Lang Wins Genie SLM 100
On Saturday night May 4, Naima Lang started his run for a fifth title in the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Model Division here at Evergreen Speedway, in Victory Lane. Seth Funden was dominant, winning the Emerald City Harley-Davidson Super Figure Eight main. The Buzz Inn Steakhouse main was won by Joselyn LaFleur. Interstate Batteries Hornet Division racer Mark Hubbard won the road course main. The warmest day of the year brought out a great crowd for the Genie presents Military Appreciation Night at the Races.
Lang looked, early in the 100-lap Super Late Model main, like he was going to drive away with another SLM Division opening night main. Rookie contender Garrett Archer (16 years old) caught Lang and passed easily on the outside. On every restart Archer was able to pull away from Lang and by lap 97 had over a 1.5 second lead. A caution flew on lap 98. The restart had Archer choosing the inside lane and Lang on the outside. As the two came to the green flag young Archer missed a shift and the lead went to Lang. Archer then spun as he got to turn one and his night was done. If Archer had hung on for the win he would have been the youngest to ever win a Super Late Model feature in the 58 year history of Evergreen Speedway. Another yellow flew for the Archer spin. On the ensuing restart Lang was inside and Tom Moriarity was outside. Moriarity gave all he had but came up a few feet short. Moriarity finished second with John Bender third. Fourth went to Brian Cottrell and fifth was Jeff Knight, who had recovered from an earlier spin. Twenty cars were there to start the day and eighteen made it to the main.
Funden took the lead at the beginning of the 50-lap main for the Super Figure Eights. Funden was never challenged other than a few close calls at the intersection of the figure eight track. John Carlson finished second and rookie Lance O’Grain third. Pat Clark finished fourth ahead of Nick Gunderson.
The Stinger 8 Division had LaFleur winning in convincing fashion by grabbing the early lead and stretching that lead to almost a half lap. Todd Stilwell took a long time to get out of traffic to start his pursuit of LaFleur. Cutting into the lead considerably , Stilwell ran out of laps to finish second in the 30-lap main. John Hilburn and Nicole Pollard finished third and fourth respectively and fifth went to Matt Somerville.
Hornet Division winner Mark Hubbard used his many years of experience at Evergreen to his advantage winning the 20-lap Road Course main by a sizeable margin. Cyril Greenawalt brought his ‘Lightning McQueen’ paint schemed car home in second. Point leader Jaime Corbett finished third. The fourth and fifth positions went to Rick Hubbard and Scott Hunt.
Next Up at Evergreen Speedway on Saturday May 11, is Foss Towing Night at the Races with the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Model 75 on the 3/8-mile oval. In addition the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks and Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks will each be on the 3/8-mile. The figure eight track will have the Emerald City Harley-Davidson Super/Stock Figure Eights and the Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8 Divisions challenging the dreaded X. Racing will begin at 6pm with spectator gates opening at 4pm.
For more information or tickets go to the web at www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6117. Remember the Coors Light Summer Showdown is on June 27-29. Tickets are on sale via the web or telephone and driver registration is available on-line.