The Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway (WA) draws the best of the West every year to battle it out on the paved 5/8 mile for $25,000. Last season Naches, Washington driver Tayler Riddle beat the odds and found his way to victory lane. This weekend he’ll look for a repeat performance and another $25,000 check.
“The entry list this year is stacked full of really good drivers and teams. I just hope that our setup and strategy is good enough to be able to be there at the end of the race and give us a chance to compete for the win,” Riddle told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
Riddle is competing against familiar competition after collecting a second-place finish at the Montana 200 just last weekend. Many of the drivers, including his brother Owen Riddle who won the Montana 200, are making their way toward the Monroe, Washington race track to run in the Summer Showdown.
Unlike his brother, Tayler has had a had a rough first half to his 2017 season. Half of his starts so far have ended early while the other half have been podium finishes. Riddle and his team are hoping that this is the race that their luck turns around setting them up for a better ending to the season.
“So far 2017 has not been the best year for my team and I. I feel like we have had good runs everywhere, just have had some bad luck and got caught up in some wrecks and what not,” Riddle said.
After a strong run at Montana the previous weekend Riddle is hoping to carry the momentum of his second-place finish to Evergreen Speedway and make it two-in-a-row in the Summer Showdown.
“To be able to build off our run at Montana last week and win the Showdown would mean a lot for myself as well as my team,” he stated. “I feel we have as good of a chance as anyone when we unload; we just have to be smart all weekend long and adjust on the car and make the right decisions. “
The Riddles and their team want the best shot to find their way back to victory lane and plan on debuting two cars new this weekend. While some teams would waver the idea of debuting a new car at such a big show, Tayler has confidence in his team and the people who built the cars.
“The cars we are taking this weekend have actually been raced a couple times by Cameron Hayley and were built by Jeff and Jason Jefferson so we know they are great cars and capable of running up front."
“We have tested them though as well and adjusted things to what we like so I think they should be ready to go,” said Riddle.
The Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway kicks off this weekend in Coastal Washington and Speed51.com will be on-site to with updates. Fans can follow the action live with our Trackside Now coverage that will be available anytime there is on-track activity.
For more information on the Summer Showdown visit evergreenspeedway.com.
-By Hannah Newhouse, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
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