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
What could have been….
Fans filing into the covered grandstands on Whelen Engineering night presented by Frontier Communications Saturday night at Evergreen Speedway had a lot of reasons to enjoy the nice weather and incredible racing ahead of them. What most fans didn’t realize was the range of emotions that the night of racing brought them when it was all said and done.
Five classes took to the various tracks that Evergreen Speedway offers. The night started off with the Interstate Battery Youth Hornet division presented by Dealership.Glass. This class is new to the Speedway in 2016, offering opportunity for young ladies and gentlemen to find out if racing for them. One of those taking the opportunity was Cassidy Sundholm, who got her first main event win in a 15-lap main event. Cassidy is the daughter of many time track Champion Lane Sundholm and her family is well known at the track for many years. No smile was broader than the “Old Mans” at the Angel of the Winds Victory Stage when Cassidy accepted her first place trophy. First time racer Bryce Bezanson finished 2nd and Dodge Smirz finished 3rd.
The Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Models were featured with double 50-lap main events. 14 cars qualified with the #65 of Tyler Tanner setting fast time with a lap of 16.577 seconds. After a week of virtually rebuilding his Northsound Racing/Foxsports 1380/Lang Autosports car from damage suffered at the Summer Showdown, points leader Naima Lang cruised to a much needed victory in the first main event. Doni Wanat finished 2nd with Tanner finishing 3rd.
The Northwest Pro 4 Trucks returned to the 3/8’s oval, and has pretty much been the scenario all season long, the #27 truck of Doug Wilkenson took the checkered flag at the end of their 25-lap main. Pete Brady continues to improve every time out and got a 2nd place finish for his efforts and Aaron Green finished 3rd.
The Foster Press Mini Stocks returned to action on a sun drenched track. Nat Barber continues to dominate the division, picking up win #6 with Michael Fritz finishing 2nd and Brad Thomas claimed the 3rd spot. It was nice to see 13 cars line up for the 25-lap main event. Gary Hannawalt had a nice race in his #9 car, and Cameron Garvin brought out his #4 car along with Jack Lamb debuting a former Hornet car converted to fit the Mini Stock rules.
Speaking of the Hornets, 19 cars lined up for the Interstate Batteries Hornets 25-lap feature. Dawson Cox continues an amazing season with the win. It was cool to see long time racer Mark Jenkins in the lineup for this race, and equally impressive was his 2nd place finish! Jenkins has a long history with Evergreen Speedway racing many different kinds of cars over the years. Michael Jenkins finished 3rd.
The Les Schwab Street Stocks lined up for their 30-lap main event. With points leader Chad Fitzpatrick and Steve Ptacek picking up heat race wins earlier in the day, fans of this popular division were looking forward to a great race. 15 cars lined up for the main, and although Ptacek crossed the finish line ahead of Fitzpatrick, officials found something not acceptable with Ptacek’s Camaro and awarded the win to the 12 of Fitzpatrick. Steve Woods finished in 2nd and Darrell Lutovsky took 3rd.
Finishing off the night was the second 50-lap main for the Speedway Chevrolet Street Super Late Models. Officials inverted the field based on the lead lap finish, which put the #8 car of John Urquhart on the pole and the 90 of Molly Helmuth on the outside of the front row. The race started and by the field went into turn 3, Helmuth put her Frontier Communications Chevrolet in the lead, and for the next 46 laps stretched out to an impressive lead over Jeff Knight and the rest of the field. As the race went on, there was a definite buzz in the crowd. Knight would cut into Helmuth’s lead ever so slightly as the race went on. The caution flag flies on lap 46 when Mike Holden spun. On the restart, Molly gets out in front of Knight, then Tyler Tanner slips into 2nd place with the previous race winner Lang taking 3rd. The caution flies again as 2-cars spin going into turn 1. Now we reset the field with Helmuth on the pole and Tanner on the outside. The green flies once more, and as the leaders are going into 3, another spin in the backstretch involving 3-4 cars brings out the yellow, the scoreboard still showing lap 47. On the restart, Tanner outruns Helmuth taking the lead going into turn 3. Molly’s momentum between 3 & 4 put her into the back of Tanner, moving both cars up the track, allowing the 00 of Lang and the 1 of Shane Sawin to gain the positions and eventually the checkered flag with Tanner recovering for 3rd. Many thanks to “Stock Car Scott” for posting this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuVJLlVIbJk of the race.
The crowd, while disappointed with Molly not getting her first win, they sure let her know how much they appreciated the effort when prompted! Naima was quick to thank his team and JZ Motorsports for the hard work on getting his car back on the track, and Sawin was thrilled to get 2nd after experiencing an illness earlier in the day.
Coming up this weekend is the return of the King of the Wing Sprint Car Series to Evergreen Speedway for the annual Rory Price Memorial. Matt Hein put on a performance that many thought was one the most impressive in the history of Evergreen Speedway. Also taking to the track will be the West Coast Vintage Modifieds, Outlaw Figure 8’s, Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s and the Interstate Battery Hornets.
We have a direct link in the Standing/Results tab on the website where the Mylaps link and race results for all of our races are uploaded within minutes of the race being completed.
Direct Link is Here