Gunderson Wins 88-Minutes of FEAR
On Saturday June 1, Evergreen Speedway held the first ever 88-Minutes of FEAR for the Emerald City Harley-Davidson NASCAR Super/Stock Figure Eights. The winner of the $3000 winner’s check was Nick Gunderson. It was also the first visit in over 30 years for the Northwest Modifieds and Jeff Braton was the winner of the 75-lap feature. The winner of the Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8 Division main was Josh Young. Interstate Batteries Hornet main was won by Cyril Greenawalt. Another great crowd enjoyed the Emerald City Harley-Davidson Night at the Races and the clear weather.
Gunderson led the most laps of what ended up being a 240-lap 88-minutes. Don Eslick looked like he was going to walk away with another major Figure Eight Title until a flat tire under green sent him to the pits for repairs. Gunderson the only other car on the lead lap at the time inherited the lead and never gave it up. Steve Peters who finished second got back on the lead lap when Gunderson under yellow made a stop for fuel. Peters started up front on the ensuing restart at the tail end of the lead lap. Gunderson kept Peters back a half lap the rest of the way. There were very few major accidents during the 88-minutes but some extremely close calls including one for the winner. Gunderson made slight contact with John Carlson at the X of the figure eight spinning Carlson and causing only cosmetic damage to the front of Gunderson’s car. The only major incident was when Pat Clark put ‘Miss Liberty’ (car name) on top of the retaining wall barrels. Nineteen cars took the green for the start of the 88-minutes and eleven finished. Steve Cox finished third in his return to action after a long layoff. Fourth went to Seth Funden followed by Mike Steltz.
Modified racer Braton used his years of experience to whittle away at the lead to win the main. Todd Witham held the lead for many laps of the 75-lap feature but was unable to hold back Braton at the end. Witham finished second with Chris Ochs finishing third. Ben Reid and Mark Weaver held the next two positions respectively.
Young, winner of the Stinger 8 main and the defending champion of the division, made his first visit of the season to the figure eight track. Young is in the process of trying to put together a Super Late Model program. Second place went to current point leader Todd Stilwell. Nicole Pollard finished third. Jessica Gray was fourth and Matt Somerville fifth.
With just a few laps to go Greenawalt looked like he would finish second in the Hornet main. A red flag came out and as the cars were ready to go leader Scott Hunt’s car could not start. Push trucks attempted to push start Hunt to no avail. Greenawalt took the lead and won the main. Second place went to Zach Bristol and third to Mike Ridley. The fourth position finish went to John Hilburn and fifth was Gary Rarden. The win for Greenawalt gives him the points lead towards the season divisional championship. Hunt is second 29-points back with a bunch of races left in the 2013 season for the Hornet Division.
Next up at Evergreen Speedway: June 8, is Whelen Night presented by Grocery Outlet Bargain Market. The evenings racing will feature the Summer Showdown Warm Up for the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models on the 5/8-mile oval for 75-laps. Plus three visiting series the West Coast Street Stocks, FSCRA Pro 4’s and Columbia River Legends with the local Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stock Division all on the 3/8-mile oval. Main event racing starts at 6pm with heat races after 4pm. For more information call 360-805-6117 or go to www.evergreenspeedway.com.