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June 11, 2010






June 12th, 2010 (Yakima Speedway, ASA Member Track, Yakima WA)- Yakima Speedway played host to two touring series on Saturday Night featuring the Pro 4 Alliance Late Models presented by First Class Auto Sales and the Outlaw Compacts touring class. Also featured were the Tire Centers Super Streets, CWI Security & EZ Credit Auto Sales and Mel’s Diner Bump To Pass.


 In the feature First Class Auto Sales 60 lap main event, 29 of the 32 NW Pro 4 Alliance Late Models, including the 6 cars that transferred from the B Main Event won by Johnny Rumsey, hit the pavement ready to race Yakima’s fast ½ mile. This class of drivers put on an exhilarating race captivating all the fans with multiple challenges and three wide passes taking place all throughout the field. West Richland Washington driver Steve Thompson returned to Yakima Speedway putting his plan in motion to take home the win by qualifying with a 19.677 beating Brother Rick Thompson for the pole position and setting a new track record. A six car invert put last seasons point championship runner up, Utah’s Kurt Madsen on the pole, but the fast car of Steve Thompson would take the race lead before the first lap was completed. An unfortunate transmission failure would later end the dominate run of Steve Thompson, sending him to the pits with a disappointing 22nd place finish. A late race collision took place on lap 56 when the car of Dan Bedwell would spin in turn four collecting the car of Steve Schovares and resetting the field for the 4 lap shoot out. With only 16 cars remaining on the track the green flag would fly and drivers Kurt Madsen and Rick Thompson would race nose to tail with John Grosvenor close behind all racing hard for the win. The fast car of Kurt Madsen would not be beat; he would hold off the field and claim his first win of the 2010 season and the First Class Auto Sales 60 Lap main event. Rick Thompson, John Grosvenor, Bill McAdams, John Jackson and Bud Rumsey would round off the top 5.


Mike VanAmburg who was second in points going into the Saturday Night Main event captured another A trophy dash win  and the Main Event in the Tire Center Super Street division. Randy Marshall JR set fast time with a 21.519 but a five car invert would put Chuck Roberts on the pole. VanAmburg was challenged several times for the lead from local favorite Mel Patnode and they would race side-by-side lap after lap until the Monte Carlo driven by Patnode would get loose coming off of turn two and he would have to let off to collect the car back up providing VanAmburg the time to pull away and go on to win the race. Mel Patnode finished second with Randy Marshall JR, Dusty John, and Chuck Roberts completing the top five.


The Outlaw Compacts touring division put on a great show for their first visit to Yakima Speedway. Steve Green from Snohomish Washington battled with fast time qualifier Kris Harriss for the majority of the main event putting on an exciting show for all the fans. Steve Green would make some great moves and would end up with his first trip to victory lane at the famed ½ mile oval. John Roberts won the A trophy dash and Chad Benjamin claimed the B dash honor with Steve Green finishing first in the heat race.


In the CWI Security & EZ Credit Auto Sales Hornet division, rookie Joe Roberts, the current Youth Hornet points leader and B trophy dash winner for the evening, started on the pole for the 20 lap main event. Josh Washington who won the A trophy dash and  started in the fifth position for the main event lost no time in passing cars to make it to the lead position by lap 4 and would end up claiming another 2010 season win. This class is really becoming a point’s battle for the season championship between Josh Washington and Greg Gargett who finished 2nd in the main coming from the 8th starting position.


As always the Mel’s Diner Bump To Pass class put on a wild and crazy show with multiple crashes, spins and wall smacking action. Donnie Stevens, Joe Stevens and Jake Breshears would claim the top 3 podium positions after an early black flag for jumping the start would cause fast time qualifier and A trophy dash winner Allen Reid to go to the back of the pack. Reid made his way back through the pack and finished in the 4th position.


Race #5 of the Yakima Speedway Super Late Model Challenge series brought to you by Better All Auto Sales will be featured next Saturday Night June 19th, when the race for the coveted $30,000 prize award will be continued. Also the Burger Ranch Sportsman, H & H Furniture Pure Stock, Sea Galley Youth Hornets and the Mel’s Diner Bump To Pass will all return for more racing action. Visit for more information.


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