Wild Wild Northwest Tour - Pennzoil World of Outlaws Riverside Speedway - Cottage Grove, OR - August 29, 2000 The final Wild Wild Northwest Tour race featuring the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series invaded Riverside Speedway in Cottage...
Wild Wild Northwest Tour - Pennzoil World of Outlaws
Riverside Speedway - Cottage Grove, OR - August 29, 2000
The final Wild Wild Northwest Tour race featuring the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series invaded Riverside Speedway in Cottage Grove, OR on Tuesday, August 29. 2000. With 38 sprint cars timing in to take a crack at the winner's circle there were a lot of possibilities, but it was "King" Steve Kinser leading from the green flag to the finish line for the final Jim Dennis checkered flag of the tour. Tim Shaffer worked on the leader for several laps but gave up second place on the 34th circuit of the 40 lap feature event when he jumped the cushion in turn four and Greg Hodnett made the pass for the runner up spot. Hodnett had a couple of shots at the "King" in final lap, but came up short at the line. On a track that was rough and very heavy, passing was difficult but Johnny Herrera pulled off a gain of 9 positions by moving from 19th to 10th while Donny Schatz was almost as good, going from 17th to 9th place. Danny Lasoski and Hodnett traded third spot mid race as Joey Saldana battled both Stevie Smith and Jac Haudenschild mid race for 5th place. The race was halted twice for red flags, the first on lap 2 when Brian Paulus ended up sitting up on the front straight fence after tangling with another car in turn four. On lap six, Shawna Wilskey spun exiting the fourth turn and was tagged by Kevin Etchison. Etchison did a hard end over end flip that left his wing untouched but ended in a hard landing on his hear nerf bar. Wilskey was able to restart but not Etchison. The final slow down came when Danny Wood's flat tire brought out the yellow on lap 27. Top six at the finish were S. Kinser, Hodnett, Shaffer, Lasoski, Smith and Saldana. In the B-main, Peter Murphy went wire to wire to pick up the win over Wilskey. Etchison and Shannon Wheatly gave the crowd a show, battling wheel to wheel as they swapped positions for the final transfer spot. With just 3 laps to go, Barry Martinez spun in turn four while in third place, giving Etchison and Wheatly both transfers. Even with the guarantee to the A Feature, they continued to run wing to wing with Etchison edging Wheatley by less than a car length at the line. Heat race action had Smith going wire to wire in the first race of the night with no challenges while Randy Hannagan had to work for the heat two win. Hannagan was pressured hard the last two laps by Hodnett , who looked to have the pass set up for turn two but as he went high as they exited he was blocked by a slower car. Shaffer led the full 10 laps of heat three with Saldana in second at the finish. Pat Desbiens and Jeremy Cooper made contact on the 3rd lap with both cars ending up going to the pits. The final heat was all Steve Kinser's. Following Kinser to the line was Haudenschild. Although Kinser and Shaffer ran one-two, the real race in the dash was for third as Smith and Lasoski diced for the position with Hodnett getting his nose into the action a couple of times also. Lasoski won the number three spot over Smith with Hodnett and Hannagan following in the top six.