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WVSO Welcomes the NW Legends

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

The evening of racing started with the Les Schwab Trophy Dashes. After the fourth restart in the young rookie class of Youth Hornets Bart Hector of Othello, WA took the win.

It was a jam packed night of racing at WVSO. On the schedule was the Youth Hornets,
Pepsi Cola Mini Stocks, B-Modifieds and the NW Legends.

Fast time for the night were the #61 Youth Hornet of Thomas Stanford from East
Wenatchee with a time of 17.204. In the Pepsi Cola Mini Stocks, Josh Childress of
Wenatchee posted a 14.956. Last years B-Modified Champion, Shane Mitchell of East
Wenatchee came in with a 12.864. Rounding out the time trials was the NW Legends and
Matt Henderson from Port Orchard, WA at 14.723.

The evening of racing started with the Les Schwab Trophy Dashes. After the fourth
restart in the young rookie class of Youth Hornets Bart Hector of Othello, WA took
the win. In the second trophy dash for the Youth Hornets, it was Glenn Knutson of
Quincy, WA, by a bumper for the trophy. For the Pepsi Cola Mini Stocks from the pole
to the checkers was the #88 of James Weller Jr. In the B-Modifieds, Kevin Bull and
Josh Childress both of Wenatchee took trophies in their races. Finishing off the
night for trophy dashes were the NW Legends. Rookie #14 Jacob Vangsen of Port
Angels, WA and the #5 of Garret Archer from Black Diamond, WA finished on top.

The Youth Hornets started off the first of the Heat Races. In their 8 lap race, the
#6 of Glenn Knutson came from the back of the pack to a big lead and the win. In
the20Pepsi Cola Mini super Stocks, #4 Josh Childress, also came from the back to the
checkers in his 8 lap race. The #31 of Chad Holaday won the 10 lap B-Modified race.
Winning the NW Legends 10 lap race was the #5 of Garret Archer.

During a special intermission, WVSO paid tribute to the tracks founder and builder,
Ed Ganz, who past away on Saturday, May 9, at the age of 77. His daughter, Diana
Gossett, spoke about her dad and thanked the fans for supporting the race track. As
a special memorial, Shane Mitchell in is B-Modified, took the checkered flag around
the track in honor of Mr. Ganz. Due to another tragic loss, the #68 Youth Hornet of
Bart Hector Jr. took a memorial lap with the checkered flag on behalf of his 19 year
old brother who was killed in a motorcycle accident on Friday. Our thoughts and
prayers go out to both the Ganz family and the Hector family.

The Youth Hornets took to the track for the first of the Main Events. To start the
25 lap race, it was the #7 of Ryker Agnew on the pole. For such young drivers there
was a lot of three wide racing in the first few laps. By lap 5 the #64 of Stephanie
Evans moves into first, but by lap 10 it will be the #61 of Thomas Stanford taking
the lead and keeping it all the way to the checkered flag. Coming in second was #6
Glenn Knutson and third was #64 Stephanie Evans. What a great, clean race by the
young drivers.

Starting on the pole 0for the Pepsi Cola Mini Super Stocks 25 lap Main was the #88 of James Weller Jr.Weller held on to the lead right up to lap 21, when he spun in turn 2, which brought out the yellow flag. On the restart, it was the #4 of Josh Childress running first. On lap 24 the #88 of Weller spins again, but racing continues. Taking the checkers
is the #4 of Josh Childress, with the #8 of Jesse Gray in second and the #63 of
Tyler Shales in third. Congratulations to Josh Childress for the win as he is off to
his B-Modified for the next main event.

It’s a 50 lap main event for the B-Modifieds and on the pole is the #03 of Ricky
Allen. In this fast paced race, the yellow comes out on lap 13 for a spin on the
back stretch of Gary Shales in car #63. On the restart it is the #99 of Shane
Mitchell in first. On lap 15 the #4 of Josh Childress and the #11 of Zig Gruner both
spin near turn 1, but both recover nicely and racing goes on. By lap 17 the #9 of
Kevin Bull spins on the back stretch, bringing out the yellow. On the restart it is
still the #99 of Mitchell running first. By lap 25 the #99 has pulled out to a
quarter track lead and begins lapping cars. As the #9 of Kevin Bull slows in the
grass along the back the yellow flies for the fourth time on lap 37. Shane Mitchell
still holds the lead on the restart and holds on to lap 50 for the win. Finishing
second is #31 of Chad Holaday and third is #70 of Kim Wenerberg.

For the final main of the night, it is the NW Legends for 30 laps. The #53 of David
Peppel from Bonney Lake, WA is on the pole. By lap 5 the #6 of Matt Henderson of
Port Orchard, WA takes the lead. As laps go by the cars start spreading out and the
#6 of Henderson begins lapping cars. By lap 25 Matt Henderson has ran away with the
lead. On lap 27 the #99 of Aaron Stowe spins, bringing out the yellow. With three
laps to go, the #6 of Matt Henderson holds the lead to the checkered flag for the
win. Placing second is the #53 of David Peppel and third is #17 of Jon Vangesen.
Thanks to the NW Legends for traveling to Wenatchee for their first of five visits
to WVSO.

Thanks to all the drivers and their crew members for another great night of racing
at WVSO! Have a fun and safe Memorial Weekend and join us on May 30 for another
exciting night of racing.

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