MONROE, Washington — Saturday night September 15 at Evergreen Speedway it will be Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Championships and Harley Davidson Night presented by Emerald City Harley Davidson. The night will feature championship races for the Speedway Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen All American Series I-5 Challenge Super Late Models with twin 50's on the monster 5/8-mile paved oval plus championships for the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stock and Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stock divisions on the 3/8-mile paved oval. In addition the NASCAR Super Figure Eight division will decide their champion after the 100-lap main on the West's fastest figure track. With three of the four divisions in tightly contested championship runs the night should not be missed. All motorcycle riders and passengers can go to Emerald City Harley Davidson or come to the track for half-off adult admission and participate in the Harley Parade on the 5/8-mile. The NASCAR Camping World SuperSeal Silverado will be on display. Racing starts at 6pm with spectator gates opening at 4:30.
There is an open house at Emerald City and Eastside Harley Davidson on the afternoon of the 15th introducing the new 2013 models. From those locations there will be a ride out to the speedway in Monroe for the full night of racing. Also there will be displays of the new models at the speedway during the afternoon and evening. All riders will be admitted at half price for Championship Night.
Over 20 Super Late Model racers are scheduled for the seasons NASCAR finale. Twin 50 lap mains on the BIG track will be a test for the top two in the chase for the 2012 Track & NASCAR Championship. With full points awarded in each of the twin races a slight hiccup could change the seasons outcome. Naima Lang the current leader for the State of Washington NASCAR title and a trip to the national banquet in Charlotte, NC is being closely pursued by South Sound Speedway's 2012 champion Kelly Mann. With just 59-points between these two and 100 points available if you win both mains, they each will be charging hard for the title. The night is drawing a driver out of retirement to race on the BIG track, Kelly Tanner will return to action after many years off. Others expected include Tom Hughs, Doni Wanat, John Bender, Billy Weber, Chris Preston, Jeff Knight, Andy Sole, Molly Helmuth, Doug Davidson, Daniel Moore, Jessica Dana, Tommy Rasmussen, John Lathrop Jr., Shane Sawin, Timothy Minister, Jesse Anderson, Marty Ferguson and John Boyatt are some of the top northwest racers willing to challenge the track some consider 'too tough to tame' the monster 5/8-mile oval.
When it comes to a tight points chase at the last race of the season look no further than the Super Figure division. Jake Repin and Steve Peters are locked into a championship run with a mere 19-points separating the two. Repin has the slim edge heading into the night with points available in the heat races and the 100-lap main event. There will be finishing position points and passing points awarded in both. Repin and Peters have each won a Super Figure Eight Championships in their past. Another strong field of the 'ground pounding machines' will be on hand for the 200 passes through the West's most dangerous intersection the 'dreaded X' of the fast and furious figure eight track.
Street Stock division point leader Frank Cowgill has been in this position heading into the final night of racing only to see the elusive championship grabbed by someone else. Cowgill comes into this final night a bit stronger than in the past with a 26-point margin over Steve Ptacek. Ptacek has won the most mains in this division this season and as recently as last week. Throw in third in points Kenny Erickson who is 50-points out of the lead and the night gets very interesting. Points will be awarded for heats and the main with a total of 58 available if you win your heat and the main event.
The only division that does not have a question on who will win the championship is the Mini-Stock division. Jon Roberts after three straight years of finishing third in the final point standings has put together a phenomenal season with nine wins. There is a question though unanswered, what does Jon look like without the mass of hair he has after not getting a haircut in the last nine months. Roberts has agreed to have his haircut at the speedway with the organization 'Locks for Love' being the recipient of the mass. A great field of the best Mini-Stock racers are expected to give Roberts a tough time at winning his tenth main this season.
Racing gets underway at 6pm with spectator gates opening at 4:30. For tickets and or more information go online to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100.