More than 40 cars have been through the tech inspection today at Monroe, Washington’s Evergreen Speedway as the stars of the Super Late Model world prepare to do battle on Saturday night for a cool $25,000 check. Bubba Pollard, the winner of the Winter Showdown, has headed back out west to try to duplicate his victory, but others, like Derek Thorn want to keep that from happening.
This year’s Summer Showdown promises to pay out close to $125,000 in total purse money with at least $25,000 of that going straight into the winner’s pockets.
An additional $10-grand will be paid out to whichever driver is the overall best finisher between the Winter and Summer Showdowns.
The pole winner will also receive a $1,000 bonus.
Pollard Heads West
Bubba Pollard is one of the best drivers in Super Late Model racing today. He’s won more than 50 Late Model races in the last five years.
When the Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway (CA) was announced he knew it was a race he wanted to win. Well, he did.
Pollard led 146 laps on the high banks of Kern to take home the $25,000 check at the end of that race. Now he’s looking to do it again.
It’s a 2,690-mile trek for Pollard to travel from his hometown of Senoia, Georgia to Monroe, Washington’s Evergreen Speedway, but it’ll all be worth it if he takes home another big check.
Pollard took a brand new car to Kern in February. It’s the same car that he’s using this weekend at Evergreen. Pollard has said that this car has sat in the shop ever since it went to California, with the exception of one Southern Super Series race at Mobile International Speedway (AL). He’s told Speed51.com in the past that it’s the best car in his stable and he wants to save it for the bigger races.
Thorn Wants A Bonus
Two-time SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour champion Derek Thorn is making his first start in the Summer Showdown this weekend. Thorn finished third behind Pollard and Dalton Sargeant at the Winter Showdown in February, which makes him eligible for the $10,000 bonus for scoring the best overall finish between both Showdowns.
Thorn and Pollard are both eligible for the bonus, as well as six other drivers. Dalton Sargeant is not racing this weekend at Evergreen.
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Current Entry List
|00 Naima Lang Lynnwood, WA|
|05 Eric Schmidt Roseville, CA|
|70 Jeff Knight Monroe, WA|
|08 Greg Scott Snohomish, WA|
|1 Shane Sawin Snohomish, WA|
|3 Luke Selliken Portland, OR|
|3 Brion Philley Redmond, WA|
|4 Parker Stevens Olympia, WA|
|5 Ryan Wells Hingham, MT|
|7 Ron Eaton Tacoma, WA|
|8 John Urquhart Port Coquitlam, BC|
|9 Kelly Mann Monroe, WA|
|9 Dylan Lupton Sacramento, CA|
|10 Owen Riddle Naches, WA|
|10 John Boyatt Graham, WA|
|12 Jessica Dana Olympia, WA|
|12 Rod Johnson Ontario, CA|
|13 Jeremiah Johnson, Lynnwood Wa|
|15 Taylor Riddle Naches, WA|
|16 Daniel Moore Snohomish, WA|
|16 Blake Williams Spokane, WA|
|17 Trevor Emond Leduc, AB|
|18 John Bender Snohomish, WA|
|18 Will Hunholz Vail, AZ|
|19 Korbin Thomas Vancouver, BC|
|20 Jay Sauls Tacoma, WA|
|20 Andy Sole Quincy, WA|
|21 Blaine Rocha Oaksdale, Ca|
|22 Jonathan Gomez Twin Falls, ID|
|22 David Miller Coquille, OR|
|22 John Lathrop Jr. Puyallup, WA|
|26 Bubba Pollard, Senoia, Ga.|
|26 Jason Kooy Seattle, WA|
|29 Greg Voigt, Santa Barbara, Ca.|
|30 Tyler Baker Surrey, BC|
|31 Jason Fraser Snohomish, WA|
|33 Dave Hemrich Delta, BC|
|32 Mike Holden Clearview, WA|
|36 David Miller Coquille, OR|
|37 Mike Longton Moxee, WA|
|39 Shane Harding Vancouver, BC|
|39 Pete Harding Langley, BC|
|43 Derek Thorn|
|47 Tony Becker Highland, Ca|
|54 Mike Obrist Portland, OR|
|64 Garrett Evans E. Wenatchee, WA|
|65 Tyler Tanner Seattle, WA|
|68 Tim McDougald Tacoma, WA|
|73 Gary Lewis High Bridge, WA|
|75 Jeremy Doss Upper Lake, Ca|
|75 Brandon Scheiber Maple Valley, WA|
|78 Joe Constance Seattle, Wa.|
|80 Jimmy Rabourn Seattle, Wa.|
|86 Tom Berrow Coquitlam, BC|
|88 Jason Gilbert Dublin, CA|
|89 Doni Wanat Woodinville, WA|
|90 Molly Helmuth Seattle, WA|
By Rob Blount – Northeast Editor, Speed51.com – Twitter: @robblount