NASCAR Elites return to Monroe tonight

  • By Mike Allende / Herald Writer
  • Friday, August 12, 2005 9:00pm
  • Sports

MONROE – The big boys return to Evergreen Speedway for one final time this season when the NASCAR Elite Division Northwest Series competes in a 125-lap race tonight.

The Super Stocks will also race in a 75-lap run beginning at 7 p.m.

In the Turn One Energy Drink 125 for the Northwest Series drivers, locals to watch include Bothell’s Gary Lewis, Monroe’s John Bender and Roger Habich and Mount Vernon’s Ed Watson. Surrey, British Columbia’s Pete Harding, father of Super Stocks points leader Shane Harding, is also entered.

The last time the Northwest Series competed at Evergreen, on July 9, Harding won for the first time since 2003.

Jeff Jefferson, the defending points champion, won for the second time this season in the series’ last race, July 23 at Yakima Speedway. Jefferson again leads the points race with 846, well ahead of second-place Brandon Riehl (767). Harding is third, just two points behind Riehl.

Speaking of Shane Harding, he holds a 14-point lead over Snohomish’s Jason Fraser in the Super Stocks points race, with Gaylon Stewart of Everett 52 points out with five races to go.

Skagit plays host to nationals: The 16th annual 360 National Sprint Car race will be held at Skagit Speedway tonight. The race will offer a $60,000 prize, with $10,000 going to the winner.

The driver to watch may be Brent Kaeding, who has won nearly every big race except this one. Darin Stewart will be imported from Oklahoma to drive the Rudeen Racing car. Stewart is the younger brother of 2004 Dirt Cup champion Shane Stewart.

The most interesting driver to watch could be Clear Lake’s Marc Huson, who won the first ever 360 Nationals race and is in the top five in two categories at Skagit after ending a couple years of retirement. Also entered are Brock Lemley and Lynnwood’s Barry Martinez. They had the top local finishes at last year’s nationals. Defending points champion Brandon Harkness, Rod Perkins, Travis Rutz, Andy Jacobson and Travis Jacobson, the runner-up at this year’s Dirt Cup, are other Skagit regulars entered.

Racing is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

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