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ASA NWLMT Championship on the Line at Yakima Speedway

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

After the finish this past Saturday at WVSO the points drew closer. Gary Lewis had a tenuous 12-point cushion going in; a strong run by Brent Harris (2nd) and a not so typical finish for Lewis (6th) has set the stage for a championship shoot-out at Yakima.

Courtesy: Scott Ellsworth, ASA NWLMT Media Relations

Marysville, WA (September 15, 2009): Two drivers, two points to decide the 2009 season champion of the iRacing.com American Speed Association Northwest Late Model Tour. This Saturday night September 19th at Yakima Speedway in Yakima, Washington the traveling super late model stock car series will crown a champion. Gary Lewis (Snohomish, WA) has a two point margin over Brent Harris (E. Wenatchee, WA) as they head into the last race of the season. The Better All Auto Sales 150 on the .500-mile paved oval will be the deciding factor.

 

After the finish this past Saturday at WVSO the points drew closer. Lewis had a tenuous 12-point cushion going in; a strong run by Harris (2nd) and a not so typical finish for Lewis (6th) has set the stage for the shoot-out at Yakima. The series uses the 100-point scale with the top three positions dropping by 3-points each and from there only 2-points per spot. The top qualifiers also get a bonus of 5-points for 1st dropping to 1-point for 5th quick. One position is all it could take to be the 2009 champion.

 

Lewis’ average finish in the series’ previous 9-races is a 4.44 while Harris has a 3.44 average. Lewis was been outside the top five three times including three wins. Harris has been outside the top five only once and no wins.

 

This has become the best championship chase in recent years. It could be decided on the last lap of the 150-lap feature.

 

The same goes for the Port City Racecars ‘Rookie Challenge’. Two points is all that separates present leader Alan Cress (Albany, OR) and Joey Tanner (Portland, OR).  Tanner looked like a shoe-in just three races ago but three straight DNF’s has hindered his plans. Meanwhile Cress has steadily gotten higher finishes propelling him into the lead for the prestigious award. It will be the same for theses two, it could easily be decided on the last lap.

 

Who: iRacing.com ASA Northwest Late Model Tour Championship plus local divisions

 

What: Better All Auto Sales / Better-Haul Auto Transport & First Class Auto Sales 150 (150-laps .500-mile oval)

 

Where: Yakima Speedway – Yakima Washington

 

When: Saturday September 19, 2009 with qualifying at 5:30pm and racing at 7:00pm




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