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

Joey Tanner overtook the defending champion of the Fall Classic, Mike Longton of Moxee, Wash., on the 27th lap. There were numerous cautions and race stoppages in the event that saw 39 Late Models take the green flag.

Courtesy: Kelly Hart, Yakima Speedway

Portland, Oregon driver Joey Tanner picked a great time to win his first Late Model race on asphalt becoming the youngest person to add his name to the winners list of the Fall Classic at ASA Sanctioned Yakima Speedway. Tanner was the dominate car, leading 172 laps on the afternoon for the win in the 22nd Annual Race.

            Tanner overtook the defending champion of the event Mike Longton of Moxee on the 27th lap. There were numerous cautions and race stoppages in the event that saw 39 Late Models take the green flag. Jason Fraser, the winner of the 2009 Apple Cup at Yakima Speedway gave the most serious and sustained challege running second most of the event and starting side-by-side on the double file restarts. But Tanner was the story and the 19 year old pulled away to a one and half second victory in the 200 lap race that ran for 3 hours and 29 minutes. At the end of the race just 12 cars were still running and only four were on the lead lap.

            Earlier in the day Saturday, Mel Patnode took over the lead from Chris Van Amburg coming out of turn two on the last racing lap and held on for the final half lap to win the 50 lap Hobby Stock Main Event. Van Amburg, Mike Valcich, Jerry Walker, Jr. and Rob Allen rounded out the top 5 for the 24 car field.

            In the Street Stock Main Event, the crowd erupted when winner Mike Easley got out of the car. Easley and Gary Homad dueled in heavy traffic the last 5 laps with Easley coming out on top. A very popular win for the Street Stock driver. Chet Beaman, JC Wofford and Zack Beaman rounded out the top 5.

            There were 16 Pro 4’s at the start of the 60 lap Main Event but only nine still running at the end of the race as Rick Thompson won by a margin of 1.2 seconds. Just 3 of those cars still running were on the lead lap. Bud Rumsey finished second and Wayne Dillon was third.

            On Saturday afternoon, Naima Lang won the 125-lap Limited Late Model Main Event taking his crate motored car to victory over Garrett Evans and Jason Fraser. 32 cars started the LLM main event.


Fast times:

Late Model: Mike Longton 18.988

Limited: Gary Lewis 19.264

Pro 4: Steve Thompson 20.167

Streets: Zack Beaman 21.289

Hobbys: Mel Patnode 22.493


Trophy Dashes

Hobby Stocks

B Dash: Chris Richter Jr., Rob Allen, Ron Morton, Steve Kastl

A Dash: Jason Huffines, Jeff Stevenson, Chris Van Amburg, Mel Patnode

Street Stocks

B Dash: Jeff Kneeland, Andy Beaman, Lane Sundholm, Rich Balderson

A Dash: Chet Beaman Sr., Dusty John, Zack Beaman, Mike Easley


Late Models Main Event

Joey Tanner, Jason Fraser, Mike Longton, Jason Vorse, James Mugge, Dave Garber, Jeff Knight, Naima Lang, Gary Lewis, Tim Gosch, Buck Noel Jr., Rick Suran, Garrett Evans, Owen Riddle, Mike Zamora, Amanda MacDonald, Kameron McKeehan, Shane Mitchell, Jay Sauls, Clint Habart, Roger Habich, Rod Schultz Sr., Shane Harding, Shane Biles, Jesse Brown, Jim White, Jeff Barkshire, Joe Constance, Scott Walker, Steven Howard, Ryan Wells, Dan Obrist, Mark Sundberg, Matt Stephenson, Dan Levant, Shelby Thompson, Darren Rupinski, Pete Harding, Rod Schultz Sr.

Lap leaders: Zamora 1-18, Longton 19-27, Tanner 28-200



Limited Late Model Main Event:

Naima Lang, Garrett Evans, Jason Fraser, Dirk Stephens, Dave Garber, Shelby Thompson, Mike Longton, Brian Levant, James Mugge, Ryan Wells, Ross Cooper, John Zaretzke, Dan Walker, Gary Lewis, Jim White, David Smick, Amanda MacDonald, Ken Sleveland, Andrew Zimmer, Jeff Barkshire, Chuck Dills, Jay Sauls, Mark Sundberg, Rod Schultz, Sr., Rod Schultz, Jr., Brea Lopez, Craig Pfander, Austin Hoye, Bob Delorme, Jeff Knight, Chris Hart, Rick Gerard

Lap leaders: Lewis 1-42, Frazer 43-46, Lewis 47-61, Lang 62-85, Lewis 86-87, Lang 88-125


NW Pro 4's

Rick Thompson, Bud Rumsey, Wayne Dillon, Bill McAdams, Ken Chandler, Johnny Rumsey, Robert Golden Jr., Kyle Latham, John Grosvenor, Kurt Madsen, Matt Melby, Rob Powers, Steve Thompson, Kameron McKeehan, Eric Kaas, Charles McDonald

Lap leaders: Powers 1, McKeehan 2-17, B. Rumsey 18-19, R. Thompson 20-60


Hobby Stocks

Mel Patnode, Chris Van Amburg, Mike Valcich, Jerry Walker Jr., Rob Allen, Greg Taylor, Reese Kastl, 24 Tom Wentz, 83 Chris Richter Jr., Steve Kastl, Ed St. Mary, Jeff Stevenson, Doug Poirier, Thomas Benscoter Sr., Don Klang, Dan Fiscus, Dan Wilson, Mike Hill, Ron Morton, Jason Huffines, Vern Huson, Tyson Richter, Bobby Stewart Jr.

Lap leaders: Walker 1-17, Stevenson 18-22, Patnode 23-41, Van Amburg 42-49, Patnode 50


Street Stocks

Mike Easley, Gary Homad, Chet Beaman Sr., JC Wofford, Zack Beaman, Dusty John, Mike Van Amburg, Jeff Kneeland, Andy Beaman, Jason Ogle, Tony Huffines, Todd Connell, Josh Ingram, Donnie Krickemeyer, Randy Pugh, Richard Kerr, Brian Tischler, Roy Beaman, Mitch Kleyn, Frank Cowgill, Bill Rutherford, Randy Marshall Jr., Lane Sundholm, Ron Stewart, JD Moses

Lap leaders: Wofford 1-20, C. Beaman 21-41, Easley 42-75

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