The Northwest’s richest Super Late Model race, the 8th Annual Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway, will be held this weekend. We get you ready for the big race in this edition of By the Numbers on Speed51.
2: In each of the last two years, Texas driver Chris Davidson has finished on the podium in the Summer Showdown. Davidson is seeking a big win on his return trip to Washington State.
3: Preston Peltier is chasing a third-straight win in this event. He has dominated the last three runnings of this race.
4: Derek Thorn returns to Evergreen Speedway after missing the race in 2018. Prior to that, Thorn has logged two podium finishes including a second in 2016. Despite not running last year, Thorn did run the NASCAR K&N Pro Series west race last fall at Evergreen and won. Don’t count him out.
8: This will be the eighth running of the Summer Showdown 200. The first version of the race back in 2012 was 150 laps.
12: A total of 12 drivers were on the lead lap at the finish of the 2018 race.
40: A total of 40 Super Late Models were on the pre-race entry list that came out on Speed51.com last week.
65: One of the most compelling aspects of big races like the Summer Showdown is the local heroes who look to defend their turf when the big name drivers come to town. Tyler Tanner is the Evergreen Speedway point leader who has earned all but seven possible points this season. The driver of the No. 65 car has four feature wins and leads track veteran Naima Lang.
167: Preston Peltier led 167 in 2018 and won, but he also led 167 laps and lost the race in 2016.
98%: Northwest Super Late Model veteran Garrett Evans is still chasing his first win in the Summer Showdown. In five starts he has two second-place runs and he’s completed 98% of the laps he’s run in the Evergreen speedway event. Speed51.com featured Evans in a story earlier this week.
200: The Super Late Model race is 200 laps.
498: Preston Peltier has led 498 laps in the last three Summer showdown races.
$25,000: The Summer Showdown pays $25,000 to win, making it one of the marquee events in the county. It also pays $1,600 to start.
2018 Preston Peltier
2017 Preston Peltier
2016 Tayler Riddle
2015 Bubba Pollard
2014 Cameron Hayley
2013 Jay Sauls
2012 Pete Harding
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com “Stat Boy”
-Photo credit: Speed51