Joselyn LaFleur Wins Stinger Nationals
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.