Yakima Speedway's 25th Annual Fall Classic
September 24, 2012
For Immediate Release:
Yakima Speedway Media Relations Yakima Speedway's 25th Annual Fall Classic featuring two series championship finales Yakima, WA (September 24, 2012)-
With 25 years of auto racing history, the Fall Classic is among the Northwest premier season finales. In recent years the race has been the final stop on the Northwest Pro 4 Alliance's schedule with a champion crowned on Saturday evening. In 2011 the West Coast Street Stock Series added to the Fall Classic's prestige by holding its season finale on Sunday prior to the late model 200-lap shootout.
The two division's along with the best drivers in regional Hobby Stock competition and the top late model talent on the West Coast invade the famed half-mile this weekend for the final race of the 2012 season at Yakima Speedway. Local drivers are a big part of the two division's staging championship races as Rookie of the Year winners in each hail from the Yakima Valley. Both cut their teeth in quarter-midget racing in the area then moved onto budding careers in full-size race cars.
Zach Beaman has made the most of his season on the West Coast Street Stock Series with several finishes inside the top-10 running order including a strong run at both series stops at Yakima Speedway (April and July). The consistency has paid off as Beaman will clinch the WCSSS Rookie crown by merely taking the green flag during Sunday's main event.
Cody Walker began his big track career this season on the respected Northwest Pro 4 Alliance after a successful career in local, regional and national quarter-midget competition. Walker has two wins at Yakima Speedway this season in the local Pro 4 late model class and currently leads the Northwest Pro 4 Alliance Rookie standings. Like Beaman, the youngster will need to qualify into Saturday evening's main event and he will depart Yakima Speedway as the 2012 series Rookie of the Year.
WCSSS points leader, Andy Stibal, will be one to watch this weekend as he rides into Yakima as the winner of the series most recent stop at the half-mile. Stibal will be in a tough battle throughout the Fall Classic as he holds a slim four-point margin on Moses Lake native, Ron Stewart, with Wenatchee's Kim Wennerberg a mere eight points off the top spot. Prosser native Bud Rumsey leads the chase for the 2012 Northwest Pro 4 Alliance and similar to Stibal's upcoming weekend, nothing is certain or secured until the checkers fly to wrap-up the final series event of the year. With a slim four-point lead over Craig Forney (who won this race one year ago) and just 66 points separating the top-5 drivers back to last season's champion Eddie Secord-the final Alliance race of the year will be a lap-to-lap challenge of nerves for drivers and teams.
Not to be outdone, defending Fall Classic late model champion Naima Lang has per-registered for the 25th Annual event and will be out to join an elite list of drivers including Pete Harding and Garrett Evans who have won the Classic more then once in their career.
Also racing will be the region's top Hobby Stock drivers including Buck Noel Jr., Lucas Valdez, Morgan Morrison and Wenatchee's Kevin Bull. The Fall Classic's Hobby class allows a rules package where most regional tracks Pure and Hobby Stock teams should fit into the program. In addition to the aforementioned drivers, top Hobby talent from Ephrata Raceway Park, the Inland Empire and parts of Oregon and Montana should be in attendance.
The 25th Annual Fall Classic closes out the Central Washington racing season this weekend with two great days of racing action. Discounted options for driver entries and other information regarding the historic season finale are available on the track's website yakimaspeedway.us or by calling (509) 248-0647. Keep up with all the latest news for the Fall Classic on the track's website, Facebook page, racingwest.com and local media.
25th Annual Fall Classic Pre-Registered Drivers- Late Models 00 Naima Lang (defending late model Fall Classic champion) 1 Mitch Kleyn 4 David Smick 10 Owen Riddle 10 John Boyatt 12 Giles Thornton 14 Austin Hoye 15 Tayler Riddle 31 Jason Fraser 39 Pete Harding 48 Tom Hughs 52 Mike Zamora 64 Garrett Evans 96 Jake Bisset
NW Pro 4 Alliance 2 Johnny Rumsey 3 Donavan Parker 5 Wayne Dillon 7 Craig Forney 8 Matt Melby 10 John Grosvenor 11 Bud Rumsey 12 Tom Imus 16 Rick Thompson 18 Scott Raver 19 Kayla Pittman 23 Kyle Latham 32 Jeff Raver 33 Ken Chandler 37 Charles McDonald 38 Rob Taylor 45 Steve Schovaers 47 Derek Becker 48 Dawson Loehner 60 Brian Tischner 65 Eric Kaas 72 Ed Novak 77 Eddie Secord (2011 NW Pro 4 Alliance Champion) 86 Kyler Conduff 96 Cody Walker 98 Thomas Husk 99 CJ Hawley 00 Mike Miller 03 Steve Thompson 07 Toby Becker 09 Scott Graf 2ss4 Dwight Waterbury 8ss4 Mitch Slagle 27ss4 Ross Jones 71ss4 Chad Davis
WEST COAST STREET STOCK SERIES 02 TODD CONNELL 04 MEL PATNODE (2011 WCSSS CHAMPION) 05 ARNOLD NORTON 06 STEVE PATACEK 07 ANDY STIBAL 2 DARRIN GOETZ 3 ANDY BEAMAN 4 JOSH CHILDRESS 6 SHANE BRIM 8 DOUG POIRIER 9 RANDY PUGH 12 RICK VILLYARD 13 KELLY HELEWELL 14 RICH PETERS YAKIMA 14X RICHIE BALDERSON 17 CASEY MERRILL 20 RON STEWART 21 BARRY MUELLER 22 BRYON GOETZ 25 ZACK BEAMAN 33 CHAD HINKLE 41 KEVIN CARVER 43 JIM FRANKLIN 55 STEVE PRISSEL 56 RICHARD KERR 64 BILL RUTHERFORD 68 KIP ELLIOTT 69 CHRIS HART 70 KIM WENNERBERG 71 JUSTIN DUNNIGAN 97 JOSH INGRAM 99 JOE KNEELAND