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Apple Blossom 200 Set To Kick Off PASS Northwest Triple Crown At Wenatchee
Apr 22, 2013 - updated Apr 22nd, 2013 7:35am
Web posted by Alan Deitz
WENATCHEE, WA (April 22)
– After months of anticipation, drivers and fans of the Pacific Northwest are
just days away from the return of organized stock car racing to the region with
this weekend’s Apple Blossom 200. The
season opener for Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval (WVSO) will also double as
the inaugural event for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Northwest Triple
is largely regarded as the premier sanctioning body for short track asphalt
racing in the North America. The Apple
Blossom 200 has traditionally been one of the biggest Super Late Model races in
the Northwest, so the pairing of the two just seems to make
sense. The PASS Northwest Triple Crown
already drawn lots of
interest from racers excited about the possibilities for this year and beyond.
“Guys are hopeful and ready
to support PASS in the Northwest,” said WVSO promoter and short track racing
legend, Garrett Evans. “I know several drivers that have been saving their
cars because they are committed to the PASS Northwest Triple Crown. We’ve had teams practice here at WVSO from
Spokane and other places. And the local guys have been practicing a lot too
and are really excited.”
Since he became a full-time PASS
driver in 2009, Durham, NC’s Jay Fogleman has been one of the series staunchest
supporters. The series has allowed the veteran
driver to race from Florida to Maine at speedways he never once imagined prior
to joining PASS. That will continue this
weekend when Fogleman travels to WVSO to compete in the Apple Blossom 200.
“I can’t thank Garrett [Evans]
enough for this opportunity to come out and race at Wenatchee against some of
best short track racers in the West,” said
Fogleman, the defending PASS National Champion.
“PASS helped resurrect Super Late Model racing in the Southeast and I
think the PASS Northwest Triple Crown will do the same for that part of the
county. I’m just really excited and
ready to go race at a new facility for me against a lot of really talented race
Gary Lewis of Snohomish, WA is one
of those talented racers. Lewis is a
former champion of the old Northwest tour and is usually at the top of the
contenders list wherever he races. The
PASS Northwest Triple Crown at WVSO is vital to the region Lewis believes.
“First off, I’m really excited that
PASS is coming in and giving the Northwest racers a place to race and a chance
at growing a series through the coming years,” said Lewis. “I think it will be a good race, a lot of top
teams have shown interest and the Apple Blossom 200 has always been one of
those races you want to win. We tested a
new car at Wentachee, it went really good and I think we will have a great shot
at the win.”
In addition to drawing veteran
drivers like Fogleman and Lewis, the Apple Blossom 200 will also have its share
of youth and exuberance. Idaho’s
Jonathon Gomez has proven himself wherever he races across the West Coast and
feels Saturday’s field of competitors will rank among the best.
“I see this year’s Apple Blossom
being a very professional race and should be a very
race because I will be racing against a great
group of drivers from the Northwest,” said Gomez.
Gomez echoed the feelings of many
that believe the time is right for PASS to come to the Northwest.
“I think it’s great that there will
be another series for us to compete on in the region and I hope that it will
only grow bigger and better through the years,” Gomez continued.
PASS Northwest Triple Crown looks to build on an outstanding start to the
season for both PASS North and PASS South that has seen extremely high car
counts thus far. Canadian champion Brian Levant has already
filed an early entry along with Oregon’s Alan Kress. Several drivers from Washington state have
also entered, many of whom have experience at WVSO, including Ricky Allen,
Michael Knutson, Kelly Mann, Josh Roberts, and Todd Walters with many more
drivers expected this weekend.
gets under way on Friday, April 26th for the Apple Blossom 200 with
rotating practice from 11 AM – 4 PM for the PASS Northwest Super Late Models, WESCO
Sprints, Pro 4 Alliance, and Pure Stocks.
On Saturday, April 27th, rotating practice for all divisions begins at
Noon, with qualifying at 4 PM, and main event racing to follow at 6 PM.
Northwest Triple Crown entry forms the Apple Blossom 200 at Wenatchee Valley’s
Super Oval along with PASS North Super Late Model entry forms for Beech Ridge
Motor Speedway and the 40th Annual TD Bank 250 at Oxford Plains
Speedway can be found at ProAllStarsSeries.com.
Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America’s premier sanctioning body
for asphalt Super Late Models and boasts such marquee events as the PASS
Northwest Triple Crown at Wenatchee Valley’s
Super Oval, PASS South’s Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor
Speedway, the Autobus La Qubecoise Triple Crown at Autodrome Chaudiere, and the
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