Monroe, WA: On Saturday June 14 at Evergreen Speedway Ricky Deitz won his fourth KISW 60-Minutes of FEAR. The night also had a first ever in the 60 year history of the fabled track there was an all-women podium finish in the Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8 Division main. Jessica Gray was the winner with Nicole Pollard second and Joselyn LaFleur third. In other events Scott Hunt won the Interstate Batteries Hornet main and Scott Rinkle won the NW Vintage Modified main. It was another large crowd on hand to watch the 21st Annual 99.9 KISW 60-Minutes of FEAR (Figure Eight Auto Racing).
Ricky ‘The Kid’ Deitz won the inaugural 60-Minutes of FEAR in 1995 then again in 2007 once again in 2010 and now in 2014. Deitz got the lead around the 15-minute mark and never looked back as he won easily. Easily on a figure eight track is not doable especially when the weather changed in the last 15-minutes as it started to rain and the track got very slick. It was not weather, traffic at the X or other racers that were going to deny Deitz a record event tying fourth win of a major West Coast figure eight race. Second place and on the lead lap was two time event winner John ‘Cowboy’ Carlson. Mike Middleton was third a few laps back followed by Doug Wilkinson and Quenton ‘The one Armed Bandit’ Borreson. Next BIG event for the Figure Eights is the 31st Annual Seattle Sun Tan Figure Eight Nationals presented by Northsound 1380 on August 9.
Never before in a non all women’s race have three women finished on the podium. On Saturday that all changed. Even though they had come close with two on the dais never three. In the Stinger 8 main the three women worked their way through race traffic and the traffic at the X of the figure eight and finally took over the top three spots and finished one, two, three. Jessica Gray was the first to the checkers followed closely by Nicole Pollard and not far behind was Joselyn LaFleur. All three are friends and they were elated to finally have broken the barrier. Fourth went to Lance O’Grain and fifth to Jason Wilson.
Hornet point leader Scott Hunt showed prowess on the 3/8-mile by winning the 25-lap feature by over 2 seconds. Mark Hubbard finished second and just could not catch Hunt. Hunt credited Hubbard with teaching him and helping set the car up. In third it was Cody Hoopes, fourth went to Nicole Pollard and fifth to Mike Ridley. Next up for this large division is the Interstate Batteries Hornet Nationals next Saturday June 21.
Scott Rinkle was the winner of the NW Vintage Modified feature. Rinkle set fast time and wasted no time getting to the lead and pulled way to the victory. This was the second of three stops at Evergreen for this traveling series. Bobby Wheeler Jr. was second just ahead of Kyten Jones. Next two spots respectively were John Mustered and Tom Smitham.
Next Up: Saturday June 21 Frontier Communications Family Night with all tickets $10 and 10 and under Free. The night features the Interstate Batteries Hornet Nationals plus the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Street Stocks, Foster Press NASCAR Mini-Stocks, Super Stock Figure 8’s and the Pro 4 Truck Series. Racing begins at 6pm with spectator gates opening at 4pm. For tickets and or more information go to www.evergreenspeedway.com or call 360-805-6100.
Evergreen Speedway June 14 Official Results:
21st Annual 99.9 KISW 60-Minutes of FEAR (60 minutes figure 8 track): 1-Ricky Deitz; 2-John Carlson; 3-Mike Middleton; 4-Doug Wilkinson; 5-Quenton Borreson; 6-Pat Clarke; 7-Zach Larson; 8-Steve Schoenfeldt; 9-Doug Delfel; 10-Jake Repin; 11-Mike Steltz; 12-Steve Cox; 13-Chris Harrison; 14-Don Eslick; 15-Steve Peters; 16-Nick Gunderson; 17-Jesse Burtino
Buzz Inn Steakhouse Stinger 8’s (30-laps figure 8 track): 1-Jessica Gray; 2-Nichole Pollard; 3-Joselyn LaFleur; 4-Lance O’Grain; 5-Jason Wilson; 6-Matt Somerville; 7-Ryan Barber; 8-Tyler Draper; 9-Bryant Carlson; 10-Zach Neel; 11-Toby Jenkins; 12-Donnie Bennett
Interstate Batteries Hornets (25-laps 3/8-mile oval): 1-Scott Hunt; 2-Mark Hubbard; 3-Cody Hoopes; 4-Nicole Pollard; 5-Mike Ridley; 6-Scott Burby; 7-Cullen Hubbard; 8-Zach Bristol; 9-Richard Morgan; 10-Justin Brave; 11-Jason Wilson; 12-Shelby Minor; 13-Ryan Barber; 14-Briana Heilman; 15-Jay Carpenter; 16-Kahl Cheth; 17-Cyril Greenawalt; 18-Bryant Carlson; 19-Mike Daher; 20-Tyler Draper; 21-Rick Hubbard; 22-Zach Neel
NW Vintage Modifieds (30-laps 3/8-mile oval): 1-Scott Rinkle; 2-Bobby Wheeler Jr.; 3-Kyten Jones; 4-John Mustered; 5-Tom Smitham; 6-Robert Rux; 7-Jeff Peterson; 8-Devin Eirman