AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. -Having run inside the top-10 for much of last season’s Evergreen Speedway Summer Showdown presented by Coors Light, Braeden Havens is eager to return for this weekend’s clash.
The third-year race has attracted some of the top late model talent from across the Western United States and Canada vying for a $20,000 payday with over $100,000 in total purse up for grabs.
Havens brings an impressive streak into the race as the 20-year old has finished inside the top-10 in each of his 2014 starts, including several top-3 runs.
His teammate, Shelby Thompson, is equally excited to head to Evergreen Speedway this weekend as the past ARCA West Rookie of the Year and Spokane 200 champion will settle into the seat of the car Havens wheeled last season in the Summer Showdown.
As one of the few two-car teams in the Northwest, having two minds to approach the Showdown will be key to setting the cars up for a solid finish, according to Havens.
“This year has been big for our team by having Shelby out there each week in the No. 20. He goes over what his car is doing and we compare notes to see what’s working on each (car) and what we may want to try. He’s had great runs but some hard luck. Last week he broke through at Wenatchee for a runner-up finish so we know his program is equal to what we’re doing on my Western Rail Chevrolet.”
Thompson sees the strong results of his teammate as a guide to keep his car moving in the right direction, he noted.
“The 83 team has been there at the end of each race this year and yet most people seemed surprised that Braeden is running so strong. He’s real quiet and keeps his nose clean on the track but when it’s coming down to the end of the night, bam, he’s right there battling for a top-3 or top-5 finish. That gives our guys a boost because we know both cars are prepared the same with only some minor tweaks. To get our team a runner-up finish at Wenatchee gives us great mojo heading to Evergreen this weekend.”
For each driver to have success at the Summer Showdown will mean settling into a long weekend of racing, Havens explained.
“The Showdown is all about getting into a position to race for the win in the last 20-30 laps. If you’re out there trying to win it during the qualifying heats or evening during time trials you’ll just set yourself back I believe. The race is long, has plenty of action and you just have to dodge a few things, keep your car together and have some racing luck to be a contender for the win.”
Fans can follow Havens and Thompson’s progress in this weekend's Coors Light Summer Showdown at Killer "B" Racing on Facebook, via the Internet at killerb83.com or follow Braeden on Twitter @BraedenHavens
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