Moriarity Is Back
Six time Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Model Champion, Tom Moriarity has returned to Evergreen Speedway as if he was never gone. Winning the Foss Towing 75-lap feature on Saturday May 11, Moriarity, let his fellow competitors know he is ready to contend for another title. The Emerald City Harley-Davidson Super/Stock Figure Eights were in action and Ricky Dietz won the 50-lap main. Zach Bristol won his first ever Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8 main. In the main for the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stock Division, Jason McQuinn was victorious. The Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stock Division main winner was Chad Benjamin. Another great crowd enjoyed the unseasonably warm weather and hot racing.
Moriarity won the Super Late Model feature in strong fashion. Pulling out to a 4-second lead after each restart. Moriarity carrying the US Navy insignia on his hood stated at the post race interview, “I am back!” The best action was for second the entire race. Second place finisher Daniel Moore held off multiple attempts by two drivers trying take his spot away. The first was Naima Lang. Lang tried to pass high and low but just could not get the second spot. Lang eventually spun on the back stretch making significant contact with the inside retaining wall ending his night. Then it was Doni Wanat’s turn. Wanat did what Lang had tried, to no avail. Wanat settled for third. Doug Davidson and John Boyatt rounded out the top five. Next up for the Super Late Models is the makeup of the postponed Mark Galloway 150 Shootout on the BIG 5/8-mile oval on May 25. $6000 to win and $600 to start will draw all the regulars and many visitors with over 30-cars expected.
Super/Stock Figure Eight veteran Dietz drove a masterful race with no pressure from any of his competitors. This division’s second place battle was a heated one. Mike Steltz held the second spot most of the race until Nick Gunderson finally drove by. Gunderson finishing second, was gaining on Dietz, who was on cruise control, but laps ran out in the 50-lap main. Third went to Steltz ahead of Lance O’Grain and Seth Funden. Next up for the Figure Eight Division is the Sean Peters Memorial on May 26 followed the following week June 1, by the all new 88-minutes of FEAR. The 88-minutes of FEAR is drawing drivers from the East Coast to the West by the big purse.
A solid win went to Bristol in the Stinger 8 Division 30-lap main. It was Bristol’s first win in this division. He has coupled that with a win earlier this season in the Hornet Division. Jessica Gray survived the bumping and banging to finish second. Third went to Matt Somerville. Last week’s winner Joselyn LaFleur, had to go to a backup car after losing an engine in the primary during an earlier heat race, finished fourth. Fifth place went to Nicole Pollard. Next up for the Stinger 8 Division is the Sean Peters Memorial on May 26.
A hotly contested Street Stock main event had McQuinn winning for the first time this season. McQuinn who had been on the podium twice in the first three races of the season was jubilant with the win. Joe Kneeland fished a close second and Roger Drake an even closer third. Fourth place went to Duane Schoesbeck followed by Steve Ptacek. Next up for the Street Stock Division is the night of the Mark Galloway Memorial Shootout on May 25.
Mini-Stock visiting driver Benjamin, won the main event with a strong run. Benjamin was able to keep Gary Hanawalt a bay. Hanawalt had his hands full hanging onto second with third place finisher Joe Hobbs on his bumper. Jon Roberts who won the first three races this season and was going for four-in-a-row finished fourth. Fifth went to Devin Kessler, the son of the owner of the evenings sponsor Foss Towing . Next up for the Mini-Stock Division is on Saturday, June 8.
Up next at Evergreen Speedway is Pro/Am Drifting Saturday, May 18. The next circle track racing happens as day one of the two day double header on Memorial Day weekend. Saturday May 25th the Mark Galloway 150 Shootout with over 30 Super Late Models expected for the $6000 to win on the BIG 5/8-mile paved oval. In addition the Street Stocks, Vintage Modifieds and Hornets will be in action. On Sunday may 26th it will be the first annual Sean Peters Memorial. The special night will include a Truck Demolition Derby, Super/Stock Figure Eights, Stinger 8′s, V-8 Extremes and a giant holiday Fireworks Display. Both nights get underway at 6pm. For tickets and or information go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6117.