SNOHOMISH, Wash. -The MDCU 300, being held this weekend at the famed Martinsville Speedway, attracts the top late model talent from across the country including four-time touring champion and Washington state native Gary Lewis.

This will be the first time the region’s top driver has ventured cross-country for an elite late model event.

“We were asked if I’d be interested in driving for Racing Dynamiks in this race and I jumped at the chance,” Lewis said. “They build solid race cars, have had a ton of success back East and are pumped for us to get to Martinsville and see what we can do with our IPM Toyota.”

Despite having never raced the flat half-mile Virginia oval, Lewis has plenty of experience in similar situations to draw from, he said.

“Martinsville is a tough place to get around where grip in the corners is very important. With little banking it has some characteristics to Spokane County Raceway and Yakima Speedway. Our team has wins at both tracks in my career so I’ll use those experiences to get settled into a good groove at Martinsville.”

Getting a chance to race at one of the sport’s most famous venues is a humbling thought, Lewis added.

“It’s Martinsville, when you get asked to run there you know it’s something as a driver that has to be tried even once in a career. So much stock car history is in that half-mile and some of the best short-track drivers in the sport’s history have won the MDCU 300. We’re going to give everything we’ve got to show that drivers from the Northwest are more then capable of running amongst the best from out there and if given a chance, go for the win.”

Leading the charge for Racing Dynamiks entry in this weekend race is Travis Sharpe, who has grown his company’s efforts into the Pacific Northwest notching wins in the GET Rich 212 and Montana Raceway Park and the Idaho 200.

“Travis has put together a good car for us this weekend,” Lewis said. “He’s come out to the Northwest and strung together some big wins with several different drivers. His goal is to get more exposure for Racing Dynamiks in the Pacific Northwest and having myself in one of his cars is a good way to get that done. We’ll bounce ideas off each other and use both of our experiences in short-track racing to get this SuperGraphics Camry to the front of the field.”

Fans can follow Gary Lewis and his progress in the MDCU 300 on his Facebook page, Gary Lewis Racing. Additional information can be found at Martinsville Speedway’s website,

Lewis to Make First Career Start at Martinsville Speedway