Northern Sprint Tour preview, points 2001-06-22

The "hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour" returns to the tracks of the 2001 season's opening weekend with Jayme Barnes leading the points race for the championship by a slim margin of only seven points. When the Northwest's fastest...

The "hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour" returns to the tracks of the 2001 season's opening weekend with Jayme Barnes leading the points race for the championship by a slim margin of only seven points.

When the Northwest's fastest 360 sprint racers take to State Fair Raceway's dirt oval in Yakima, WA this Friday, June 22nd, the young Everett, WA driver will be trying his best to fend off the charges of second place driver Roger Crockett of Rio Linda, CA and the rest of the racers.

In a season that has yet to see a repeat win, the action has been close, fast and exciting regardless of the size or condition of the track. From quarter mile to half mile, tacky or dry slick, winning a race has not come easy to any driver.

As Barnes leads the pack with 342 points, he is followed by Crockett with 335, three time champ Shawna Wilskey has 316, Jay R Harkness of Bellingham, WA with 266 and Barry Martinez of Lynnwood, WA fills the top five with 263.

Both Barnes and Wilskey go into the weekend after coming off of preliminary night wins at last weeks Dirt Cup, sure to give them added confidence.

In the season opener, Crockett set fast time and placed second to Jason Solwold on the State Fair Raceway three-eights mile oval, leaving no doubt he is a threat to win. With additional 3rd and 4th place finishes, and another fast time, Crockett may well have had the points lead had he not missed the feature event at Willamette Speedway.

When the tour travels to Portland Speedway in Portland, OR on Saturday the 23rd, Barnes is sure to be looking for a repeat of his May 12th win on the red clay, high speed half mile oval. Another driver also looking for a repeat win at Portland will be Dan Menne of Ft. Jones, CA. Menne picked up his first hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour at Portland last year.

Other drivers that liked the Portland track in May were Great Falls, MT's hot shoe Richie Peterson, Dale Smith of Cottage Grove, OR and Tim Levin out of Marysville, WA who finished 2nd, 3rd and 5th.

The second half of the top 10 reads Jason Solwold of Burlington, WA with 248 points, Peterson with 233, Jeremy Cooper of Creswell, OR wit 209, Everett, WA's Rick Fauver with 206 and Canada's Scott Aumen of Duncan, BC at 199 points.

While 79 points separate 1st and 5th, there are only 49 points between 6th and 10th, showing the tightness of the series.

Fast paced action and exciting racing is the easy prediction for the up-coming hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour races. What isn't easy is predicting a winner. As Barry Martinez said after his Willamette Speedway win, "There are at least 15 cars out there every race that are easily capable of winning. Anyone that gets to the winners circle earns it."

        For further information on the tracks, contact: State Fair Raceway
360-568-2529  and Portland Speedway at 503-285-2883

<pre> Points standings:

Pos Name Home Town Points 1 Jayme Barnes Everett, WA 342 2 Roger Crockett Rio Linda, CA 335 3 Shawna Wilskey Lake Stevens, WA 316 4 Jay R. Harkness Acme, WA 266 5 Barry Martinez Lynnwood, WA 263 6 Jason Solwold Burlington, WA 248 7 Richie Peterson Great Falls, MT 233 8 Jeremy Cooper Creswell, WA 209 9 Rick Fauver Everett, WA 206 10 Scott Aumen Duncan, BC 199 11 Gary Taylor Snohomish, WA 197 12 Jay Cole Shelton, WA 187 13 Rick Smith Mt. Vernon, WA 157 14 Brandon Harkness Acme, WA 155 15 Kevin Journey Springfield, OR 154 16 Dan Menne Fort Jones, CA 138 17 Tim Levin Marysville, WA 133 17 Jeff Thompson Harrisburg, OR 133 19 Scott Adams Roseburg, OR 131 20 John Tharp Snohomish, WA 105 21 Tony Thomas Mill City, OR 97 22 Melisa Yates Roseburg, OR 87 23 Tony Menard Nanaimo, BC 72 24 Gus Cooper Creswell, OR 68 25 Jeff Osburn Cottage Grove, OR 59 26 Chad Hillier Sedro Woolley, WA 55 27 Mike Melwicks Abbotsford, BC 50 28 Glenn Borden, Jr. Raymond, WA 47 29 Randy Ridge Snohomish, WA 40 30 Jim Cress Mt. Vernon, WA 38 31 Alan Munn Granite Falls, WA 34 32 Clint Houston Anacortes, WA 30 33 Marvin Smith Cottage Grove, OR 21 34 Randy Vaughn Everett, WA 11 35 Shawn Rice Tacoma, WA 10

-George Hespe

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Series Sprint
Drivers Shawna Wilskey , Gary Taylor , Roger Crockett