Keeping Pace

LEWIS GRABS FIRST WIN OF 2009 SEASON

Gary Lewis picked up his first victory of 2009 on the ASA Northwest Late Model Tour at Spokane County Raceway. (Photo courtesy of M.E. Wright) (The Spokesman-Review)
Gary Lewis picked up his first victory of 2009 on the ASA Northwest Late Model Tour at Spokane County Raceway. (Photo courtesy of M.E. Wright) (The Spokesman-Review)

Working Saturday night from a top-6 starting position, Gary Lewis moved to the lead in the late portions of the 125-lap main event and nailed down the win to compliment a runner-up finish on May 2 at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval.

SPOKANE, Wash. (May 9, 2009)-Three time late model touring champion, Gary
Lewis, made the most of his second career visit to Spokane County Raceway’s half-mile with his second straight win at the facility this time coming on the Northwest Late Model Tour after his Late Model Challenge Series victory in 2007.

Having gained two wins in front of packed grandstands at the high-banked Spokane track Lewis is happy with the direction the facility is going in to make racing better for the fans of the Inland Northwest, he said.

“They have done a great job with the facility and it’s a very fun and very fast track to race at. Hopefully we put on a good enough show for the fans there so we can come back and race the track again.”

Winning at Spokane County Raceway is not easy in a late model, Lewis added.

“Both of our wins were very tough to get but in this weekend’s race we battled with three other cars for the lead (Brent Harris, Shelby Thompson and Mike Longton). Things were real dicey between our front group of cars. On the short runs we would hold our own or sometimes even fall back a spot and then as we stayed green the car really came to life and started to
work our way up to the front.”

Working Saturday night from a top-6 starting position, Lewis moved to the lead in the late portions of the 125-lap main event and nailed down the win to compliment a runner-up finish on May 2 at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval.

The Nutter Racing Engines/Sign Factory USA race team has been working on set-ups that will match the new Goodyear racing tire being used on the ASA NWLMT. With a third consecutive top-3 finish to start 2009’s season things may be coming around for the team, according to Lewis.

To truly know if the improved handling of the car is paying off the next race for the ARP Bodies Chevrolet may be the test, the Snohomish, Wash. native added

“Man this tire deal is a tough one and I wouldn’t say that we have it figured out yet. So far we have made it work for the last two tracks but only time will tell. This next race (May 23-24 at Mission Valley Speedway in Polson, Mont.) should be a big challenge for the tire and the other race teams (because of its abrasive surface).”

Holding the points lead on the series heading to Mission Valley does not mean that Lewis and the Leary Racing Products and Shock Shop crew are thinking about championship number four, he noted.

“No we’re not even thinking about the points,” Lewis confirmed. “We are looking for race wins and that’s all at this point in the season.”

Next stop for Gary Lewis and the team is a two-day show in Polson, Mont. and the running of a 150-lap NWLMT event. Lewis won the inaugural race last season en route to a $10,000 and will be out to make it two straight in his first two starts at Mission Valley. To learn more about Gary Lewis Racing log onto www.garylewisracing.com or check out the team at Gary Lewis Racing LLC on Facebook.




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