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July 05, 2010



July 3rd, 2010 (Yakima Speedway, ASA Member Track, Yakima WA) - Mel Patnode was crowned Champion of the 2nd Annual Washington Street Stock Challenge Saturday night at Yakima Speedway.

The popular event kicked off an action packed weekend at Yakima Speedway and featured many teams from all over including many drivers from the Northwest Outlaw Street Stock Series as well as local favorites Mel Patnode, current Tire Centers Super Street point’s leader Mike VanAmburg, Randy Marshall Jr, Todd Connell, Rich Peters, Chuck Roberts and Buck Noel Jr. Mike Easley from Olympia set fast time and broke the track record with time of 21.191. Ron Stewart won the B Trophy dash and Wenatchee’s Josh Ingram won the A Trophy Dash.

 Dave Lund from Arlington was on the pole for the 75 lap main event and quickly claimed the lead. Mel Patnode, Andy Stibal, Mike VanAmburg, Josh Ingram and Kim Wenneberg raced side-by-side and three wide for the top positions allowing Dave Lund to extend his lead in what looked to be a sure win for the dominate car. On lap 13, a blown motor would end the evening for Gary Flammang who often races the Yakima Speedway ½ mile oval bringing the red flag out for track clean up. Mike VanAmburg came into the pits to make adjustments to his ill-handling car and would have to start at the back of the field but would make it back into the top 10 ending up with a 7th place finish.

On the restart Dave Lund again claimed the lead and demonstrated spectacular driving ability and patience passing both inside and outside through lap traffic and would continue to lead every lap until the 50 lap 10 minute break. It appeared that Dave Lund would be the sure winner but a flat tire on the first lap after the break would make it impossible to make up the time after being forced to go into the pits and he would end up with a 16th place finish.

 With Dave Lund out of the picture Yakima’s Mel Patnode who had maintained 2nd place the whole race took the lead. Northwest Outlaw Street Stock series regulars Josh Ingram, Kim Wenneberg, Josh Wilson, and Andy Stibal showcased some of the best racing action of the evening racing nose to tail, trading positions, weaving through lap traffic challenging each other for position all needing a good finish as this event was race #4 on the touring series schedule as well as a points race for the series.

Josh Ingram made several unsuccessful attempts to challenge Mel Patnode for the lead, but Mel’s knowledge of the track and superior driving ability led the local fan favorite to the winners circle earning him the title of Champion of the 2nd Annual Washington Street Stock Challenge. Rounding off the top five were Josh Ingram, Kim Wenneberg, Josh Wilson and Andy Stibal.

Saturday evening also featured the CWI Security and EZ credit Auto Sales Hornet division. Greg Gargett was unbeatable on Saturday night setting fast time of 16.844, winning the A trophy Dash and the Main Event. Keith Erickson took second, Josh Washington third, John Roberts fourth and Julie Melville finished fifth.

The Mel’s Diner Bump To Pass division put on another wild and crazy show. Donnie Stevens drove to another main event victory and claimed his first of four trophies that he earned during the action packed race weekend. Cody Denton who wrecked earlier and had to be towed off the track was able to repair his car for the main event and earn a second place finish followed by Robert Albert, Ben Briggs, Joe Stevens, Eddie Abrams, Eric Pedro and Kevin Harper.

Next week Yakima Speedway invites you to join our staff and racers in celebrating our 45th Anniversary and the mid-season Championship. We are opening the gates at 2:00 pm for ticket holders to enjoy Micro-Reality remote control car racing, jump castle, face painting, food, beer garden, music and the best racers in the Northwest competing for the $30,000 points fund in the Yakima Super Late Model Challenge Series. 5000 promotional tickets were printed for this event and sold for $2.OO a pc (book for 25 for $50.00) and are almost gone. You must have a ticket to enter this event; regular price tickets will be available at the ticket office but will be sold at regular season prices. For more information contact

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