Doubleheader Weekend at Evergreen Speedway
The Labor Day Holiday tradition continues at Evergreen Speedway this weekend September 1 & 2. In conjunction with the Evergreen State Fair the ‘Super Speedway of the West’ will host two nights of racing. Starting with Saturday night September 1, NAPA Night at the Races will feature the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series I-5 Challenge Super Late Models in twin 50-lap mains on the 3/8-mile paved oval. The Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks, Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks, NASCAR Super Figure Eights and WMRA (Washington Midget Racing Association) for a full night of racing. Sunday night September 2, is the annual Labor Day Weekend Evergreen State Fair Demolition Derby & Fireworks Extravaganza. The night of smashing, crashing and racing action will feature two demo derbies one for trucks and the other for cars plus the Mr. Dizzy Stunt Team (three death defying stunts), Interstate Batteries Hornets, Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s, V-8 Extremes and a Giant Fireworks Display. Both nights activities get underway at 6pm with front spectator gates opening at 4:30 on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday. The seating for Saturday will be GA and for Sunday a combination of Reserved and GA.
With just two NASCAR race nights remaining for the Super Late Models which relates to four races with twin 50’s each night. The current point leader Naima Lang has a 40-point spread over Kelly Mann. With a total of 50-points available for a win and dropping by 2-points per position in each race Lang’s shot at a fourth title is still in question. Mann who has won championships at South Sound Speedway and Yakima Speedway has yet to win one at his home track. Mann is the current point leader at South Sound with one race to go there. Lang has three wins this season at Evergreen to Mann’s one. Molly Helmuth (16 years old) and John Lathrop Jr. are in a battle for the coveted rookie of the year. Helmuth has an 18-point edge. Another large field of 16 to 18 cars is expected for the twin 50’s this Saturday.
Three race nights equating to three races remain for the Street Stock and Mini-Stock divisions. Street Stock point leader Frank Cowgill leads by 34-points over Steve Ptacek. Kenny Erickson is 38-points back and Jim Foti is 44-points behind. In the Mini-Stock division Jon Roberts has total command of his destiny for a championship. Enjoying a 68-point margin from his nearest competitor Andrew Schukar, Roberts is in good shape to win his first title. In the street stock division if any of the top four wins the title it will be their first. Points are award in both divisions with 8-points for a heat race win with a 1-point drop per finish position and in the mains it is 50-points per win and a 2-point drop per position.
Jake Repin leads the Super Figure Eight points chase by 22-points above Steve Peters. This is a great battle between two former champions but also one involving the new style figure eight race car verses the older classic style. Just two races remain for this division where a lot can happen with the traffic at the world famous X to contend with each race. The points are awarded for passing and finishes. These ground pounding machines are sure to keep everyone in suspense on Saturday night.
The Hornet races on Sunday are very important with just two races remaining in 2012. Leader Chad Fitzpatrick (15 years old) has a slim 21-point gap over Jaime Corbett. Fitzpatrick a second generation driver is trying to get his first championship. His father, Shawn, won a Mini-Stock championship in 1988. Corbett won a Hornet championship in 2010. A championship for Fitzpatrick would make him the youngest to ever win one in the 58-year history of the fabled speedway.
Also with two races to go in their respective season the Stinger 8 title is in question with Josh Young pulling out to a 20-point margin over Jessica Gray. Young has won the last two mains and Gray has finished fifth in both. With a combination of finish position and passing points in each heat race and main event things can change quickly in this division with Gray leading the point’s just two races ago. No matter who wins the title it will be their first. Another strong turnout of cars is expected for Sunday.
Remember when coming to the front gate of the fair ask for the race ticket and that will get you into the races and the fair. The combination of holiday weekend racing and the fair has always drawn good car counts and crowds. For tickets go to www.evergreenfair.org or www.evergreenspeedway.com. For more information call 360-805-6100.