast Late Models, Monroe Grocery Outlet Super Stock Figure 8’s, Outlaw Figure 8’s, Northwest Pro-4 Trucks and Interstate Battery Hornets
Please plan to purchase tires this Thursday (8/18) for the Fair races if possible. The parking lot will be closed down on Friday (8/19) for Fair set up. The following week we will only be able to sell Wednesday (8/24) through the North Pit Gate and will require you to call the office so we can meet you to let you in. No tire sales are allowed during the Concert days for fair (8/29 to 9/2).
LATE MODELS, STREET STOCKS, MINI STOCKS, WESCO SPRINTS, and HORNETS is the correct classes that are running. Please take note as it was listed differently in some places.
Monroe, WA- The King of the Wing National Sprint Car Series returns to Evergreen Speedway Saturday July 23rd presented by The Walthew Law Firm and Interstate Batteries. Along with the winged sprint cars, taking to the tracks will be the Outlaw Figure 8’s, Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s, Interstate Battery Hornets and the Vintage Modified’s.
When racing legend Davey Hamilton founded the King of the Wing (KOW) Series back in 2014, the intent was to bring asphalt sprint car racing to a higher level. Working with existing associations all across the country, KOW brought a new buzz to the sport.
Evergreen Speedway has scheduled the Rory Price Memorial (RPM) event for years to honor a man who meant so much to the asphalt and dirt open-wheel racers and fans. Last season with the prospect of bringing in Hamiltons KOW and combining it with the RPM fans of asphalt spring car racing really had something to look forward to.
Last season, the event was scheduled as a 2-day event, with Saturday night featuring the sprint cars and Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Models on the 3/8’s oval, then returning Sunday afternoon and racing on the 5/8’s big track. While a cool idea in theory, officials determined that this season RPM would be a Saturday only event on the 3/8’s.
Tom Glithero is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Longacre Racing Products and for the past 8 seasons has been the co-host of the Northsound Racing radio show. He also operated Evergreen Speedway back in the 80’s, along with Yakima Speedway and several others. Suffice to say that he knows of what he speaks! “Personally, the Saturday show last season was the best race I’ve ever witnessed in my life” Glithero commented. “To watch Matt Hein win that race was epic!”
“To be able to do what we did in that race (along with the nice check!) that we got for winning it was the highlight of the year for me and my team” Hein said after the race. “We won the NSRA championship last year as well along with another win in the Rory Price Memorial, so we as a team are really looking forward to coming back up and defending on the 3/8’s”
The KOW kick off their 2016 “Northwest Swing” on July 21st at Meridian Speedway in Idaho, then travel west to Evergreen Speedway for the Rory Price Memorial on the 23rd, then load up and head east for a Sunday afternoon show at the Wenatchee Valley Super Oval. The King of the Wing National Sprintcar Series, runs a 12 race series over 4 weekends in 4 regions of the United States. (South East, Mid-West, North West and West Coast). The Western Sprintcar Series will run a 12 – 14 race season in the western states.
Gates open at 4:00 pm with racing starting at 6:00. Adult ticket prices are $25.00 and fans ages 6-15 are only $10.00. As always, members of the military are free with military ID. Your favorite seat can be lined up online at www.evergreenspeedway.com