Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Wild One Mitch Kleyn Back at WVSO

Wenatchee, Wash. (September 7, 2016)– The town of Quincy, WA is known for the famous potatoes and corn they grow. Mitch Kleyn has been growing as a top Northwest Super Late Models Series driver and bringing spotlight on the small town in the racing community. This weekend Kleyn will look to make a victory trip back to Quincy from the Neal Newberry 125 at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval.

Kleyn has finished second to Garrett Evans in the NWSLMS Championship the past two seasons but this year Kleyn has been even stronger in his performances including his first podium finish in series history. The success of this season started in the offseason when Kleyn purchased a new car from Racing Dynamics and brought them along to the track for set up and support.

“Working with Travis (Sharpe) and Daniel (Henderson) from Racing Dynamics has been amazing this year. The new car has been fast everywhere we went and now it’s starting to reflect on our finishes these past few races”

The finishes are coming at the right time for the Wild 1 team with three Top-10 finishes in the last three races including a third place finish at Stateline. The upfront finishes have put Kleyn in a close point’s race with Ryan Wells, Braeden Havens and Brittney Zamora for the second through fifth in the 2016 NWSLMS Championship points race with just two races remaining.

The year has had its downs as well with Kleyn having very fast cars the first two races but mechanical issues sent him to the pits costing him valuable points.

“We didn’t start off so well with some issues that we had with the motor but our car was still really fast. We knew that we needed to put that behind us and focus on the positives for the rest of the season. Working with Daniel as our Crew Chief has really made me focus on the set ups of the car and getting it dialed in during practices.”

The season has also seen Kleyn, spend some time pulling double duty during some race weekends as both driver and crew chief with his 8 year old son Kasey racing Bandoleros.

“It’s different when I’m watching Kasey race with him being just 8 and racing at 60mph. He’s done really well and not very many dads can say they get to race at the track the same weekend as their kids. Our family is a racing family and we really enjoy being at the track”

With the 2016 season coming down to the final two races the Wild 1 team will head back to familiar territory when they return to their home track of Wenatchee Valley Super Oval this weekend for the Neal Newberry 125.

“We’re getting better and better as the year has gone on. Wenatchee is one of my favorite tracks and we’re looking forward to trying to bring home a win. We had a really good car here in April and led some laps. Only a couple of races left and it would be nice to finish off the year strong, especially at Wenatchee.”

The victory won’t come easy for the series veteran this weekend as one of the largest fields of the year will be on hand as 25 Super Late Models are expected. Evans has wins on the year but is still looking for his first series win at his home track. Fellow Quincy native and 2015 Rookie of Year Glenn Knutson will try to improve off his fifth place finish at the race last year.

Some of the NWSLMS top drivers like Wells, Havens, Zamora, Ed Thomsen and Clint Habart will be looking to hold off some local favorites and past series winners Shane Mitchell and Brent Harris. This weekend will also see some outsiders in the mix like former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Tyler Tanner, past Evergreen Speedway Winner Doni Wanat along with Southern Oregon standouts Alan Cress and Wade Koens. This will be one of the biggest Super Late Model fields in the Northwest this year.

Action gets underway Friday with an open practice session for the NWSLMS teams. Saturday features the NWSLMS Neal Newberry 125 main event along with WESCO Sprint Cars and Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning Thunder Cars.

For a complete weekend schedule and ticket information visit Wenatchee Valley Super Oval website at

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