Wenatchee, Wash. — Wenatchee Valley Super Oval fans witnessed a very interesting Northwest Super Late Model Series Leonard Evans 150 on Saturday night as the series made the first of two planned stops in the 2016 season. The race included several lead changes and close racing with most of it coming in the first half of the race as Shelby Thompson would dominate the second half and take home his third career NWSLMS win.
Shane Mitchell returned to the track that one year ago almost cost him his career after a fiery wreck but the Orondo native did not disappoint, as he would grab the Wheel Chill Pole with a 12.652 on the fast quarter mile. Jason Ogle would qualify second with Shelby Thompson rounding out the top-3. Garrett Evans the last winner on the series would draw the invert of 8 putting Mitch Kleyn and Nicole Behar on the front row.
Kleyn brought the field to the green but spun his tires on the initial start giving Behar the hole shot to the outside. The field would string out the first 11 laps with Behar leading the way until caution came out with a car spinning on the back stretch. That would put Kleyn on the outside of Behar on the restart where he took advantage en route to the lead. Evans would make his way to the back bumper of Kleyn on Lap 24 and get a run to the inside for the lead but would only last for 3 laps as Mitchell would take the lead on the lap 27.
On the lap 35 Zack Beaman and Glenn Knutson would make contact-sending Beaman sideways and into the front stretch wall tearing off the front of his car ending his night. The field would go green with Mitchell leading for the next 37 laps.
The battle between Mitchell and Evans intensified on lap 71 as Evans drove to the inside of Mitchell going into turn 3 with the drivers making contact. Mitchell would receive damage that ended his evening and Evans would restart at the back of the field.
Thompson took the lead on the ensuing restart. The Mead, WA native would hold the lead the rest of the way. Evans navigated his way back to the front of field in the “KRC Power Move of the Race” as the 60-year old veteran went from 14th to 2nd place in just a handful of laps.
Evans would try to chase down Thompson during a long green flag run but Thompson’s car was strong enough to maintain a solid race pace. Thompson would take the checkered flag with a full straightaway lead over Evans. Nicole Behar would finish third followed by Braeden Havens in the fourth position as Doni Want rounded out the top five.
-Northwest Super Late Model Series Press Release
-Photo Credit: MEWright Photo