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.
The 2014 $100,000.00 Summer Showdown presented by Coors Light on June 27 & 28 at Evergreen Speedway is bringing over 50 of the country’s best Super Late Model Racers to the ‘Super Speedway of the West’ and has outstanding pricing for a race of this magnitude. The 2 day reserved combo is $50 but for a limited time by going online is $40. The reserved seats at the start finish line in sections D & E with seat backs is a fantastic deal. General admission is also a great value to watch the best of the best on the BIG track the 5/8-mile paved oval. Friday is $15 and Saturday is $25 for adults 12+ and youth 6-11 $10 each day and under 5 Free. The biggest purse in Super Late Model history at Evergreen Speedway and the biggest on the West Coast. Come see who will make the 200-lap race and who wins the $20,000.00 winner’s check.
Thursday June 26:
3:00 Back Gates Open
5:00 – 8:00: Open Practice (5/8-mile)
8:00: Chowdown (drivers and teams free food & drink)
Friday June 27:
1:00 – 4:00: Rotating Practice (SLM Summer Showdown – Mini-Stocks – Street Stocks)
4:30: Qualifying (5/8-mile) (Mini-Stocks, Street Stocks, SLM Showdown) (2-laps)
6:30: Opening Ceremonies
Mini-Stocks & Street Stocks Mains (30-laps each)
Summer Showdown Qualifying Heat Races (25-laps each) (number of heats as needed)
Post-Race: Chowdown (drivers and teams free food & drink)
Saturday June 28:
11:30 – 2:00: Rotating Practice (SLM Summer Showdown – Pro 4 Alliance)
2:30: Qualifying (5/8-mile) Pro 4 Alliance (2-laps)
4:00: Last Chance Qualifier Race(s) 50-Laps
Pro 4 Alliance Main 40-laps
Summer Showdown Cars Roll Out
6:30: (Approx.) Opening Ceremonies (Driver Intro – Don Scriver Fast Time Award $1,000.00 –
National Anthems as Drivers Buckle In)
Start Engines for Summer Showdown – 200-laps on 5/8-mile
(Tentative Schedule (Times and Schedules are subject to change))
Tickets can be obtained online or via phone. Go to www.evergreenspeedway.com/go/showdown
or call 360-805-6100. Save yourself time and money by getting your tickets to this record breaking event early.
The $100,000.00 Summer Showdown presented by Coors Light on June 27 & 28 at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA a new record will be set. In the sixty year history of this fabled race track never before have more than two women started a Super Late Model race. That will possibly be broken with the potential of four women starting the 200-lap Summer Showdown. With over 50 cars from all over the US and Canada expected just making the Summer Showdown will be tough enough for male or female. The four women drivers are very capable of handling this tough assignment.
Molly Helmuth (Seattle, WA) a regular Super Late Model driver at Evergreen Speedway has the most track experience at her home track. In her third season of racing the big cars the petite young 19 year old has proven to be able to handle the car and the pressure of racing with the big boys. After racing karts in her early life she graduated to running in the Mini-Stock Division at Evergreen where she became a fan favorite at only 14 years old when she became Rookie of the Year. During her two year stint in the Mini-Stock she also traveled the Northwest in a Pro 4 Truck. Moving up to the Super Late Model Stock Cars in 2012 where she became the NASCAR State of Washington and Evergreen Speedway Rookie of the Year and was named one of NASCAR’s top 500 Late Model Drivers. Last season she finished 6th in the points out of 41 drivers in the Evergreen Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Model Division. She started in the last two Summer Showdowns. More information about Molly at http://www.mollyhelmuth.com.
Jessica Dana (Olympia, WA) the 19-year old has the second most experience on the BIG track the 5/8-mile oval at Evergreen Speedway. She is also a two time entrant of the Summer Showdown. She started in Karting and quickly moved to Super Late Model Stock Cars at her home track South Sound Speedway. Jessica has beaten the best during her brief Karting career including NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon, Kenny Wallace, Travis Pastrana plus other top Karting drivers. With strong determination on and off the track Jessica has set lofty goals that she just may obtain. A strong run in the 2014 Summer Showdown will go a long ways towards obtaining them. More information about Jessica at http://www.jessicadanaracing.com
Mariah McGriff (Tucson, AZ) the 18 year old granddaughter of NASCAR Legend Hershel McGriff was born in Portland, OR. 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, the former Tucson Raceway Park. This being her first season in the big cars she is the Speedway’s Rookie of the Year and finished fourth in the standings. An honor roll student throughout her time in school is now attending college along with racing. She has helped maintain her grandpa’s K&N Pro Series West Car along with her own Super Late Model. Her life has been around racing in all different aspects starting with her Uncle Tex Powell founder/owner of Tex Racing Enterprises in North Carolina which maintains and builds transmissions for most NASCAR teams. Her aunt Debbie is married to Chuck Bown the 1990 NASCAR Busch Series Champion and drove a NASCAR Craftsman Truck and Cup Series Car for many years. Another Uncle, Doug McGriff was a racer in Oregon winning the Oregon Auto Racing Association Late Model Division Championship. Her dad, Hershel McGriff Junior, has won multiple races in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and California and was the 1990 NASCAR Northwest Tour Rookie of the Year. Hershel Jr. opened a fabricating shop in 1982 named JR Industries where Mariah spent much of growing up years.
Her grandfather Hershel McGriff holds many records in his long NASCAR career and is in the NASCAR history books. Including the most wins (14) of any driver at the old Riverside Speedway in California. He was the 1986 NASCAR Winston West Series Champion (Now the K&N Pro Series West) and raced competitively until the age of 83. Hershel was also one NASCAR’s 50 best named to the top 50 Legends of NASCAR along with many other titles and racing history.
The whole family will be coming to Evergreen Speedway for Mariah’s debut where her Grandfather Hershel will be the honorary Grand Marshal of the 2014 Summer Showdown. More information about Mariah at http://mariahmcgriff.com
Nicole Behar (Otis Orchards, WA) is this youngest of the four at just 16-years old. Nicole started going fast at 2-years old on a snow mobile. An 11th grader at East Valley High in Spokane Valley. Her home track is Stateline Speedway in Post Falls, Idaho. She started in the Baby Grand Division quickly moving up to Fever Fours and on to 2,900 lb. Super Late Models. On her way to the top she won 6 karting championships including an IKF Region 6 Gold Cup Series. She broke the Stateline track record 5 times in the Fever Four Class. Moving to the Super Late Model in 2012 was no problem for the young lady winning her first race in her rookie year and became Rookie of the Year and finished runner-up in the points. Not satisfied with just running big races in the Northwest Nicole has also run some Modified events with great success. In 2013 Nicole was one of the 20 drivers selected to attend NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia. Nicole in very short time has become a threat no matter what track she has raced at, even those that she has never been to before. Nicole will be making her first trip to the BIG track at Evergreen Speedway in this year’s Summer Showdown. More information about Nicole at http://www.nicolebehar.com
There is the potential of more women joining these four as entries are still coming in for the 2014 $100,000.00 Summer Showdown presented by Coors Light on June 27 & 28. The 200 lap race for Super Late Models has drawn nationwide attention with drivers from throughout the US and Canada entered for the $20,000.00 to win event. The national racing periodical Speedway Illustrated has named the Summer Showdown as one of six races in the country that you need to put on your must see bucket list.
For more information call 360-805-6100.
It was the 60th Anniversary Reunion Night at the Races on Saturday June 7 at Evergreen Speedway. The Genie Terex presented by NAPA Auto Parts 75 for the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models presented by Emerald City Harley-Davidson of Lynnwood was won by Mike Holden. The Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stock/Outlaw compact main was won by Scott Burby. Doug Wilkinson won the Outlaw Figure 8 Main and Lance O’Grain won the Buzz Inn Steakhouse feature. A big crowd with over 200 of the past racers and employees treated to a free night at the race track. The next 10 were added to the previous 50 Best Ever List and received a nice plaque to commemorate their being on the list of 60.
Mike Holden won his second of the season as he was able to grab the lead with an outside pass on Tom Moriarity who led the first 35 laps. Once Holden got the lead he never gave it up even after two double file restarts in the final stages of the 75-lap race. Shane Harding finished second in his old car, saving the new one for the Summer Showdown on June 27 & 28. Third went to Tom Moriarity, fourth went to Daniel Moore and fifth to Naima Lang. Nineteen cars showed for this special night. Next up for the Super Late Models is the $100,000.00 Summer Showdown presented by Coors Light on the BIG track June 27 & 28. This is the biggest payday for this type of race on the West Coast and ever at Evergreen Speedway. Over 50 cars are expected.
The Mini-Stock/Outlaw Compact main winner Scott Burby survived a spin and door hit to win his first this season. Having to go to the back after the incident Burby took very little time to get back to second. Staying on Bobby DeYoung’s bumper for a few laps. Suddenly DeYoung slowed and Burby grabbed the lead. DeYoung had a front tire that had gone flat and survived the final laps running on the rim to finish third behind Andrew Schukar who survived and airborne incident as he got together with Devin Kessler who finished fourth. Fifth position went to Eric Angeledes.
Getting his first win as an Outlaw Figure 8 driver Doug Wilkinson made a last lap last turn drive to get by Nick Gunderson. Gunderson finished second. Third place went Mike Steltz who led most of the race only to spin in traffic with a few laps to go in the 50-lap event. Fourth and fifth were Steve Cox and Zach Larson respectively. After the post-race inspection Wilkinson’s car was disqualified. Everyone is moved up a position with Gunderson the winner.
Former Stinger 8 champion Lance O’Grain drove the JJ Edwards car to victory. O’Grain showed that he has not lost his Stinger 8 ability that took him to the 2011 championship. Second went to point leader and rookie contender Toby Jenkins. Jason Wilson was third with Joselyn LaFleur fourth and Matt Somerville fifth.
Next up at Evergreen Speedway on Saturday June 14 is the Annual KISW 99.9 60 Minutes of FEAR for the Figure 8 cars. The Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s, Interstate Batteries Hornets and Vintage Modifieds are also in action. Racing starts at 6pm. For more information go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100.
Evergreen Speedway June 7 Official Finish:
Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models (75-laps 3/8-mile oval) (position-car #-name-laps completed): 1-32 Mike Holden 75; 2-39 Shane Harding 75; 3-12 Tom Moriarity 75; 4-16 Daniel Moore 75; 5-00 Naima Lang 75; 6-65 Tyler Tanner 75; 7-20 Andy Sole 75; 8-07 Jeff Knight 75; 9-75 Brandon Scheiber 75; 10-89 Doni Wanat 75; 11-26 Jason Kooy 75; 12-90 Molly Helmuth 75; 13-18 John Bender 74; 14-1 Shane Sawin 72; 15-9 Kelly Mann 34; 16-10 John Boyatt 19; 17-3 Brion Philley 8; 18-30 Tyler Baker 4; 19-09 Timothy Minister 1
Foster Press NASCAR mini-Stocks/Outlaw Compacts (30-laps 3/8-mile oval) (position-car #-name-laps completed): 1-41 Scott Burby 30; 2-07 Andrew Schukar 30; 3-65 Bobby DeYoung 30; 4-18 Devin Kessler 30; 5-05 Eric Angeledes 30; 6-55 Kenny McCoy 30; 7-18k AJ Verdugo 29; 8-27 Kyle Howry 29; 9-11x Kenny Schukar 29; 10-16 Travis Woodward 28; 11-44t Brian Taylor 19; 12-11c Chad Sinner 14; 13-5 Brad Thomas 13; 14-76 Mark Creager 13; 15-6 Drew Hawthorne 13; 16-24 Trenton Moriarity 13; 17-13 Douglas Hinds 13
Outlaw Figure 8’s (50-laps Figure 8) (position-car #-name-laps completed): 1-33 Nick Gunderson 50; 2-67 Mike Steltz 50; 3-7 Steve Cox 50; 4-83 Zach Larson 49; 5-74 Chris Curtis 49; 6-75 Mike Middleton 49; 7-17 Tommy Gapp 49; 8-50 John Carlson 44; 9-38 Chris Harrison 18; 10-76 Ricky Dietz 15; 11-45 Jake Repin 10; 12-55 Doug Wilkinson DQ’ed
Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s (30-laps Figure 8) (position-car #-name-laps completed): 1-84 Lance O’Grain 30; 2-11 Toby Jenkins 30; 3-50 Jason Wilson 30; 4-06 Joselyn LaFleur 30; 5-21 Matt Somerville 30; 6-04 Jessica Gray 29; 7-07 Zach Bristol 28; 8-13 Tyler Draper 27; 9-37 Robert Martin 26