Monster trucks set to roar at Evergreen

  • By Scott Whitmore / Herald writer
  • Thursday, May 24, 2007 9:00pm
  • Sports

This weekend Evergreen Speedway will be loud – really loud.

The NASCAR Whelen All American Series will take the weekend off to make way for a demolition derby and the only appearance this year at the Monroe track of the car-smashing Monster Trucks.

“It will be the most destructive weekend in track history,” Evergreen manager Terry Buell said. “We will never have wrecked, crashed or smashed more in the 53-year history of the track.”

The Monster Trucks, including Bigfoot, Natural High and Public Disturbance, will be the main event both Saturday and Sunday.

The Northwest Legends and hornets will also race on Saturday, and Sunday’s schedule includes fireworks, a demolition derby, boat races and a school bus figure eight race.

“We’re going to have a lot to clean up on Monday,” Buell said with a laugh. “It’ll be a blast.”

The gate opens at 3:30 p.m. both days with shows beginning at 7 p.m.

Hamlin to continue in NASCAR truck series: Snohomish native Kevin Hamlin will get several more starts in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

Hamlin, who finished 25th in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Quaker Steak and Lube 200 last weekend at Lowe’s Motorspeedway, is a developmental driver with Chip Ganassi racing, but has been loaned to Bobby Hamilton Racing (BHR) to gain experience.

Hamlin wrote in an email that he will drive BHR’s No. 4 Dodge in nine or more truck series races this year.

His next truck start will be the Ohio 250 this Saturday at the Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Park. The race will be televised on channel 13 starting at 10 a.m.

Hamlin has made one Busch Series start this year for Ganassi and is scheduled to make seven more. When the Busch and truck series converge in Nashville in June, Hamlin is scheduled to start both races.

Hamlin started one truck race for BHR in 2006.

Sundholm first bomber driver to repeat: It took six races, but a bomber driver has now made the climb to victory stage twice.

Lane Sundholm, who won the bomber main on April 28, became the first repeat winner in the second tier of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series last Saturday. Mark Trail was second and Frank Cowgill third.

The win moved Sundholm up to seventh place in the bomber standings. Point leader Travis Blackwood finished seventh Saturday while Steve Ptacek and Jill Lang are tied for second in the standings after finishing sixth and 12th, respectively.

Zaretzke extends points lead: Point leader John Zaretzke held off Naima Lang to win his fourth super stock race Saturday at Evergreen.

Zaretzke increased his lead over Darin Storhdal, who finished fourth on Saturday, in the standings for the top tier of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series. Zaretzke now has 174 points, 42 more than Stordahl. Lang is third in the standings, just two points behind Stordahl.

First 60 Minutes of Fear winner repeats: Ricky Dietz, the winner of the first 60 Minutes of Fear in 1994, lapped the field in winning Saturday’s edition of the annual endurance classic.

Doug Delfel was second and Steve Cox third. Figure Eight Auto Racing (FEAR) club president John Zaretzke finished 14th in his first action of the year on the figure eight course.

Repeat winners highlight racing at Skagit: Point leader Jason Bloodgood continued his hot streak, winning his third straight 360 Sprint Main last Saturday at Skagit Speedway. Tayler Malsam was second and defending champion Steve Kilcup third.

Brock Lemley, who won the season opening 410 Sprint race, got by Josh Edson on the 19th lap and then held on after a late caution to win his second 410 Main. Edson finished second and point leader Jayme Barnes was third.

Defending champion Kevin Smith moved into first in the standings with his second Sportsman Sprint victory of the year. Kelleigh Johnson held steady at third in the standings after finishing the race in second place and Steve James’ third-place finish moved him into fourth in the standings. Eric Fisher dropped to second place in points after finish the race in fifth place.

Bill Tomer won a heat race and the Outlaw Hornet Main.

Racing resumes this Saturday night with the John Carroll Classic at Skagit Speedway. All four classes return with gates opening at 6 pm and racing at 7:30 p.m.

Point Leaders

Evergreen Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series: Super stocks-1. John Zaretzke, 174; 2. Darin Stordahl 132; 3. Naima Lang 130; 4. Shane Harding 124; 5. Roger Habich, 106. Bombers-1. Travis Blackwood, 306; 2. (tie) Steve Ptacek and Jill Lang, 296; 4. Darrel Lutovsky, 294; 5. Jim Foti, 293. Mini-stocks-1. Mark Weedin, 218; 2. Chuck Richard, 193; 3. Joe Hobbs, 179; 4. Kris Hariss, 170; 5. Doug Hinds, 155.

Skagit Speedway: 410 Sprints -1. Jayme Barnes, 459; 2. Brock Lemley, 457; 3. Barry Martinez, 438; 4. Josh Edson, 414; 5. Danny Bullock, 393. 360 Sprints-1. Jason Bloodgood, 462; 2. Rod Perkins, 427; 3. Bob Stevens, 374; 4. Dan Kirkpatrick, 365; 5. Cory Chamberlin, 362. Sportsman Sprints-1. Kevin Smith, 431; 2. Eric Fisher, 423; 3. Kelleigh Johnson, 387; 4. Steve James, 374; 5. Jeff Voter, 364.

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