MARYSVILLE, Washington — The iRacing.com American Speed Association Northwest Late Model Tour was at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Washington for the 2nd annual NOS Energy Drink ‘Road Course Challenge’ on Sunday June 28. For the second year in a row Gary Lewis (Snohomish, WA) won. Also repeating in second was Jason Fraser (Snohomish, WA). First ever road race for third place Brent Harris went better than anticipated by that team.
"I just love racing on the road courses and I have learned to race the tracks, it is so much fun to come here (Pacific Raceways)."— Gary Lewis
The only thing different than last year’s top two finish, was the weather. A bright warm sunny day compared to the wet and darkness of a year ago. Lewis’ weekend matched the great weather. Right out of the trailer they were the fastest there. Proving it in Saturday evenings qualifying with a blistering 1:23.034 lap around the 2.25-mile road course. Lewis started the 40-lap feature in the 9th position and by lap 7 was in the lead for good.
There was a break at lap 25 where both Lewis and Fraser made changes to their cars for what was a 10-lap shootout. The race was ended five laps short due to a curfew at Pacific Raceways. When they started the second portion Lewis was not the same speedy self as in the first portion. Fraser kept the pressure on to no avail as Lewis thwarted every attempt. The last turn as they headed to the checkers Lewis made his only mistake of the weekend. Almost losing control on the exit, Lewis had it sideways as Fraser made one last effort but it fell short as Lewis straightened out and won by :0.364 seconds.
“We changed tires around during the break because I blistered a rear tire and we moved it the other side. My car was not good in the last laps and Fraser kept me busy”, said Lewis as he emerged from his car. When asked why he was so much better on the road courses than other drivers Lewis remarked, “I just love racing on the road courses and I have learned to race the tracks, it is so much fun to come here (Pacific Raceways).”
Fraser a bit dejected as he got out of his car stated, “I congratulate Gary he is so tough on the road course. We were penalized for not getting back out for the last segment on time. We discovered a bent suspension piece and had to repair it, I had hit a curbing in the first part of the race.” Continuing Fraser went on to say, “We were getting stronger at the end but just ran out of time.”
Conversely Harris was elated with a podium finish. When asked if they expected this high a finish he said, “No, all we wanted to do was finish.”
Next up for the iRacing.com ASA Northwest Late Model Tour is a trip to Monroe, Washington for the Washington 500 at Evergreen Speedway. On Saturday July 25 the best Super Late Model Tour racers will take on the monster 5/8-mile oval for 175-laps.
iRacing.com ASA Northwest Late Model Tour
NOS Energy Drink ‘Road Course Challenge’
Pacific Raceways (2.25-mile road course), Kent, WA
Gary Lewis (Snohomish, WA) 1:23.034 IPM (International Parking Management) ‘Quick Qualifier Award’
Finish Pos – Laps Competed – Name - Hometown
1. 35 Gary Lewis Snohomish, WA
2. 35 Jason Fraser Snohomish, WA
3. 35 Brent Harris E. Wenatchee, WA
4. 35 Pete Harding Surrey, B.C.
5. 35 Kelly Mann Monroe, WA
6. 35 Jeff Holden Everett, WA
7. 35 Jason Fiorito Mercer Island, WA
8. 35 Alan Cress Albany, OR
9. 35 Joe McNeil Sumner , WA
10. 35 Ken Sleveland Spanaway, WA
11. 34 Joey Tanner Portland, OR
12. 33 Amanda MacDonald Ephrata, WA
13. 31 Brad Stanwood Portland, OR
14. 29 Mark Sundberg Seattle, WA
15. 15 Mike Longton Moxee, WA
16. 12 Harold Raczynski Duvall, WA
17. 7 Don Vickery Seattle, WA
18. 6 Ed Thomsen Pasco, WA
19. DNS Jody Tanner Portland, OR
20. DNS Shane Biles Woodinville, WA