NASCAR AUTOZONE ELITE DIVISION, NORTHWEST SERIES BEGINS FINAL SEASON APRIL 1 AT EVERGREEN DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 3, 2006) -- The 22nd and final season of the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Northwest Series includes 11 races at five...
NASCAR AUTOZONE ELITE DIVISION, NORTHWEST SERIES BEGINS FINAL SEASON APRIL 1 AT EVERGREEN
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 3, 2006) -- The 22nd and final season of the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Northwest Series includes 11 races at five tracks, beginning April 1 at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash. Evergreen, a .646-mile oval, was the site of the Northwest Series' inaugural event in 1985 and has hosted more Northwest Series events than any other track. Evergreen will also host the series twice more in 2006, on July 15 and July 29.
The Northwest Series returns to Meridian (Idaho) Speedway on April 29, followed by visits to Yakima (Wash.) Speedway on May 27, Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, Idaho, on June 10, and Wenatchee Valley's Super Oval in East Wenatchee, Wash., on July 1. Fans at those tracks will have their final opportunities to see the Northwest Series, in return visits to Yakima (July 22 and Sept. 2-3), Magic Valley (Aug 5.) and Wenatchee (Sept. 16).
Citing declining support and rising costs for the Elite Division, NASCAR has announced it will focus its efforts on Divisions that will build a better developmental program for the future. Following the 2006 season, the four series that comprise the Elite Division -- including the Midwest, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest Series -- will be discontinued.
Beginning in 2006 and continuing in 2007, NASCAR will implement several rule changes in the NASCAR Grand National Division, in an effort to reduce the cost of competing in the Busch East Series and the AutoZone West Series. These changes include a less-costly "spec" engine, as well as composite bodies.