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Fri., June 12, 2009, 1:30 a.m.

ASA NWLMT Points Leaders All Aimed Towards Idaho

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

A local driver with vast knowledge at Stateline could upset the current ASA Northwest Late Model Tour points chase. Kevin Richards (Newman Lake, WA) has so many wins at his home track they have lost count.

Courtesy: Scott Ellsworth, ASA NWLMT Media Relations

Marysville, WA (June 12, 2009)–Stateline Stadium Speedway in Post Falls, Idaho is ready to receive the best super late model stock car teams in the northwest when the American Speed Association Northwest Late Model Tour rolls in on Saturday June 13 for the 125. The top four in points for the first ever tour championship reads as a who’s who of premier stock car racing. Some have vast experience on the Inland Empire’s fastest ¼-mile oval while others will be seeing it for the first time.

The current point leader Brent Harris (E. Wenatchee, WA) has limited experience on the super fast surface. Holding the slimmest of margins for the championship Harris has had a very consistent season albeit without a win. Harris started his career at a track that is similar as the high banked Stateline Speedway. Winning a championship at WVSO in E. Wenatchee, WA may help Harris over the hump and onto that first win.

On the other hand second in points a mere six points out of the lead Gary Lewis (Snohomish, WA) has had success in Idaho. In three previous trips to Post Falls, ID Lewis has two wins and a runner-up. Both of the wins were back to back at the prestigious Idaho 200 in 2007 & 2008.

Third in the points chase Kelly Mann (Monroe, WA) has very little experience at this track. Although a championship at South Sound Speedway may aid is his quest to get his first win of the season. Mann’s driving style is suited for Stateline. Sixteen points is all that is keeping Mann out of the points lead at mid season.

The driver with least experience on this type of track is also the hottest driver on the traveling super late model circuit. Mike Longton (Moxee, WA) has won back to back features at the series’ last two stops. Longton overcoming a bad first two races has propelled into the fourth position eighteen points in arrears.

A local driver with vast knowledge at Stateline could upset the current points chase. Kevin Richards (Newman Lake, WA) has so many wins at his home track they have lost count.

Other top ten drivers registered are Brad Stanwood (Portland, OR), Joey Tanner (Portland, OR), Jared Vorse (Olympia, WA), Alan Cress (Albany, OR) and Jay Sauls (Puyallup, WA).

The new ASA NWLMT is a combined effort of the two former series the Late Model Challenge Series and the Northwest Tour. The two merged in the off season bringing together the best racers and fans. The June 13 stop at Stateline Stadium Speedway in Post Falls, ID will be the series’ only stop in Idaho in 2009.

Who: American Speed Association Northwest Late Model Tour, Stateline Speedway Local Divisions the Late Model 4’s and Early Stocks.

What: 125 (125-laps .250-mile oval) plus local division features

Where: Stateline Stadium Speed in Post Falls, Idaho

When: Saturday June 13, 2009 at 6:00pm

For ticket information contact 208-773-5019 or go to For ASA NWLMT information call 253-312-1080.

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Motorsports correspondent Doug Pace keeps up with motorsports news and notes from around the region.