MARYSVILLE, Washington — The choice to move up from a local track Late Model program to a premier-level regional touring program takes a lot of planning and commitment, and consideration of what is offered and gained at that next level of competition. This season, rookie drivers participating in the American Speed Association Northwest Late Model Tour (ASA NWLMT) will again have the opportunity of earning the Port City Racecars ‘Rookie of the Year’ honors and a special year-end award. Port City Racecars of Muskegon, MI in cooperation with Chuck Carruthers Industries of Prescott, WA has again pledged a straight-rail late model chassis to the top placing rookie driver in the ‘Rookie Challenger’ point standings at season’s end.
Spence Gatrell (Aurora, OR), Amanda MacDonald (Ellensburg, WA), Joey Tanner (Portland, OR), and Alan Cress (Albany, OR) have all registered for the 2009 ASA NWLMT ‘Rookie Challenge’. 20 year-old Gatrell’s racing roots are from quarter midgets and WMRA racing. 21 year-old MacDonald worked her way up from hobby stock & street stock divisions to participating in several limited LM divisions last season. 19 year-old Tanner got his first taste of LMs racing dirt late models and transitioned to asphalt LM racing last season. Cress, the ‘elder’ rookie at 29 years-old, has gained experience running local Super Late Model and North State Challenge Series events at Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, OR. Additional drivers have also shown interest in participating in this season’s exciting ASA NWLMT Port City Racecar’s ‘Rookie Challenge’.
Last season, Jared Vorse of Olympia WA was the top challenger in the Port City Racecars ‘Rookie of the Year’ program and received a Port City LM chassis for his efforts. Vorse had a very impressive rookie season, finishing second overall in championship points and collected his first LM win while competing at Montana Raceway Park with the LMCS. Vorse will be a strong contender for this season’s championship. In 2007, Erick Hargraves of Yakima WA was that season’s top rookie, and he plans to bring out his newly constructed Port City Late Model car to selected events throughout the 2009 season.
Headquartered in Muskegon, Michigan, Port City Racecars also has manufacturing, distribution and warehousing facilities in California and Georgia. Port City Racecars (PCR) are constantly introducing innovative products to help teams reach victory lane. With over 12,000 parts in inventory, PCR offers same or next day shipment of parts to racers nationwide. From parts to complete chassis to repair and rebuild, PCR meets the racers needs. Chuck Carruthers Industries of Prescott WA is an authorized dealer for PCR, and offers complete racecar fabrication, repair and parts supply for LM teams throughout the Northwest.
The 2009 ASA NWLMT season opener is fast approaching, with the first race scheduled at the ‘Super Speedway of the West’, Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA on the super 5/8-mile oval, Saturday, March 28th. For more information on the ASA Northwest Late Model Tour, contact Jerry Losch at 253-312-1080, ASA NWLMT Media at 360-659-5910.
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