MONROE — Naima Lang is one of the most successful drivers in Evergreen Speedway history. On Saturday he looks to add to his trophy collection.
Lang is the runaway favorite to capture the Pro Late Model points championship when Evergreen holds its Championship Night 1 on Saturday.
The Snohomish racer is a five-time champion in Evergreen’s premier division, which this year is Pro Late Models. Saturday’s marquee race, the Central Welding 75, is serving as the Pro Late Models finale.
Lang, who’s won five of the 11 Pro Late Models main events this year, holds a commanding 40-point lead over second-placed Dawson Cox at 566-526. The winner of Saturday’s Central Welding 75 receives 50 points, second place receives 48, etc., with up to eight points available during qualifying, meaning Lang will likely win the points title as long as he’s able to get his car running. If Lang wins the points championship it will be his first since 2016.
Lang is also trying to keep the points championship in the family. Last year’s Pro Late Models title was won by his son, Tyson. Tyson Lang is not racing this year as he’s a walk-on freshman quarterback for the University of Washington football team
Three other classes are determining champions Saturday: Street Stocks, Stinger 8s and Youth Hornets. Pro 4 Trucks are also competing. Racing begins at 6 p.m., rain or shine.
Evergreen’s six other regular classes — Winged Sprint Cars, Outlaw Figure 8s, Legends, Super Stock Figure 8s, Hornets and Mini Stocks — will crown their champions during Championship Night 2, which takes place next Saturday.