Hy-Per-Lube Northern Sprint Tour Northwest Speedweek 2000 - Evergreen State Sprint Challenge Excitement is rising and predictions are flying on who will be year 2000's big winner in the hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour's "Northwest ...
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Northwest Speedweek 2000 - Evergreen State Sprint Challenge
Excitement is rising and predictions are flying on who will be year 2000's big winner in the hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour's "Northwest Speedweek". Getting underway on Monday, July 17th, 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 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 22nd, most of the finest drivers in the Northwest, along with several from California, have indicated they will be vying for a large chunk of the prize money on tap. A field of over 60 cars is expected to run the complete series of races. Among the top drivers of the Northwest planning to participate in "Northwest Speedweek" are 1996 and defending NST Champion Shawna Wilskey and 1997 Champion Rick Fauver, Jay Smith, Randy Ridge, Jay Cole, Chad Hillier, Jayme Barnes, Rick Smith, Barry Martinez and Glenn Borden, Jr. Other Washington drivers also considering the series are J. R. Harkness, Shawn Rice, Eddie Evans and Jim Cress, with 1998 Champion Jason Solwold a possibility. Oregon based drivers with a good shot at the big money are Billy Nutter, Dale Smith, Marvin Smith, Chad Bauer, Kirk Haefs, Scott Adams, Greg Brown, Jeff Thompson, Bryon Harvey and Cale Carder. Others making the six race tour could include Brett Smith, Gary Lynch, Kevin Journey, Vern Scevers, Gus Cooper, and Hedge Carter. Possibilities from Canada are Scott Aumen, Tony Menard, Chris Schmelzle and Todd Heikes from British Columbia, along with Marc Duperron, Stuart Selby, Bill Boyce and Jeff Hodgson. After the recent hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour trip to Billings, MT, Joe Ramaker and Richie Peterson may bring along some fellow Montana drivers to help them represent the state. The toughest competition expected by the Northern Sprint Tour drivers will probably come north from California. Several California drivers have indicated they will be making a try for a piece of that $84,000 plus dollars up for grabs this year as there are no competing 360 class races running next week. Along with Dan Menne, who is currently fourth in NST points, top 410 drivers Brent Kaeding and Steve Kent will join the action in 2000 as may Australian Peter Murphy, who is racing in California this summer. Top Civil War circuit shoes expected to come north are Jonathan Allard, Jason Statler, Andy Forsburg, Steven Tiner, Eric Rossi, Roger Crockett and Ron McBride. Other possibilities are Daniel Hood, Bryan Flynn, Johnny Rodriguez, Ryan German and Dennis Binstock. After the opening race on Southern Oregon Speedway's 1/3 mile oval, drivers and crews will travel north on Tuesday the 18th, to the 1/4 mile clay circuit of Riverside Speedway in Cottage Grove, OR for the second race of the series. Lebanon, OR's Willamette Speedway hosts night number three when the sprints will invade the 3/10 mile clay track on Wednesday the 19th. Thursday, the 20th, the drivers and crews travel to State Fair Raceway in Yakima, WA. This will be only the second sprint car race on this newly completed 3/8 mile oval. More clay has been added since the inaugural race and the racing surface should provide an action packed night for the fans. On Friday and Saturday, July 21st and 22nd, Grays Harbor Raceway Park in Elma, WA will hear the roar of the sprint cars as the 4th annual "Evergreen State Sprint Challenge" puts the finishing touch to "Northwest Speedweek" with better than $30,000 up for grabs in the two nights of racing. Starting positions for Saturday night's $5000 to win feature event will be based on a points system for Friday and Saturday nights racing. The better a driver finishes during the events prior to the Saturday night feature, the closer he will start to the front and that $5,000 in the final race. A look at the driver roster for this year's hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour "Northwest Speedweek" predicts that racers and fans alike will be part of the best Sprint Car action the Northwest will see in the year 2000. 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 contact the individual race tracks. So. Oregon Speedway - 541-772-6264; Riverside Speedway - 541-942-7561; Willamette Speedway - 541-258-8503; State Fair Raceway - 360-568-2529; Grays Harbor Raceway Park - 360-482-4374.