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Keeping Pace

ASA NWLMT Opener at Evergreen Speedway Kicks Off 2010 Season

iRacing ASA Northwest Late Model Tour logo (Courtesy of ASA NWLMT)
iRacing ASA Northwest Late Model Tour logo (Courtesy of ASA NWLMT)

This season's chase for the iRacing ASA Northwest Late Model Tour championship will be a wide-open affair with several drivers in the hunt for their first title. The late model series, which makes a stop at Stateline Speedway in Post Falls and is scheduled to run at Spokane County Raceway, features top drivers from the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada.

Courtesy: Scott Ellsworth, ASA NWLMT Media Relations

Marysville, WA (March 24, 2010): Saturday night March 27 the
American Speed Association Northwest Late Model Tour gets the 2010 race
season underway. Since 1985 Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington has
hosted the Northwest Tours opening race. At 7pm the Northwest's best super
late model stock racers will battle on the large .667-mile oval for 125-laps
in the first of twelve scheduled races for the coveted ASA NWLMT

This season's championship is a wide open affair with last season's champion
Gary Lewis (Snohomish, WA) moving on to the NASCAR West Series. Missing his
first tour championship by just a few points Brent Harris (E. Wenatchee, WA)
returns as one of the favorites for the 2010 title. Also in the picture last
season was Kelly Mann (Monroe, WA) and he is set to challenge for his first
tour championship.

Another driver to watch is last season's rookie of the year Joey Tanner
(Portland, OR). Tanner parlayed his knowledge gained by capping off 2009
with a win of the Yakima Speedway Fall Classic.

Add in veteran drivers such as: Pete Harding (Surrey, B.C.), Jason Fraser
(Snohomish, WA), Jay Sauls (Puyallup, WA), Harold Raczynski (Duvall, WA) and
Darrell Midgley (Victoria, B.C.) the first race of the year has drawn the
best of the best from the Northwest.

Add to the mix other formidable foes that have a lot of experience on
Evergreen's big track. Shane Harding (Langley, B.C.) and Naima Lang
(Lynnwood, WA) both have dominated the local super late model championship
scene. Other locals registered for the big race are James Mugge (Everett,
WA), Fred Hall (Monroe, WA) and Mike Holden (Bothell, WA).

In the original traveling tour in 1985 was Bobby Baker (Wallula, WA). Baker
is set to return to the tour after many years off from super late model

Who: ASA Northwest Late Model Tour and Northwest Pro 4 Truck

What: 'Season Opener 125' for ASA NWLMT (5/8mile oval) and feature for NW
Pro 4 Trucks (3/8 mile oval)

Where: Evergreen Speedway - Monroe, WA at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds

When:  Saturday March 27, 2010. Backgate opens 11am; Rotating practice
sessions start at 1pm; Qualifying at 5pm; Racing at 7pm.

Pre-Registered Drivers for 'Season Opener 125' at Evergreen Speedway March

Joey Tanner - Portland, OR

Brent Harris - E. Wenatchee, WA

Kelly Mann - Monroe, WA

Mike Holden - Bothell, WA

Jay Sauls - Puyallup, WA

Shane Harding - Langley, B.C.

Jason Fraser - Snohomish, WA

Pete Harding - surrey, B.C.

Harold Raczynski - Duvall, WA

Darrell Midgley - Victoria, B.C.

James Mugge - Everett, WA

Naima Lang - Lynnwood, WA

Bobby Baker - Wallula, WA

Fred Hall - Monroe, WA

Brian Levant - Calgary, Alb

Keeping Pace

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