Wenatchee, WA – The Northwest Super Late Model Series is primed to kick off its’ eighth season of competition in grand fashion, as the series visits the Wenatchee Valley Super-Oval (WA) on Sunday April 25th, for the “Leonard Evans 150”. The event has attracted nearly 30 pre-entries and is expected to be an extremely competitive event, with track and series champions throughout the field, ready to take on the popular ¼-mile oval in Central Washington. The event will pay tribute to Leonard Evans, the father of four-time NASCAR Northwest Tour Series and three-time Northwest Super Late Model Series Champion Garrett Evans. It is an event that Evans has been looking to win since 2016.
“A win in the Leonard Evans 150” would me a lot to me”, Garrett stated. “We have gotten second in the race, but never the win.”
The senior Evans was a fan of motor vehicles from an early age. At the age of eight, he began giving the neighborhood kids rides around the block, in a gas-powered vehicle given to him by his father. He would charge one cent for each ride. He parlayed that love of cars and his business acumen into a highly successful business, with Leonard Evans Used Cars. It was through that business that he was able to support his family in the racing industry and make a difference for the racing community, for many years to come.
“My dad always loved the races and loved the people”, Garrett recalled. “He always said the sound of the race cars was music to his ears. If it weren’t for the financial effort of my dad and mom, WVSO would not still be here.”
The “Leonard Evans 150” will be the highlight of a huge weekend at the Wenatchee Valley Super-Oval. It will be a two-day mega event featuring seven divisions. The Northwest Super Late Model Series will be joined on Sunday by the Legends, Thunder Cars and Junior Late Models. Saturday’s action will include the Pro Late Models, Legends, Bandoleros and Road Runners. A limited number of tickets are still available, so contact the Wenatchee Valley Super-Oval for details.
The stellar line-up for Super Late Models is stacked with champions from across the Northwest and as far south as Arizona. One of those champions is Trenton Moriarity, who calls Evergreen Speedway (WA) his home track. The driver from Monroe, WA was the 2017 NASCAR Washington State Champion, Budweiser Crown Series Champion as well as the Track Champion at Evergreen. He finished third in the Northwest Super Late Model Series Championship standings in 2018 and participated in five NWSLMS events in 2019. He holds six top-five, and nine top-10 finishes in only 12 series starts, with a best Wenatchee finish of third in 2018. He is eager to get back behind the wheel, after not racing in the series after an abbreviated 2020 schedule. He has not raced at the Wenatchee Valley Super-Oval since this event two years ago.
“It’s been almost two years since I’ve ran at WVSO, but I’ve found success running there in 2018, finishing third”, Moriarity recalled. “I look forward to running WVSO. It’s a great facility and it’s also good short track racing. Being out of the race car for a year and a half, I’m excited to see how we stack up against the rest of the Northwest competitors. I feel after our test at South Sound Speedway (WA) a few weeks ago, we have a great piece for WVSO. I believe we can get our first NWSLMS win.”
Another Evergreen Speedway star attending the season opener, while planning a run at the championship, is 2018 Budweiser Crown Series Champion and NASCAR State of Washington Champion Doni Wanat. Wanat finished second in last September’s visit to the Wenatchee Valley Super-Oval. He has two career victories in the NWSLMS, one of those at Wenatchee in 2016.
“We are super excited to get out racing in the Northwest”, Wanat said. “It feels like last September was three years ago, and we are just looking for that chance to one-up our second-place finish.”
Track champions continue to populate the entry list headed to Wenatchee. 2019 and 2020 NASCAR State of Arizona Champion and 2020 Tucson Speedway (AZ) Champion Kole Raz. Raz will be teaming up with Pacific Northwest superstar Jeff Jefferson and Jefferson Racing. The team will be fielding a three-car effort, which will include Raz, Jason Jefferson and Bryce Bezanson. Both Raz and Bezanson will be rookies in the series in 2021, as Raz will also run for Rookie-of-the-Year honors in the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series.
Raz has one start in the NWSLMS, that being in 2020 at Wenatchee’s ¼-mile oval. The Oswego, OR driver finished third in that event.
“I love Wenatchee, racing there last year earning a top-three, it gave me a lot of confidence for ¼-miles”, Raz related. “I’ve been there as a spotter a few times for Gracin (Kole’s older brother), and now he will be in my ear for this weekend’s race, and with his success there, I think it could lead to a very successful weekend for the #42 team. I’m looking to keep the car clean and compete for race wins, the team is ready for that and I’m ready to get that rolling with them.”
Another Rookie, who has Super Late Model winning experience, is Max Schroeder. Schroeder calls South Sound Speedway (WA) his home track. In 2020, He came out guns blazing, winning in his first start in the NWSLMS at South Sound. Schroeder will also be looking for the Jefferson Racing Rookie-of-the-Year title in 2021.
Schroeder began his racing career in Quarter Midgets, at the age of nine. He moved to the FSCRA Super 4’s at the age of 14 and moved to the Pro Late Models three years later. He toured around the state of Washington in his Pro Late Model, getting multiple wins at his home track. At the age of 21, he moved to the Super Late Models.
“I have a very short career with the NWSLMS, because last year was my first year in the series” Schroeder admitted. “I won the season opener last year, at South Sound Speedway though. It was my first race with the NWSLMS, so that would have to be my career highlight in the series!”
Schroeder will be looking to improve his luck at Wenatchee, after struggling at times on the Central Washington track. But he is excited to face the challenge of not only the ¼-mile oval, but also the challenges that his rookie season will produce.
“I’m really excited for the first race to be at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval! It has a history of being a challenging track for me personally, and I look forward to any opportunity to conquer it! I’m really looking forward to a full season with the NWSLMS and chasing the rookie of the year title! There are a few tracks on the calendar this year that I haven’t had the chance to go to, and I’m really excited for the opportunity to race at them!”
The Northwest Super Late Model Series will be in action on Sunday, April 25th for the “Leonard Evans 150”. They will be joined by the Legends, Thunder Cars and the Junior Late Models. Fan Gates open at 12:00pm PST with group qualifying for the Junior Late Models and Thunder Cars at 12:20pm. Single car qualifying will follow for the NWSLMS and Legends (20 cars will be locked into the feature). Opening Ceremonies are scheduled for 1:30pm with Trophy Dashes and Heat Races for the Thunder Cars and Junior Late Models getting underway shortly thereafter. 25-lap B-Mains for the NWSLMS and Legends are up next. The Feature events for the Legends (40 laps), Thunder Cars (30 laps), and Junior Late Models (35 laps) are scheduled to begin at 2:30pm. The day’s activities will wrap up with the “Leonard Evans 150”, where a field of 24 Super Late Models will go for the season opening win on a Sunday afternoon in Central Washington.
Expected Entry List
021 Todd Connell Yakima, WA
3 Andy Beaman Selah, WA
7 Bryce Bezanson Snohomish, WA
8 Kaylee Bryson Muskogee, OK
11 Kit VanBuskirk Cheney, WA
12 Trenton Moriarity Monroe, WA
12 Buddy Kofoid Columbus, OH
13 Matt Doyle Wenatchee, WA
17 Max Schroeder Tacoma, WA
22 Jake Woods Olympia, WA
24 Tristan Haider Olympia, WA
29 Jason O’Neil Spokane, WA
33 Christopher Kalsch Hillsboro, OR
34 Scott Walker Prosser, WA
38 Chad Hinkle Yakima, WA
42 Kole Raz Lake Oswego, OR
45 Cam Kellogg Spokane, WA
55 Haeden Plybon Spokane, WA
60 Scott Graf Toledo, OR
64 Garrett Evans E Wenatchee, WA
70 Dale Wennerberg Wenatchee, WA
70 Jeff Knight Monroe, WA
77 Randy Becker CA
83 Braeden Havens Spokane, WA
89 Doni Wanat Woodinville, WA
93 Austin Thom Dundee, OR
93 Dave Garber Spokane, WA
97 Jason Jefferson Naches, WA
98 Chris Kellogg Spokane, WA
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