Keeping Pace

TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2009, 6 A.M.

Harding declared winner of ASA Northwest Late Model Tour event at Evergreen Speedway

 (The Spokesman-Review)
(The Spokesman-Review)

After apparent race winner, Jason Fraser, was disqualified for a rules violation series officials moved Pete Harding to the top spot in the 100-lap event held at Evergreen Speedway.

Courtesy: Scott Ellsworth, ASA NWLMT Media Relations

Marysville, WA (July 27, 2009): The American Speed Association
Northwest Late Model Tour was at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington on
Saturday July 25 for the Washington 500. The scheduled 175-lap distance for
the Tour was shortened to 100 due to a surprise thunder storm that caused
over a two hour delay in the proceedings. With the curfew closing in, track
officials had no choice but to shorten the race to 100-laps. Pete Harding
(Surrey, B.C.) was declared the winner. Kelly Mann (Monroe, WA) was second
followed by Jay Sauls (Puyallup, WA).

A freakish thunder storm started to head towards the track. The storm came
from the east which is abnormal. The normal weather pattern is primarily
west to east. When it was determined that the storm was impending, track and
series officials moved the ASA NWLMT portion of the program up to run
immediately after the presently running figure-eight 100. Just 12-laps into
the scheduled 175-lap main for the traveling Super Late Model Series the
race was paused to clean up an oil spill. During the clean-up process the
rain started and lasted for 45-minutes. The drying process began and the
track officials decided they would go with the Street Stock portion of the
night's festivities. The local Street Stocks use a treaded tire and would
help get the track to a fully dry state for the remainder of the ASA NWLMT's
175. A few mishaps and another oil situation during the Street Stock race
delayed the ASA NWLMT restart. With time growing short the determination was
to shorten the race to 100-laps.

The chase for the coveted 2009 championship has tightened. Gary Lewis
(Snohomish, WA) leads Brent Harris (E. Wenatchee, WA) by five points. Kelly
Mann is now third and within striking distance just nineteen back of Lewis.

Jason Fraser (Snohomish, WA) was the race winner. Failing the post race
inspection Fraser was disqualified.

Up next for the ASA Northwest Late Model Tour is the series'
only visit to Oregon during the 2009 season. Race number nine for the
northwest's only traveling premier stock car series is at Douglas County
Speedway in Roseburg, OR at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Saturday
August 22. The 125-lap race will feature a race within a race as the local
late models will be competing for the win and points for their local track
championship. A strong contingent of ASA NWLMT, local late models and
Northstate Challenge Late Models are set to make the trip.

Official Results: American Speed Association Northwest late Model Tour:

Washington 500 at Evergreen Speedway, Monroe, WA 5/8-mile oval:

Saturday July 25, 2009:

Pos         Laps       Name    Hometown         Nat/State

1              100         Pete Harding                      Surrey, BC

2              100         Kelly Mann                         Monroe, WA

3              100         Jay Sauls                              Puyallup,

4              100         Gary Lewis                          Bothell, WA

5              100         James Mugge                    Everett, WA

6              100         Shane Harding                   Langley, BC

7              98           Joey Tanner                       Portland, OR

8              98           Brent Harris                        E.
Wenatchee, WA

9              98           Harold Raczynski              Everett, WA

10           97           Ed Thomsen                      Pasco, WA

11           96           Alan Cress                           Albany, OR

12           94           Amanda MacDonald       Ephrata, WA

13           89           Don Vickery                        Seattle, WA

14           43           Grant Brown                      Red Deer, AB

15           12           Natalie Sather                   Fargo, ND

16           8              Mark Sundberg                 Seattle, WA

DNS                       Mike Longton                    Moxee, WA

DNS                       Brad Stanwood                 Portland, OR

DQ'ed                   Jason Fraser                       Snohomish, WA

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