Yakima, Wash. –The tradition continues this weekend with one of the Northwest’s most prestigious races in the running of the 28th Annual Fall Classic at Yakima Speedway presented CWI Security. Some of the biggest stars in the Northwest have shined over the years at this great event like 4-Time Winner Pete Harding, 3-Time Winner Garrett Evans, 3-Time Winner Ron Eaton, 2-Time Defending Champion and current Camping World Truck Series Driver Cameron Haley along with many more.
This is the 50th Year of operations of Yakima Speedway for the Pollock Family. “We love the Fall Classic and it’s such a special event for racers, fans, staff and our family.” Said Yakima Speedway GM Tom Pollock “This event is going to be amazing with huge car counts and some amazing sponsors helping make this event even bigger.”
Two Brothers who grew up around Yakima Speedway hope that come Sunday evening they can finally write their name in the history books as Fall Classic winners. The Riddle Brothers, Owen, 29 and Tayler, 25 of Naches, WA have been two of the hottest drivers on the west coast this year picking up wins at some of the biggest races. Tayler had an amazing start and is finishing just as good with 8 races this year; he has 4 wins including Chilly Willy 100, Leonard Evans 200, Hermiston 125 and SCR I-90 Challenge. He’s had an impressive 6 Top 5’s and 8 Top 10’s in all 8 starts. The older of the brothers Owen, didn’t have such an impressive start like his brother but has been lights out in his last 3 starts including 2 wins, Montana 200 and Neal Newberry 150 along with a strong 3rd place finish at the SCR I-90 Challenge. Owen has 6 starts on the year that include 4 Top 5’s.
All in all the Riddle Brothers have been very impressive this year capturing 6 wins so far.
“It’s been pretty gratifying to see all of the hard work that everybody has put in finally paying off. Our crew on both teams has spent a lot of time in the shop preparing the cars” said Owen “It’s really felt different this year but it feels like either one of us has been one of the top cars every track we’ve gone too”.
Younger Brother Tayler feels that similar cars have really helped with the success this year. “We finally have cars that are really alike and that helps when we are practicing. If one of us finds something that is working, the other one can apply it and it’s easier to talk to each other about track conditions.” said Tayler “We’ve really spent a lot of time this summer focusing on set ups on the car and making sure they are the best they can be before we get to the track and we’ve found that is really been our strong point.”.
How is it to be the Dad to two Super Late Model Drivers battling it out and having a successful year?
“A lot of people might think we are big money team but we race out of small shop” said Riddle’s Dad Don “These Kids meaning my sons and their crew work their tails off to be the best and this year they have a lot of pride in what they’ve accomplished.”
When asked how it is to race against each other? You might get a little different answer from the brothers. “We are both competitive and this year, like Wenatchee we made contact when we were battling for the lead but the fact that we both had cars good enough to be up front just means we’re going to race as hard as we can.” Owen Stated
“We’re racing against guys like Garrett Evans and Shelby Thompson, we want to beat them. At the end of the day though Owen is my brother and the competitive side, I want to beat him more.” said Tayler “We’re brothers and at the end of the day if one us wins and the other one crashes were going to be happy for the one that wins but still going be mad we got beat.”
This weekend the brothers will be taking on some of the best in the northwest as they aim to take home the Fall Classic win. Over 35 cars are expected to make up the field for the Tri Track Super Late Models Series Championship Race. The Riddle’s will have some stiff competition including TTSLMS Points Leader and 3-Time Fall Classic Winner Garrett Evans of East Wenatchee, WA. The only 4-Time Fall Classic Winner and driver with the most starts at the Fall Classic, Pete Harding of Surrey, BC. Pete will making a start after missing most of the season after surgery. 2- Time and back to back winner Naima Lang of Lynnwood, WA will be looking to add to his 2 previous Fall Classic wins. With the NASCAR K&N PRO West Series on an off weekend, drivers Gracin Raz of Lake Oswego, OR and Nicole Behar of Otis Orchards, WA will make a run at the field.
With this being the championship race for the TTSLMS it will make for a race inside a race. Evans is leading Mitch Kleyn of Quincy, WA is 2nd followed by Doni Wanat of Woodinville, WA and Glenn Knutson of Quincy, WA make up a tight top 4 in the points standings. Drivers in the TTSLMS Field will be representing 4 States and 2 Canadian Providences.
The Fall Classic is more than just Super Late Models with over 180 cars expected in 4 classes including Better Auto Sales Mini Stock Nationals with an expected 65 plus car field. Last year in the inaugural race, 72 Mini Stocks came to Yakima Speedway for the Fall Classic and featured some of the best Mini Stock drivers on the west coast. Defending Race Champion 16 year Old Brittney Zamora of Kennewick, WA will be looking to take home the hardware once again but she will have her hands full. Heavy hitters including Jason Majors of Tacoma, WA who picked up the biggest win of the year at the 48 Car Field Mini Stock Invitational at WVSO in April. Many others including Track Champions and Series Champions from throughout the Northwest will be on hand to try and take home the hardware.
The Tri City Dermatology of Richland WCSSS Late Models will have an impressive talented field of drivers including defending event Champion Ryen Tarr of Spokane, WA. Regular Season Champion Zach Washington of Ellensburg, WA will look to continue his success into the Fall Classic. But local favorite Buck Noel Jr. of Yakima, WA will look to pick up another Fall Classic trophy for his collection. 2014 WCSSS Champion Bryon Goetz of Okanogan, WA will come out of short 11 month retirement in a brand new car. Former Montana 200 Winner Christian Roeder of Ephrata, WA will return to Yakima Speedway for the first time in 5 years. Add in a full contingent of Canadian drivers lead my Matt Stephenson of Penticton, BC and Kalen Fagen of Calgary, AB.
In the Tire Center Super Stocks, regular season Champion Trevor Flora will look to take the win while pulling double duty in 2 classes. Rookie of the Year Mike Burns will embark on his first Fall Classic. Many outside hopefuls look to bring their talent to Yakima Speedway like Spokane drivers Matt Tarr, Mike Bellamy and Nick Bellamy. Plus many more local favorites will take on the field in the local class shootout.
This year a little extra incentive to qualify well in each class is up for grabs. Twisted Tea is giving $500 to Fast Time in The Mini Stocks, WCSSS Late Models and Super Stocks. Park Model Homes is giving $500 to the Fast Time in the TTSLMS.
Action gets underway with practice all day Friday. Saturday will have Opening Ceremonies at Noon with qualifying to follow. Mini Stocks and Super Stocks will do group qualifying and WCSSS Late Models and TTSLMS will do single car qualifying. Also in action on Saturday will be Trophy Dashes, Qualifying Mains for Mini Stocks, LCQ/Qualifying Main for TTSLMS Drivers positions 16-34 and 75 Lap Main Event for WCSSS Late Models.
Sunday gets underway with Opening Ceremonies at Noon followed by Mini Stock LCQ. Main Events will start with 40 lap Super Stock Main, 50 Lap Mini Stock Main, 75 Lap WCSSS Late Model Main and finish with the running of the 28th Annual Fall Classic 200.
For more information on Yakima Speedway and the Fall Classic visit www.yakimaspeedway.us. You can find more information on the TTSLMS by following them on Facebook.
-Yakima Speedway Press Release & Photo