NST Willamette September 13-14th preview

hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour rakes final 2002 Oregon appearance. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws have finished their Wild Wild Northwest Tour but sprint car fans of Oregon still have a chance to see some more wheel to wheel action on two of ...

hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour rakes final 2002 Oregon appearance.

The Pennzoil World of Outlaws have finished their Wild Wild Northwest Tour but sprint car fans of Oregon still have a chance to see some more wheel to wheel action on two of Oregon's finest dirt tracks when the hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour makes it's final 2002 appearance this weekend, September 13th and 14th.

Featuring many of the finest sprint car drivers of the Northwest, the hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour has only four races left in it's 2002 season, so the action will be close and exciting when they take to the Willamette Speedway clay oval in Lebanon, OR on Friday the 13th.

With the championship still to be decided and several positions within just a few points of each other, the tight three-tenths mile oval at Willamette Speedway will again provide the fans with wing to wing racing as each driver strives to earn as many points as possible. The fact that it's Friday the 13th probably won't even enter their minds.

Eugene, OR driver, and defending champion, Roger Crockett leads the points race by 99 points over three time champion Shawna Wilskey with his 1080 point total. Trailing Wilskey, of Lake Stevens, WA, is Everett, WA's Rick Fauver in third place with 826 points. Running in fourth and just a single point behind is St. Albert, Alberta driver Jeff Hodgson with 825 points. Rounding out the top five is Dan Menne of Ft. Jones, CA with 696 points.

Following their race at Willamette Speedway, Northern Sprint Tour will move south a few miles to The Grove in Cottage Grove, OR on Saturday, the 14th. This quarter-mile bull ring always provides a lot of action for the fans and is also home track to two of Oregon's current hottest drivers, Dale Smith and Jeff Thompson. Both have several wins there this year and are sure to give the rest of the field a run for the $1,750 winners pay check. Smith, of Cottage Grove, sets in 12th place while Harrisburg's Thompson, who has run a limited Northern Sprint Tour schedule this year, is in 30th.

Other Oregon drivers that will be making their presence known are Cale Carder of Gold Hill, Marvin Smith of Cottage Grove, Mark Hinkle of Scappose, Kevin Etchison from Eugene and Bill Nutter of Central Point.

Washington drivers sure to be in the middle of the action are Jason Solwold of Burlington, Chad Hillier of Sedro Woolley, Lake Stevens driver Travis Hawthorne, Jay Cole out of Shelton, Glenn Borden, Jr. from Raymond, and Jayme Barnes of Everett.

Coming from Alberta with Hodgson will be Dawn-L Morrison of Millet and Tyler Pincemin and Geoff Beck, both from Morinville. Other Canadian drivers will include British Columbia's Scott Aumen of Duncan and Tony Menard from Nanaimo.

Following this weekend's action, the hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour will finish the 2002 season at State Fair Raceway in Yakima, WA with a two night show on Friday and Saturday, September 27th and 28th.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Shawna Wilskey , Roger Crockett