Showing posts with label Yakima Speedway. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Yakima Speedway. Show all posts

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Marshall Jr. Posts Breakthrough Victory in Fall Classic


Via NWSLMS Media

Yakima, WA (October 8, 2019)–For Randy Marshall Jr. the will has always been there to race and beat the very best the Northwest has to offer. From quarter midget days, hobby stock racer then moving to Pro Late Models, the Moxee, Wash. native has been strong at every level he’s competed at in his career. However, Marshall Jr. has yearned to put it all together and compete at the highest level, Northwest Super Late Model Series racing.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

One More Battle for NWSLMS Drivers


Via NWSLMS Media

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


Via NWSLMS Media

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, 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

Friday, April 5, 2019

52nd Annual Yakima Apple Cup Postponed



Via NSLMS Media

Wenatchee, Wash. (April 4, 2019)–Officials with Yakima Speedway have announced that the 52nd Annual Yakima Speedway Apple Cup, scheduled for April 6-7, has been postponed to May 11-12 due impending weather.

“I do not want the racers and fans to come spend money and we’re not able to put on a great show,” said Yakima Speedway promoter, Doug Bettarel. “We could let everyone come and take their money but that’s not what I’m about as a promoter or a fan of racing.”

When Apple Cup weekend returns in May the events will still include Saturday’s Qualifying, Trophy Dashes and Heat Races. Sunday May 12 features main events in all classes concluding with the 52nd Annual Apple Cup 125. Ticket and other information can still be found at yakimaspeedway.us

The Northwest Super Late Model Series season-opening event will now be held April 27 with the running of the Leonard Evans 150 at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval in East Wenatchee, Wash.

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, Pacific Steel Structures LLC 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

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Longton Aims for Apple Cup at Home Track



Via NSLMS Media

Wenatchee, Wash. (April 2, 2019) – For Mike Longton the chance to race played a major factor as to why he entered the 52nd Annual Yakima Speedway Apple Cup. For the last few years the Moxee Missile’s foray into Northwest Super Late Model Series racing has been few and far between.

“If I could I’d race every weekend but it’s getting tougher and tougher these days. Work has kept me so busy the last three or four years that we’ve only been able to get out to a few races a year,” he said. “Last year we got wadded up in the first race of the year we ran, and we didn’t have the time to fix the car, so we were done for the season."

Longton is excited to aim for a win, put on a show for the fans and support a longtime sponsor.

“It’s always cool to win at your home track in front of the home crowd. I haven’t run Yakima since Doug (Bettarel, Yakima’s new promoter) took over but I’ve heard nothing but good things. It will be nice to have (Bettarel) running the track because he’s someone that cares about racing and the racers. Doug has helped and supported so many racers, including myself back to my go-kart days when I was just 15-years old and then onto my very first late model. He will do great things there.”

With a schedule of limited racing the last few years, Longton explained that tire management is key to getting his No. 37 Ford to Victory Circle and the Apple Cup 125 trophy.

“The tires we run now aren’t the same as when I got started 20 years ago; that’s just what super late model racing has come to. We run single file for 180 laps at times (in the big 200-lap shootouts) with a lot of riding waiting to get to the end of the race then make our moves.

“You can’t really practice on old tires and learn anything like we used to be able to do. Some guys (still try) and sticker up for every practice and some use old tires. We’re kind of in the middle of the road with that (strategy). Yakima still has enough grip left in it that you’ll have to have a well-balanced car (to win the race). If you’re on the flip side (of not having a balanced race car) you’ll burn up the tires with too much power being put to the track.

Focused on the set-up of his own Ford, Longton still takes time to watch how his competitors approach the weekend, he added.

“Oh yeah you have to watch at the track and maybe learn something or see if they are doing something different than you are for set-ups.”

Apple Cup is the first of several big races offered in the Northwest that Longton has circled on his 2019 schedule. Earning a weekend victory adds to a few more races Longton would like to win in 2019.

“I’ve been going to the Montana 200 for so long in my career that it’s one that’s at the top of my list. The Evergreen (Speedway) Summer Showdown is also right up there with them.”

Apple Cup weekend events include Saturday’s Qualifying, Trophy Dashes and Heat Races. Sunday features main event in all classes concluding with the 52nd Annual Apple Cup 125. Ticket and other information can be found at www.yakimaspeedway.us

Expected Driver’s List
2019 Apple Cup, Yakima Speedway

Car# First Last City State
1K Mitch Kleyn Quincy, WA
02 Todd Connell Yakima, WA
10 Wes Madder BC, Canada
11 Hand Car Yakima, WA
11 Ed Thomsen Kennewick, WA
12 Trenton Moriarity Monroe, WA
12 Chad Fitzpatrick Lake Stevens, WA
15 Jim Franklin Kennewick, WA
15 Tayler Riddle Naches, WA
18 Ian Graham Agassiz, BC, Canada
24 Tristan Haider Olympia, WA
24 Tim Babcock Kennewick, WA
33 Christopher Kalsch Hillsboro, OR
37 Mike Longton Moxee, WA
38 Chad Hinkle Yakima, WA
39 Pete Harding Langley, BC, Canada
40 Dylan Caldwell Boise, ID
64 Garrett Evans E Wenatchee, WA
65 Tyler Tanner Auburn, WA
89 Doni Wanat Woodinville, WA
90 Trevor Cristiani Boise, ID
91 Alan Cress Stayton, OR

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, Pacific Steel Structures LLC and Racing Dynamics. For more information on the series visit www.nwslms.com or on Facebook or Twitter. To contact the series please email northwestsuperlatemodels@gmail.com.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Apple Cup Pre-Race


Photo Courtesy Shari Garber


Via NWSLMS

RACE FACTS:
WHAT: Apple Cup 125
Race No. 1 of 7

WHERE: Yakima Speedway, Yakima, Wash.

WHEN: April 5-7
Apple Cup 125 Main Event scheduled for April 7

DISTANCE: 125 Laps/62.5 Miles

SANCTION: Northwest Super Late Model Series (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

2018 TOP-10 CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS
1) Britney Zamora
2) Mitch Kleyn
3) Trenton Moriarity
4) Andy Sole
5) Doni Wanat
6) Tayler Riddle
7) Alan Cress
8) Braeden Havens
9) Tristan Haider
10) Garrett Evans

READY TO TAKE THE GREEN FLAG:
• The Wild “1” of Mitch Kleyn will be eyeing a championship in 2019. Kleyn has finished inside the final Top-5 championship standings in every season of NWSLMS competition.
• 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.
• 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.
• The last time the NWSLMS opened its year at Yakima’s premier kick-off race was in 2016, won by Garrett Evans. Owen Riddle scored the 2017 Apple Cup and is the defending race winner.

APPLE CUP NOTE OF THE WEEK: TAYLER’S TIME?
• Brothers Owen and Tayler Riddle have dominated Northwest racing for many years, with Fall Classic victories, Montana 200 wins, Leonard Evans 150s (Tayler twice, Owen not yet) and the prestigious Evergreen Speedway Summer Showdown amongst the pair. It’s Yakima’s Apple Cup though that sits in the family trophy case with Owen’s name etched onto it, and not a single victory for younger brother Tayler. This year may be the race that changes those stats as Tayler debuts a new race car and engine package for the season-opening NWSLMS event.

UPCOMING ON THE NORTHWEST SUPER LATE MODEL SERIES:
The Northwest Super Late Model Series heads to Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval on April 27 for the running of the Leonard Evans 150. Tayler Riddle is the defending champion and has two LE 150 victories on his resume. The race pays $5,000 to the winner who will also secure a starting position in the PASS-sanctioned 45th Annual Oxford (Maine) 250.

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, 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, August 16, 2017

Sun City 125 Cancelled



VIA NSLMS PR

Wenatchee, WA (August 16, 2017) Yakima Speedway has made the decision to cancel The Sun City 125 and local racing for this weekend. Lower than expected car counts played into this decision made by owners, Tom and Ted Pollack. The Northwest Super Late Model Series Inc. (NWSLMS) is certainly disappointed by the news, however we understand what it takes to put on a great show, said Series Director Jarrod Goodwin.

A huge shout out to Doug Betterall of Betterall Auto Sales for stepping up to try to make this work for the Series and the drivers, but unfortunately some of the racer’s plans had already been changed.

The next scheduled event for the NWSLMS is the Civil War with the SRL at Rocky Mountain Raceways in Salt Lake City, UT. Rules and entry forms are being emailed.

Final Results – Venom Energy 125
Spokane Super Oval, Spokane, WA
10 Owen Riddle 125
15 Tayler Riddle 125
64j Jan Evans 125
29 Jason O'Neal 125
1K Mitch Kleyn 124
33 Brooke Schimmel 124
91 Alan Cress 124
11 Ed Thomsen 119
51 Glenn Knutson 118
52 Brittney Zamora 53
24 Tim Babcock 47
39 Pete Harding 44
99 Shane Mitchell 33
83 Braeden Havens 25
20 Dave Garber 10

Venom Energy 125 contingency prizes were awarded to the following drivers:
Hoosier Tire Award – Tim Babcock, Pete Harding, Brittney Zamora
KRC Power Steer Gift Certificate – Pete Harding
Longacre Racing Products Longest Tow – Alan Cress
Longacre Racing Products Hard Charger – Mitch Kleyn
Wheel Chill $100 Gift Certificate off Retail Set of Wheel Chills – Brittney Zamora
Wheel Chill $25 Gift Certificate off Driver Cool Box – Glenn Knutson
Wheel Chill $25 Gift Certificate off Retail Grill Chill – Jason O’Neil
Frank’s Radio Gift Certificate $100 - $75 - $50 – Jan Evans, Jason O’Neil, Mitch Kleyn
The Ti Company “Move of the Race” – Jason O’Neil

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 partners 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, The Ti Company, Child Havens 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 (@nwslms)

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

NWSLMS Announces 2017 Schedule



Wenatchee, WA (December 13, 2016)­­–Officials with the Northwest Super Late Model Series in partnership with tracks in Washington, Oregon and Idaho have set the 2017 schedule of events. Entering its fourth year of competition, the NWSLMS is the premier super late model series in the Pacific Northwest.

The series opens the 2017 campaign on April 29 with the Leonard Evans 150 at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval. The race marks the first of two stops at the North Central Washington facility operated by Garrett Evans. Wenatchee Valley Super Oval is the site of the 2017 championship event, the Neal Newberry 125, scheduled for Sept. 23.

Spokane County Raceway’s half-mile Super Oval hosts the series on May 20 with the running of the Park Model Homes 125. The series returns to the Inland Northwest track on July 29 for a second 125-lap main event.

For the first time in series history Tenino’s South Sound Speedway hosts a 125-lap event featuring the stars of the Northwest Super Late Model Series. The June 3 race is the first of two new ventures for the NWSLMS in the month of June as the teams invade Douglas County Speedway on June 17. Also featuring a 125-lap main event, the Roseburg facility marks the return of the series to the state of Oregon for the first time since its inaugural season of 2014.

Also hosting the series for the first time in its history will be Meridian Speedway. The quarter-mile facility located just west of Boise features the top teams in the Northwest competing in a 125-lap main event on July 8.

Yakima Speedway brings back the famed Sun City 125 super late model showcase on August 19. The race is the only stop at the Central Washington speed plant during the 2017 season. The event marks the fourth consecutive season the half-mile track has hosted the series.

Drivers competing on the series in 2017 will face over 1,000 laps of competition stretching over six-month span.

“This off-season has been very busy for the series and its partner tracks as we’ve worked to feature one-day events for 2017,” said NWSLMS Series Director Jarrod Goodwin. “Fans and race teams alike have asked to schedule events at South Sound Speedway and we’re excited to work with the Behn family to make that happen on June 3. Sitting down with Adam Nelson to schedule a date at Meridian and the folks who oversee Douglas County Speedway eager to bring the series to Roseburg, we’re excited for the new season and can’t wait to continue the growth of the series.”

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

2017 NWSLMS Schedule of Events (Subject to Change)
April 29- Leonard Evans 150, Wenatchee Valley Super Oval, East Wenatchee, WA
May 20- Park Model Homes 125, Spokane Super Oval, Airway Heights, WA
June 3- South Sound 125, South Sound Speedway, Tenino, WA
June 17- Douglas County 125, Douglas County Speedway, Roseburg, OR
July 8- Meridian 125, Meridian Speedway, Meridian, ID
July 29- Park Model Homes 125, Spokane Super Oval, Airway Heights, WA
Aug. 19- Sun City 125, Yakima Speedway, Yakima, WA
Sept. 2- TBD w/SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour
Sept. 23- Neal Newberry 125, Wenatchee Valley Super Oval, East Wenatchee, WA

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Jefferson Wins Fall Classic



Yakima, WA (October 4, 2016)–When fans arrived Sunday for the 29th Annual Fall Classic at Yakima Speedway they knew the race would be exciting based on past history. Jason Jefferson provided a thrilling performance to give the fans plenty to talk about with the off-season approaching.

The veteran driver from Naches, WA came from the back of the pack with less than 40 laps remaining, having to pit for a flat tire while leading, to win.

Jefferson was able to hold off his friend and mentor, Garrett Evans, during a rash of late race cautions. Zack Beaman who battled back from two flat tires, finished second with Andy Sole and Braeden Havens rounding out the top-5 finishers.

The weekend started out with 32 drivers making the trip to the historic race. Only 30 would make it to qualifying after incidents in practice. The 2015 Fall Classic winner, Tayler Riddle, captured the fast time award with a blistering 18.514-sec. lap. Beaman qualified second to set the front row of Sunday’s 200-lap main event. The top-15 cars would be locked in on time with a 30-lap qualifying heat run to set positions 16th through 30th.

Riddle and Beaman brought the 30-car field to the green flag with Riddle grabbing the lead off of turn 2. Several cautions through the race’s first 50 laps kept the field bunched together.

The young guns of Riddle and Beaman raced side by side as Lap 50 restarted from a caution. Beaman jumped the start but per series rules fell back and returned the lead to Riddle. The hard racing between Riddle and Beaman gave Jefferson a chance to close in on the pair by lap 60. Jefferson was able to get by Beaman as the Yakima native was forced to pit with a flat tire

Caution on lap 74 set-up a restart with Jefferson on the outside of Riddle. The defending race champion beat Jefferson into the corner for the lead. Jefferson caught Riddle on lap 78 to take the lead for the first time. Jefferson and Riddle who also happen to be neighbors in Naches, battled for the lead until the mid-way break came out at lap 93.

The race resumed after all drivers were able to make adjustments, add fuel and change tires. Riddle’s lead didn’t last long as Jefferson powered back to take the lead away on Lap 109. Jefferson would lead the filed through two of the longest green flag runs of the day as the past Apple Cup winner showcased the strength of his Ford Fusion.

It seemed that Jefferson was going to be the car to beat until Lap 160.

While the field was under caution Jefferson brought his car to pit road to change a right front flat tire and fell back to the 15th position on the restart. This would move Garrett Evans to lead with 40 laps to go. Evans had a strong car while running up front but the show that everybody at the track was watching was Jefferson as he weaved his way through traffic to advance back towards the front of the field.

By lap 165 Jefferson had cracked the Top-10 while he was making his “KRC Power Steering” Power Move of the Race to the front. Jefferson only needed eight more laps until he was sitting in second place and working to pass Evans for the lead. It took just four laps for Jefferson to overtake the NWSLMS points leader Evans and regain his lead of the race.

With just 21 laps left in the race Jefferson continued to hold control of the event but three late cautions gave Evans a chance on restarts. Knowing each other’s restart tricks after many late race duels, Evans and Jefferson played cat and mouse with each other for the lead when the green flag was thrown.

The late cautions wouldn’t faze Jefferson, as he cruised to his first career NWSLMS win and first career Fall Classic victory. Jefferson is also the first in his famous racing family to win a Yakima Speedway Fall Classic in its 29-year history.

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

NORTHWEST SUPER LATE MODEL SERIES UNOFFICIAL RESULTS
20th Annual Fall Classic 200
Yakima Speedway Yakima, WA
200 Laps 100 Miles

Unofficial Finishing position/Car No./Name/Hometown/Laps completed
1. 97 Jason Jefferson Naches, WA 200
2. 64 Garrett Evans East Wenatchee, WA 200
3. 25 Zach Beaman Yakima, WA 200
4. 20s Andy Sole Marysville, WA 200
5. 83 Braeden Havens Airway Heights, WA 200
6. 37 Mike Longton Moxee, WA 200
7. 22 Lex Johnson Monroe, WA 200
8. 89 Doni Wanat Woodinville, WA 200
9. 12 Dan Obrist Portland, OR 200
10. 77 CJ Hawley Prosser, WA 200
11. 16 Chad Hinkle Yakima, WA 200
12. 52 Brittney Zamora Kennewick, WA 200
13. 29 Shane Harding Surrey, BC 200
14. 22w JC Wofford Yakima, WA 197
15. 51 Glenn Knutson Quincy, WA 173
16. 15 Taylor Riddle Naches, WA 172
17. 70 Jeff Knight Monroe, WA 166
18. 93 Dave Garber Spokane, WA 158
19. 90 Molly Helmuth Seattle, WA 155
20. 33s Brooke Schimmel Woodland, WA 129
21. 11 Ed Thomsen Pasco, WA 122
22. 24x Tim Babcock Kennewick, WA 87
23. 40 Jason Ogle Bothell, WA 86
24. 09 Clint Habart Cranbrook, BC 86
25. 88 Dirk Bennett Spokane, WA 83
26. 1 Mitch Kleyn Quincy, WA 72
27. 99 Shane Mitchell East Wenatchee, WA
28. 33K Christopher Kalsch Hillsboro, OR 28
29. 39 Pete Harding Langley, BC 19
20. 10 Owen Riddle Naches, WA 0

Race Contingency Awards-
Wheel Chill Fast Time- No. 15 Taylor Riddle 18.514 secs ($200 award)
Wheel Chill Lucky “7” Award- No. 22 Lex Johnson (7th place finisher $25 award)
Wheel Chill 11- No. 16 Chad Hinkle (11th place finisher $25 award)
Wheel Chill Early Exit- No. 10 Owen Riddle (First car out of the race)
JOES Racing Products Hard Charger- Dan Obrist, who advanced 21 positions from 30th to 9th place at the checkers
JOES Racing Products Hard Charger- No. 12 Dan Obrist (advanced from 24th to 11th)
JOES 12th Man Award- No. 52 Brittney Zamora (finished in 12th place)
KRC Power Steering “Power Move Of the Race”-No. 97 Jason Jefferson
Racers Against Child Abuse Hard Luck Award- No. 39 Pete Harding ($50 award)

2016 Top-10 NWSLMS Unofficial Points
Driver Total
1 Garrett Evans 383
2 Braeden Havens 328
3 Mitch Kleyn 295
4 Brittney Zamora 293
5 Ryan Wells 278
6 Ed Thomsen 266
7 Glenn Knutson 249
8 Clint Habart 240
9 Dirk Bennett 211
10 Shane Mitchell 202

Friday, September 30, 2016

Dave Graysons Hot Racing Tickets For October 1st



By Dave Grayson

EVERGREEN SPEEDWAY. 5/8, 3/8 1/5 MILE OVALS, 1/8 MILE DRAG STRIP & FIGURE 8 TRACK. MONROE, WA. www.evergreenspeedway.com SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST.

It's going to get really interesting at Evergreen Saturday night when they host the October Fast - Krash Fest, presented by Dodge of Monroe. The on track action will feature the Super Stock Figure 8's, Stinger 8's, Hornets, V 8 Extremes, Boat Races, Trailer Races and Bus Races. Then the entire evening concludes with a fireworks spectacular. The spectator gates will open at 4pm followed by racing at 6pm.

Adult tickets are $20 and $15 for seniors. Youth tickets, age six to 15, are $10 with kids age five and under admitted free. Military personnel, with valid ID, will also be admitted free.

GOOD TIMES QUARTER MIDGET RACING ASSOCIATION. 1/20 MILE. MADERA, CA www.goodtimesqm.com FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH - OCTOBER 2ND.

The Madera Chapter of the Good Times Quarter Midget Racing Association will be presenting the Jerry Mostek Classic this weekend. This event is part of leg #6 of the California Monza Series, considered to be the QMA's premiere race series. 17 different race classes, with an estimated 60 to 75 quarter midgets, are expected to be on hand to race on the 1/20 mile paved oval located in the pit area of the Madera Speedway.
The busy schedule begins on Friday night with a 6pm practice session for all divisions. Saturday action will feature another practice session, qualifying, heat races and lower division main events. Sunday's schedule will feature the A mains. The track will get hot on Saturday and Sunday immediately following the 845 am mandatory pit meeting.

The Quarter Midget Racing Association is a driver development, and family activity, designed for boys and girls age five to 16 years old. For more information about the organization, and this weekend's racing, contact Kim Avedisian at 559 313 3982.

HAVASU 95 SPEEDWAY. 1/4 MILE. LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ.www.havasu95speedway.com SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST.

Promoter Bill Rozhon will be opening his spectator gates this Saturday to begin his 11th season at the most scenic quarter mile in the southwest.
Providing the on track action will be the Get It In Gear Street Stocks, the Havasu Wiring Outlaw Karts, the Office Cocktail Lounge Bandoleros and the Sam Nichols Electric Factory Stocks. The spectator gates will open at 5pm followed by racing at 7pm. This evening of racing is being sponsored by Interstate Batteries and Get It In Gear Transmissions.

General admission tickets, age 17 plus, are $12.50 and $10.50 for seniors age 55 plus, military personnel and the handicapped. Kid's tickets, age six to 16, are priced at $6.50. The speedway also offers a budget friendly family package, priced at $25.50, which admits two adults and two kids age six to 16. Fans are invited to enjoy the special amenities of the speedway's VIP section, featuring the best seats in the house, for $25.50.

IRWINDALE EVENT CENTER. 1/8 MILE DRAG STRIP. IRWINDALE, CA. wwww.irwindalespeedway.com SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3D.

On Sunday, the IEC will host the annual Truckin' For Kids featuring drags from the powerful diesels that pulls the trailers down our freeways. The event also includes a show and shine.
Truckin' for Kids Truck Drags and Show & Shine is an exciting event that is held annually in Southern California. This annual fund raiser attracts a diverse crowd of people who are interested in everything from big rigs and drag racing to supporting children's charities or just plain old having a good time.

The goal of the Truckin' for Kids all volunteer crew and the truckers who participate in the Truck Drags is to raise money to provide various children's charities with funds to help kids in need. We support worthy charities that range from assistance to abused children to educational scholarships for kids with exceptional scholastic merit and financial need. Our wonderful volunteers, sponsors, vendors, participating truckers, and spectators come together year after year for a good time and so far we have raised over Half a Million for Kids in Need!

General admission tickets are $15 with kids 12 and under admitted free. There's also a $5 parking charge. For more information regarding this special day for a special cause dial up www.truckinforkids.org .

LOAN MART MADERA SPEEDWAY. 1/3 MILE. MADERA, CA. www.racemadera.com SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST.

It's going to be another fully loaded racing show this Saturday at Madera. The on track action will be provided by the $3,000 to win National Winged Sprint Car Challenge, the USAC HPD Midgets, the CSS/360 Modifieds, and the Legends of the Kearney Bowl. It's also champions night for Madera's MST and Toyota Series as well as the debut of the brand new West Coast Sprint Series.

The very busy Saturday begins with practice at 1245pm followed by qualifying at 3pm, heat races at 5pm and main events at 6pm. Adult tickets are $20 and $17 for seniors and military personnel. Youth tickets, age 6 to 12, are $10 while kids five and under will be admitted free.

MERIDIAN SPEEDWAY. 1/4 MILE. MERIDIAN, ID.www.meridianspeedway.com SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST.

It's Tates Rents Championship Night at Meridian and that means the action will get intense. The evening's racing will feature the Super Stocks, Street Stocks, the Peterson Super 6 Series, the Dominos Legends, the Kendall Ford Mini Stocks and the Tates Rents Hornets. The spectator gates will open at 4pm with the racing going green at 630pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $10.50, Tickets for seniors, age 62 plus, and military personnel are $8. Kid's tickets, age seven plus, are $6.50 with kids age six and under admitted free. The speedway also offers a family pass, priced at $30, which admits two adults and up to four kids age seven to 11.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN RACEWAY. 1/4 MILE. WEST VALLEY, UT. www.rmrracing.com SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST.

It's championship night round one at Rocky Mountain this Saturday night. The first of two championship nights on the American First Credit Union Super Oval will feature the Maverik Modifieds, the K-1 Speed Super Stocks, the Mini Cups, the Pro 4 Bangers, the Junior Stingers and the Brandon Park Roofing Figure 8 Trains. The front gates will open at 4pm followed by qualifying at 5pm, heat races at 6pm and main events at 7pm.
Adults tickets are $15. Youth tickets, age five to 12, are $5 kids age four and under admitted free.

SPEEDWAY WILLOW SPRINGS. 1/4 MILE. ROSAMOND, CA. www.thespeedwaywillowsprings,com SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST.

Speedway Willow Springs will be featuring ten different racing divisions this Saturday in what promises to be a full evening of racing. Getting the track hot will be the Mini Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Street Stocks, the So Cal Enduro Series, the Elite Division and the Skid Plates. Making a special guest appearance will be the Robertson's Solar Southwest Tour Trucks, the Mini Dwarf's Junior and Seniors divisions and the Bandoleros. This very full evening of racing is being presented by The Tire Store.

The day begins with a practice session at 12pm followed by qualifying at 420pm, driver meet and greet at 510pm, the Skid Plate main event and heat races at 6pm followed by the main events at 6pm.

General admission wrist bands are $10. That wrist band allows fans direct access to all of the racing going on at the 600 plus acres of the Willow Springs International Raceway complex on both Saturday and Sunday. Kids age eight and under will be admitted free.

TUCSON SPEEDWAY. 3/8 MILE. TUCSON, AZ.www.tucsonspeedway.com SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST.

Tucson Speedway goes pink this Saturday while directly benefiting the American Cancer Society. This benefit is being enhanced by the on track action from the Super Late Models, Modifieds, Pro Trucks, Legends, Bandoleros along with a Great American Trailer race. The spectator gates will open at 5pm followed by racing at 7pm.

A $20 VIP ticket purchase will result in a $5 donation to the American Cancer Society. It also allows the fans to enter the speedway through the VIP where food, beer samples and live music awaits them. VIP ticket holders will also receive special swag bags from the ACS. There are plenty of ticket options for this evening. You can dial up the speedway's official website for the details.

UKIAH SPEEDWAY. 1/4 MILE. UKIAH, CA.www.lakeportspeedway.com SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST.

The Lakeport - Ukiah Speedway Challenge Series, presented by Furia Motorsports, returns to Ukiah this Saturday featuring on track action from the Bandolero, Bomber, Jammer and Legend divisions. The spectator gates will open at 330pm. Qualifying will begin at 5pm with racing to follow.
General admission tickets are $12. Tickets for seniors, age 60 plus, and students with valid ID, are $9. Kid's tickets, age 5 to 11, and first responders with ID are $6. Infants and toddlers are admitted free. The speedway also offers a family package, value priced at $30, that admits two adults and three kids.

YAKIMA SPEEDWAY. YAKIMA, WA.www.yakimaspeeday.us FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH - OCTOBER 2ND.

Yakima will be hosting the 29th annual Fall Classic this weekend featuring on track action from the Super Late Models, Super Stocks, West Coast Late Models, Pro 4's, and the Mini Stocks.
The weekend begins on Friday with an open practice session from 11am until 6pm. The session is free to spectators. On Saturday the schedule calls for an opening practice session, qualifying dashes, the Nu Tread Mini Stocks A & B mains, Super Late Model knock out qualifying and the Super Seal Construction 75 lap feature.

Sunday's action with the Burger Ranch Super Stock 75 lap main event. There's also the Northwest Pro 4 feature-100 laps, the Super Seal twin 75 lap mains that pays $5,000 to win, and the 200 lap Super Late Model feature that pays $10,000 to win plus a $2,000 bonus for a first time Fall Classic winner.
There are a variety of ticket options for both single days as well as two day packages that will save fans money. This information, along with daily schedules, can be obtained from the speedway's website.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Legends Of The Fall Classic



Wenatchee, Wash. (September 29, 2016)– When the Fall Classic at Yakima Speedway is mentioned race fans think about all the icons that have won it and the ones that have tried. This weekend the 29th Annual Fall Classic returns to Yakima Speedway in Yakima, WA with over 30 drivers trying to add their name to list of winners for this prestigious event.

Some drivers would be happy to say they’ve won it once but to say that you’ve won the race three or four times is pretty amazing. The all-time Fall Classic winner is Surrey, BC driver Pete Harding with four wins including three consecutive wins between 1997-1998. The veteran is one that many drivers keep their eye on during any racing that happens at Yakima Speedway, especially the Fall Classic.

One of the biggest moments in Fall Classic history happened in 2001 when Garrett Evans took a back of the pack challenge to pass 40 cars and win the race along with a $50,000 bonus. Evans has been dominant this season on the NWSLMS with four wins. The multi-time champion needs to take the green flag Sunday to secure his third straight NWSLMS title.

The East Wenatchee, WA driver has won the Fall Classic three times in his career but would love to add another one to his collection.

“We’ve had a great year this year and it would be unbelievable to win another Fall Classic especially since we won the Apple Cup earlier this year,” said the 60-year old Evans. “I’ve been telling a lot of people this year that ‘Old Guys’ rule and this would show it once again and prove we can get it done.”

For Tayler Riddle the win at last years Fall Classic had special meaning, as it is the Naches, WA native’s home track. The young star is looking to carry that momentum into this year’s Fall Classic along with his wins at the Summer Showdown and Galloway 150.

“I feel like there is a little pressure lifted off me after winning last year. We’ve had a really good season but haven’t raced as much as we would have liked,” Riddle said. “After winning one, you always want to win another and repeating is tough to do, especially the Fall Classic.”

For some drivers the magical Fall Classic win has eluded them for many years, one of those drivers is Tayler Riddle older brother Owen. The 30-year old has had lots of success at Yakima Speedway over the years but the Fall Classic win has eluded him. For Owen though, just finishing the race and having fun is what he is looking forward to this weekend.

“This year has not been a good one for us wrecking the car at both the Summer Showdown and Montana 200. We’ve had a few bad races here at the classic the last two years as well.” said the past Yakima Speedway Late Model Champion. “I just want to try and have some fun this weekend and at the end of the race Sunday load my car in the trailer in one piece.”

Other past Fall Classic winners in the race are Shane Harding and Mike Longton. Both drivers have had their struggles of late but look to put their name on the back of the famous Atomic Screenprinting Fall Classic sweatshirt for a second time.

With this race being the championship for the NWSLMS the points battle between Braeden Havens, Ryan Wells, Mitch Kleyn and Brittney Zamora will add to the excitement as the four drivers are separated by less than 30 points for second through fifth positions.

Other drivers to watch include Doni Wanat fresh off his win two weeks ago at WVSO. Canadian Clint Habart has been coming on strong the last few NWSLMS races with several podium finishes. Some of the local Yakima stars will be looking for big things at their home track such as Zack Beaman, JC Wofford and Jason Jefferson.

The action for the 29th Annual Fall Classic will feature the NWLSMS, WestCoast Late Models, Mini Stock Nationals and Hobby Stocks. The weekend will kick off with practice on Friday. Saturday will feature Qualifying, Trophy Dashes and Heat Races. Sunday will feature the main events including the Fall Classic 200.

For a complete weekend schedule and ticket information visit Yakima Speedway website at www.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, 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

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

29th Annual Fall Classic 200 Pre-Race Notes



RACE FACTS & NOTES OF INTEREST
WHAT: 29th Annual Fall Classic 200

WHERE: Yakima Speedway, Yakima, WA

WHEN: October 1-2, 2016

DISTANCE: 200 Laps/100 Miles

SANCTION: Northwest Super Late Model Series (NWSLMS)

PROMOTER: Pollock Family, Yakima Speedway

CONTACTS: Tom Pollock, Yakima Speedway (509) 248-0647
Doug Pace, NWSLMS (509) 294-0945


THE RACETRACK: Yakima Speedway is a slightly banked .500-mile paved oval. The track has been host for two of the Northwest premier races; Apple Cup and Fall Classic for many years. The Pollock family has owned and operated the facility for over 50 years.

2016 Northwest Super Late Model Series Top 10 Points
Driver Total
1. Garrett Evans 335
2. Braeden Havens 285
3. Ryan Wells 278
4. Mitch Kleyn 270
5. Brittney Zamora 257
6. Ed Thomsen 239
7. Glenn Knutson 216
8. Clint Habart 215
9. Dirk Bennett 186
10. Shane Mitchell 177

Top 10 at Fall Classic in 2015
Tayler Riddle
Garrett Archer
Doni Wanat
Shelby Thompson
Mike Longton
Ryan Wells
Naima Lang
Randy Marshall Jr.
Gracin Raz
Agni Howell

NOTES OF INTEREST:

This will be the second trip to Yakima Speedway for the Northwest Super Late Model Series in 2016. Garrett Evans won Apple Cup back in April. This is the third Fall Classic race run under the NWSLMS sanctioning.

Oh Canada!-The largest field of Canadian drivers this season will be featured at the Fall Classic with four drivers from north of the border including Clint Habart, Tom Berrow, Shane Harding and Pete Harding. Canadian drivers have won the Fall Classic seven times.

Fall Classic Winners- Five drivers in the field have won the Yakima Speedway Fall Classic in their careers. They are led by Pete Harding with four, followed by Garrett Evans with three. Mike Longton, Tayler Riddle and Shane Harding each have one win.

Championship Chase- Garrett Evans will secure a third consecutive NWSLMS Championship when he takes the green flag in the Fall Classic. The battle will be between drivers second through fifth who are only separated by 28 points.

Clash of the Titans-Nine drivers in the field have won a NWSLMS race. Tayler Riddle, Garrett Evans, Owen Riddle, Pete Harding, JC Wofford, Shane Mitchell, Braeden Havens, Doni Wanat, and Mike Longton have combined to win 18 of the series 27 races in the past three years.

Series Debut- Four Drivers will be making their career NWSLMS debut at the Fall Classic including CJ Hawley, John Burtsche, Lex Johnson and Chad Hinkle.

Iron Men- Only two drivers Mitch Kleyn and Garett Evans have competed in every NWSLMS race since its inception in 2014.

STAT OF THE WEEK:
• Keeping it in the Valley- When Tayler Riddle won the Fall Classic last year, he was the first Yakima area driver to win in seven years. In 28 races only five local drivers have won and none of them have won it multiple times. Eight local drivers will be competing in the Fall Classic and trying to keep the coveted hardware in the Yakima Valley.


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 great sponsors including Hoosier Racing Tire, McGunegill Engine Performance, Port City Race Cars, AR Bodies, Accelerated Graphics, Joes Racing Products, 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 visit the series on Facebook or Twitter. To contact the series please email northwestsuperlatemodels@gmail.com