Showing posts with label Garrett Evans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Garrett Evans. Show all posts

Thursday, October 3, 2019

One More Battle for NWSLMS Drivers


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Wenatchee, Wash. (October 2, 2019)– It all comes down to a 200-lap battle for victory in the 32nd Annual Fall Classic at Yakima Speedway, plus the potential for a Northwest Super Late Model Series championship as four drivers, joined by a stellar field of contenders, invade the famed half-mile this weekend to close out the 2019 racing season.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Northwest Super Late Model Series Fall Classic 200 Preview


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RACE FACTS:
WHAT: Fall Classic 200
Race No. 7 of 7

WHERE: Yakima Speedway, Yakima, Wash.

WHEN: Oct. 6

DISTANCE: 200 Laps/100 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

Monday, September 23, 2019

Evans Scores Big in Wenatchee With Neal Newberry 125 Victory


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East Wenatchee, WA (September 22, 2019)–Garrett Evans broke through for his second victory of Northwest Super Late Model Series season as he earned the Neal Newberry 125 win at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval on Saturday, September 21.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Northwest Super Late Model Series Neal Newberry 125 Preview


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RACE FACTS:
WHAT: Neal Newberry 125
Race No. 6 of 7

WHERE: Wenatchee Valley Super Oval, E. Wenatchee, Wash.

WHEN: September 21, 2019

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Trevor Cristiani Declared Atomic 125 Winner


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Hermiston, OR (September 2, 2019)–Northwest Super Late Model Series points leader, Trevor Cristiani, was declared the winner of the Atomic 125 held Sept. 1 at Hermiston Raceway. The decision comes after a last-lap incident involving the leaders resulted in contact between the two with both drivers penalized upon completion of the event.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Holden Hangs on For Central Welding 125 Win

Photo Courtesy ME Wright

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Monroe, WA (July 27, 2019)–Mike Holden held off Naima Lang over the final seven laps of the Central Welding 125 en route to his first career victory on the Northwest Super Late Model Series.

Trevor Cristiani, Doni Wanat and Garrett Evans rounded out the top-5 finishing order.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Northwest Super Late Model Series Central Welding 125 Preview



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RACE FACTS:

WHAT: Central Welding 125
Race No. 4 of 7

WHERE: Evergreen Speedway, Monroe, Wash.

WHEN: July 27, 2019

DISTANCE: 125 Laps/46.875 Miles

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

Monday, July 15, 2019

Cress Leads Title Chase Heading to Evergreen


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Wenatchee, WA (July 15, 2019)–Alan Cress is a man on a mission as he chases the Northwest Super Late Model Series championship, which will honor his former car owner, Bruce Latta. A win at South Sound Speedway back in June propelled Cress to the top of the title standings as the series heads back into action on July 27 at Evergreen Speedway with the running of the Central Welding 125.

Friday, June 28, 2019

NWSLMS Well Represented in Summer Showdown


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Wenatchee, WA (June 27, 2019)–The Northwest’s premier Super Late Model shootout, Evergreen Speedway’s Summer Showdown, brings together the top drivers from across the country chasing one of the richest payouts in the sport. Included in the entry list are several of the stars of the Northwest Super Late Model Series including past champion Garrett Evans who is joined by Trevor Cristiani, Tayler Riddle and 2019 Jefferson Pitts Racing Rookie of the Year candidate, Tristan Haider.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Northwest Super Late Model Series South Sound 125 Pre-Race Notes

No. 91 Alan Cress, racing to the pole at South Sound Speedway. Cress won the August 2018 NWSLMS stop at South Sound Speedway. (Photo courtesy of NWSLMS)

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RACE FACTS:
WHAT: South Sound 125
Race No. 3 of 7

WHERE: South Sound Speedway, Rochester, Wash.

WHEN: June 1, 2019

DISTANCE: 125 Laps/46.875 Miles

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

PROMOTER: Behn Family

CONTACTS: Nick Behn, South Sound Speedway (360) 273-6420
Jarrod Goodwin, NWSLMS Director (509) 879-5082

Monday, May 13, 2019

Evans wins second Apple Cup in last three starts


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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 2, 2019

Northwest Super Late Model Series Apple Cup Pre-Race



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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

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Garrett Evans Prevails Over Young Guns



Wenatchee, WA (April 30, 2017) For East Wenatchee, Washington’s Garrett Evans, the “young guns” are everywhere. They even travel with him around the northwest to race. Son Jan and his sister Stephanie have stepped up to tour with the Northwest Super Late Model Series Inc. this season, where their father has been champion for the past three years (NWSLMS).

Saturday night, the “young guns” gave the elder Evans a run for his money on his way to a victory in the Park Model Homes 125 at Spokane Super Oval (SSO). The wily veteran showed the up and coming drivers he is still boss, while praising their performance at the same time.

“These young drivers we have coming up are phenomenal,” said Evans. “It’s unbelievable how good they’re doing, and I think the northwest has something to be proud of.

Evans started fourth on the grid after qualifying third in the inverted six field. Spokane’s Braeden Havens took the lead from pole setter Jan Evans on lap 1. By lap 10 though, Evans had started reeling in Havens, with Joey Bird and Zack Beaman tagging along for the ride. Evans made the pass on Havens for the lead on lap 32. Double file restarts kept Evans on his toes, with Havens starting right by his side.

On a late restart, Beaman made his presence known when as passed both third and second place positions with Evans in his sights. Beaman dove to the inside, but Evans nosed ahead. Jan Evans and Brooke Schimmel got together and brought out the yellow flag. On the restart, Beaman’s tires had cooled enough for him to make a run on the inside with Evans choosing the outside starting position. Beaman’s car stuck to the track and he made it wide enough to take the lead on lap 96. With Evans in his rear view and on his back bumper, Beaman held off the veteran. Evans stayed close and found room underneath, retaking the lead on lap 106.

Evans set the cruise control and was looking for the checkered flag when Schimmel spun, setting up a green-white-checkered shootout. The double file restart had Evans, Beaman, Havens and Brittney Zamora gridded for a showdown. Beaman spun the tires and Evans pulled away to the checkered. Zamora got her nose underneath Havens to take the third position, her first podium finish of the season.

Evans takes control of the point lead, with Zamora trailing by only three points in the championship chase. With Evans’ announcement that he will be focusing more on Jan and Stephanie’s program than racing his own, Zamora has a good shot of taking over the top spot. “I’ll probably be parking my car for a while,” noted Evans. “My daughter Stephanie and Jan will be running the rest of the season, and hopefully I’ll get to come back for the last one.”

The next event for the NWSLMS is at South Sound Speedway on June 3, 2017 at www.southsoundspeedway.com

Official Finish
Pos. Car No. Name Hometown Laps
1 64 Garrett Evans E. Wenatchee, WA 126
2 25 Zack Beaman Yakima, WA 126
3 52 Brittney Zamora Kennewick, WA 126
4 83 Braeden Havens Spokane, WA 126
5 72 Kameron McKeehan Lewiston, ID 126
6 29 Jason O’Neil Spokane, WA 126
7 1k Mitch Kleyn Quincy, WA 126
8 91 Alan Cress Staten, OR 126
9 64j Jan Evans E. Wenatchee, WA 125
10 33 Brooke Schimmel Woodland, WA 125
11 11 Ed Thomsen Kennewick, WA 124
12 51 Glenn Knutson Quincy, WA 94
13 24 Joey Bird Spokane, WA 93
14 93 Dave Garber Spokane, WA 61
15 1r Christian Roeder Ephrata, WA 51

Lap leaders: 1-31 Braeden Havens, 32-95 Garrett Evans, 96-105 Zack Beaman, 106-126 Garrett Evans.
This week’s contingency prizes were awarded to the following drivers:
Hoosier Tire Award – Mitch Kleyn, Alan Cress, Glenn Knutson
KRC Power Steer Gift Certificate – Brooke Schimmel
Longacre Racing Products Longest Tow - $50 Gift Certificate to Alan Cress
Longacre Racing Products Hard Charger - $50 Gift Certificate to Kameron McKeehan

Wheel Chill $100 Gift Certificate off Retail Set of Wheel Chills – Zack Beaman
Wheel Chill $25 Gift Certificate off Driver Cool Box – Braeden Havens
Wheel Chill $25 Gift Certificate off Retail Grill Chill – Christian Roeder

Frank’s Radio Gift Certificate $25 – Garrett Evans, Zack Beaman, Brittney Zamora

The Ti Company “Move of the Race” – Zack Beaman
Current Points Standings

1 64 Garrett Evans 96
2 52 Brittney Zamora 93
3 24 Joey Bird 91
4 83 Braeden Havens 91
5 64j Jan Evans 80
6 1k Mitch Kleyn 79
7 91 Alan Cress 74
8 11 Ed Thomsen 73
9 1r Christian Roeder 66
10 51 Glenn Knutson 66
11 33 Brooke Schimmel 66
12 93 Dave Garber 59
13 99 Shane Mitchell 53
14 25 Zack Beaman 53
15 75 Jeremy Doss 45
16 72 Kameron McKeehan 43
17 29 Jason O'Neil 42
18 89 Doni Wanat 42
19 9 Josh Roberts 39
20 64s Stephanie Evans 37
21 14 Brandon Carlson 35
22 22 Bryon Goetz 32
23 31 Chad Holaday 31
24 81 Darrell Midgely 29
25 66 Jeff Bishofberger 29
26 86 Tom Berrow 26
27 20 Andy Sole 25
28 95 Buck Noel Jr 20

In their fourth season, the Northwest Super Late Model Series Inc. is the premier regional touring Super Late Model series in the Pacific Northwest. The series has many valued marketing partner including Hoosier Racing Tire, McGunegill Engine Performance, AR Bodies, Accelerated Graphics, Five Star Bodies, Longacre Racing Products, KRC Power Steering, Franks Racing Radio, Jefferson Pitts Racing, Bassett Wheels, TI Company, Child Haven Learning Center, Pacific Steel Structures, LLC and Racing Dynamiks. For more information on the series visit www.nwslmseries.com or on Social Media, Facebook (NWSLMS) or Twitter (@nw_latemodels).

Monday, January 16, 2017

NWSLMS Honors Its Top Drivers Of 2016



WENATCHEE, WA (January 16, 2017)–Drivers, fans and officials of the Northwest Super Late Model Series came together Saturday evening at the Wenatchee Convention Center to honor series champion, Garrett Evans, in addition to eight men and one young lady that made up the final top-10 points standings for 2016.

Speed 51’s Most Popular Driver of the Year award for the NWSLMS was presented to Brittney Zamora. The Kennewick native received over 50 percent of the overall vote total to earn the honor. Zamora made several trips to the stage as she collected the 2016 Jefferson Pitts Racing Rookie of the Year award and hardware for finishing fourth in the series points standings. Her points finish earned the high school senior $3,000 in cash and contingency awards from Racing Dynamiks and the series.

Zamora, who’s Rookie of the Year award includes a test session with Jefferson Pitts Racing’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series team, will begin her 2017 season on Feb. 4 competing in Tucson Speedway’s famed Chilly Willy 150.

Shane Mitchell (10th place), Dirk Bennett (9th), Clint Habart (8th), Glenn Knutson (7th) and Ed Thomsen (6th) were the first group of drivers to receive trophies and over $3,500 in points fund checks in addition to over $2,000 in contingency awards from Frank’s Radio (Bennett), Five Star Race Bodies (Knutson) and AR Bodies (Thomsen).

One of 2016’s most exciting drivers on the series, Ryan Wells, who finished in the fifth place position, was awarded $1,000 from the points fund and a $900 graphics package from Accelerated Graphics. The Hingham, MT driver maintained a presence inside the top-5 in the championship standings throughout the season. Wells is a past champion of Montana Raceway Park.

Mitch Kleyn continued his successes on the NWSLMS as the Quincy, WA native earned his third consecutive top-3 points finish on the series. An alliance with Racing Dynamiks during the off-season paid off as Kleyn’s Wild 1 Racing Team had several top-5 and top-10 finishes en route to the third-place points finish.

Braeden Havens had a breakout season on the NWSLMS as the Medical Lake driver scored his first series victory (August’s ID 200) and consistently ran among the top-10 drivers at each stop the series made. The 2016 season marked Havens first full-time venture on the NWSLMS after running partial schedules in 2014 and 2015. Havens will be back this year to challenge for the championship in a brand new car built by Racing Dynamiks.

Evans picked up his third consecutive series championship on the strength of four main event victories. In seasons past the East Wenatchee driver was the model of consistency with top-5 finishes, but had yet to break through for a series main event until last spring’s 50th Annual Apple Cup at Yakima Speedway. Led by crew chief, Brian Andrus, the famed No. 64 Chevrolet became the dominant race car of the region as Evans was a threat not only at NWSLMS events, but challenged for victories in the 2016 Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway and nearly captured his second Montana 200.

The NWSLMS kicks off its 2017 season on April 30 with the running of the Leonard Evans 150 at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval. For more information on the series visit www.nwslmseries.com or on Facebook or Twitter. To contact the series please email northwestsuperlatemodels@gmail.com

The Northwest Super Late Model Series Inc. is the premier regional touring Super Late Model series in the Pacific Northwest. The series has many valued sponsors including Hoosier Racing Tire, McGunegill Engine Performance, Port City Race Cars, AR Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Accelerated Graphics, Five Star Bodies, Longacre Racing Products, Wheel Chill, KRC Power Steering, Racers Against Child Abuse, Atomic Screenprinting and Embroidery, Franks Racing Radio, BLP, Jefferson Pitts Racing and Racing Dynamiks.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Evans Claims Third Consecutive NWSLMS Title



Wenatchee, WA (October 12, 2016)– For the third consecutive season Garrett Evans has earned the Northwest Super Late Model Series championship. Evans adds to his already historic career as this year’s title marks the driver’s seventh late model touring championship en route to over 350-career main event victories.

Coming into the 2016 Evans still felt like he had something to prove having never won a race on the series since its was formed in 2014. Consistency paid off for the East Wenatchee veteran as he captured the series first two championships based on strong finishes. During his 2016 campaign Evans proved his team had taken their program forward with victories at Yakima Speedway (Apple Cup), Spokane (both series stops at the half-mile) Stateline Speedway’s Idaho 150.

“Heading into the Northwest Super Late Model Series season we were coming off some bad performances back East and at the Winter Showdown.” Evans said. “You start asking yourself questions, like maybe you’re losing your edge or if you’ve still got it. I really wanted to try and get a win on the series this year.”

The season started off with the 60-year old showcasing his talents by winning April’s historic 50th Annual Yakima Speedway Apple Cup.

“Wining the Apple Cup was pretty amazing, it had been awhile since I had won at Yakima Speedway and the race meant a lot to me with it being my first series win as well.”

Evans tried to carry that momentum with him into his home track of Wenatchee Valley Super Oval for the running of the Leonard Evans 150, a race named after his late father. Shelby Thompson bested the eventual series champion in a late-race shootout.

In May the series headed to the tricky half-mile Spokane Super Oval and once again Evans would take the checkered flag as he held off series championship runner-up, Braeden Havens. The series would stay in the Inland Northwest as they ventured to Stateline Speedway with Evans snagging his third victory of the season, the Idaho 150, in a hotly contested race.

“Winning three of the first four races showed myself and my crew that we had a great car and combination and it gave me some confidence back that I could still get it done.”


The series took a seven-week break then returned to Stateline Speedway for the Idaho 200, which showcased Havens as he captured his first career NWSLMS victory.

“The Idaho 200 was probably our toughest race of the year because we knew we had a car that could win. We got mixed up in a late race incident and it was a tough one for both the team and I. You work so hard each week and those are the races you wish you had back to do over.”

Evans 19th place finish after an accident was his worse of the season. That tightened up the point’s battle between Evans and Ryan Wells who at that time was sitting in the second position in the championship chase.

In late August the series made the journey back to Spokane Super Oval.

It was the same result for Evans as he held off a late race charge from young gun, Zack Beaman. With the series heading into the final two races of the year, Evans had built a commanding championship points lead.

As the series raced into the month of September with its Neal Newberry 125 event at Evans home track of Wenatchee Valley Super Oval, it looked as if the veteran had another win up his sleeve. After setting a new track qualifying record in time trials, Evans rode out a 15th place finish after a late race flat tire.

Evans strong qualifying efforts and solid race finishes throughout the season set himself up to be able to clinch the NWSLMS title by taking the green flag at Yakima Speedway’s 29th Annual Fall Classic. The series veteran did a little better and was battling for the race win, but finished second to Jason Jefferson in the historic race.

“It would have been amazing to win the Fall Classic and cap off the amazing year with that but I’ll take a 2nd place finish to a guy like Jason. We’ve had some bad luck at the Fall Classic the last couple of years and it felt good to finish that race on the podium.”

The season was a successful one for Evans as he captured the Wheel Chill Pole Award four times, finished first or second in six of the eight races en route to his four victories.

“I can’t thank my crew enough for all they did this year on the car and Brian Andruss my Crew Chief with all the hours he spends working on these cars to make them as good as they are. Thanks to all my sponsors and my family for the support this season. Thanks to the series and staff for all their hard work this year as well. I don’t know how many more years I have doing this racing thing but this was a special season for me and I won’t forget it.”

The Northwest Super Late Model Series Inc. is the premier regional touring Super Late Model series in the Pacific Northwest. The series has many valued sponsors including Hoosier Racing Tire, McGunegill Engine Performance, Port City Race Cars, AR Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Accelerated Graphics, Five Star Bodies, Longacre Racing Products, Wheel Chill, KRC Power Steering, Racers Against Child Abuse, Atomic Screenprinting and Embroidery, Franks Racing Radio, BLP, Jefferson Pitts Racing and Racing Dynamics. For more information on the series visit www.nwslmseries.com or on Facebook or Twitter. To contact the series please email northwestsuperlatemodels@gmail.com

Monday, August 22, 2016

Evans Wins Fourth NWSLMS Race in Shootout


Airway Heights, WA (August 22, 2016)–Some wins might come easier than others and on Saturday night at Spokane’s Super Oval it was a no easy task for Garrett Evans. The two-time defending series champion, Evans, had to work his way to the front and win the battle with young gun Zack Beaman en route to his fourth Northwest Super Late Model Series victory of the season.

Beaman took second followed by Tayler Riddle third with Blake Williams and Mitch Kleyn rounding out the Top-5 running order.

Saturday evening started with Riddle blistering the track qualifying record with a lap of 17.736-sec. on the fast half-mile oval to pick up the Wheel Chill Fast Time and additional $100 cash bonus. Riddle held the previous record at 17.771 that he set back in 2015. Evans was also very fast in qualifying, locking up the second fastest lap. Riddle would draw a six-car invert and put Braeden Havens on the pole with Joey Bird outside the front row.

Havens brought the 22-car field to green grabbing the hole shot into turn 1 to take the lead over Bird. Early portions of the race saw the top-10 cars race nose to tail for the first 40 laps. Havens would hold his lead fighting off battles from second-place Shane Mitchell. Havens continued his lead until Lap 52 when Evans was able to get by Mitchell and put pressure on Havens. Evans was able to get the inside lane in turn three and take the lead. Beaman would follow Evans and move into the second position.

One of the biggest delays on the night came at lap 60 when 2015 Rookie of the Year Glenn Knutson lost a motor down the backstretch, going up into a ball of fire. The car would come to a rest in the top of turn 3 with the fire extinguished but not after leaving a large trail of oil on the track. The red flag would bunch the field up as they headed into the second half of the race.

Evans would bring the cars back around for the green flag on lap 62 with Beaman to the outside of him. The veteran Evans tried to pull Beaman on the start but the young driver kept side by side to the outside. Evans eventually got the lead down the backstretch. The top two were able to pull away from the rest of the field putting pressure and navigating lap traffic. Evans had a lead as big as 1.223 seconds over Beaman. As Evans closed in on lapped traffic he had trouble getting around one car opening the door for Beaman to close the gap.

Beaman used the lap traffic to his advantage and was able to drive around Evans on the outside for the lead. Beaman was able to pull out to a half-second lead until Evans was able to pass the lapped car. Evans worked his way back to the bumper of Beaman with just 10 laps to go.

Evans would regain the lead over Beaman on lap 116 and never look back to capture his fourth win on the year and continue his points lead in the chase for the 2016 championship race. The “KRC Power Steering Power Move of the Race” went to Beaman who showcased his talents against Evans, who gave him praise during post-race interviews.

The JOES Racing Hard Charger was Mitch Kleyn who advanced 6 positions from 11th to a top-5 finish. The two-time series championship runner up has now placed inside the top-5 running order in two of the last three races.

Next up for the NWSLMS is the Neal Newberry 125 at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval September 10th.

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NORTHWEST SUPER LATE MODEL SERIES UNOFFICIAL RESULTS
Park Model Homes 125 Presented by CAL
Spokane Super Oval
125 Laps 62.5 Miles

Unofficial Finishing position/Car No./Name/Hometown/Laps completed
1. 64 Garrett Evans East Wenatchee, WA 125
2. 25 Zack Beaman Yakima, WA 125
3. 15 Tayler Riddle Naches, WA 125
4. 16 Blake Williams Spokane, WA 125
5. 1 Mitch Kleyn Quincy, WA 125
6. 83 Braeden Havens Medical Lake, WA 125
7. 99 Shane Mitchell East Wenatchee, WA 124
8. 24 Joey Bird Spokane, WA 124
9. 3 Barry Shingar Cranbrook, BC 124
10. 52 Brittney Zamora Kennewick, WA 124
11. 93 Dave Garber Spokane, WA 124
12. 5 Ryan Wells Hingham, MT 123
13. 29 Jason O'Neil Spokane, WA 123
14. 33 Brooke Schimmel Woodland, WA 122
15. 88 Dirk Bennett Spokane, WA 121
16. 43 Joey Nelson Spokane, WA 120
17. 11 Ed Thomsen Pasco, WA 117
18. 09 Clint Habart Cranbrook, BC 93
19. 51 Glenn Knutson Quincy, WA 59
20. 44 Marv Schultz Spokane, WA 58
21. 0 Brent Harris East Wenatchee, WA 51
22. 98 Chris Kellogg Spokane, WA 5

Race Contingency Awards-
Wheel Chill Fast Time- No. 15 Tayler Riddle 17.736 ($200 award)
Wheel Chill Lucky “7” Award- No. 99 Shane Mitchell (7th place finisher $25 award)
Wheel Chill 11- No. 93 Dave Garber (11th place finisher $25 award)
Wheel Chill Early Exit- No. 98 Chris Kellogg (First car out of the race)
JOES Racing Products Hard Charger- No. 1 Mitch Kleyn (advanced from 11th to 5th)
JOES 12th Man Award- No. 5 Ryan Wells (finished in 12th place)
KRC Power Steering “Power Move Of the Race”-No. 25 Zack Beaman
Racers Against Child Abuse Hard Luck Award- No. 51 Glenn Knutson ($50 award)

2016 Top-10 NWSLMS Unofficial Points
Driver Total
1. Garrett Evans 297
2. Ryan Wells 242
3. Braeden Havens 238
4. Mitch Kleyn 231
5. Brittney Zamora 222
6. Ed Thomsen 205
7. Glenn Knutson 176
8. Clint Habart 169
9. Dave Garber 163
10. Blake Williams 161