Northern Sprint Tour Yakima report

hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour State Fair Raceway Yakima, WA September 22, 2000 Before he ever got to the winners circle, the arm was pumping and the yells were coming from the ...

hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour
State Fair Raceway
Yakima, WA
September 22, 2000

Before he ever got to the winners circle, the arm was pumping and the yells were coming from the #44s sprint car as Duncan, BC driver Scott Aumen picked up the first hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour win of his career at State Fair Speedway in Yakima, WA. Having one of his best nights of racing in some time, Aumen was second fast time for the night, won the dash and led from start to finish in the "A" feature event as he held off Jeff Thompson of Harrisburg, OR for the entire 25 laps of the race. Thompson took the lead going into the first turn on the green flag, but it was Aumen leading the way as they exited turn four to finish the opening lap. Although Aumen maintained a 5 to 10 car length through much of the race, it was not a run-away as Thompson challenged mid race but could not find a way to make a pass. The battle for third was as close as the battle for the lead as Lynwood, WA's Barry Martinez waged a race long battle to hold off 7th place starter Rick Fauver of Everett, WA. Martinez nearly made the move into second with a low pass through turn two on lap 16, but couldn't hold the momentum and Thompson held him off. Just past mid point of the race, Sheldon, WA driver Jay Cole moved to challenge Fauver and with 4 laps to go, made the pass on the back straight for fourth place, but then lost it the next lap and he settled for 5th at the finish. Behind the top five, Alan Munn of Granite Falls, WA settled into 6th place after regaining a lost spot from Randy Ridge, Monroe, WA, and then getting past Springfield, OR's Greg Brown with two laps to go. Points leader Shawna Wilskey, who missed the transfer to the feature event from her heat had to start 19th. The Lake Stevens WA points leader managed to fight her way to a 9th place finish while Jay Smith rounded out the top ten. Smith, of Stanwood, WA and scheduled to start 3rd, had the start from the back when he and Umpqua, OR's Bryon Harvey flipped during warm up laps. Marysville, WA driver Eddie Evans brought the race to a halt on lap 11 when he hooked a rut in turn 3 and flipped. Aumen's win, Thompson's second, and Martinez' third place are the highest Northern Sprint Tour finishes any of them have had. Fauver led the "B" feature from wire to wire, opening a solid lead that had him in traffic on the 5th of the 15 scheduled laps. On lap 9, Jayme Barnes and Shawn Rice touched on the front straight sending Barnes sideways, collecting a charging Dan Menne in the process. While Rice raced on, Barnes and Menne did a double flip with extensive damage to both cars. Both drivers were unhurt. A lap 13 yellow for spun car set up the dash to the finish with Wilskey and Brown racing wing to wing for second place in front of Evans. At the finish the top five read Fauver, Brown, Wilskey, Evans and Tony Menard. The six car, six lap "C" feature went to Kevin Journey of Springfield, OR. Fifth starting Shawn Smith of Nampa, ID had nailed down second place by the second lap but Journey was too strong to catch. Travis Jacobson was third at the checkered flag. Chris Schmelze took the win in the first heat of the evening with Joe Ramaker, Cole and Donny Fry earning transfers to the "A" feature event. Heat two went to Ron Wilson over Rice, J. Smith and Aumen. Heat three got off to a rough start when Barnes and Kirk Haefs tangled coming out of turn four going for the green, putting Haefs out of the heat. On the restart Travis Hawthorne again took the lead and went on to the win. He was followed by Martinez, Ridge and Harvey. The final heat went to Rick Smith with Munn, Dennis Armey and Thompson getting transfer positions. Thompson led the dash for the first 4 laps with Aumen taking the lead as they exited turn two and raced down the back chute. As the went for the finish line on the last lap, Dennis Armey flipped hard into the turn four wall while running 4th. The track was tacky and fast with a new track record set by Wilskey with a 14.908 second trip around the three-eights mile oval. Her time knocked 1.162 seconds off of the old record.



Fast Time - Shawna Wilskey - 14.908 NTR Heat 1 - Chris Schmelze, Joe Ramaker, Jay Cole, Donny Fry, Shawna Wilskey, Rick Fauver, Tony Menard, Shawn Smith, Travis Jacobson, Jay Follman. Heat 2 - Ron Wilson, Shawn Rice, Jay Smith, Scott Aumen, Eddie Evans, Steve Kilcup, John Tharp, Kevin Journey, Dan Menne, Dan Dunlap. Heat 3 - Travis Hawthorne, Barry Martinez, Bryon Harvey, Randy Ridge, Cale Carder, Greg Brown, Clint Houston, Kirk Haefs. Heat 4 - Rick Smith, Alan Munn, Dennis Armey, Jeff Thompson, Rob Johnson, Pat Desbiens, Chad Hillier, John Youngquist, Vern Nations. Dash - Aumen, Thompson, J. Smith, Fry, Martinez, Armey. C-Main - Journey, S. Smith, Jacobson, Houston, Dunlap. B-Main - Fauver, Brown, Wilskey, Evans, Menard, Kilcup, Follman, S. Smith, Carder, Desbiens, Jacobson, Haefs, Journey, Johnson, Tharp, Barnes, Menne, Hillier. A-Main - Aumen, Thompson, Martinez, Fauver, Cole, Munn, Brown, Ridge, Wilskey, J. Smith, Hawthorne, Hillier, Rice, Wilson, Ramaker, R. Smith, Evans, Fry, Schmelze, Armey, Harvey.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Shawna Wilskey , John Young , Shawn Smith