Wenatchee, WA — Most auto racers are a superstitious lot. They believe in bad luck, good luck, karma, patterns and signs. Tayler Riddle, for example, has finished the last three Montana 200’s in fourth, third and second-place positions. Riddle is hoping that this pattern ends with the biggest trophy of them all and a big check this Saturday night at Montana Raceway Park.
Riddle has won numerous big races throughout his career, but the Montana 200 continues to elude him.
This year’s Montana 200 is also a sanctioned Northwest Super Late Model Series (NWSLMS) event, which will bring a few new faces to the weekend.
Starting, like many drivers, in a quarter midget, Riddle moved up through the ranks and into the Late Model division when he was 19. An older chassis that was updated from big brother Owen was just what he had been waiting for to get his Late Model career underway.
With his Dad, Owen and Jeff Jefferson doing the updates, it was sure to be a winner. Since that first race, Riddle has been very successful over the years. He has proven his talent by winning races like the Chilly Willy, the Fall Classic and the 2016 Summer Showdown.
Inspired growing up by watching NASCAR on Sundays and seeing races at his favorite and most challenging track, Yakima Speedway on Saturday nights, Riddle insisted on attending the Late Model and NASCAR Northwest Tour events.
Riddle’s parents, Don and Janelle, had to see the writing on the wall. Inspiration for Tayler now takes on a different form. Having won several of the “go-to” events, he enjoys the challenge of going to a new track, working harder to achieve a new goal and trying to win a new race.
Racing for years to come is still on the horizon for Riddle, including perhaps crossing off a bucket list item at the Winter Showdown. Goals sometimes change along the way, but as long as it’s fun and affordable, he’ll be racing. Working for the family excavating business or working on the race cars, Tayler doesn’t get much down time in the summer.
Riddle is thankful for many people who have helped him along the way: his parents who gave him this opportunity, Chuck Carruthers, who is always there for racing advice, and his sponsors: Jim’s Hay, Bowsnatcher, Don Riddle Excavating, Primary Electric, Yukon Trucking, Betterall Auto Sales, and most importantly his crew and friends who take the time away from their families to go racing with him.
Riddle will have some stiff competition in this year’s Montana 200, not only from last year’s winner Owen Riddle, but also SRL standout Jeremy Doss and the most recent Summer Showdown winner Preston Peltier just to name a few. A field of close to 30 cars from the United States and Canada are set to take on this year’s NWSLMS/Montana 200 event.
The action gets started on Thursday, July 19 for the optional practice day, with the featured 200-lap event on Saturday July 21.
2018 Montana 200 Pre-Entry List
Car# First Last City State
1 Agni Howell Kalispell, MT
1K Mitch Kleyn Quincy, WA
04 Tim Kammer Moose Jaw SK, Canada
5 Jan Evans E Wenatchee, WA
8 Kelly Admiraal Edmonton, AB, Canada
09 Clint Habart Cranbrook, BC, Canada
9 Ian Admiraal Edmonton, AB, Canada
10 Owen Riddle Naches, WA
14 Don Staggs Marion, MT
15 Tayler Riddle Naches, WA
16 Blake Williams Spokane, WA
20 Andy Sole Quincy, WA
26 John Newhouse Twin Falls, ID
27 Tim Elliott Creston, BC, Canada
33 Brooke Schimmel Woodland, WA
36 Grant Brown Red Deer AB, Canada
48 Preston Peltier Fort Lupton, CO
52 Brittney Zamora Kennewick, WA
53 Alex Lessor Kalispell, MT
64 Garrett Evans E Wenatchee WA
70 Trenton Seidel Saskatoon, SK, Canada
75 Jeremy Doss Upper Lake CA
83 Braeden Havens Spokane, WA
88 Jack Chisholm Cranbrook, BC, Canada
90 Trevor Cristiani Boise, ID
92 Logan Jewell Prince George, BC, Canada
92 Bruce Quale Twin Falls, ID
93 Dave Garber Spokane, WA
95 Buck Noel Jr Yakima, WA
For additional information, please contact Jarrod Goodwin (509) 879-5082.
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-Northwest Super Late Model Series Press Release
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