iRacing.com ASA Northwest Late Model Tour teams head to Spokane for race No. 2 of the 2009 season.
Courtesy: Scott Ellsworth, ASANWLMT Media Relations
ASA NWLMT Speeds into Spokane County Raceway
Marysville, WA (May 6, 2009): A new series and a newly rejuvenated race facility meet up on Saturday May 9, 2009. Spokane County Raceway will host the iRacing.com American Speed Association Northwest Late Model Tour for the 'Grand Opening 125'. The Northwest's best Super Late Model Stock Car drivers are congregating to christen the newly purchased and operated multi use facility. Drawing drivers from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia the super high banked .500-mile oval will be a test that the premier racers welcome.
Race #2 of the 10-race series for the iracing.com ASA Northwest Late Model Tour has formidable drivers registering. The 'Grand Opening 125' will field drivers that have some to no experience on the tricky oval. As in the past these highly experienced teams will figure it out and by race time the competition will be tense.
The new series is a joint effort by the former Late Model Challenge Series and Northwest Tour. The former Spokane Raceway Park is now owned by Spokane County and operated by Austin Motorsports Management. The LMCS was last in Spokane in 2007 with Gary Lewis (Snohomish, WA) coming away victorious. The NWT has not been on the oval in over 20-years.
Drivers registered from the Spokane area that have experience at SCR are Shelby Thompson (Spokane, WA), Rusty Webb (Deer Park, WA) and Kevin Richards (Newman Lake, WA).
The west side drivers to watch are Brad Stanwood (Portland, OR), Kelly Mann (Monroe, WA), Jared Vorse (Olympia, WA) and Jay Sauls (Puyallup, WA).
Brent Harris (E. Wenatchee, WA), Mike Longton (Moxee, WA) and Erick Hargraves (Toppenish, WA) represent the best of Central Washington.
Add to the mix former champions Lewis and Pete Harding (Surrey, B.C.) along with father son racers Rod Schultz Sr & Jr.
Three Port City Racecars 'Rookie of the Year Challengers' make their first ASA NWLMT appearances at SCR. Allen Cress (Albany, OR), Amanda MacDonald (Ephrata, WA) and Joey Tanner (Portland, OR).
Who: iRacing.com American Speed Association Northwest Tour, Local divisions: Cops & Robbers and Hobby Stocks
What: 'Grand Opening 125' feature for ASA NWLMT (.500-mile oval), heats and features for both local divisions
When: Saturday May 9, 2009 Hot Lap sessions start at 2:00pm; Qualifying at 5:30pm and racing starts at 7:00pm
Where: Spokane County Raceway - 750 N. Hayford Rd - Airway Heights, WA 99001
Registered Drivers as of 5/6/09
Car # Driver Hometown
#0 Brent Harris E. Wenatchee, WA
#04 Paul Buttkus Kelowna, BC
#1 Rod Schultz, Jr. Woodland, WA
#3 Shelby Thompson Spokane, WA
#9 Dan Rhodes Rainer, WA
#9 Kelly Mann Monroe, WA
#14 Kevin Richards Newman Lake, WA
#14a Shaun O'Reilly Salmon, ID
#15 Don Vickery Seattle, WA
#20 Brad Stanwood Portland, OR
#20 Jay Sauls Puyallup, WA
#21 Jared Vorse Olympia, WA
#22 Mitch Franklin Puyallup, WA
#36 Joey Tanner* Portland, OR
#37 Mike Longton Moxee, WA
#39 Pete Harding Surrey, BC
#51 Erick Hargraves Yakima, WA
#73 Gary Lewis Snohomish, WA
#76 Amanda MacDonald* Ephrata, WA
#86 Harold Raczynski Duvall, WA
#88 Rusty Webb Dear Park, WA
#91 Alan Cress* Albany, OR
#95 Rod Schultz Woodland, WA
* 2009 Port City Racecars 'Rookie Challengers'
Note: car #s may be modified for scoring & timing