August 24, 2012 in Sports

Havens puts together talented team for 200

Morton, Tarr join younger Havens
Doug Pace Correspondent
 

For Todd Havens, owner of Western Rail Inc. and the Killer “B” Racing Team, his love and support for his son, Braeden, means giving up his own chance to race in the Spokane 200.

The elder Havens will hand the reins of his No. 20 Chevrolet to outstanding driver Bodie Morton, a past Montana Raceway Park champion, so that a full-court press can be provided to Braeden Havens’ team and a run toward potential 200 success.

“Braeden had asked me to be involved with his crew at the Montana 200,” Todd said, “and it paid off as we qualified into the race for the first time after several years of trying. With that on our mind, Braeden asked me to help this weekend and I can think of no driver more talented to provide a one-race deal to then Bodie Morton. The guy is stout behind the wheel, has won big races and championships and knows what we expect of him this weekend. It should be a lot of fun to watch.”

A third Killer “B” car, an ICAR late model Chevrolet, will be driven by Ryen Tarr.

“Ryen drove my car in Montana for their 200 and nearly made the race,” Todd said. “We believe he can give this car just as good a shot at making our hometown 200. Ryen has a lot of patience and works well with what he has in a race car so it was an obvious choice.”

Hargraves on track

Erick Hargraves, the SCR’s late-model defending champion, is focused on winning the Spokane 200. However, the Yakima driver is more interested in keeping a rare dream alive that few in Northwest racing have accomplished.

This weekend’s race is a points scorer for the SCR division and also for the INSSA series.

Hargraves is again atop the SCR late-model points standings in his bid for back-to-back championships while also leading the INSSA touring series points championship. He is also the leader of Stateline Speedway’s late-model championship battle. Should Hargraves capture all three titles he would become the first driver in over 15 years to win multiple track championships while also adding a regional title to his résumé.

It would put Hargraves in a class with NASCAR’s Greg Biffle, who won track titles at Portland Speedway and Tri-Cities Raceway along with a NASCAR Weekly Series regional championship in 1997.


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