NST Speedweek: Evergreen

<pre> hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour "Northwest Speedweek" "Evergreen State Sprint Challenge" Grays Harbor Raceway Park Elma, WA July 20, 2001 Opening night of the Evergreen State Sprint Challenge had Steve Kent looking to be ...

<pre> hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour "Northwest Speedweek" "Evergreen State Sprint Challenge" Grays Harbor Raceway Park Elma, WA July 20, 2001

Opening night of the Evergreen State Sprint Challenge had Steve Kent looking to be headed to win number five in the hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour's "Northwest Speedweeks" until a spin exiting the fourth turn on the last lap dashed his chances. Kent, of Fresno, CA had moved from his 7th place start position to challenge Roger Crockett for the win. After several unsuccessful tries to get under Crockett in the corners and losing the drag race on the straights, Kent's move to the out side for momentum to carry him past Crockett may well have worked had he not spun to a stop.

Following Crockett, current Northern Sprint Tour points leader from Rio Linda, CA, for podium finishes at grays HArbor Raceway Park in Elma, WA were Jason Solwold of Burlington, WA and Rick Fauver of Everett, WA who picked up six spots to make the podium.

Kent started picking off the competition on the second lap, getting past third place Johnny Rodriguez on the 6th lap after several tries. Rodriguez, who had set fast time, brought out the yellow flag with a flat tire on lap 12 and then spun on a lap 16 restart to bring out a second yellow and end his night of racing.

With Kent trailing by a 10 car gap, Jason Solwold was carrying the battle to Crockett in the corners but couldn't make a pass. Farther back, Dale Smith and Shawna Wilskey were waging a good race that came to a stop when they caught Jay Harkness and then Smith and Harkness got together in turn four on lap 16.

On the restart Kent went to work on Solwold getting in the pass as they came out of turn two the next lap. Wilskey got in the only pass in the last three laps of the 20 lap preliminary feature, getting by Brandon Harkness but coming up short in her try on Marc Dupperon.

At the line it was Crockett, Solwold, Fauver, Dupperon, Wilskey and B. Harkness the first six.

The B-main could have been dubbed the yellow flag race as it was waved six times in 15 laps.

Kent kept a 5 - 10 car lead over Rick Fauver and the field during the racing action, as Randy Ridge put on the best show by moving up 12 positions to get fifth place. Chad Bauer gave Ridge a good fight for seventh mid race and then Ron Myska was able to hold onto 5th until Ridge took the spot on the white flag lap.

Several times during the week the Harkness brothers have found themselves doing battle with each other, sometimes with disastrous results, but this time it was a good race with Brandon third and Jay fourth. Shawn Rice stepped up 10 spots, going from last to 8th.

Ridge went wire to wire to the C-main win over Jay Cole with Rice in third. Scott Adams and Cale Carder had some good wing to wing racing for fourth with Scott getting the position at the finish line.

The heats had some great racing action. Rodriguez took the win in the night's first race, but the action was mid pack for the last transfer spot. Kaylene Vervilla made her first feature event of Northwest Speedweek with her fourth place finish after holding off Bauer and Adams who finished with less than a wheel width difference just behind the Arizona visitor.

Gary Morgan won the second heat, getting the lead when Kent broke something in the drive train. Chad Hillier had some wing to wing laps with Crockett and Jeff Hodgson before dropping back late in the race with a smoking engine.

Heat three had Jayme Barnes taking the lead at the line on the white flag lap over Geoff Beck following a race long chase. Dupperon and Smith's dicing for third was close several times also.

The final heat went to Stan Yockey over Glenn Borden, Jr. Scott Aumen challenged Borden the last four laps but had to settle for third with Solwold getting the last transfer.

Crockett took the dash for the pole position over Solwold, Dupperon, Rodriguez, Barnes and Borden.

Fast time of the evening went to Rodriguez with a 13.828 lap. <pre>

SUMMARY Fast Time - Johnny Rodriguez - 13.828 Heat 1 - Johnny Rodriguez, Shawna Wilskey, Jeremy Cooper, Kaylene Vervilla, Chad Bauer, Scott Adams, Rick Fauver. John Tharp, Donny Fry, Dawn-L Morrison. Heat 2 - Gary Morgan, Jeff Thompson, Roger Crockett, Jeff Hodgson, Barry Martinez, Randy Ridge, Chad Hillier, Dan Dunlap, Rob Johnson, Mark Ellis. Heat 3 - Jayme Barnes, Geoff Beck, Marc Dupperon, Dale Smith, Ed Evans, Ed Weirsma, Shawn Rice, Wade Fleming, Ron Myska, Randy Van Aagten, Cale Carder, Mike Gable. Heat 4 -Stan Yockey, Glenn Borden, Jr. Scott Aumen, Jason Solwold, Brandon Harkness, Steve Walker, Tony Menard, Mike Crawford, Robert McNulty, Jim Cress, Melissa Yates, Jim Walker. Dash - Crockett, Solwold, Dupperon, Rodriguez, Barnes, Borden. C-Main - Ridge, Cole, Rice, Adams, Carder, Crawford, Van Aagten, Dunlap, Ellis, Morrison, Yates, Johnson, J. Walker, Cress, Gable, Tharp. B-Main - Kent, Fauver, B. Harkness, Ridge, Myska, Bauer, Rice, McNulty, Hillier, Fleming, S. Walker, Evans, Weirsma, Martinez, Fry, Menard, Cole. A-Main - Crockett, Solwold, Fauver, Dupperon, Wilskey, B. Harkness, Barnes, Aumen, Borden, Morgan, Hodgson, Thompson, Beck, Smith, Cooper, Jay R. Harkness, Kent, Yockey, Vervilla, Rodriguez.

-Geroge Hespe

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Series Sprint
Drivers Shawna Wilskey , Johnny Rodriguez , Mark Ellis , Roger Crockett