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posted July 12, 2001 04:05 PM
"Northwest Speedweek" - "Evergreen State Sprint Challenge"
Rumors, predictions and excitement are keeping fans busy talking as
the 2001 version of the hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour's "Northwest
Speedweek" gets ready to hit the road. Getting underway on Monday, July
16th, there will be over $84,000 on line to be won by competing drivers as
the battle rages through six races, in six days, at five different tracks.
Starting on July 16th at Southern Oregon Speedway in Medford,
OR, and culminating with the "Evergreen State Sprint Challenge" at Grays
Harbor Raceway Park in Elma, WA on Saturday July 21st, most of the
Northwest's finest drivers, along with several of California's hot shoes,
have indicated they will be vying for a large chunk of the prize money on
tap. Entries from Alberta and British Columbia, Canada, Montana,
Washington, Oregon and California have been received to participate in
Among the top Washington drivers are three time and defending NST
Champion Shawna Wilskey, 1997 Champion Rick Fauver, 1998 Champion Jason
Solwold, along with several other drivers including, Randy Ridge, Jay Cole,
Chad Hillier, Jayme Barnes, Rick Smith, Barry Martinez, Jay R. Harkness,
Gary Taylor, Brandon Harkness and Rod Perkins.
Oregon based drivers with a good shot at the big money are Dale
Smith, Jeremy Cooper, Marvin Smith, Scott Adams, Jeff Thompson, Chad Bauer,
Greg Brown and Kevin Journey. Others making the six race tour will probably
include Melissa Yates, Tony Thomas, Gus Cooper, and Jeff Osburn.
Californians Roger Crockett and Dan Menne run the hy-per-lube
Northern Sprint Tour regularly and are always a threat for the win. Other
tough competition from California is expected with many drivers from the
Civil War Series venturing north to try for a piece of that $84,000 plus
dollars up for grabs.
Names on the list include Brent Kaeding and Steve Kent, who
split the wins with three each in 2000, Johnny Rodriguez, Gary Morgan,
Steven Tiner, Destiny Hayes and Jonathan Allard. Other possibilities could
include Sean Fenn, Mike Benson, Jason Statler, Andy Forsburg, Eric Rossi,
Colby Weisz, Chad Riolo, Jim Richardson and Steve Fehrman.
Canadians Scott Aumen, Tony Menard, and Mike Melwicks will head
the British Columbia list with the possibility of Tyson Cross getting a ride
for the week long marathon of racing. Chris Schmelzle, Todd Heikes and Jeff
Pollard are also possible entries.
Marc Duperron, Jeff Hodgson, Wade Fleming, Geoff Beck, Ed
Wiersma, Dawn L. Morrison and Dave Smith are all planning to make the trip
down from the Edmonton area of Alberta, Canada.
Montana driver Richie Peterson has had a good season with NST
so far this year and his fellow statesman Joe Ramaker, just off of winning
the 2001 CAN-AM Championship in Edmonton, is also planning to race the full
After the opening race on Southern Oregon Speedway's one-third
mile oval, drivers and crews will travel north on Tuesday the 17th, to the
three-tenths mile clay circuit of Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, OR for the
second race of the series. Portland, OR's Portland Speedway hosts night
number three when the sprints will invade the half-mile mile red clay track
on Wednesday the 18th.
Thursday, the 19th, the drivers and crews travel to State Fair
Raceway in Yakima, WA. In just it's second year of running, this newly
completed three-eighths mile oval may be a new venue to several of the
drivers. More clay has been added since last year and the surface has
provide action packed nights for the fans.
On Friday and Saturday, July 20th and 21st, Grays Harbor Raceway Park in
Elma, WA will hear the roar of the sprint cars as the 5th annual "Evergreen
State Sprint Challenge" puts the finishing touch to "Northwest Speedweek".
With $30,000 up for grabs in the two nights of action, Saturday
night's "$5000 to Win" feature event is the place to be on the final night.
This will guarantee the preliminary races should all be hot and heavy as
only 20 cars will start the feature event and get a shot at the $5000.
Sponsorships for the 2001 hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour and
"Northwest Speedweek" come from; hy-per-lube High Performance Products, Don
Ott Racing Engines, Hoosier Racing Tires, Steve Beitler Performance Center,
Jimmy Sills School of Open Wheel Racing, 20/10 Products, U.S. Smokeless
Tobacco Co., JB Enterprise, Ridge Runner Wings, Weld Racing, KSE Products
and Services and DSR Fuel Injection Systems.
As in the past, racers and fans alike are going to be part of
the best in Sprint Car action as the 2001 hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour
"Northwest Speedweek" takes to the clay with a week of hot July action.
For more information on the most exciting week of 360 Sprint
Car Racing action in the Northwest contact: Brownfield Promotions, Inc., PO
Box 556, Snohomish, WA 98291. Phone 360-568-CLAY (2529). For ticket
information and race times, contact the individual race tracks. So. Oregon
Speedway - 541-772-6264; Willamette Speedway - 541-258-8503; Portland
Speedway - 503-285-2883; State Fair Raceway - 360-568-2529;
Grays Harbor Raceway Park - 360-482-4374.