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Thu., Aug. 20, 2009, 10 p.m.


The Gary Lewis car dominated the racing on Sunday.The Spokesman Review (Brian Plonka The Spokesman Review / The Spokesman-Review)
The Gary Lewis car dominated the racing on Sunday.The Spokesman Review (Brian Plonka The Spokesman Review / The Spokesman-Review)

With wins in Idaho, Montana and Washington ASA Northwest Late Model Tour points leaders heads to Oregon looking to add another victory to the 2009 campaign.

For Immediate Release: Gary Lewis Racing LLC

SNOHOMISH, Wash. (August 20, 2009)-For Gary Lewis the summer road trips to
Montana, Idaho and all points in between have started to blur together but
as long as the team continues its winning streak the travel is all part of
the game heading to this week’s stop on the ASA Northwest Late
Model Tour coming on the Douglas County Speedway .400-mile oval in
Roseburg, Oregon.

Lewis comes off his first career victory on the ARCA West Mac’s Series in
the Bill Clark Memorial 150 that was held in Kalispell, Mont. That
followed a third Idaho 200 win at Stateline Speedway located in Post
Falls, ID which followed a top-5 at the team’s hometrack in Monroe, Wash.
and a third Montana 200 victory.

All of those accomplishments have come in just a five-week span.

Despite the three-day challenge to get the Bill Clark Memorial 150 in due
to a persistent rain storm, the current ASA Northwest Late Model Tour
points leader is upbeat heading into the final race in August for the
Shocked by Mike Leary Racing Products race team.

“The team is doing great,” Lewis said. “When you’re running good that
definitely keeps everybody motivated. This was a short week and it’s
required us to work every night on the car to get ready for Roseburg. We
came out of Montana with a fair amount of front end damage that has taken
up most of our time so far this week to getting it ready to go for an
8-hour drive south into Oregon.”

Waiting out the rain did not create moments to plan for Roseburg, Lewis

“We didn’t think about Roseburg but looking back that would have been a
good idea to kill some time. We basically just went stir crazy in the
motorhome with nothing to do and no vehicle to go anywhere while it was

Lewis was grateful for the efforts by ARCA West and Montana Raceway Park
officials to get the race in after traveling so far for his first career
Mac’s Series start, he noted.

“Montana Raceway Park and the officials did a great job dealing with the
weather and trying to juggle everybody’s needs to get a race in last
weekend. I know we put on a hellva show for the fans and it was a great
win over Shelby Thompson and Mark Owens.”

With the ARP Bodies pit crew and driver turning their attentions to
Roseburg the same focus used all year to generate wins in three states
will be taken on Saturday, Lewis explained. Should the team have a good
run in Oregon the remaining races in Yakima, Wash. (on Labor Day Weekend)
and the Wenatchee 200 on Sept. 12 may be key to adding to their overall
2009 win total.

“We’re just trying to stay focused on what this team is doing each week
and that is run strong and keep the car in good shape. That Labor Day
weekend race in Yakima is very important to us. That’s the only race we’ll
run before the Fall Classic (held in Yakima on the first weekend in
October) at the end of the season and we want to win that race for sure to
close out the year.”

Recent changes to the AP Brakes Chevrolet should continue to give Lewis
flexibility heading to Roseburg for only the third time in his illustrious
driving career.

“The changes should work just fine at Roseburg as they have in Montana and
Idaho. Roseburg is not much bigger at all then those two tracks but it
does create some different challenges for sure. The track is very line
sensitive so it really makes it tough when you’re trying to pass. I know
our set-up on this Nutter Racing Engines Impala will be critical to our
potential success,” Lewis said.

It may be Lewis’ third career trip to Douglas County Speedway but he has
faired well in his two prior starts with one win on the NASCAR Northwest
Series and a runner-up finish on the ARCA West Late Model Challenge

One of the two sticks out more, he noted.

“I know for me the best memory I have of racing in Roseburg is showing up
for the first time down there while we had been running very well back in
1998 (Lewis’ first championship touring season) and winning the race. We
had a strong car that day and it was a great night of racing on the Fourth
of July with the Northwest Tour back then.”

For more information on the ASA Northwest Late Model Tour’s only stop in
the state of Oregon log onto To learn more about
Gary Lewis Racing LLC look the team up on Facebook or check out their
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Motorsports correspondent Doug Pace keeps up with motorsports news and notes from around the region.