Keeping Pace

FRIDAY, AUG. 13, 2010, 4:09 A.M.

Lewis Montana Victory Benefits Victory Junction Gang

Gary Lewis after the ASANWLMT event in East Wenatchee, Wash. (Photo courtesy M.E. Wright) (The Spokesman-Review)
Gary Lewis after the ASANWLMT event in East Wenatchee, Wash. (Photo courtesy M.E. Wright) (The Spokesman-Review)

Northwest late model champion, Gary Lewis, picked up a $5,000 paycheck last weekend at Montana Raceway Park and was able to see some of his sponsor's funding go towards the Victory Junction Gang.

Courtesy: Gary Lewis Racing LLC


SNOHOMISH, Wash. (August 11, 2010)-Gary Lewis’ victory in the Best of the West Tundra 125 at Montana Raceway Park not only scored the four-time late model champion a $5,000 paycheck but it also netted a sizable donation to the Victory Junction Gang courtesy of International Parking Management.


“I really want to thank Mark, Tracy, Emily and Kate for donating $730.00 to the Victory Junction Gang Camp in our race team’s name for our win in the Best of the West Tundra 125,” Lewis said. “We had a really good car in the race and knowing the support this victory gives to the Petty’s is very satisfying.”


Following his win in the Best of the West Tundra 125, Lewis made only his second career start on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. Qualifying 10th out of 20 cars in attendance, the driver of the SEFNCO Communications Chevrolet advanced through the field for another solid finish on the NASCAR circuit.


“The car was really loose during the race,” Lewis explained. “I think once I get a little more familiar with the cars and the setups we can do much better. I had loosened the car up a bunch for qualifying and then forgot it was an impound race. I just need to get more up to speed with the series and the rules. Our run of fifth place was totally due to knowing the race track in Montana and then just some good old fashion driving.”


The solid NASCAR finishes have Lewis and his car owner, Dick Midgley, talking about future dates on the K&N Pro Series West, he added.


“We are trying to put something together for Miller Motorsports Park and for Phoenix later this year. Hopefully everything can come together and we’re able to compete in those events.”


For now late model racing is the team’s focus closing out the summer race schedule.


“We’re going to work hard to run those NASCAR K&N Pro Series West events,”

Lewis explained. “We have plans to run the Triple Crown Series at my home track in Monroe, Wash. (Evergreen Speedway) and then probably a couple of other races as they come about we’re just not sure yet on the rest of the schedule as we work to dial in the potential to run on the NASCAR series.”


Part of the allure of racing on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West is the bigger tracks the team will compete on later this year including Phoenix International Raceway.


“I really want to run some big track stuff,” Lewis said. “The race we did in South Africa on the 1.5-mile track was just awesome and I can’t wait to do something like that again.”


Sponsorships dollars and race winnings will be the key to getting the opportunity to run future NASCAR events, according to Lewis. With over $28,000 in prize money in just his four late model starts this season Lewis is happy with the performance of his car but event that is an unknown heading into the second-half of his season.


“Racing cost so much money and everything we make goes right back into our Sign Factory USA Chevrolet. This car will be for sale soon if anyone is interested in the equipment,” he noted.


Fans can keep up with Gary Lewis Racing by logging onto the team’s website at or searching for Gary Lewis Racing LLC on Facebook.



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