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Evergreen Speedway, NAPA Auto Parts, Toyota and more will salute the members of our Armed Forces this Saturday (Aug. 15th) with FREE complimentary admission to the races. Military members (Active, Retired, Reserve) can show their Military ID at the ticket gate for FREE admission to the events.
Come see the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – NAPA Auto Parts 150 Presented by Toyota race. Plus a special 100-lap NASCAR Super Late Model race brought to you by Michael’s Toyota of Bellevue.
Saturday Grandstands Open at 3pm | Qualifying, Prelim Racing | Racing at 6pm
Kids 6 & Under are FREE, Other Ticket Discounts available at the Ticket Gate.
Tickets compliments of event sponsors. Thank you for your service!
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If there is one thing that every race track in the country has in common, it’s a safe bet that there is one driver that has been slugging it out for as long as anyone can remember. He’s the guy that has supported the track, represented his sponsors and those who have been on his crews, always made sure that his “better half” is aware of how much her and his families support means to him.
He’s also the racer that has been of service to his division that he races in. Always the guy that will take on a position that will help his fellow racers keep having a series to race in, will represent his club to the best of his ability, because that’s how he truly believes it should be done.
Doug Delfel is that guy out at Evergreen Speedway. His iconic car number 01 was retired by the Figure Eight Racing Association (FEAR) way back in 1999 to honor Doug’s up until then 25 years of service to FEAR. He had served as the President of FEAR four times and has been a board member six times. Add to all that his 3 championships over the years and the fact that Doug was named as one of the top now 60 top drivers in the history of Evergreen Speedway. Oh yeah, he was inducted into the Evergreen Speedway Hall of Fame in 2010!
For 29 years, Doug Delfel has competed in the Figure 8 Nationals, even racing in the very first F8 Nationals won by the “Crazy Cajun” Vern Deitz in 1984!. This race, along with the 60 Minutes of FEAR have been called the “Must Win” events that anyone who has strapped into a Figure 8 race car will have on their bucket list to win. These races are the Daytona 500 of the yearly FEAR calendar. Past Figure 8 Nationals winners include Vern Deitz (3-times), Ricky “The Kid” Deitz (2-times), Steve Peters (4-times), “Mr. Excitement” Steve Cox (2-times), “The Cowboy” John Carlson (2-times) and even Doug’s brother Brian Delfel won the Figure 8 Nationals on 3 separate occasions!
Needless to say, it was an emotional time on the Angel of the Winds Victory Stage last Saturday night, as finally (and not without some drama thrown in!), Doug Delfel captured his first Figure 8 Nationals victory! 17 cars in the Monroe Grocery Outlet Super Stock Figure 8 Division started the race, with several past F8 Nationals winners lined up, In addition to those named above, past winner Rich Groshong and the son of the 2001 event winner Malcom “The Maniac” Lindberg Brandon Lindberg were on the track for this race. The starting line-up was determined by a pill draw during opening ceremonies.
Delfel sprinted to an early lead in the 75 lap race. Steve Peters worked his way through the field and eventually took over the lead. As the race was winding down, a mechanical issue forced Peters to turn the lead back to Delfel and “The Griz” took the 01 to the checkered flag. On the stage, an emotional Delfel thanked his family, crew and his sponsors, including Nutty’s Junkyard Grill, J2 Racing, the Everett Car Connection and his business Harbour Point Towing & Service. Doug also expressed his thanks to the Monroe Grocery Outlet for their support of the Super Stock Figure 8 division. Finishing second was Rich Groshhon and third place went to Brian Little.
In the Outlaw Figure 8 division, 2014 race winner Nick Gunderson drove his #33 Gunderson Speed Shop entry to the finish line for his 2nd F8 Nationals win. Finishing second was John Carlson and third place went to “Slick” Don Eslick.
The Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s put on a great show for the nearly packed grandstand! “Hammerhead” Lance Ograin got the win with 14 cars starting the race. Matt Somerville survived for second and Branson Lindberg took third. It should be noted that Lindberg competed in all three Figure 8 divisions Saturday night. The “Iron Man” drove his familiar #88 Stinger 8 and then drove the V88 Sean Peters Tribute car the other two F8 races. Nice job Brandon.
Doug Wilkinson thrilled the fans with another one of his patented “Here they come out of turn 4 ladies and gentlemen… Matt Greene on the inside. Wilkinson on the outside, Who’s gonna win it???? There coming to the line…… It’s Wilkinson at the line by a nose!!!” Insert the sound of the crowd going bonkers here! The best seat in the house for the finish was Pete Brady with his third place finish.
The West Coast Vintage Modifieds returned to Evergreen Speedway. Local WCVM driver from Arlington Kyten Jones picked up his first ever main event win to go along with his earlier heat race win. A hard charging Mike Clother took second and Bobby Wheeler Jr, who set fast time earlier in qualifying finished third/
The Interstate Battery Hornets raced a 25 lap main event. Mark Hubbard grabbed the win over Jamie Corbett with former division Champion Scott Hunt finishing in third place. 21 cars took to the road course.
This weekend marks the return to Evergreen Speedway of the K&N Pro Series West. The West Series has raced at Evergreen more times than any other track in the history of the series. Points leader Noah Gragson is holding onto a slim 2-point lead over Chris Eggleston. Noah made his first start in the K&N Pro Series East this past weekend at the Watkins Glen road course, and is looking forward to getting back in his #7 Jefferson-Pitts Racing Ford this Saturday. NAPA Auto Parts once again has gotten behind this race to present the 150 lap race on the 5/8’s mile oval.
Michaels Bellevue Toyota presents the Super Late Model 100 lap race prior to the West race on Saturday. Defending season Champion Mike Holden is looking for his second straight win on the big 5/8’s mile track. His LB Motorsports team switched form a Chevrolet to a Ford power plant prior to the last time the series raced on the 5/8’s with Holden getting the win. Doni Wanat enters this weekend in second place with rookie Luke Selliken in third.
Get your favorite seats online at www.evergeenspeedway.com for this weekend’s events. Check out Evergreens web site for all the information. There is still plenty of racing left in the 2015 season, so make sure and join us at the Super Speedway of the West for all the fun and excitement!
Join Race Teams, Drivers, Pit Crews and Other Fans as “Drivers Unite to End Hunger” benefiting the Sky Valley Food Bank August 15th. Here’s how you can help:
Two ways you can help!
1. Donate non-perishable food items | Donations collected outside Evergreen Speedway’s main entrance and back pit gate on Saturday August 15th.
2. Make a donation via cash, check, or direct credit card payment to:
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There were many elements in place to attract fans of all types of motorsports out to Evergeen Speedway this past Saturday and Sunday. With the 10th Annual Rory Price Memorial being held Saturday on the 3/8’s mile oval and its $10,000 winner’s check on the line, the event brought 35 teams to attempt to make the 24 car field.
Saturday’s event saw the King of the Wing Sprint Cars, the Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Model Series and the Foster Press Mini Stocks take to the 3/8’s oval. In addition to the intrigue of the Rory Price Memorial for the Sprint Cars, there was close attention paid to one young man attempting to maintain his unbeaten streak in the Mini Stock division and make his first start in a Super Late Model.
Monroe Washington’s Trenton Moriarty qualified 2nd in his #24 Mini Stock behind Scott Burby and 3rd in a Super Late Model “on loan” from his father Tom, a 9-time Evergreen Speedway Champion. Trenton, along with all the qualifiers battled a hot, slick race track throughout the day. Last season’s Champion and the current point leader Mike Holden qualified at the top of the 12 car field. The LB Motorsports team used the past 2 weeks to switch from a Chevrolet to a Ford engine package along with changing the body, so the amount of unknowns going into the weekend for the 32 team was like bringing a knife to a gun fight. “
“We felt like it was the best time to make the change was before the King of the Wing Weekend” team owner Brian Estrin said. “We knew that we had to run on both the 3/8’s on Saturday and the 5/8’s on Sunday. This team worked so hard not only this weekend, but in the time it took to make such a drastic change to our program. It’s not like changing a shock package, or making a carburetor change. I couldn’t be prouder of the effort that went into this. And the input that Mike Holden provided us with on both days helped a ton.” Estrin added “We got a lot accomplished this weekend that will help us not only try for our 2nd Championship, but for some other plans that we have later on down the road.”
Qualifying for the Rory Price Memorial was an event unto itself. A record 35 cars from around the country made a 2 lap attempt for the top spot, with 5-time RPM winner and Roseburg OR native Matt Hein qualifiying P1 with his 13.677 (98.706 mph average) with Andy Alberding, Scott Aumen, Ron Larson and Matt Mansell making up the top 5. The current points leader in the King of the Wing series Aaron Pierce qualified 7th.
The first main event of the evening was for the Foster Press Mini Stocks. Point’s leader and defending Champion Trenton Moriarty started mid pack of the 9 car field. On the start, Scott Burby took the lead and looked as strong as he has all season long until his engine grenaded going into turn 3 on lap 5. It then looked like it was going to be another win for the undefeated #24 car until a flat tire cost Moriarty the lead going a lap down to get repaired. Andrew Shukar picked up the win with Devin Kessler in 2nd and Brian Taylor getting his first podium finish running part time this season.
Next up was the 12 lap B-main for the Rory Price Memorial. The top 4 finishers would then move up to the 30 lap main event. Greg Middendorf picked up the win to advance, with local driver Reece Goetz in 2nd, WESCO driver Cameron Nesinger took 3rd and Tyler Muse finished 4th. With those 4 moving up to the main, the win for the B-main goes to TJ Thorn.
The Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Models lined up for their 50 lap main on the 3/8’s. In a pre-race interview, Mike Holden commented on the track conditions. “There are so many things that not only our team, but all the teams will need to deal with during the main. With the type of rubber that the Sprint Cars are putting down on the track, along with all the heat that the asphalt has soaked up, the set-up and the patience level will really need to be paid attention to” Two time series Champion Shane Harding rocketed to the lead and never looked back. As mentioned above, all eyes were on the #12 J2 Racing of Trenton Moriarty. Trenton started mid pack and used the early laps to settle down and get comfortable with his car. It didn’t take long to get happy with the car, and Moriarty was starting his move to the front. The race went yellow just after half way with a wicked incident involving the #30 car of Tyler Baker. The Canadian driver who has been improving every outing this season slid hard into the inside retaining wall on the front stretch, wiping out the car. The crowd gave Tyler a nice ovation when he climbed out of the car.
Shane Harding went on to take the checkered flag, with Shane Sawin having his best finish this season in second and the #20 car of Cle Elum’s Andy Sole finishing 3rd. In post-race inspection, Harding’s car was disqualified by officials, and the #1 car of Sawin was declared the winner. Mike Holden moved up to 3rd.
Two words come to mind when one is trying to describe the Rory Price Memorial. Matt Hein.
In what many are calling the best race and driving exhibition in the long 60+ years of Evergreen Speedway, Matt Hein displayed why he is now the 6-time winner of the Rory Price Memorial. To witness Hein work through traffic is like watching Van Gogh paint, Stevie Ray Vaughan solo, and Muhammad Ali box, he’s that good! A grandstand full of chins hit the ground watching him work through the field, lapping all but the top 3 of the 24 cars that started the race. A caution late in the race brought the field together, but on the restart, it was all Matt Hein as he picked up where he left off and picked up the win and the $10,000 check. King of the Wing series point’s leader took second and Darren Yates got third.
Aaron Pierce had an interesting week. The KOTW series started their Northwest Swing Thursday night at Meridian Speedway in Idaho where he picked up the win. Friday found Pierce racing a Silver Crown car at the Bellville High Banks in Bellville KS where he finished 10th. Then back on the plane to Evergreen Speedway for the 2-day KOTW event!
Sunday the events moved to the big 5/8’s mile oval for both the KOTW cars and Super Late Models. The Les Schwab Street Stock Series joined the show, but raced on the 3/8’s. KOTW wing qualifying was led by Matt Mansell, turning a lap time of 18.003 seconds/124.979 mph pass with his 2 laps of qualifying. Many teams spent the night and early morning swapping from 360 cubic inch engines to 410 engines to really put the power to the ground for Sundays show on the big track. Aaron Pierce qualified 2nd and Sierra Jackson took 3rd. During qualifying, the track record on the 5/8’s was shattered 3 times! Jeff Montgomery set the record on August 3, 2013 with a pass of 18.595. Meridian Idaho’s Sierra Jackson was the first to get the crowd off its feet with her pass of 18.475/121.786 mph! Then later on, Aaron Pierce cuts an 18.362/122.536 mph to take the top spot! Wait, it gets better! Matt Mansell lays down an 18.003/124.979 mph to take the top spot! All in all, 5 drivers broke the record that day. Darren Yates qualified 4th with his pass of 18.558/121.242 mph and DJ Hamilton put an 18.579/121.14 mph on the scoreboard to qualify 5th!
Mike Holden took the top spot in Super Late Model qualifying with a 22.370/100.581 mph effort. Shane Harding qualified 2nd and Luke Sellican qualified 3rd.
Sunday’s first main event was for the Les Schwab Street Stocks. Former Mini Stock driver Carl Davidson continued to move up the ranks with his impressive main event win over the defending 2-time Champion Roger Drake. Points leader Chad Fitzpatrick held on to finish 3rd despite caving in the right front fender and door of his #12 Camaro.
The Super Late Models put 11 cars on the 5/8’s for a 50 lap main on Sunday afternoon. 12 cars came through the back gate, but the #5 car of Garrett Archer kick a rod out of the side of his engine in practice bringing his day to an abrupt halt. Pacific Northwest racing legend Pete Harding made the tow down from Surry BC to run on the big track, yet a series of issues during the race left Pete10 laps down at the end of the day. His son Shane hit the front stretch wall hard during one of the events many restarts ending his day, along with Alex Shutte up from California. Luke Selliken was involved in an incident taking him back to the pits, along with John Lathrup Jr. Brandon Scheiber retired early on due to a broken shift lever in his #75 Northsound Racing Chevrolet. In the end, 5 cars were able to be running at the end, with Mike Holden getting the win, Doni Wanat finished 2nd and Andy Sole made it to the podium for the second straight day with his 3rd place run.
The final event of the weekend was the 24 car 30 lap feature for the King of the Wing Sprinters. In a caution filled race and 6 cars on the lead lap, it was Ron Larsen picking up the win, with Bryan Warf in 2nd and Sierra Jackson hanging on for 3rd. The race had to be red flagged for incidents twice in the event, forcing KOTW officials to allow one crew member per car bring fuel out to the cars. Two cars had to be winched off the moto-cross berm in turn #1 during the race.
On a personal note, I’d like to thank Fred Rannard for coming down from Canada to help with the announcing, along with KOTW series announcer Tom Hartsell Jr. Also, a huge thanks to Western Speedway announcer Cole Sorenson, who came down with his parents to “shadow” me for the weekend. Remember that name, because at the tender young age of 15, Cole has got an incredible talent for what he does!
Coming up this weekend at Evergreen Speedway is the iconic “Figure 8 Nationals”. The Outlaw Figure 8’s will be there, along with the Monroe Grocery Outlet Super Stock Figure 8’s and the Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s will all see action on the track. Add to that the Interstate Battery Hornets, the Northwest Pro 4 Trucks and the Northwest Vintage Modifieds, it should be quite a show. Get your favorite seats for this and all the upcoming events on www.evergreenspeedway.com. Don’t forget about the NAPA Auto Parts 150 K&N Pro Series West along with the Michaels Bellevue Toyota 100 for the Super Late Models coming up on August 15th! It’s a busy month at the Super Speedway of the West, and we’d sure like to see you there.
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Evergreen Speedway will salute the members of our Armed Forces this Saturday & Sunday (Aug. 1st & 2nd) with FREE complimentary admission to the races. Military members (Active, Retired, Reserve) can show their Military ID at the ticket gate for FREE admission to the events.
Weekend action includes the King of the Wing Sprint Cars / Rory Price Memorial Race, NASCAR Super Late Models, NASCAR Street Stocks and NASCAR Mini Stocks.
Saturday Grandstands Open at 3pm | Qualifying, Prelim Racing | Racing at 6pm
Sunday Grandstands Open at 11am | Qualifying, FanFest | Racing at 2pm
Kids 6 & Under are FREE, Other Ticket Discounts available at the Ticket Gate.
Tickets compliments of event sponsors. Thank you for your service!
Evergreen Speedway hosted Mayors and City Council Members on Chamber of Commerce Night Presented by Foster Press last Saturday. Donna Foster welcomed the dignitaries who attended in pre-race ceremonies, along with Traci Hobbs from High Road Promotions. The Mayor of Monroe, Geoffrey Thomas, along with Marysville Council member Jeff Seibert, Stanwood Mayor Lynard Kelly, Edmonds Council member Phil Butler, Kirkland Council member Shelley Kloba, Snohomish Council member Michael Rohrscheib, Goldbar Mayor Linda Loen and Arlington Council member Jesica Stickles all participated in the 2 5-lap races in Stinger 8 cars. The races were started by Grand Marshal Nicola Smith, the Mayor of Lynnwood.
Jeff Seibert from Marysville won the first race with Snohomish Council member Michael Rorscheib taking the checkered flag in the second race. Congratulations to those two, and to all who came out to the track.
There was plenty of power on display at the Super Speedway of the West, but none quite as impressive as the power displayed by the K-9 unit from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office as they wowed the crowd in a simulated chase during intermission. The Evergeen Speedway Pace Car played the part of the bad guy, and 3 Sheriff K-9 vehicles chased the yellow Camaro all over the track until the “perp” stopped the pace car and the K-9 division went to work. It was amazing to witness the intensity of the German Shepard taking the driver to the ground, and proving to those in attendance that those animals mean business! Thanks to Deputy Wallin and his dog Ronin for not only what they displayed at the track, but what they along with the entire Snohomish County Sheriff’s K-9 unit does to protect us. Check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SnoCoSheriffK9 for more information and videos from Evergreen Speedway.
There was racing Saturday night! 5 Classes took to the 3/8’s oval and Figure 8 track. As hard as it is to believe, the season in on its back half, and it has been fun to watch how important qualifying and heat races are becoming. Toby Jenkins set fast time in the Buzz Inn Steakhouse Figure 8’s, Nick Gunderson topped the field in the Outlaw Figure 8’s, Scott Burby was quickest in the Foster Press Mini Stocks, Aaron Greene spun a lap of 19.592 for the NW Pro 4 Trucks and season points leader Mike Holden qualified first of the 14 cars that timed in for the Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Models with his lap time of 16.611. All competitors battled extreme high track temperatures during qualifying and heat races as well.
The Northwest Pro 4 Trucks were the first main event of the evening. 25 laps on the hot and slick 3/8’s oval. Rick Shaver started the race on the pole and led the first lap of the race until coming off turn 4, his truck shut itself off and Rick had to pull into the infield. Jessica Wilkenson also retired with only one lap completed. Doug Wilkenson and Matt Greene battled hard for the lead during most of the race, with Greene maintain the slim lead over the 27 truck of Wilkenson. Rod Helmuth, like he has done so many times before in his long racing career, methodically worked his way to the front, eventually taking the lead and the checkered flag. Wilkenson finished 2nd, with 3rd place going to Matt Greene, who also won the heat race earlier in the day.
The Outlaw Figure 8’s were up next. As mentioned above, Nick Gunderson set fast time earlier, but it was the #40 car of Seth Funden that had a night that he has been waiting for all season long. Seth debuted a new car at the beginning of the season that is not only incredible to look at, but is also the only fuel-injected Outlaw Figure 8 car that runs at Evergreen. Seth has been improving week by week and with both his heat race victory and 25 lap main event win this past Saturday night, it was good to see the hard work that Seth and his team have put into their car have some success. Seth did the wire-to-wire job on the field, with Nick Gunderson finishing 2nd and Chris Curtis taking 3rd. Curtis and John Carlson were tied coming into the night for the season championship. Carlson finished 4th in the main, and finished ahead of Curtis in the heat race, so check out the points standings on http://organisation.mylaps.com/championship/view.jsp?id=42580#_ga=1.209619477.600432678.1377546109 to keep track of what should be an exciting point’s battle.
The Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s also had a wire-to-wire main event winner in Jessica Gray. She also took the first spot in the heat race. In what is shaping up to be an exciting points race as the season winds down, Matt Somerville came into the day leading Lance Ograin by a slim 3 point margin with Brandon Lindberg in 3rd only 7 points out of the lead. But it all girl power in the main, as Jessica picked up her 2nd main event win of 2015. Brandon Lindberg helped out his season championship cause with his 2nd place finish with Toby Jenkins finishing 3rd.
Trenton Moriarty continued his flat out domination in the Foster Press Mini Stock with yet another main event win keeping the streak alive. Starting 5th on the field, Moriarty as is the norm, worked his way efficiently through the field, taking the lead on lap 4 and never looked back, surviving a late race caution and restart with Scott Burby lined up next to the 24 of Moriarty. As he’s done all season long, Trenton nail the restart and off to the checkered flag he went. Burby finished 2nd with Travis Blackwood getting his first podium finish by hanging on for 3rd. On his Angel of the Winds Victory Circle interview, Trenton announced that he will be behind the wheel of a Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Model as part of the field August 1st on day one of the King of the Wing Weekend.
Rounding out the night was the 75 lap main event for the Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Models. 14 cars started the race, with Doni Wanat on the pole due to the 6 car invert pulled by fast qualifier Mike Holden. Doni came into the night 2nd in season championship points, and let the early portion of the race. Luke Selliken took over the lead a third of the way into the event and cruised to his second victory of 2015. Luke was fresh off an impressive showing in the Central Welding Supply 125 the previous weekend, leading a ton of laps in that event, and seems to be a lock for the Rookie of the Year and possibly a top five in the season point’s race. Last season’s champion Mike Holden still leads in points for this season, with Wanat close enough behind to make for an interesting scenario as the season winds down. The teams have this weekend off, but return for a packed weekend on August 1stand 2nd as the division runs both days. The race on the 1st puts them on the 3/8’s and then they switch it up and attack the 5/8’s on Sunday the 2nd as part of the King of the Wind weekend.
Up this weekend is Formula Drift presented by GoPro. The huge 3 day event runs from Thursday through Saturday. Check out all the info on http://www.formulad.com/schedule/monroe . Advanced tickets are available at www.evergreenspeedway.com. This is one of the most highly anticipated and well attended shows of the year, so get your tickets now!
August will be a huge month at Evergreen Speedway, with the Rory Price Memorial as part of the King of the Wing Weekend on the 1st and 2nd. The Figure 8 Nationals are on August 8th, then the following weekend will be the return of the K&N Pro Series West to Evergreen Speedway. The Budweiser Fan Fest takes place on Friday the 14th, then on Saturday it will be the NAPA Auto Parts NASCAR K&N Pro Series West 150 and the Michaels Toyota Super Late Model 150, both events on the big 5/8’s oval.
Frontier Family Night happens on August 22nd and features the Street Stock Nationals, and then the Evergreen State Fair starts on August 27th with the Rairdon Dodge Northwest Truck Pulls.
Check out www.evergreenspeedway.com for all the information you need on upcoming events. Don’t forget to bring you radio to the race track and tune in 101.9 FM to hear all the action. Also, check out our Facebook page for up to date happenings at the Super Speedway of the West.
Just to clarify that both the streets and minis will be on the 3/8s for their races during King of the Wing Weekend.
The Tri-Track Super Late Model Series made their second appearance at Evergreen Speedway last Saturday night with the running of the Central Welding Supply 125 on the 3/8’s mile oval. A starting field of 16 cars took to the track, with Tumwater WA second generation driver Parker Stephens on the pole with Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Model driver Shane Sawin lined up outside Stephens. Fast time qualifier Shane Harding drew a 5 car invert earlier in the day.
At the drop of the green flag, Stephens maintained a 2-3 car length lead over Rookie of the Year contender Luke Selliken. The Portland OR based driver was fresh off his first career victory on the 3/8’s the last time the division ran on the track.
Stephens was able to hold off both Selliken and veteran Garett Evans through cautions on lap 39 and 46 using the bottom lane to get the grip he needed. On lap 56, Selliken took over the lead until a caution on lap 73 involving former Evergreen Super Late Model Champions Shane Harding and John Zaretzke in turn 3 bunched up the field for the ensuing restart. Selliken, as he has been doing all season long nailed the restart with Evans in second and Stephens in third.
Garrett Evans used a nice move going into turn 2 on lap 90 to take the lead until the caution flag flew once again on lap 96. Two laps later, Evans was forced into the pits with a cut left rear tire handing the lead back to the 3 car of Selliken. With the laps winding down, it appeared as if it was Sellikens race to lose. Last season’s division champion Mike Holden effectively worked his way into the top 3 with Andy Sole and Doni Wanat behind Holden.
Contact between leader Selliken and Stephens coming into turn 4 caused Selliken to spin, allowing Stephens to slip by and retake the lead with 4 laps to go. Tri-Track Super Late Model rules dictate that the race must finish under 5 consecutive laps of green flag racing, so off to overtime we go!
Stephens withstood a furious charge by Holden who tried to make a move on the outside on the white flag lap, but Stephens did a great job holding his line and took the checkered flag. Holden hung on for 2nd and Andy Sole finished 3rd. Finishing 4th on the night was Doni Wanat, who is in an interesting position with both the Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Model division and the Tri-Track Super Late Model Series. Wanat, who is driving both series in 2015 finds himself in 2nd place in each one. Doni is only 5 points back of Garrett Evans in the TTSLMS and coming into Saturdays race 20 points behind defending champion Mike Holden.
Parker Stephens commented after the race “ We fought a tight car most of the night and Holden made it tough there at the end but he raced me clean and I was able to hold the bottom groove (in the closing laps) to get the win.” Stephens is making occasional races at Evergreen this season, along with events at South Sound Speedway and the SRL Southwest Tour for NTS Motorsports.
The next event scheduled for the TTSLMS is July 31st at Stateline Speedway for the Idaho 200.
In other racing action Saturday at the Super Speedway of the West, Trenton Moriarty continues his dream season in the Foster Press Mini Stock division, keeping his undefeated streak intact with a 25 lap victory over Scott Burby and Devin Kessler. Moriarty set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 18.874. The race was stopped midway due to a vicious hit into the turn 4 wall by Brad Thomas. Thomas was understandably shaken up but walked to the ambulance under his own power. Moriarty nailed the restart and off to the checkered flag he went. Look for Trenton to get his first shot in a Super Late Model coming up soon!
The Monroe Grocery Outlet Super Stock Figure 8’s ran a main event typical of what they have been running all season long. An outstanding field of 14 cars qualified, with 12 starting the main. Fast time qualifier and season points leader Quenton Borreson took his rebuilt Dave Brandnenberg owned car from the back to the front for yet another win, with Steve Peters driving is V8 car to a 2nd place finish and Tony Hill piloted his #80 car to 3rd.
Chad Fitzpatrick continued his quest for the Championship in the Les Schwab Street Stock division with his 3rd main event win in 2015. Steve Woods placed second and Steve Ptacek finished 3rd. Fitzpatrick came into the event with a slim 2 point lead over defending champion Roger Drake, and helped his cause out immensely with Drake’s 5th place finish. Chad’s father Shawn Fitzpatrick mentioned that the time is getting closer and closer to move Chad up to a Super Late Model. The teams now have a very welcomed 2 weeks off until they return to the 5/8’s oval on August 2nd as part of day 2 of the King of the Wing Weekend August 1st and 2nd.
The Interstate Battery Hornets put 19 cars to the track for their road course 25 lap main event. Cody Hoopes in the 10X PMS Power car takes the win over season points leader Mike Ridley with Cullen Hubbard finishing 3rd.
Coming up this weekend is Chamber of Commerce Night Presented by Foster Press. Join a fun and action packed night of business networking and racing at the Whelen NASCAR Night & Foster Press Chamber Night at the Races. The Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Models return to the 3/8’s, along with the Foster Press Mayors Cup Race of City Officials, Outlaw Figure 8 Racing, Foster Press NASCAR Mini Stocks, Buzz Inn Stinger 8s, and the Northwest Pro 4 Trucks. Puget Sound area Chamber of Commerce member can receive 2 complimentary tickets by using this link onwww.evergreenspeedway.com to RSVP: http://www.evergreenspeedway.com/schedule-2/chambernight/.
Tickets for this event are available at www.evergreenspeedway.com, or call the Speedway Office at 360-805-6100. Make sure and check out Evergreen Speedway on social media. Like us on Facebook and use the Twitter handle #WAstateNASCAR to get the latest info on all that is happening at Evergreen. See you at the races!