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Hy-Per-Lube Northern Sprint Tour Northwest Speedweek 2002 - Evergreen State Sprint Challenge Rumors, predictions and excitement are keeping fans busy talking as the 2002 version of the hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour's "Northwest Speedweek" ...

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Northwest Speedweek 2002 - Evergreen State Sprint Challenge

Rumors, predictions and excitement are keeping fans busy talking as the 2002 version of the hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour's "Northwest Speedweek" gets ready to hit the road. Getting underway on Monday, July 15th, 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 15th at Southern Oregon Speedway in Medford, OR, and culminating with the 6th annual "Evergreen State Sprint Challenge" at Grays Harbor Raceway Park in Elma, WA on Saturday July 20th, 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 are expected to participate in "Northwest Speedweek".

Among the top Washington drivers are three time NST Champion Shawna Wilskey, 1997 Champion Rick Fauver and 1998 Champion Jason Solwold, along with several other drivers including, Jay Cole, Chad Hillier, Jayme Barnes, Rick Smith, Barry Martinez, J. R. Harkness, Glenn Borden, Jr., Travis Jacobson, Brandon Harkness and Travis Hawthorne.

Oregon based drivers with a good shot at the big money are Dale Smith, Marvin Smith, Scott Adams, Cale Carder, Bill Nutter and defending hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour Champion Roger Crockett. Others making the six race tour will probably include Melissa Yates, Tony Thomas, Gus Cooper, and Jeff Thompson.

Californian Dan Menne runs the hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour regularly and is 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, Johnny Rodriguez, Gary Morgan, Steven Tiner and Jonathan Allard. Other possibilities could include Sean Fenn, Destiny Hayes, Mike Benson, Jason Statler, Andy Forsburg, Eric Rossi, Colby Weisz, Chad Riolo, Jim Richardson and Steve Fehrman.

Canadians Scott Aumen, Tony Menard, and Todd Heikes will head the British Columbia list with the possibility of Chris Schmelzle also a possible entry. Jeff Hodgson, Geoff Beck, Dawn L. Morrison and Tyler Pincemin are all running the tour out of the Edmonton, Alberta area. Also from the Edmonton area, 2001 competitors Marc Duperron, Wade Fleming, Ed Wiersma and Dave Smith may well return in 2002.

Montana drivers Richie Peterson and Joe Ramaker, just off of running the 2002 CAN-AM Championship in Edmonton, will represent their state with rumors of others joining them this year.

Following the opening race on Southern Oregon Speedway's one-third mile oval, drivers and crews will travel north on Tuesday the 16th, to the quarter-mile bull ring at The Grove in Cottage Grove, OR. Under new ownership, new clay has been brought in and reports are the track will be tacky and fast. Wednesday it's on to the three-tenths mile clay circuit of Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, OR for the third race of the series on the 17th.

Thursday, the 18th, the drivers and crews travel to State Fair Raceway in Yakima, WA. In just it's third year of running, this newly completed three-eighths mile oval is becoming a favorite of several of the drivers. Always a fast track, the drivers will surely provide an action packed night for the fans.

After running for the $51,340 available the first four nights, there is still another $32,740 up for grabs on Friday and Saturday, July 19th and 20th, at Grays Harbor Raceway Park in Elma, WA. There the roar of the sprint cars will herald the 6th annual "Evergreen State Sprint Challenge" and put the finishing touch to "Northwest Speedweek".

With that $32,740 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 first place prize.

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, 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 2002 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; The Grove - 541-942-7561; Willamette Speedway - 541-258-8503; State Fair Raceway - 509-248-7160 ext. 109; Grays Harbor Raceway Park - 360-568-2529 or race days only - 360-482-4374.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Shawna Wilskey , Johnny Rodriguez , Jim Richards , Jonathan Allard , Jimmy Sills , Jason Statler , Roger Crockett , Marc Duperron