Yakima Speedway heads inot second-half of 2012 Season.
July 28, 2012
For Immediate Release: Yakima Speedway Media Relations Yakima Speedway heads into second-half of 2012 season with championship points on the line
YAKIMA, Wash. (July 26, 2012)-After taking two weeks off to allow race fans and competitors a summer break and the chance to catch great racing action in other parts of the Northwest, Yakima Speedway roars back to life this Saturday night with five division's of action on the famed half-mile.
Leading the way will be the H&H Furniture Pure Stock division where the race for the 2012 championship has come down to a two-driver showdown between leader Chris Marang and Rob Allen who sits just 29 markers behind Marang. While mathematically in the mix this year's hard-charging Rookie of the Year contender, Tim Hitchcock may be bringing his force to challenge Allen's second-place position as the Moxee native sits third over all and only 38 points behind Allen. Kyle Wade and Peppie Rojas round out the top-5 drivers in the chase for the Pure Stock championship.
In the Burger Ranch Sportsman division Buck Noel Jr. looks to continue his winning ways over a strong group of contenders that include Lucas Valdez, Kyler Conduff, Morgan Morrison and Terry Cook. Noel leads last season's Rookie of the Year winner, Valdez, by 53 heading into the weekend. The race for second through fifth place in the standings is very tight as only 33 points separate Valdez back to fifth-place Cook.
For Jeff Ball the only thing standing between himself and a 2012 championship in the CWI Security/EZ Credit Auto Sales Hornet is a potential mechanical gremlin or vacation outing that would cause the No. 49 to gain points in the class. Ball has been the dominant car all season long and if not standing in victory circle as the race winner, he had still ended up on the track's front stretch as a top-3 finisher. Micheal Beck and Rodger Eaton run second and third respectively in the Hornet division points standings with only 13 points separating the pair. Aguirre has lost the last two main events after starting the year off with five straight victories. The momentary pause has allowed Nunn as well as Dennis Clouse (-39) to remain in the hunt. Kellie Zacharias and Joe Stevens round out the top-5 in the Bump-to-Pass points standings.
For Cody Denton the chance to claim the first-ever championship in the Speedway Mini-Stock division continues this weekend as he holds a strong 58-point lead on second-place Joshua Henne. While no title is ever locked up until championship night, Denton is among the most likely of Speedway competitors to claim a title when the dust settles on 2012. George Jankowics, Casey Chambers and Adam Bryan round out the top-5 in the Mini-Stock points standings.
Josh Aguirre has had the upper hand this season in most Sea Galley Bump-to-Pass races with many a victory coming his way since the year kicked off back in April. With that said Todd Nunn has been up to the challenge of staying with Aguirre for the 2012 championship and the drivers find themselves with a mere six points between them heading into the weekend.
Late Model Sportsman cars were originally scheduled to compete this weekend but have been tentatively rescheduled for Aug. 25. As a reminder, discount ticket night at Yakima Speedway is coming up on Aug. 11 with special pricing and booklets being offered at the Speedway main office or at various locations across the Yakima Valley. Fans are encouraged to contact the track for more details regarding this promotion. For fast and furious racing action fans will want to be sure to be at Yakima Speedway Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. as admission gates will be open. Qualifying set for 5 followed by racing at 6. To learn more about this weekend's racing events at Yakima Speedway log onto www.yakimaspeedway.us find Yakima Speedway on Facebook or call (509) 248-0647.