Youth vs Experience Can-Am 125
On Saturday August 17 at Evergreen Speedway on the BIG track as part of the annual NAPA Auto Parts NASCAR K&N Pro Series West presented by Toyota visit will be the third of the major Super Late Model races this season. The Genie Can-Am 125 will have another huge purse and that in turn brings out the best drivers shooting for the $5000 to win and $500 for making the starting grid of 125-lap feature. That night the best that NASCAR has to offer on the West Coast is the K&N Pro Series West as drivers compete for 150-laps on the BIG track. Evergreen Speedway ‘the biggest and fastest short track west of the Mississippi’.
The third and final major Super Late Model race of the season is bringing drivers from as far away as Mooresville, N.C. with 19-year old Austin Reed pre-registered. Reed has many accomplishments in his very young career in the big Late Models. Currently running in the Southeast’s PAS series and still a strong runner nationwide in the Legend car. Also expected to be on hand to emphasize the youth movement happening in Super Late Model racing is 16-year old Garrett Archer who has had very strong showings on Evergreen’s 5/8-mile oval only to have victory snatched away at the end. Others that will be on hand that are 21 and under will be second generation ace Tyler Tanner who has yet to get a victory at his home track but has seen winners circle at neighboring South Sound Speedway this season. 16-year old Hannah Newhouse who has been successful in her early career as a Super Late Model racer will make her debut at Evergreen Speedway. Newhouse’s home track is Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, ID and currently runs on the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series where she is in the top five in points. Don’t count out two of Evergreen’s young hard charging lady drivers including Jessica Dana and Molly Helmuth both 18-years old and with a tremendous background in racing to get to where they are at as they move up in the pursuit of a racing career. Helmuth a regular at Evergreen is currently fifth in the season point standings. Another young driver that could be here is 16-year old Blake Williams who just won the Idaho 200 at Stateline Speedway. This second generation driver was at Evergreen, for the first time, at the Summer Showdown in June and was one of the fastest on the BIG track only to have mechanical problems end his quest for victory too early.
Then there are the drivers with more time and experience in these types of big money events. The winner of the Mark Galloway 150 Shootout the first major this season, Jason Fraser will be back to try and be the first to repeat as winner of the third major. Fraser holds the record qualifying lap for a Super Late Model. The other winner of a major this season was the big win of the $12000 Summer Showdown 200 by Jay Sauls. It was Sauls’ biggest win of his career. Sauls in winning the Summer Showdown used a technique not before used by running much higher on the track than anyone else did or has. It will be interesting if he does the same for the Can-Am 125 and if so will others mimic him. Also expected for the event on Saturday August 17 are Pete Harding winner of many events at Evergreen over the years including the inaugural Summer Showdown in 2012. Gary Lewis who has also mastered Evergreen’s BIG track to go along with his NASCAR, ARCA and ASA wins and championships. Kelly Mann considers Evergreen his home track even though he has won championships at South Sound and Yakima Speedways. Garrett Evans one of the most prolific winners of this style of racing over his storied career. If he shows Jonathan Gomez has proven he can win the big money event and is currently leading the chase for the 2013 CarbonX Rocky Mountain Series title.
Never count out the locals that know Evergreen’s BIG track as well as anyone. Current NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Model points leader and six time track champion Tom Moriarity will be vying for the winner’s check but also as the season is starting to wind down needs a strong finish to keep his slim lead for the 2013 track championship. On his tail is Daniel Moore just a mere 6-points out of the lead and his first championship. Moore like Moriarity know how to win on the BIG track. Then there is four time track champion Naima Lang who has more wins on the BIG track than anyone in the last five years. Others in the top ten in season points that could sneak away with a win are Doni Wanat, Scott LaCross, Shane Sawin a former champion in Late Models at South Sound Speedway and Jeff knight is expected to return with a newly rebuilt car.
These are just some of the many expected for the special night of racing that has the West Coast’s only premier division of NASCAR superstar racers and owners in town. With stars of tomorrow in NASCAR and the drivers that are aiming for that goal both the 150-lap K&N race and the 125-lap Genie race the ‘Super Speedway of the West’ will be crawling with talented racers like no other night.
The week called Speedweek gets started on Monday August 12 with Media Day for the media and sponsors only getting to go around the BIG track in NASCAR style cars via the Richard Petty Driving Experience. RPDE will remain in town for the next few days as fans can get their chance to go fast on the BIG track either as a ride along or behind the wheel themselves. Go to www.drivepetty.com/evergreen to sign up.
Friday Night August 16th, is the NAPA Auto Parts FREE Fan Fest from 5pm to 10pm. Following the NASCAR practice, fans can take pictures with the cars, get autographs and listen to great live music. The live music will be provided by Unloaded from 8-10pm.
Saturday August 17 it is race day with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West making their only visit to Evergreen this season in the NAPA Auto Parts Evergreen 150 presented by Toyota. In addition the third of the three major Super Late Model races in 2013 the Genie Can-Am 125. Superstars of today, tomorrow and years to come will be tested by Evergreen’s tough 5/8-mile oval. The track many consider too tough to tame.
For tickets and or reservation for your RV or camping call 360-805-6100 or go to www.evergreenspeedway.com. There are discounted RV/Camping spots for this event only, $25 for both Friday and Saturday nights. You can be right at the track all weekend.