Northern Sprint Tour Prepares To End Season The Northern Sprint Tour will complete the 2006 season with its annual two-night event at State Fair Raceway in Yakima, Wash. on Friday, September 22nd and Saturday the 23rd. The...
Northern Sprint Tour Prepares To End Season
The Northern Sprint Tour will complete the 2006 season with its annual two-night event at State Fair Raceway in Yakima, Wash. on Friday, September 22nd and Saturday the 23rd. The event will once again coincide with the Central Washington State Fair, meaning the races will be free to fans as part of their fair admission. The weekend will also mark the final races ever under the Brownfield Promotions, Inc. banner.
Last year's installment of these races produced two nights of intense action. On the Friday night, 44 cars were on hand and Ferndale, Wash.'s Brock Lemley was looking to win his second career NST feature. He couldn't best the former four-time series champ Roger Crockett out of Medford, Ore. though and had to settle for second. Brandon Harkness from Acme, Wash. finished third just ahead of Enumclaw, Wash.'s Henry Van Dam, and Dale Smith from Cottage Grove, Ore.
Heading into the final night, Bill Nutter of Central Point, Ore. had already locked up the 2005 season title. But all 43 drivers still were shooting for the main event trophy which ended up going to 1997 series champion Rick Fauver from Everett, Wash. Second place went to Smith followed by Van Dam, Nutter, and Lemley.
This year's points battle is the closest it's been for the past six seasons. Second year NST competitor -- and last year's Rookie of The Year -- Danny Horner from Cottage Grove, Ore., holds a slim 38 point lead over Fresno, Calif.'s Steve Kent. The rest of the top-5 (including total number of points behind the leader) are Crockett (-42), Jason Sides from Bartlett, Tenn. (-73), and Nutter (-107). Seth Bergman of Snohomish, Wash. has a 54 point lead in the R.o.T.Y. standings over both Braden Etchison from Eugene, Ore. and Rob Held out of Sutherlin, Ore. There are two events slated for this Friday and Saturday in Lebanon, Ore. and Cottage Grove, Ore. respectively that could go a long way in tightening the points situation.