The Northwest Super Late Model Series, entering its eighth season, has announced a full race schedule for 2021. The schedule consists of eight championship races, including two at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval (Wenatchee, WA), two at South Sound Speedway (Rochester, WA), two at Hermiston Raceway (Hermiston, OR) and one each at Stateline Speedway (Post Falls, ID) and Yakima Speedway (Yakima, WA).
Along with the series’ normal 125-lap feature events, this year’s schedule consists of a 150-lap feature in April, and two 200-lap features in the month of August. The first 200‑lap event will be run at South Sound Speedway on August 7th. The teams will have a quick turnaround, as they prepare for the “Sam Rose 200”, honoring the late driver at his home track, the famed Yakima Speedway on August 21st.
As fans have come to expect, the “Tour” will start and end the season at the Wenatchee Valley Super Oval. The season kicks off with the “Leonard Evans 150”, in conjunction with celebrating WVSO’s 51st season. The 2021 champion will be crowned following the “Neal Newberry 125”. Lake Oswego, OR driver Gracin Raz, who has won each of the most recent Leonard Evans and Neal Newberry races, will be one to watch when the “Tour” rolls back into town.
On May 15th, the NWSLMS will make their much-anticipated return to the high banked quarter-mile oval at Stateline Speedway. This will be the “Tour’s” first visit since the 2016 Idaho 200, won by local favorite Braeden Havens. In the four previous events, the “Tour” has seen four different drivers find victory lane: Blake Williams in the Spring of 2015, J.C. Wofford in the Summer of 2015, Garrett Evans in the Spring of 2016, and Braeden Havens in the Summer of 2016.
The series will once again make two stops at the challenging South Sound Speedway (SSS). The first event will be a 125-lap event on June 5th, that some will use as a tune-up for the 200-lap feature on August 7th. Allen Cress and Brittney Zamora each have a handful of wins at SSS, between the NWSLMS and local Super Late Model events. Cress and Zamora will have to take down a strong showing of local competitors, to keep the ball rolling in 2021. NWSLMS rookie driver, Max Schroeder, is one of those local drivers. Schroeder scored his first “Tour” win in his first series start, at the lone 2020 SSS event.
The series will stop twice at Hermiston Raceway in 2021. The two 125-lap features, on June 19th and September 5th, and will surely leave fans on the edge of their seats. This is the first time since 2014 that the “Tour” has made multiple visits to the three-eighths mile oval, where four races saw three different winners. Mike Longton has two wins, while Tayler Riddle and J.C. Wofford have single victories each.
After a shortened 2020 season, race teams, fans and officials alike are ready for an action packed 2021 season. Who will be ready to rumble for the eight-race schedule? We will find out April 25th at the Wenatchee Valley Super Oval, for the 2021 “Leonard Evans 150”.
April 25 – Leonard Evans 150 – Wenatchee Valley Super Oval
May 15 – SLS 150 – State Line Speedway
June 5 – South Sound 125 – South Sound Speedway
June 19 – Hermiston 125 – Hermiston Raceway
August 7 – South Sound 200 – South Sound Speedway
August 21 – Sam Rose / Sun City 200 – Yakima Speedway
September 5 –Atomic 125 – Hermiston Raceway
September 25 – Neal Newberry 125 – Wenatchee Valley Super Oval
-Northwest Super Late Model Series Press Release
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