Northern Sprint Tour makes final trip to Oregon

With the Year 2000 season quickly winding down, the hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour and the excitement of dirt track racing will make it's final stop in Oregon this coming weekend, September 8th & 9th. On Friday, the drivers and...

With the Year 2000 season quickly winding down, the hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour and the excitement of dirt track racing will make it's final stop in Oregon this coming weekend, September 8th & 9th. On Friday, the drivers and crews will take on the fast three-tenths mile high banked Willamette Speedway clay oval in Lebanon, OR, and with only four races left to earn points toward the 2000 championship the racing action is bound to be some of the hottest the track will see this year. On Saturday the 9th, the action will move south to Riverside Speedway in Cottage Grove, OR and the challenges of the tough little quarter mile oval. With the chances for moving up towards the championship now down to three, Friday night's survivors will be even more set on the best possible finish they can get. Although defending champion Shawna Wilskey of Lake Stevens, WA leads the points race going into the weekends racing programs with 1023, Stanwood, WA hot shoe Jay Smith trails by a mere 5 points. Following Smith is 1997 champion Rick Fauver of Everett, WA, only 15 points farther back at 1003. A bad time in session is enough to completely rearrange the top three positions. Following the top three, it's a 211 point jump to Dan Menne in fourth place. Menne, of Fort Jones, CA sits at 792 points with Jay Cole's 740 points putting the Shelton, WA driver in fifth. Filling out the top ten are Jayme Barnes, Everett, WA at 692, Chad Hillier of Sedro Woolley, WA with 662, Mount Vernon, WA driver Rick Smith at 592, Dale Smith of Cottage Grove, OR with 553 and Jeff Thompson of Harrisburg, OR with 522. Other top drivers taking to the tracks to try to break into the top ten this weekend include Oregon's Greg Brown, Scott Adams, Pat Desbiens, Kirk Haefs, Bill Nutter and Cale Carder. Washington's hopefuls include Barry Martinez, Glenn Borden, Jr., Shawn Rice, Donny Fry and John Youngquist. With $35,000 plus contingencies on line to be doled out to the top 15 finishers in the points race, and the possibility that a driver can gain, or lose, a possible point total of 105 points per race, the intensity is always highest at seasons end. Following their last visit in 2000 to Oregon tracks, the hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour will finish the season with a two day program on September 23rd & 24th at Central Washington State Fair Raceway in Yakima, WA.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Shawna Wilskey , John Young