Post Falls, ID – Don’t tell JC Wofford that you need to race every weekend to be competitive. Wofford picked up an emotional win and $8,000 Saturday night at Stateline Speedway crossing the finish line first at the 16th Annual Idaho 200 Presented by NAPA. The emotions ran strong with Wofford during victory lane celebration with the pink Cancer Awareness car and having his Aunt Debby in attendance for the race who is battling cancer.
This was just the second race of the year and first one since April 12th at the Yakima Speedway Apple Cup for Wofford. A young, hard charging Joey Bird came from the back of the pack twice to grab second place and double down his winnings to $8,000. Gary Lewis, 3-Time Idaho 200 winner finished 3rd followed by Braeden Havens and Josh Roberts to round out the Top 5.
The weekend started with Qualifying on Friday night with Top 10 Cars locked in on time. Gary Lewis grabbed the pole and Joey Bird qualified for the outside pole. Both drivers were eligible to go for the “Double Down” option, by starting at the back of the field and would double the winnings of wherever they finished. Lewis, who posted his best qualifying run of the year and has struggled with finishes this year, decided to keep his position and took $1,500 Bonus from Stateline Speedway for staying up front. Bird however decided to take his chances and felt he had a good enough car to go to the back. Stateline Speedway offered Bird a $1,250 bonus if he decided to stay up front
The Last Chance Qualifier was also ran on Saturday with Garrett Evans leading the 30 lap race wire to wire to take the 11th Starting spot on the field. Positions 11-18 were taken from the LCQ race with positions 19-22 given by provisionals. The feel good story of the weekend happened during Friday’s driver meeting with 24 cars in attendance and 22 scheduled to start the main, some drivers spoke up to start collecting money to put together the $1,000 purse so no cars would go home. After all was said and done $1,300 was collected by Drivers, Crew and Officials to make a 24 car field start the Idaho 200.
Gary Lewis and Blake Williams would bring the field to the green on Saturday Night. Lewis would take an early lead in the race but it would be long before Williams would apply pressure and get around Lewis on Lap 7. The lead and Williams chances wouldn’t last long as he had to head to pit road on Lap 18 with a flat tire giving the lead to Braeden Havens. For the next 30 Laps it was the Havens show as he took a huge lead over 2nd place and worked his way through lap traffic until Lap 46 Caution. The first caution of the night would tighten up the field after Evans made contact with Dirk Bennett spinning him sideways. Havens would start with his teammate Shelby Thompson next to him on the restart. Thompson would battle with Havens for a few laps before he would start getting pressured by Wofford. A change of leaders would see Wofford get around Havens on Lap 64.
Wofford would continue with the lead while Bird was making his way through the field cracking the top 10 on Lap 75 from his 24th starting spot. The road to the front would get a little longer for Bird as he was sent to the back of the field for contact with Dave Garber on lap 83 and spinning him. Wofford would hold onto the lead as the drivers headed into the break at Lap 100. They would go into the break with Wofford leading followed by Thompson, Evans, Havens, Lewis, Ryan Wells, Roberts, Jason O’Neil, Zach Moran, Dave Garber running in the top 10 while Bird ran 11th.
The second 100 laps would see Wofford take the cars to the green. Great battle between Evans and Thompson for the third position would last with side by side for the first 3 laps. The two drivers would make contact and slow the drivers behind them which collected 4 drivers together including heavy damage to Garber. The next 40 laps would 4 more cautions but continue to see Bird move to the front. Lap 140 see Bird move into third behind Wofford and a hard charging Evans. The run to the front would end early for Evans on Lap 168 when smoke started billowing from his car and send him to the pits.
The stage was set for a 30 Lap shootout with Wofford Leading and Bird looking for the huge payday on the double down running in second. Bird made a few different runs and had a few cautions but could not reel in the leader. Wofford crossed the finish line half-straight away ahead of Bird. Wofford would take home the top prize of $8,000 for the win but Bird would also take home $8,000 with his second place run and the “Double Down” bonus. This was Wofford 2nd Career Tri Track Series Super Late Model win. He is also the first driver to have both an Idaho 200 and Oregon 200 win under his belt.
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16th Annual Idaho 200 Presented By NAPA QUOTES & NOTES
Winner: No. 100 JC Wofford
“”This was a really special win for me and to have all my family here including my Aunt Debby who’s been battling cancer just means that much more. It’s easy to drive a car when it’s this good and the guys at Kustom Fab BJ and Chance gave me an amazing car. My crew worked hard all weekend and feels good to be in victory lane. I think I’m still floating.”
2nd Place: No. 24 Joey Bird
“We had an amazing car all weekend long and big thanks to my crew along with my Uncle Jeff who builds amazing motors. I thought we were going to get all the way to the front but fell just a little short. Thanks to everybody who gave me this opportunity this weekend and really enjoyed racing with all these guys.”
3rd Place: No. 73 Gary Lewis
“The car was great this weekend. We didn’t get the win like we wanted but we took a podium spot. We haven’t had the best of years this year so it’s nice for crews hard work to pay off.”
- Jeff Bird Racing Engines had 3 of the Top 5 Cars powered up including Winner JC Wofford, Second Place Joey Bird and Fifth Place Josh Roberts.
- Mitch Kleyn gained his 14th Top 10 finish in 16 career starts. Kleyn also gained traction in the championship standings moving into the 2nd spot just 20 points back from Evans.
- Glenn Knutson continues his lead in the Rookie of the Year standings with a 9th place finish.
- Garrett Evans posted just his 4th Career DNF finish in the TTSLMS after his motor failure. He continues to hold the points lead just 20 points over Kleyn.
- Zach Moran made just his first start since his 4th place finish in last year’s championship standings. Moran finished 7th.
- Wofford became the sixth different winner this year in six races.
TRI-TRACK SUPER LATE MODEL SERIES OFFICIAL RESULTS
16th Annual Idaho 200 Presented By NAPA
Finishing position/Car No./Name/Hometown
1. 100 JC Wofford Wapato, WA
2. 24 Joey Bird Spokane, WA
3. 73 Gary Lewis Snohomish, WA
4. 83. Braeden Havens Airway Heights, WA
5. 9 Josh Roberts Ephrata, WA
6. 5 Ryan Wells Hingham, MT
7. 05 Zach Moran Kennewick, WA
8. 96 Jake Bisset Valley Ford, WA
9. 51 Glenn Knutson Quincy, WA
10. 1 Mitch Kleyn Quincy, WA
11. 11 Ed Thomsen Pasco, WA
12. 16 Blake Williams Spokane, WA
13. 64x Brock Denney Columbia Falls, MT
14. 88 Dirk Bennett Spokane, WA
15. 15 Tom Plybon Spokane, WA
16. 22 Garret Sawyer Spokane, WA
17. 64 Garrett Evans East Wenatchee, WA
18. 3 Barry Shingar Cranbrook, BC CA
19. 93 Dave Garber Spokane, WA
20. 20T Shelby Thompson Spokane, WA
21. 29Jason O’Neil Spokane, WA
22. 23 Corey Allard Sagle, ID
23. 76 Eric Chaney Post Falls, ID
24. 72 Kameron McKeehan Lewiston, ID
Race Contingency Awards-
Fast Time- No. 73 Gary Lewis 13. 129-sec.
JOES Racing Products Hard Charger- No. 64x Brock Denny (advanced from 23rd to 13th place)
Longacre Racing Products Long Haul Award- No. 5 Ryan Wells (traveled approximately 944 miles round-trip from Hingham, MT to Post Fall, ID)
-Jeremy Anders Press Release. Photo Credit: Jeremy Anders