WENATCHEE, Wash. – The Northwest Super Late Model Series will visit four tracks with eight races scheduled for the 2016 season. Facilities that will host the NWSLMS include Yakima Speedway, Wenatchee Valley Super Oval, Spokane County Super Oval and Stateline Speedway.
The schedule features five of its eight races as one-day shows with four tires allowed for racing.
“When talking with the drivers and tracks we wanted to focus on more of the single day shows that help teams budget for the many racing opportunities they have in a season,” said Series Director, Doug Pace. “We believe we have one of our best schedules yet and are still working with a partner to add an event for Labor Day weekend if everything comes together in the next few weeks.”
One of the most popular races among both drivers and fans in 2015 was the I-90 Challenge at Spokane County Super Oval. The race featured 32 drivers and 90 green flag laps, returns in 2016 along with an additional 125-lap race set for May.
“The I-90 Challenge was one of our biggest races of the year in 2015 and we’re really excited to have it continue as a staple of the facility,” said SCSO Promoter, Ricky Nelson. “We want to have a few premier events at our track and the two NWSLMS events in 2016 will be some of our top events of the season.”
WVSO has been one of the anchoring facilities since the inception of the series and returns in 2016 with two events. The Leonard Evans 150 will still be featured during the Apple Blossom Festival weekend in Wenatchee and be one of the track’s premier events of the year.
“We’re excited to have the series back at WVSO for 2016 and the fans loved the Leonard Evans weekend last year,” said new WVSO General Manager George Wade. “The series gives some of our local Pro-Late Model drivers a chance to race against the best in the Northwest.”
This will be the 51st year for the Pollock Family operating Yakima Speedway and the 50th running of the Apple Cup. The Apple Cup has been one of the longest running short track races in the country.
“This will be a special year for our family and facility. Last year we celebrated 50 years of the track and this year will be the 50th Apple Cup and I’m sure a lot of drivers will want to win it,” said Yakima Speedway’s Tom Pollock. “The last two years we’ve seen the car counts at the Fall Classic grow and I think our continued partnership with the series will see it grow even more in 2016.”
Stateline Speedway will feature the 17th Annual Idaho 200 as one of two stops for the Series in 2016 at the Post Falls facility. The fast quarter-mile track showcased some of the best races in 2015 and will look to continue in 2016. Stateline will also feature the Idaho Tune Up 150 in June.
Two-Time Defending Series Champion, Garrett Evans, will look for is third consecutive championship in 2016, but will have a slew of competition in his way. Young 16 year old Brittney Zamora of Kennewick, WA will be moving up to a full-time ride in the series for 2016. Other drivers looking to contend in 2016 include two-time runner up Mitch Kleyn of Quincy, WA as well as 2015 Series Rookie of the Year Glenn Knutson. Young gun Luke Selliken of Portland, OR will run for a championship along with Bothell’s Jason Ogle.
In 2016 the champion of the Northwest Super Late Model Series will not only take home the prestige of a regional touring title but will also walk away with a minimum cash award of $8,000. Cash awards will also be given out to drivers in the second through tenth place positions in the year-end points standings. Along with the cash awards a Port City Chassis will be up for grabs from Chuck Caruthers Race Cars, full body kits from Five Star Race Car Bodies and AR Bodies. Additional prizes and cash awards are continuing to be sought to add to the already posted awards for 2016.
These awards along with continued support from Hoosier Racing Tires, JOES Racing Products, Atomic Screen Printing, BLP, Frank’s Radio and Longacre Racing Products should make the new season and the race for the championship more enticing to drivers from across the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada.
The Northwest Super Late Model Series also launched a brand new website for the 2016 seasonwww.nwslmseries.com . The website will give both drivers and fans a chance to keep updated on points, results, photos, driver info and much more.
2016 Northwest Super Late Model Series Schedule
Tentative/Subject to Change
|April 9-10||Apple Cup 200||Yakima Speedway||Yakima, WA|
|April 30||Leonard Evans 150||Wenatchee Valley Super Oval||East Wenatchee, WA|
|May 14||SCR 125||Spokane County Super Oval||Airway Heights, WA|
|June 11||Idaho Tune Up 150||Stateline Speedway||Post Falls, ID|
|August 5-6||Idaho 200||Stateline Speedway||Post Falls, ID|
|August 20||I-90 Challenge||Spokane County Super Oval||Airway Heights, WA|
|September 10||Neal Newberry 125||Wenatchee Valley Super Oval||East Wenatchee, WA|
|October 1-2||Fall Classic 200||Yakima Speedway||Yakima, WA|
-Northwest Super Late Model Series Press Release & Photo