Time for the Annual Foster Press Mayors Cup
Saturday night August 18 the Annual Foster Press Mayors Cup presented by USG will feature figure eight racing by both of Evergreen Speedway’s figure eight divisions with the NASCAR Super Figure Eights and the 50-lap main for the Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s. The 3/8-mile oval will be busy with the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks and Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks. The Interstate Batteries Hornet division will be on the road course. Plus the always exciting Foster Press Mayors Cup races featuring area politicians. The racing starts at 6pm and the spectator gates open at 4:30pm.
With the season waning in the Stinger 8 division every race becomes even more important for the point leaders for the 2012 season championship. The top two in the chase are within 4-points with just 4 races remaining this season. Leader Jessica Gray is vying to be the first woman to win a Stinger 8 championship and only the second woman to win any kind of championship at the 58 year old Evergreen Speedway. Josh Young, second in the points, is looking for his first championship. The Stinger 8 main is normally a 25 to 30 lap affair. This week’s main will be 50-laps equating to 100 times through the center of the figure eight aka the Dreaded X.
Also having to deal with the Dreaded X 100 times will be the West’s fastest figure eight cars the NASCAR Super Figure Eights in their 50-lap feature. With four races left in their season a tight race for the championship is happening between two former champions Jake Repin and Steve Peters. They are separated by 11-points with third in points defending champion Brian Gunderson just 32-points back. With finishing points plus passing points available a lot can happen in one night of racing.
Frank Cowgill the point leader for the Street Stock championship has a 26-point advantage heading into Saturday’s racing. Second in points Kenny Erickson has a 5-point edge over Steve Ptacek who has a 6-point margin over Jim Foti. With just four races left in 2012 and 50-points awarded for a win and eight points for a heat win the positions could change quickly. Of all the drivers in the top four none have won a championship.
The largest lead in a division this season is held by Mini-Stock driver Jon Roberts with a 63-point lead over Andrew Schukar. Roberts has won a season leading six races on his way to a potential first championship. Michael Fritz is third in points just 2-points behind Schukar. This division has only four races remaining this season. With the same point system as the Street Stocks the Mini-Stock racers have time to make up ground on Roberts’ bid for the championship.
Another great battle for a championship is in the Hornet division with 15 year old Chad Fitzpatrick leading former champion Jaime Corbett by a mere 12-points. With just three races remaining this week’s feature will be crucial for both of them. Fitzpatrick in his second year in this division is looking to get his first championship at Evergreen Speedway. His father Shawn won a Mini-Stock championship in 1988. Corbett is vying for a second championship in this division after winning the 2010 chase.
Saturday August 18 starting at 6pm with spectator gates opening at 4:30. For more information or tickets for the Annual Foster Press Mayors Cup presented by USG go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100.