Roberts & Drake Are 3 for 3
On Saturday April 27 it was Interstate Batteries Night at Evergreen Speedway. The night featured the return to the BIG track for the ASA NSRA Winged Sprint Cars. Andy Alberding won the feature. The WMRA/USAC Series was also on hand and Tony Seidelman won the main on the 3/8-mile oval. Three local divisions were in action on the 3/8-mile. Jon Roberts won his third main in as many races in the Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stock Division and Roger Drake did the same in the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stock Division. It was the annual Hornet Nationals for the Interstate Batteries Hornet Division with Scott Hunt winning the feature including the $500 winners share of the purse.
Alberding the defending champion of the traveling NSRA Series started the season off with a win on the BIG 5/8-mile oval. Early race leader and fast qualifier Jeff Montgomery looked like he would win until a mechanical problem ended his night early. Alberding then took the lead. On a restart at mid race Alberding and Sierra Jackson started side-by-side. Jackson tried to get by Alberding, with the two putting on a great battle, Jackson then started to slow and hung on to finish second just ahead of Johnny Geisler. Todd Coleman was fourth and Billy Kennelly fifth.
WMRA/USAC regular Seidelman won the main that was shortened due to rain. Evan Margeson, who was fast qualifier and winner of the heat race, finished a close second. Third went to Kris McKensie. Fourth was Ariel Biggs (was the winner of the USAC portion of the race). Whitney Nolan finished fifth.
The night started dry for the Street Stock Division but ended with the main event on another wet track. Three races in row this division has raced in the rain and all three were won by Drake. Again during the post race interview Drake stated that he likes a dry track best. Darrel Lutovsky finished second with Jason McQuinn third. Steve Ptacek and Jim Foti rounded out the top five.
As with the Street Stock Division the Mini-Stocks also were on a wet surface for the third time in as many races this season. Roberts who is defending his 2012 season championship won for the third time. Mike Hessler tried valiantly to get by Roberts but had to settle for second. Third went to Eric Whitaker, with fourth to Sheridan Horn-Vincent and fifth was Scott Burby.
Winning his first ever stock car race Hunt was the winner of the Hornet Nationals event on the 3/8-mile oval. Hunt lost the lead for a bit only to regain it from Nick Williams at the end. Williams finished second. Third was Jaime Corbett, fourth went to Mike Ridley and fifth was Cyril Greenawalt. The top ten in this division received cash.
Next Up: On Saturday May 4, it is Genie Industries Military Appreciation Night. All Active/Reserve Military and their Immediate Family admitted FREE. The night will feature the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models for the 1st time this season on the 3/8-mile oval. In addition the Emerald City Harley Davidson Super/Stock Figure Eights and Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s are back in action. Throw in the Interstate Batteries Hornets back on the familiar road course and the night will be full of racing mayhem. The spectator gates open at 4pm and the racing starts at 6pm. For tickets and or more information go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100.