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Lewis Primed For Run At Spokane County Raceway

Over 25 race teams are expected for this weekend’s ASA event. Gary Lewis is excited about the improving late model situation in the Northwest, the potential of drivers and their chances of winning on any given night and the merging of two series.

Courtesy: Gary Lewis Racing LLC


SNOHOMISH, Wash. (May 6, 2009)–Three-time late model touring champion Gary Lewis has one win at the facility formerly known as Spokane Raceway Park. That came in the summer of 2007 on the Late Model Challenge Series.

It’s the only career start at the high-banked oval for the Snohomish, Wash. native. This weekend at the renamed Spokane County Raceway Lewis will be out to continue a strong start to the 2009 season after a pair of top-3 finishes in his first two starts of the year.

The exceptional runs are a sign that the Nutter Racing Engines team is heading in the right direction towards their first victory since August of last year, Lewis said.

“We have all been working very hard to get this car back up front. Hard work just doesn’t mean that you run up front though because most teams work very hard. This last race’s success (a runner-up finish to winner Garrett Evans) is just a sign of the dedication of my shock specialist, Mike Leary.

“We worked very hard together to come up with a plan that will work better with this new tire and it did there in Wenatchee. We believe that The Sign Factory USA Chevrolet is on the right track but only time will tell.”

Lewis plans to unload with a set-up similar to his last visit to Spokane and see how the car reacts to the new Goodyear tire being used on the Tour, he added.

“We had a great car for that race and we do plan to start with that set-up but make some modifications based on what we’ve learned so far this season. I’m really looking forward to running this weekend as this is a pretty fast race track.”

In Wenatchee the team got just 30 minutes of afternoon practice to dial in the ARP Bodies Impala but Lewis plans to use all of Friday nights practice, Saturday and potentially the 10-minute final practice on Saturday night to get his car prepared for a chance to run for the checkers.

“It will be very important (to run all the practices). If we don’t get the car right during the initial practices for sure we plan to run the entire 10 minute session just like we did in Wenatchee. Normally we don’t run in that last session because it cuts into our time to prepare the car for the feature but with this new tire we need all the time we can get to make our car right for the main event.”

Over 25 race teams are expected for this weekend’s ASA event. Lewis is excited about the improving late model situation, the potential of drivers and their chances of winning on any given night and the merging of two series into for the Northwest fans.

“This is exactly what we needed,” he said.

The ASA Northwest Late Model Tour takes to Spokane County Raceway Saturday night with the green flag scheduled for 9 p.m. To learn more log onto

For more information on Gary Lewis Racing check out the teams website at or Gary Lewis Racing LLC on Facebook.

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