NASCAR Championships September 14
On Saturday September 14 Les Schwab Tires presents NASCAR Championship and Emerald City Harley-Davidson in Lynnwood ride your Harley on the track night. The Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models will decide the track and State of Washington NASCAR champion on the BIG 5/8-mile oval in a 100-lap, $3000 to the winner feature. In addition the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stock and Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stock Divisions will each race on the 3/8-mile oval to determine their respective season champions. Interstate Batteries NASCAR Hornet Division racers will be on the 3/8-mile oval in their next to last race of the season with a mere 3-points between the top two drivers. The racing begins at 6pm with a Harley ride on the BIG track to kick things off. Riders and their passengers get a two for one admission and single riders only $8. The first 250 riders will get a commemorative T-shirt.
Super Late Models on the BIG track always draw a large field of cars. The current point leader Daniel Moore, who is after his first ever SLM and NASCAR championship, is flying in from his honeymoon in Hawaii. Moore got married this past Friday. He would like to present his new bride with the track and State of Washington NASCAR championship. Moore, who has a 28-point margin, heading into the 100-lap season finale, cannot relax. Tom Moriarity, a six time speedway SLM champion, is second in the points and if all went his way could end up as the champion. There are 50-points to win and it drops by 2-points per position in the Super Late Model main. With many cars expected both Moore and Moriarity need to be on top of their game. So does Doni Wanat who is only 8-points behind Moriarity.
Seven of the drivers entered in the SLM season finale, have won one or more championships during their respective careers – most notably Garrett Evans with championships that run the gamut from track to touring NASCAR Series championships .Kelly Mann (set a new track record and won the SLM main at South Sound Speedway last week) has won track titles, Shane Sawin has won the South Sound Speedway Late Model Championship, Moriarity has won a total of 9 championships at Evergreen (6-SLM and 3 Mini-Stock) and 1 Late Model championship at South Sound Speedway, Naima Lang has 4 Evergreen Championships and is the defending SLM and State of Washington NASCAR champion. Then throw in the Street Stock championship that Frank Cowgill won last season and the Mini-Stock championship that Scott LaCross won a few years back making the SLM feature full of champions.
Others expected that could make their way to the winners circle: Molly Helmuth, Garrett Archer, Tyler Tanner, Jeff Knight (looks like he will make it as they are almost finished rebuilding his car from an earlier in the season wreck), John Boyatt, Tommy Rasmussen, John Lathrup Jr., Tim McDougald, Jason Kooy and Brandon Sheiber. Another that is trying to make the event is Brian Cottrell. There are always a few surprise teams that show up on race day.
Roger Drake leads the Street Stock Division points with a 30-point edge over Jason McQuinn. depending on the number of cars that show Drake needs another strong finish to wrap up his first NASCAR championship to go along with his many WWRA championships. McQuinn, also after his first title, knows that he needs a bunch of cars to show, and that Drake needs to falter while he wins the main and his respective heat race. The Street Stocks always have a very competitive group and will put on a great show for the fans.
The Mini-Stock defending champion Jon Roberts will make it two-in-a-row. With a sizeable 47-point lead going into the divisions final race Roberts just needs to show up. Knowing Roberts (nickname: Fozzy Bear) will do all he can to get his sixth win of the season to go with his eight from last season.
There is one division that is running this Saturday but not for their championship and that is the Hornets. With one more week before their championship night the top two drivers in the points battle are neck and neck. Leader Cyril Greenawalt has the slimmest of margins with a mere 3-point spread between himself and Scott Hunt. The Hornets who normally run on the road course will be on the 3/8-mile for only the third time since the inception of this division many years ago. This division always shows with well over 20-cars and many times has to have a Last Chance Main (B-Main).
For more information and or tickets go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100. Racing starts at 6pm with spectator gates opening at 4pm and Back Gate opening at 12pm. SLM qualifying is scheduled for 4pm.