NWS: Tour returns to Idaho

THE TOUR RETURNS TO IDAHO AFTER FIVE YEAR HIATUS SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. The NASCAR REB-CO Northwest Tour returns to the state of Idaho for the first time since 1991 when the series holds its season finale at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin...

THE TOUR RETURNS TO IDAHO AFTER FIVE YEAR HIATUS

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. The NASCAR REB-CO Northwest Tour returns to the state of Idaho for the first time since 1991 when the series holds its season finale at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls on September 20.

The tour returns with the NAPA 150 and nobody is more excited than Magic Valley Speedway promoter Steve York. York sees bringing the tour to his speedway as a part of the natural progression of the development of his facility. "We want our fans to experience a level of racing that is a notch above what they see with our weekly show. This is not only for our fans but for our competitors too. So that they can see where they can progress to and what it will be like when they get there. We are glad to be able to host the Northwest Tour just for the fans to experience them."

York began his life in racing as a fan when his uncle took him to Atlanta International Raceway to watch the Grand National (now Winston Cup) race there. He pursued racing as a driver, racing wherever he lived in the country. "When I decided I wasnt going to be the hotshoe I wanted to be, I decided I would get involved in racing from the promoting end of things." So 12 years ago York and his wife Karen built Magic Valley Speedway.

Karen York is no stranger to racing either. A regular at the old Asheville-Weaverville Speedway, Karen competed for the role of trophy girl at the New Asheville Speedway in 1971and won. In that role she gave Richard Petty his 128th Grand National trophy.

On the racetrack for the NAPA 150, the fans will see the culmination of a dogfight for second place in the series points race. Gary Lewis, Pete Harding, and Bill Lawrence have been in a pitched battle for second for most of the season. Defending champion and current points leader Kelly Tanner should have the 1997 title wrapped up when he takes his car across the scales for inspection prior to the NAPA 150.

In addition to the battle on the racetrack, York plans quite a show for his fans, "I want the fans to feel they got their moneys worth before the green flag even falls on the race." Based on history with the Yorks as promoters, the fans should get that and more.

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NOTES OF INTEREST:

Past winners of NASCAR REB-CO Northwest Tour races in Idaho include former champions Ron Eaton (3 wins), Tobey Butler (3) and John Dillon (1). Rick Schultz and Bob Fox also garnered Idaho victories.

Three-time series champion Garrett Evans has not been able to bring home the checkered flag from Idaho, although he does have five second-place and two third-place finishes in the eight races he has run in the state.

The series ran a total five races at Meridian Speedway and four races at Northwest Speedway from 1985 to 1991.

Mark's Unofficial NASCAR Northwest Tour Page http://www.aa.net/~cawsey/

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Richard Petty , Gary Lewis