WENATCHEE, Washington — ICAR or Big5? Who will win this weekend? These are just a few of the questions that will be answered this weekend at the fastest quarter-mile in the northwest, Wenatchee Valley Super Oval. Week 1 of the Season Championship will get underway with championship races in the KKRV Youth Hornets, Jerry’s Auto Supply Pure Stocks, Northwest Baby Grands and special end of the season Pepsi Big5 Super Late Models vs. Apple Way Part Centers ICAR Late Model Series 100 Lap Main Event.
The Big5 and ICAR race will bring some of the top Late Model drivers from the Northwest for a field of over 18 Late Models and 100 laps on the high banked quarter-mile. Point’s leader and defending Pepsi Big5 Super Late Model Champion Todd Walters is looking to cap off an almost perfect season as he chases down back to back championships. “This year has been great winning the last 3 races and finishing 3rd in the Apple Blossom 200 with some great drivers ahead of me.” Walters and his Montana Manroc Chevrolet Monte Carlo has been the car to beat all year at WVSO. “We have worked really hard all season long in the shop to make our car the best we can, races are won on the track and championships in the garage. This race should be a lot of fun with the ICAR guys coming over to run with us and should make for a great field of cars.” Walters will have some tough competition from the ICAR series with ICAR point’s leader Andy Brown and 2nd place Bart Hector Jr among those to join the field of drivers for this special event.
This weekend will also see Chad Holiday return to the Big5 series driving the Pepsi Max #63 Super Late Model for Gary Shales. Holiday will join Mitch Kelyn, Mike Knutson, Ricky Allen and more for 100 Laps of close late model racing. With Walters having a commanding lead in the Big5 second place is separated by 1 point between Kleyn and Knutson. “We had a pretty good year so far and the new cars have been running very well.” Kleyn driver of the Wenatchee Valley Salvage and Recycling Chevrolet didn’t plan on running for points at first this year. “We planned on running a few races here and there but found ourselves in the point’s battle and would love to finish in the top 2 in the Big5 series. I am looking for another great finish this weekend with the ICAR guys coming over to join us.”
Also in action will be the KKRV Youth Hornets featuring drivers from 11-17 years old. Corey Fechner, 15, will be looking to lock up the championship this weekend after showing some very impressive skills on the track and catching the eye of a lot of other veteran drivers. Jan Evans, 11, has given Fechner a close battle all season long. Evans is the youngest driver in the field after spending the last few years racing quarter midgets throughout the Northwest.
Alex Luedman will be looking to secure a championship this weekend in the Jerry’s Auto Supply Pure Stocks with a hefty point lead over second place JR Turner and third Michelle Kennedy. Turner has been running very strong the second half of the season and Kennedy has been a consistent top 5 finisher all season long. A great group of cars are expected to finish out the Pure Stocks final event for the 2012 season.
To complete an already jam pack night of excitement the Northwest Baby Grands will be on hand for Twin Main Events. Nicole Behar, Joey Bird, Allen Buckness and more are expected to create quite the completion for some great racing action of this very unique and fast scaled down late model cars. For the first time in the history of the Wenatchee Valley Super Oval there will be at least one female racing in every class on Saturday. Did somebody say ladies night?
Catch all the action this Saturday September 15 for Pepsi /Weinstein Beverage Championship night at the fastest quarter-mile in the Northwest. Gates open at 4pm, Time trials at 5pm and Racing at 6pm. Adults are just $16, Senior/Military/Students $11, Children (6-12) $4 and Children 5 & under are free. Family Pass is available for just $39. For all the most up to date information for Wenatchee Valley Super Oval visit www.wvso.com or check us out on facebook.