YAKIMA, Washington — The final regular season event of the 2012 season at Yakima Speedway is set for Saturday night as the Federated Auto Parts Night of Champions presented by Columbia Distributing takes to the famed half-mile.
Also part of the weekend's allure-Fan Appreciation Night as tickets are available for as low as $2 per seat.
Cody Denton was the track's first championship winning driver as he locked up the inaugural Speedway Mini-Stock title in mid-August. Another title all but decided is in the CWI Security/EZ Credit Auto Sales Hornet division where Jeff Ball has a nearly 200-point gap over Robert Patton.
While those two drivers have punched a ticket to the season's awards ceremonies and an opportunity to take home their championship trophies, three titles are up for grabs this weekend as the H&H Pure Stocks, Burger Ranch Sportsman and Sea Galley Bump-to-Pass will crown their winners.
Buck Noel Jr. brings a 49-point lead into Saturday's racing in the Sportsman division over last season's Rookie of the Year, Lucas Valdez. By starting the main event, Noel would need to complete one lap and can claim his second championship in as many seasons. Valdez, who won the division's main event over Labor Day weekend, will be out to earn back-to-back victories while solidifying his hold on second place.
Morgan Morrison, Kyler Conduff and Don Klang round out the top-5 with all three drives assured of remaining in their position's when championship night concludes.
A tight battle for the Sea Galley Bump-to-Pass championship will be settled this weekend between Josh Aguirre and Todd Nunn. With 37 points between the two and the wild and crazy action that is Bump-to-Pass racing, nothing is guaranteed for either driver until the final checkered flag drops.
For Dennis Clouse, Kellie Zacharias and Shannon Davis one race could determine their finishing positions as only 32 points separate Davis in fifth-place from Clouse in third. Zacharias is 19 points to the good over Davis and trails Clouse by 13 markers with one race remaining. Clouse has a mathematical chance of moving past Nunn for second-place overall but would need a clean sweep the night's of points for that to happen.
Winning over Labor Day weekend put Chris Marang, the current Pure Stock championship points leader, in a position to net a title one season after winning the Rookie of the Year crown. Marang brings a 32-point lead over Rob Allen into Saturday's racing. Allen and Marang have traded winning streaks back and forth all season long with Rookie of the Year points leader, Tim Hitchcock, also running with the pair in top-3 finishes. All of that has the trio fairly settled on their respective points position's with one race remaining, however, the challenge for Hitchcock will be to finally break through for his elusive first career main event victory.
Kyle Wade, Peppie Rojas and Mike Denton round out the top-5 and each of them have shown they're capable of challenging for a main event victory including Denton who ran to a fourth-place finish over Labor Day weekend.
Also taking part in the weekend's racing schedule will be the Northwest Pro 4 Late Models and the Late Model Sportsman. The Pro 4 teams will be out to use the race as a test for their upcoming Pro 4 Alliance championship race set for the 25th Annual Fall Classic weekend while the Late Model Sportsman aim to showcase the affordable class to fans and potential new teams.
For fast and furious racing action, Yakima Speedway has all the Valley's excitement on Saturday afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. as admission gates will be open with qualifying set for 5 followed by racing at 6. Discount tickets for as low as $2 per seat are available for this event sold in booklet form. Additional details are at the fingertips of race fans by calling the Speedway Hotline at (509) 248-0647, at www.yakimaspeedway.us or find Yakima Speedway on Facebook.