A large field of racers has already pre-registered to challenge Ronan's own Cory Wolfe. The list includes last year's winner Gary Lewis (Snohomish, WA). Lewis is on the way to winning the 2009 ASA NWLMT championship. Fresh off a win at the series last race which followed a second at the tours first race, Lewis is ready to return to Montana.
Courtesy: Scott Ellsworth, ASA NWLMT Media Relations
Marysville, WA (May 19, 2009): Montana's Big Sky Country is where the iRacing.com American Speed Association Northwest Late Model Tour is headed for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend. Mission Valley Speedway in Polson, MT will present the second annual 'Big Sky 150' Cory Wolfe Challenge on Saturday and Sunday May 23 & 24. The Northwest's best stock car racers are congregating for a shot at the $10,000.00 to win check.
The banked 3/8 mile tri-oval has proven to be one of the toughest tracks to master on the ASA NWLMT circuit. In addition to the toughness of the track the new traveling super late model stock car series has instituted commit cone double file restarts. This will add an aspect not seen at MVS.
The Late Model Challenge Series and Northwest Tour merged in the off season forming the Northwest's only premier super late model stock car series. Heading to MVS there are drivers from the NWT that have not driven on the tricky tri-oval. Conversely LMCS regulars are not strangers to fast surface.
A large field of racers has already pre-registered to challenge Ronan's own Cory Wolfe. The list includes last year's winner Gary Lewis (Snohomish, WA). Lewis is on the way to winning the 2009 ASA NWLMT championship. Fresh off a win at the series last race which followed a second at the tours first race, Lewis is ready to return to Montana. The state has been good to him the last two years. Included with the 'Big Sky 150 win in 2008 Lewis also won the 'Montana 200' in 2007 & 2008.
The series has brought together Wes Rhodes (Yelm, WA) the 2008 LMCS champion, Brad Stanwood (Portland, OR) the 2008 NWT champion, Dave Garber (Spokane, WA) 2008 INSSA champion and the 2008 Yakima Speedway late model
champion Mike Longton (Moxee, WA). They are formidable foes to take home the big winners check portion of the $40,00.00 total purse.
The two day extravaganza gets started early with a street dance / race car show on Friday evening in Ronan. The racing action begins in earnest on Saturday with practice sessions being followed by qualifying and qualifying heat races setting the starting order for Sunday's 'Big Sky 150'.
Who: iRacing.com American Speed Association Northwest Late Model Tour
What: 'Big Sky 150'
Where: Mission Valley Speedway - Polson, MT (3/8 mile tri-oval)
When: Saturday May 23 (Qualifying at 4:00pm - Autograph Session - Dash - (2)
35-lap qualifying heat races). Sunday May 24 (35-lap Consolation Race (if
needed) 2:00 pm - 150-lap feature)
iRacing.com ASA NWLMT registered drivers for the 'Big Sky 150':
Cory Wolfe (Ronan, MT)
Gary Lewis (Snohomish, WA)
Wes Rhodes (Yelm, WA)
Brad Stanwood (Portland, OR)
Dave Garber (Spokane, WA)
Mike Longton (Moxee, WA)
Shelby Thompson (Spokane, WA)
Kevin Richards (Newman Lake, WA)
Joey Tanner* (Portland, OR)
Mike Obrist (Portland, OR)
Owen Riddle (Naches, WA)
Kelly Mann (Monroe, WA)
Allen Cress* (Albany, OR)
Alvin Brester (Missoula, MT)
Amanda MacDonald* (Ephrata, WA)
Brent Harris (E. Wenatchee, WA)
Dan Rhodes (Rainier, WA)
Chuck Dills (Ellensburg, WA)
Jay Sauls (Puyallup, WA)
Mark Sundberg (Seattle, WA)
Jared Vorse (Olympia, WA)
Don Vickery (Seattle, WA)
Kirk Hennefer (Missoula, MT)
Erick Hargraves (Toppenish, WA)
Agni Howell (Kalispell, MT)
Justin Drake Pablo, MT
*Port City Racecars Rookie Challenge