On Saturday and Sunday May 24 & 25 it is the annual Memorial Day Weekend Double Header at Evergreen Speedway. On Saturday May 24 it is the fourth annual Mark Galloway Memorial 150 Shootout presented by Monroe Grocery Outlet Bargain Market. 150-laps on the BIG 5/8-mile paved oval for the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models. Over 30-drivers have committed for this $5000.00 to win and $500 to start race. In addition on the 3/8-mile paved oval the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks, Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks and a large contingent from the Columbia River Legends. On Sunday May 25 the holiday weekend continues with the Sean Peters Memorial Truck Fest presented by Republic Services. The night will feature the Outlaw Figure 8’s, Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s, Interstate Batteries Hornets, Boat Races, Renegade 8’s, Legends, Truck Demolition Derby and Gigantic Fireworks Display. Both nights racing begins at 6pm rain or shine with the fans protected by the covered grandstand at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe.
For the first time this season the lure of the BIG Track brings the best Northwest USA and Canada SLM drivers to Evergreen Speedway for the 150-lap Mark Galloway 150 Shootout. Top drivers such as: Pete Harding (Surrey B.C.) many time winner on the Big Track including the first ever Summer Showdown. Gary Lewis the only driver to ever win a NASCAR Touring Series, ARCA Touring Series, ASA Touring Series Championship. Jason Fraser winner of the 2013 Galloway 150 Shootout. Shane Mitchell many time champion at WVSO. Jay Sauls winner of last year’s Summer Showdown. Naima Lang 4-time Evergreen Speedway SLM champion. Tom Moriarity a 6-time track champion. Austin Reed (Mooresville, NC) a rising star of SLM racing, is coming all the way from the East Coast. Two drivers that have won this season on the shorter 3/8-mile Mike Holden (Snohomish, WA) and last season’s track champion Daniel Moore (Spokane, WA). These are just a few of the 30+ drivers expected for what many consider a tune-up for the $100,000.00 Summer Showdown on June 27 & 28.
Street Stocks are back at it for the 2014 championship. This division was last on track two weeks ago and young Chad Fitzpatrick garnered his first ever divisional win. Three time winner this season Roger Drake has the early point lead with the top eight within 45-points of the leader. There are a lot of races left this season for this division and Drake will need to keep an eye on them as each is in pursuit of a first ever division championship.
Bobby DeYoung leads the chase in the Mini-Stock division for the 2014 championship. Trenton Moriarity in his rookie season sits second in this very competitive division. The top five are tightly bunched with three different winners in the first four races. The only repeat winner is DeYoung.
Last time out for the Columbia River Legends was at WVSO last weekend with veteran Duane Swanson picking up the win. The other winner this season for this traveling series is young Parker Stephens, who won a Legends race at Evergreen last season, winning the opener at Yakima Speedway. This series always shows with a large field of cars.
Remember both Saturday and Sunday May 24 & 25 start at 6pm. Super Late Models on the 5/8, Street Stocks, Mini-Stocks and Legends on the 3/8 on Saturday. On Sunday Truck Demo, Outlaw & Stinger 8’s, Hornets, Boat Races, Renegades and Fireworks. For more information and or tickets go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100.
Evergreen Speedway announced that NASCAR Legend, Hershel McGriff will be the Grand Marshall of the $100,000.00 Summer Showdown for Super Late Model Stock Cars on June 27 & 28. The Summer Showdown is the richest purse for Super Late Models in the 60 year history of Evergreen Speedway and the Northwest.
The $20,000.00 to win and $1,000.00 to start the 200-lap on the BIG 5/8-mile oval is drawing cars from all over the world. Drivers from NASCAR’s Canadian Tire Series, Mexico Series, Euro Series, K&N Pro Series East & West and Whelen All American Series. Over 50 drivers have committed and the list grows daily for this unbelievable purse on NASCAR’s largest weekly track west of the Mississippi. The third annual Summer Showdown starts on Friday June 27 with qualifying for the Heat Races (25-laps) for Summer Showdown Super Late Models plus main events for both the Street Stocks and Mini-Stocks on the 5/8-mile. Followed by the qualifying heat races for the Summer Showdown 200. On Saturday June 28 the Last Chance Qualifier (40-laps) for Summer Showdown cars that did not get into the 32-car Summer Showdown via the Friday qualifying heat races.
Plus the traveling Pro 4 Alliance Late Models on the 5/8-mile.
There is special limited time pricing on the reserved seating in the two center sections of the main grandstand with seat backs at only $40 for both days. Go to www.evergreenspeedway.com to get your reserved seats while they last.
McGriff has raced at Evergreen Speedway many times throughout his illustrious career, including the former Motorcraft 500’s and early days of the Northwest Tour. McGriff’s home track was the former Portland Speedway and many considered Evergreen as his second home track. It is rumored that McGriff will soon be inducted into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame.
McGriff will be available for autographs throughout the two day extravaganza. 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.
France convinced McGriff to come south and race in the first Southern 500 race at Darlington Raceway. McGriff drove his car from Portland, OR to Darlington, SC, finished ninth in the Southern 500 and drove back to Portland the following week. In 1954, although the season was partially over, France convinced McGriff to run the balance of the Grand National Series. He ended the season with four wins, 17 top-10 finishes in 24 events, and finished sixth in the final points standings despite missing the first 10 races that season. McGriff’s average finishing position was higher than points champion Lee Petty. That same season, McGriff won a race during NASCAR’s first season of what is now referred to as the K&N Pro Series West. It was then known as the Pacific Coast Late Model Series.
In 1955, McGriff was offered a ride in NASCAR to race for millionaire Carl Kiekhaefer’s newly formed team. Deciding not to race, McGriff returned home to the West Coast to be closer to his family, and to tend to his growing lumber mill business. Tim Flock drove Kiekhaefer’s Chrysler 300 to 18 victories that season and the season championship. McGriff returned to racing after not racing for around 10 years. He started 41st at Riverside in 1969, and moved up to second place by lap six. He beat Ron Grable in a photo finish that day. During the 1970’s, McGriff drove for Petty Enterprises, swapping positions with the likes of Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, A.J. Foyt, and Johnny Rutherford. He has competed in the SCCA Trans-Am Series and finished 19th in the 1982 Endurance Le Mans race, but the majority of his seat time has been in a NASCAR stock car.
In 1986, McGriff won the Winston West Series (now known as the K&N Pro Series West) championship. He became the oldest driver to win a NASCAR feature race when he won an AutoZone West Series race in 1989 at the age of 61. His 14 wins at the defunct Riverside International Raceway is the most at NASCAR-sanctioned events, and he was chosen as the grand marshal for the final race at the track in 1988. In November 1996, McGriff made the trip with several NASCAR champions, Sprint Cup, Nationwide Grand National and Camping World Truck Series drivers to Japan’s Suzuka Raceway for an exhibition race known as the NASCAR Suzuka Thunder Special. 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 was also honored as one of the top 50 drivers to ever race at Evergreen Speedway during their 50th Anniversary year. For more information go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100. Drivers and teams will get the opportunity for two days of Free RV/Camping or discounted Motel/Hotel rooms by calling the Speedway office at 360-805-6100, while the supply lasts. Drivers also save on registration fees by registering early via the speedway’s web site. Evergreen Speedway is located in Monroe, WA at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds.
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This past Saturday May 10 it was Military Tribute Night presented by Coastal Community Bank at Evergreen Speedway ‘The Home of the $100, 000.00 Summer Showdown’. Daniel Moore won the 75-lap Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Model feature. The Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stock 30-lap main was won by young Chad Fitzpatrick, first ever for the 17-year old second year driver. Mark Hubbard won the 25-lap main for the Interstate Batteries Hornet Division. In the 25-lap feature for the Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8 Division, Jessica Gray was the winner. In the new division, the Super Stock Figure 8’s, the winner was “The One Armed Bandit’ Quenton Borreson. Evergreen Speedway won the battle with the weather this weekend. There was a brief shower early in the afternoon with the track drying out by race time.
Daniel Moore, the 2013 NASCAR track and State of Washington Champion, drove from mid-pack of the 18-car Super Late Model field to win his first of the season feature in defense of his title. The drive to the front did not come easy. There was a mishap involving four cars and Moore’s car was involved with his car going airborne over the front end of, last race winner, Mike Holden. Both were able to continue albeit with mangled cars. Once Moore got to the front he had to contend with four time division champion Naima Lang. Getting by Lang, Moore took the lead but could not shake Lang. With Lang directly behind, Moore withstood a few attempts by Lang to take the lead back. The last attempt came late in the race with Lang getting out of shape as he attempted to get by, losing the second position to Mike Holden. Holden made an attempt to get by Moore on a double file restart with four laps to go. Moore again thwarted the attempt to garner the win. Holden finished a close second and Andy Sole took third. Fourth went to Jason Kooy followed by Peter Link. Lang fell back to sixth.
The crowd stood on their feet as young Street Stock driver Chad Fitzpatrick held back last season’s champion and winner of the first three races this season Roger Drake. Fitzpatrick won the Hornet Division championship two seasons ago to become the youngest to ever win a championship at Evergreen Speedway. This was his first win in the bigger car division. It was a thrill for the high school student to get his first win in this NASCAR division. Drake was as happy for the youngster also. Third went to Kevin Compton his first visit to the podium in his first season of racing and gaining the lead for the division Rookie of the Year honors. Fourth went to Darrell Lutovsky and Kenny Erickson finished fifth.
The Hornet Division ran on the road course and Mark Hubbard grabbed the lead early and went on to win his second main of the season. Second place went to Scott Hunt as the two swapped positions in last week’s race. Finishing third was rookie Justin Brave, a 14-yearold. Fourth went to Rick Hubbard and fifth went to Cody Hoopes.
Jessica Gray got back to victory stage for the first time this season. With a strong run in the Stinger 8 main. Gray showed why she was second in points the last two seasons. Second went to last week’s Stinger Nationals winner Joselyn LaFleur. In third it was Cody Hoopes. Fourth and fifth went to Toby Jenkins and Matt Somerville respectively.
With one arm, Quenton Borreson won the Super Stock Figure 8 main. This was ‘the One Armed Bandit’s’ second win in a row. Second place went to, the winner of the season opener for this new division, Steve Peters. In third was Steve Schoenfeldt followed by Doug Delfel and Jessie Burtino.
Next Up: The annual two day doubleheader for the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. On Saturday May 24 the Grocery Outlet Bargain Market Mark Galloway 150 Shootout for the Super Late Models on the BIG track the 5/8-mile paved oval. A tune-up race for the $100,000.00 Summer Showdown in June. In addition the Street Stocks, Mini-Stocks and Columbia River Legends will be on the 3/8-mile paved oval. On Sunday may 25 it is the Republic Services presents Sean Peters Memorial Truck Fest. The night will feature Outlaw Figure 8’s, Stinger 8’s, Hornets, Boat Races, Renegades, Legends, Truck Demo Derby and Fireworks. Both nights start at 6pm. For tickets and or more information go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100.
Evergreen Speedway May 10 Official Results:
Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models (75-laps 3/8-mile oval): 1. Daniel Moore, 2. Mike Holden, 3. Andy Sole, 4. Jason Kooy, 5. Peter Link, 6. Naima Lang, 7. Scott LaCross, 8. Jeff Knight, 9. Molly Helmuth, 10. Tyler Tanner, 11. Tyler Baker, 12. Brandon Scheiber, 13. Shane Sawin, 14. Timothy Minister, 15. John Boyatt, 16. Doni Wanat, 17. Tommy Rasmussen, 18. Tim McDougald
Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks (30-laps 3/8-mile oval): 1. Chad Fitzpatrick, 2. Roger Drake, 3. Kevin Compton, 4. Darrell Lutovsky, 5. Kenny Erickson, 6. Mike Marthaller Jr. 7. Steve Ptacek, 8. Jim Foti, 9. John McCourt, 10. Nikki Bristol, 11. Carl Davidson
Interstate Batteries Hornets (25-laps Road Course): 1. Mark Hubbard, 2. Scott Hunt, 3. Justin Brave, 4. Rick Hubbard, 5. Cody Hoopes, 6. Cullen Hubbard, 7. Chad Chase, 8. Jason Wilson, 9. 9x, 10. Bob Burks, 11. Mike Ridley, 12. Zach Bristol, 13. John Hilburn
Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s (25-laps Figure 8 Track): 1. Jessica Gray, 2. Joselyn LaFleur, 3. Cody Hoopes, 4. Toby Jenkins, 5. Matt Somerville, 6. Zach Bristol, 7. Lance O’Grain, 8. Jason Wilson, 9. Mark Keith, 10. Tyler Draper, 11. Mike Ridley, 12. Chad Chase
Super Stock Figure 8’s (30-laps Figure 8 Track): 1. Quentin Borreson, 2. Steve Peters, 3. Steve Schoenfeldt, 4. Doug Delfel, 5. Jessie Burtino, 6. Brian Little, 7. Bruce Wilson
Saturday night May 10 at Evergreen Speedway it is Military Tribute Night presented by Coastal Community Bank. All active Military will receive a free family pass admitting two adults and up to four children. The night will feature the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Model 75 on the 3/8-mile paved oval presented by Emerald City Harley-Davidson of Lynnwood. There will be five Super Late ModeIs carrying the emblem of a branch of our great military. In addition the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stock 30-laps, Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8 30-laps, Interstate Batteries Hornets 25-laps (road course) and Super Stock Figure 8 25-laps. Racing begins at 6pm with spectator gates opening at 4pm.
The second race of the young Super Late Model season is set for this Saturday. Opening race winner Mike Holden will return to see if he can string back-to-back wins to start his season. Four time Track and State of Washington NASCAR Champion Naima Lang is expected back after the accident that ended his night early. Last year’s champion Daniel Moore will be vying for a better finish than his third to start his defense of the title. Second generation driver Tyler Tanner via his second place finish showed that he will be someone to contend with for the championship and track rookie of the year. Another great car count is expected for the 75-lap main on the 3/8-mile oval. Next up for this division is the Galloway 150 on the 5/8-mile oval on May 24.
Street Stock point leader Roger Drake has started his defense of last year’s title matching last season’s start with three straight wins. Last season Drake finished third in his fourth race. It will be an interesting race to see if Drake is mirroring last season. Even with the three straight Drake only leads by 12-points over Darrell Lutovsky. Third place only 18-points off the pace are Jim Foti and Steve Ptacek. This rain or shine division is always competitive with the championship not decided until the final night of racing in September.
Stinger 8’s a 4-cylinder figure eight division is another competitive bunch. Current point leader for the 2014 championship is Toby Jenkins a rookie. In second is Joselyn LaFleur who won last week’s Stinger Nationals. LaFleur trails by 5-points. Matt Somerville is 9-points in arrears in third.
As with many of Evergreen’s divisions going to the last night of racing to decide a season champion the Hornets have done the same. Last season the championship was decided on the last lap last turn on who would be the 2013 champ. Losing by just 2-points Scott Hunt is this season’s leader by 25-points. Even though 25-points seems comfortable things could change quickly and with a slew of races to go until championship night Hunt needs to stay on top of his game. Zach Bristol is second in the chase with Cody Hoopes just 6-points behind.
Quenton Borreson ‘The One Armed Bandit’ leads the new Super Stock Figure 8 Division points. Steve peters who won one main this season is in second 15-points back of Borreson. Doug Delfel is third just 4-points behind Peters.
Evergreen Speedway, Home of the $100,000.00 Summer Showdown on June 27 & 28, is in Monroe, WA at the Evergreen State Fairground and the fans are protected by the large covered grandstand. For tickets and or more information go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100.
On Saturday June 7 Evergreen Speedway, as part of the Speedway’s celebration of their 60th Anniversary, will hold a racers reunion. There will the introduction of the next 10 added to the all-time 50 best drivers. In addition it is Genie Terex Night presented by NAPA Auto Parts. The night will feature the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Model 75 on the 3/8-mile plus the Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks/Outlaw Compacts, Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s, Outlaw Figure 8’s and Renegades.
All former racers/promoters/employees are invited and will receive complimentary admission for themselves plus one. To obtain the free admission go to www.evergreenspeedway.com/go/reunion/ and fill out the form. Tickets will be waiting for you at will call the night of June 7.
Not very many race tracks in North America have been around as long as Evergreen Speedway and we hope as many of you as can come celebrate with us. We will be introducing the past racers as the night progresses.
For more information go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100.
On Saturday May 3 the annual Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8 Nationals 75, at Evergreen Speedway, was won by Joselyn LaFleur. The Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stock 30-lap main was won by Andrew Schukar. On the road course the winner of the Interstate Batteries Hornet feature was Scott Hunt. The final race of the night the 50-lap Outlaw Figure 8 main was Ricky Deitz.
Joselyn LaFleur won her first Stinger 8 Nationals. LaFleur one of four women racing in this 4-cylinder figure 8 division was not to be denied the win. Taking over the lead mid-way through the 75-lap race LaFleur was able to avoid traffic at the ‘Planets Most Dangerous Intersection’ of the figure 8 track. Early leader rookie Toby Jenkins was forced to slow at the X to avoid traffic and that was enough for LaFleur to pass into to the lead. Another of the woman drivers Nicole Pollard was able to pass through the maze of traffic to take over second. Jenkins recovered to finish third. Jason Wilson and Zach Bristol rounded out the top five.
On a wet 3/8-mile oval Andrew Schukar survived to win his first race of the season. There were a few times that Schukar was knocked around and also sideways on the wet track that he thought his chances of winning were done. Staying focused he moved toward the front and as leader Bobby DeYoung slid up the track both Schukar and Brad Thomas moved past. Thomas finished second and DeYoung third. Kyle Schukar finished fourth ahead of Trenton Moriarity.
Point’s leader of the Hornet Division Scott Hunt withstood the pressure applied by Mark Hubbard to win the 25-lap main on a very wet road course. Hubbard finished second. Zach Bristol finished third while Cullen Hubbard finished fourth and Cody Hoopes fifth.
The 8-cylinder ground pounding Outlaw Figure 8’s took to the figure 8 for their main event in very wet conditions. As the cars sloshed their way through the X during the 50-lap main last year’s division champion Ricky Deitz used his experience to overtake the leader Jake Repin the 2010 and 2012 champion. Repin hung on for a podium finish in third behind Mike Steltz. Steve Cox was fourth and Chris Curtis fifth.
Next Up: Saturday May 10 is Armed Forces Tribute Night presented by Coastal Community Bank. A Family Pass with Military ID gets two adults and up to 4 children in FREE. The night features the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Model 75 on the 3/8-mile oval. Also on the 3/8-mile are the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks. On the Road Course the Interstate Batteries Hornets continue their battle for the championship. On the figure 8 track with the ‘Planets Most Dangerous Intersection’ are the Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s and the new division the Super Stock Figure 8’s. Racing starts at 6pm with spectator gates opening at 4pm.