Moore, Roberts, Drake NASCAR Champions
On Saturday September 14 at Evergreen Speedway three divisional champions were crowned. Daniel Moore won the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Model and State of Washington NASCAR title. The 100-lap Les Schwab Tires presented by Emerald City Harley-Davidson in Lynnwood Super Late Model championship race on the BIG track the 5/8-mile was won by Naima Lang with Moore earning enough points to win the season title. The Les Schwab NASCAR Street Stock main was won by Dave Lund with Division Champion Roger Drake finishing second wrapping up his season with a first NASCAR crown. Jon Roberts won the Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stock feature and cruised to his second consecutive division championship. In their next to last race of the season the winner of the Interstate batteries main was won by Mark Hubbard.
The 100-lap SLM race on the BIG track was all about Naima Lang as he led all but the first few laps. Taking the lead from Garrett Evans, Lang was only challenged one more time when a yellow came out on lap 86. On the restart Tyler Tanner started on the onside front row and gave all he had to beat Lang into turn one. Lang was able to hold back the move and went on to two in a row on the BIG track. Meanwhile champion Daniel Moore was not at his best this season but had enough points to spare to win his first ever NASCAR Championship allowing he and his new wife to go to the Whelen All American Series banquet in Charlotte, N.C. in November as the State of Washington NASCAR Champion. Second in points Tom Moriarity had to have everything go his way to have a shot at a seventh championship. That all ended early as he had to go to pit road to have major adjustments to his car putting him many laps down. Second place in the race went to Tanner who said he will be running full time at Evergreen in 2014. Third went Evans followed by Shane Sawin and Jason Kooy to round out the top five. Eighteen cars started the day with seventeen starting the feature.
Lund the part time racer showed how he won two track championships at Evergreen. Grabbing the lead early and never looking back Lund took the season finale 30-lap main win. Street Stock Champion Roger Drake finished second in the race and took his first ever NASCAR crown to go along with his three WWRA Sky Valley Stock titles. Third in the race Jason McQuinn will finish the season second in points. Fourth went to Kevin Compton. Stating that this was his last night of racing as he will spend time with his family, Travis Blackwood finished fifth.
It was never a question after mid-season who was going to win the Mini-Stock Division championship. Jon Roberts followed up last year’s title with this season’s. Roberts won the 30-lap feature to cap off another stellar season. Driving a Mazda rotary engine Roberts will have to go a different direction with that motor now being obsolete by way of Evergreen’s 2014 rules. Second in the race was Scott Burby with final podium spot going to Bobby DeYoung. Fourth and fifth were Devin Kessler and Mike Marthaller Jr. respectively.
The points battle for the Hornet championship heading into next Saturdays championship is just six points. The main was won by Mark Hubbard with second going to Cyril Greenawalt who is the point leader and third went to second in points Scott Hunt. On championship night the Hornets will be back on the familiar road course after this week’s run on the 3/8-mile. Fourth went to Cullen Hubbard followed by Gary Rarden.
Next up at Evergreen Speedway is Championship Night presented by Alfy’s Pizza on Saturday September 21 ‘rain or shine’. There will be five new champions crowned with the Emerald City Harley-Davidson in Lynnwood Super Figure Eights, Classic Figure Eights, Buzz Inn Steak House Stinger 8’s and NW Pro 4 Trucks all deciding their season champions. Racing gets started at 6pm with front gates opening at 4pm.
For more information and or tickets go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100.