Yakima Speedway Spring Spectacular this weekend
June 05, 2012
For Immediate Release: Yakima Speedway Media Relations
YAKIMA, Wash. (June 4, 2012)-After a successful open house last Thursday night that gave Yakima Valley fans a chance to enjoy dinner and meet the competitors who put on the shows at the famed half-mile- many will be back this weekend as the Speedway hosts its annual $2 admission night.
Ticket booklets are still on sale at the Speedway offices and from officials and drivers alike with sales wrapping up at close of business on Friday.
"We had a great turnout of people to the track for our open house. Our staff saw a lot of new faces and very interested community members which goes to show Yakima Speedway is still a big part of the area's entertainment offerings," said Yakima Speedway general manager Steve Conduff. "Now we will roll up our sleeves and get ready for the big weekend with six classes in action and some of the nest drivers in the Northwest."
That list includes multi-time late model champion, Owen Riddle, who won this year's fabled Apple Cup in April and brings with him a win at last weekend Spokane County Raceway's Sunkist 100. Also expected to take part in Yakima's first late model points race of the season will be Randy Marshall Jr., Taylor Riddle, Christopher Kalsch and many more.
Also racing will be the Burger Ranch Sportsman, Sea Galley Bump to Pass, CWI Security/EZ Credit Auto Sales Hornets, Speedway Mini Stocks and the H&H Furniture Pure Stocks.
Josh Aguirre is the man to beat in the Bump to Pass class as he won every main event the division has held in the 2012 season. Aguirre's most recent victory was a crowd-pleaser as he made the pass with less then one lap to go in the main event.
Buck Noel Jr. leads the Sportsman divisions chase for the 2012 championship, but, the talk of the division is Garrett Sisk who came out in the last event with a car capable of challenging the leaders at any point. The West Valley native broke the track record in qualifying and stormed through the field for his first career victory in the class with a late race pass of Terry Cook.
Chris Marang, Rob Allen, Tim Hitchcock and Jeff Wilkenson have raced in a tight group throughout the early going of the Pure Stock season with Allen and Marang each netting victories. Rookie of the Year candidates Wilkenson and Hitchcock have been gaining momentum with both drivers showing their potential to challenge Allen and Marang for race wins. This weekend Marang will be out to make it three consecutive wins and all eye will be on 'The Wildman' to see if the feat can be accomplished.
Cody Denton's strong finishes in the track's newly formed Mini-Stock division has him eyeing a championship this season. As the class grows more drivers have turned out to tame the famed half-mile and displace Denton's efforts to win races. Those drivers include Joshua Henne, Jason Hall and Tyler Breshears.
Casey Chambers, who does double-duty with his Honda as the youngster runs it in the Hornet and Mini-Stock divisions, will be looking to earn his second straight main event victory in the Hornet class just one race after picking up his first career victory at Yakima Speedway. Chambers has been strong in the Mini-Stocks as well with each start resulting in finishes of fifth place or better.
While the calendar shows June has just begun, Speedway officials are already planning for the 25th Annual Fall Classic with an announcement this week that those winning races in the Sportsman, Late Model and West Coast Street Stock Series will have provisional opportunities in the season-ending event. Any driver winning a race in one of the three highlighted divisions will gain a provisional starting position in the Fall Classic. Drivers would still be required to make an attempt to qualify for the Fall Classic but would now know their starting Sunday's finale is guaranteed. Also, any driver winning three consecutive races in the aforementioned divisions will be granted the third starting position in their Sunday starting line-up.
For more details drivers and teams are urged to contact the Speedway's office or log onto the track's website. The incentive programs begins with this weekend's racing action. To learn more about the June 9 $2 front gate admission promotion and all the action at Yakima Speedway like the track's Facebook page, log onto www.yakimaspeedway.us or call (509) 248-0647