Showing posts with label Apple Cup. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Apple Cup. Show all posts

Monday, May 13, 2019

Evans wins second Apple Cup in last three starts


Via NWSLMS Media

Wenatchee, WA (May 12, 2019)–Garrett Evans showed that anyone who doubted his abilities to win races as he advances through his 60s would be shown the legend’s true colors. Running near the front early in the 52nd Annual Yakima Speedway Apple Cup 125, Evans pounced at the chance for the lead at the drop of the green flag, then held of challenges from Trenton Moriarity, Chad Hinkle, Tayler Riddle and Mike Longton en route to his second Apple Cup victory in the race’s last three events.

When the dust cleared Hinkle came home with a runner-up finish followed by Riddle, Moriarity and Trevor Christiani.

Evans who ran up front in the early stages, kept Moriarity in check through the races quarter segment. Longton lurked just behind the pair, often challenging for the lead only to be denied by the leaders.

By lap 36 Hinkle had charged into the top-5 running order and continued to head to the front as he blew by Moriarity for third place at lap 45.

Evans built a half-track lead over Riddle and Hinkle as the field headed to the lap 75 break. Only able to make adjustments to the racecar and add fuel, tire management would be key in the closing 50-lap segment.

At the break Moriarity’s team worked on the power steering pump, sending the youngster back out for the 50-lap shootout not sure the team had corrected the problem.

Moriarity found that his car was just fine and settled into a groove chasing Evans for the lead. At lap 80 the former Evergreen Speedway star got by Evans for the top spot in the running order.

Evans, who had been the leader for the much of the first segment, showed that he and his Chevrolet Camaro were ready to work traffic and make a move to get back to the lead. That opportunity came at lap 105 as Evans took an inside line on Moriarity to grab the top spot.

As Evans and Moriarity battled for the lead, Hinkle continued to maintain his presence in third-place.

With ten laps to go the night’s final yellow flag flew giving Moriarity, Hinkle, and Riddle all keeping a watchful eye on Evans as the green flag came back out. Moriarity had his car sliding sideways in the corners to keep up with Evans, which opened the door for Hinkle to jump up a spot to second place and bring Riddle along for third. Cristiani got past Moriarity with three laps to go en route to fourth place.

Over the race’s final two laps Hinkle and Riddle gave Evans everything he could handle but the cagey veteran held the pair off at each challenge to nab his fifth career Apple Cup victory and second in the last three running’s of the prestigious race.

NOTES OF INTEREST:

• Alan Cress made the most of his second start of the season on the NWSLSM as the Oregon veteran brought home an 8th place finish. The run gives Cress two finishes inside the top-10 this season including a top-3 run in the season-opening event at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval.
• With a pair of strong finishes to start the year, Moriarity is on track to challenge for the top spot in the chase for the 2019 series championship.
• Tristan Haider continues to impress in his quest for the Jefferson Pitts Racing Rookie of the Year title. Posting two top-10 runs in his 2019 starts, the Western Washington youngster heads to South Sound Speedway in early June looking for his first career victory.
• Next up for the Northwest Super Late Model Series will be their annual stop at South Sound Speedway on June 1 for the a 125-lap affair.

NORTHWEST SUPER LATE MODEL SERIES UNOFFICIAL RESULTS
Apple Cup 125
Yakima Speedway, Yakima, Wash.
125 Laps 62.5 Miles

Unofficial Finishing position/Car No./Name/Hometown/Laps completed
1. 64 Garrett Evans East Wenatchee, WA 125 running
2. 38 Chad Hinkle Yakima, WA 125 running
3. 15 Tayler Riddle Naches, WA 125 running
4. 12 Trenton Moriarity Monroe, WA 125 running
5. 90 Trevor Cristiani Boise, ID 125 running
6. 17 Mike Longton Moxee, WA 125 running
7. 32 Mike Holden Clearview, WA 125 handling
8. 91 Alan Cress Stayton, OR 125 running
9. 24 Tristan Haider Olympia, WA 125 running
10. 33 Christopher Kalsch Hillsboro, OR 124 running
11. 12f Chad Fitzpatrick Lake Stevens, WA 121 running
12. 24b Tim Babcock Kennewick, WA 121 running
13. 02 Todd Connell Yakima, WA 121 running
14. 1k Mitch Kleyn Quincy, WA 118 running
15. 15f Jim Franklin, Kennewick, WA 109
16. 11 Ed Thomsen Kennewick, WA 103
17. 65 Tyler Tanner Auburn, WA 86
18. 89 Doni Wanat Woodinville, WA 74

ABOUT THE NORTHWEST SUPER LATE MODEL SERIES
The Northwest Super Late Model Series is the premier regional touring Super Late Model series in the Northwest. The series has many valued sponsors including Hoosier Racing Tire, McGunegill Engine Performance, Port City Race Cars, AR Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Penske Racing Shocks, Jostens, Accelerated Graphics, Five Star Bodies, Longacre Racing Products, Wheel Chill, KRC Power Steering, Atomic Screenprinting and Embroidery, Franks Racing Radio, BLP, Jefferson Pitts Racing, Leonard Evans Used Car Super Store, The Ti Company and Pacific Steel Structures LLC. For more information on the series visit www.nwslms.com or on Facebook or Twitter. To contact the series please email northwestsuperlatemodels@gmail.com

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Walker Excited To Be Racing Again


Via NWSLMS

Wenatchee, Wash. (May 8, 2019)–Scott Walker, returned to racing on April 27 in the Northwest Super Late Model Series Leonard Evans 150. Despite an early exit due to an engine failure, the driver of the No. 100 Ford Mustang was simply happy to be part of that evening’s activities.

Working through a lengthy layoff from competition, Walker wondered if getting behind the wheel again would ever happen. Working on the family farm and his concentrating on his health, the popular Prosser, Wash. native focused on needs unrelated to the sport he loved all while maintaining a continued interest in auto racing.

Walker is quick to point out that he tried other routes to peak his interest in the need for speed. The drive to be successful on the race track also fueled a desire to return to the series.

“I'd have to say that I missed the competition and the challenge of making a car faster than everyone else. There's so much time and money that goes into being fast that it becomes very rewarding when you’re able to put it all together and pull out the win. I've tried over the years to substitute the passion I have for racing whether it be riding Harley's, playing golf or other things but none of those would replace the adrenaline rush of being behind the wheel of a race car.”

The rush has been fulfilled in a union with 2015 Idaho 200 champion, JC Wofford. With both men balancing family and work commitments, a partnership was formed that benefits their competitive juices.

“I was talking with JC about how I missed racing and that I was ready to get back behind the wheel, although I thought it would be behind the wheel of a Northwest Ford Focus Midget,” Walker said. “Over the last couple of years, I’ve really come to admire sprint car racing on the dirt as the thrill of that seems to be unlike anything I have ever experienced before. I figured the Midget series would be a good place to learn how to race on the dirt.

“About a week after having this conversation with JC he called me up and offered me partial ownership in his team. I thought about it and decided I couldn't pass the deal up, as I've never had the opportunity to drive a racecar of that caliber. Neither one of us are points racers at this stage of our lives so splitting the seat time seemed like a good way to go.”

While the Leonard Evans 150 was short-lived for Walker and his team, running well in the Apple Cup 125, a race held at his home track, is his goal for this weekend.

“It would mean a lot to be able to compete for an Apple Cup win, especially after blowing up an engine in Wenatchee two weeks ago. Yakima Speedway is also considered a home track for myself, JC, and BJ Tidrick (crew chief) so when we can get a win at Yakima it always means a little more than winning else where. I was fortunate enough to have a decent amount of success back in the day, but it would feel more complete if I was able to add an Apple Cup or Fall Classic win to list of accomplishments.”

Getting his Ford to handle the tricky half-mile will be key, Walker added.

“I'd say the biggest key to success at Yakima is just about like any other track, rotate the center well and have good forward drive low off the corners.”

Yakima Speedway’s 52nd Annual Apple Cup 125 is scheduled for Saturday, May 11. With the event having been postponed from early April due to inclement weather, the weekend’s format has now been condensed to a one-day show.

The race marks the second points event on the 2019 season for NWSLMS teams and drivers. Ticket and other information can be found at yakimaspeedway.us

The Northwest Super Late Model Series is the premier regional touring Super Late Model series in the Northwest. The series has many valued sponsors including Hoosier Racing Tire, McGunegill Engine Performance, Port City Race Cars, AR Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Penske Racing Shocks, Accelerated Graphics, Five Star Bodies, Longacre Racing Products, Wheel Chill, KRC Power Steering, Atomic Screenprinting and Embroidery, Franks Racing Radio, BLP, Jefferson Pitts Racing, Leonard Evans Used Car Super Store, The Ti Company, and Pacific Steel Structures LLC. For more information on the series visit www.nwslms.com or on Facebook or Twitter. To contact the series please email northwestsuperlatemodels@gmail.com

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Northwest Super Late Model Series Apple Cup Pre-Race



Via NWSLMS Media

RACE FACTS:
WHAT: Apple Cup 125
Race No. 2 of 7

WHERE: Yakima Speedway, Yakima, Wash.

WHEN: May 11, 2019

DISTANCE: 125 Laps/62.5 Miles

SANCTION: Northwest Super Late Model Series Inc. (NWSLMS)

PROMOTER: B&B Promotions, Inc.

CONTACTS: Randy Marshall Sr. Yakima Speedway (509) 248-0647
Jarrod Goodwin, NWSLMS Director (509) 879-5082

THE RACETRACK: Yakima Speedway is a slightly banked .500-mile paved oval.

2016 TOP-10 IN THE EVENT
1) 64 Garrett Evans East Wenatchee, WA
2) 10 Owen Riddle Naches, WA
3) 5a Garret Archer Maple Valley, WA
4) 37 Mike Longton Moxee, WA
5) 89 Doni Wanat Woodinville, WA
6) 39 Pete Harding Surrey BC
7) 15 Tayler Riddle Naches, WA
8) 33 Nicole Behar Otis Orchards, WA
9) 86 Tom Berrow Surrey BC
10) 20s Andy Sole Marysville, WA

2019 TOP-10 CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS
1) Gracin Raz
2) Brittney Zamora
3) Alan Cress
4) Jessie Jensen
5) Mitch Kleyn
6) Tristan Haider
7) Jeff Jefferson
8) Garrett Evans
9) Trevor Cristiani
10) Dave Garber

READY TO TAKE THE GREEN FLAG:
• The last time the NWSLMS was part of Yakima’s premier kick-off event (2016) the race was won by Garrett Evans. Owen Riddle scored the non-points 2017 Apple Cup and is the defending race winner.
• After a one-year hiatus, this will be the first Apple Cup run at Yakima Speedway under the operational leadership of Doug Bettarel. The track ran a limited schedule in 2018 culminating with the Fall Classic.
• Tyler Tanner will be attempting to join his father, two-time NASCAR title-holder Kelly Tanner, as an Apple Cup champion. The younger Tanner has made starts on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in addition to his successes at Evergreen Speedway running in the NASCAR Whelan All-American Series.
• The Moxee Missile, Mike Longton, makes his 2019 series debut in the Apple Cup 125. Longton is no stranger to success at Yakima Speedway where he’s amassed track championships and wins in the Apple Cup and Fall Classic respectively during his career.
• Mitch Kleyn continued his streak of top-5 points standings with a runner-up position in 2018. This season Kleyn is in the hunt again based off his fifth place run in the series first event, the Leonard Evans 150. Kleyn has finished inside the top-5 championship standings since the series inaugural 2015 season.

APPLE CUP NOTE OF THE WEEK: HAIDER THE INVADER
• Jefferson Pitts Racing Rookie of the Year candidate, Tristan Haider, will be making his first start in the Yakima Speedway Apple Cup. The Olympia, WA youngster recently tested his Chevrolet at Yakima in late April to prepare for the upcoming race. Haider came up through the ranks of quarter midgets and INEX Legends to make a limited amount of NWSLMS starts in 2018. Should Haider win ROTY honors at the end of the season, he will earn a NASCAR K&N Pro Series test session with Jefferson Pitts Racing.

LOOKING BACK TO THE LEONARD EVANS 150:
The following contingency prizes were earned in the season opening event, the Leonard Evans 150 at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval. Prizes will be presented at the Apple Cup 125. Winning drivers were required to run the contingency decal package provided by the series.

Hoosier Racing Tires (1 per driver): Alan Cress, Chad Hinkle and Robert Pressley

Ti Company Hard Charger Award: Mitch Kleyn, $100 cash and plaque

Penske Racing Shocks Awards:
Top Eligible Finisher- Brittney Zamora
2nd: Cress
3rd: Kleyn

AFCO/Longacre Racing Products Long Tow Award: Trevor Cristiani, $50 certificate
AFCO/Longacre Racing Products Hard Luck Award: Dylan Caldwell, $50 certificate

Wheel Chill Pole Position: Alan Cress, $100 certificate
Wheel Chill $25 Driver Cool Box: Trenton Moriarity
Wheel Chill $25 Grill Chill Certificate: Scott Walker

Frank’s Radio Top-3 Eligible Finishers: Zamora, $100 gift card
Cress, $75 gift card
Kleyn, $50 gift card

NEXT UP FOR THE NORTHWEST SUPER LATE MODEL SERIES:
South Sound Speedway hosts its lone NWSLMS event of the season on June 1. Offering some of the closest finishes in series history, the 125-lap feature is sure to attract the best drivers from across the region.

ABOUT THE NORTHWEST SUPER LATE MODEL SERIES:
The Northwest Super Late Model Series Inc. is the premier regional touring Super Late Model series in the Northwest. The series has many valued sponsors including Hoosier Racing Tire, Racing Dynamics, McGunegill Engine Performance, Port City Race Cars, AR Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Penske Racing Shocks, Jostens, Accelerated Graphics, Five Star Bodies, Longacre Racing Products, Wheel Chill, KRC Power Steering, Atomic Screenprinting and Embroidery, Franks Racing Radio, BLP, Jefferson Pitts Racing, Leonard Evans Used Car Super Store, The Ti Company and Pacific Steel Structures LLC. For more information on the series visit www.nwslms.com or on Facebook or Twitter. To contact the series please email northwestsuperlatemodels@gmail.com