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Points races come to a head at Stateline, Sunset tracks

FRIDAY, SEPT. 9, 2011

The Appleway Parts Center ICAR Late Model Series returns to Stateline Speedway with the championship points battle coming down to the wire.

With the top three drivers in the standings separated by less than 50 points and also coming off top-five finishes last weekend in Montana, Blake Williams, Eric Hector (who won the Montana race) and Colton Garber will be ones to watch as the series runs its twin main-event format with two separate scoring opportunities up for grabs.

Also racing this weekend at Stateline Speedway will be the Baby Grands and Northwest Pro 4 Truck Series.

Joe Bird and Nicole Behar bring their championship battle for the inaugural Stateline Baby Grands series into the weekend with both drivers running third and fourth, respectively, in last weekend’s 30-lap main event. Behar set a track record in qualifying, finished second in the division’s heat race and led nine laps in the main event.

Bird won the heat race and led 18 laps in the finale before falling back to third place on the final lap. Skyler Smith won the main event and rides a hot streak into the weekend.

The Northwest Pro 4 Truck Series returns to Stateline one month after a spectacular Bill Sauls Memorial event held during the Idaho 200 weekend. This will be the series final appearance on the east side of the Cascades as its season finale is set for Sept. 24 at Evergreen Speedway.

Jerry Buell leads the division’s championship standings and returns to Post Falls fresh off a win in the Sauls Memorial. Terry Warren ran second back in August and in doing so moved to third place overall in the points chase. Rookie of the year contender Scott Waulters is second in the standings.

Waulters led 10 laps in the Sauls main event before being overtaken by Buell, Warren and Bobby Baker.

Stateline Speedway’s racing action gets under way at 6 p.m. with qualifying followed by trophy dashes, heat racing and main events. To learn more call (208) 773-5019.

Sunset Speedway

Sunset Speedway closes its 2011 season on Sunday with a double-points race format that should make things interesting in three of the five racing divisions.

Jimmy Lasswell brings a slim seven-point lead over Jenelle Lang in the Jr. Clone engine class with Tanner Pugh only 24 points out from the championship lead. Lasswell won the main event on Aug. 28 with Pugh running second to set the stage for the one-night showdown in the division.

Ed Marks and Dan Watkins bring their season-long battle for the 2011 Adult Clone engine championship into the season finale as each are separated by nine points. Watkins finished one position in front of Marks in the Aug. 28 race. Marks did win the main event on Aug. 27 and with it keeps the slim lead heading into the weekend.

Jared Storer and Corey McGuire will decide which of the two will be crowned Jr. Animal division champion this weekend. The two have each held the top spot in the standings with Storer atop the division for the last three races. With 34 markers separating the pair, points given in a double-format throughout the afternoon means the focus of the two will be on each lap run from qualifying all the way to the final main event.

Grandstand admission is free to the public with Sunset Speedway racing action getting under way at Noon.

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