Monday April 22, 2013
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 Crown.
PASS 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 has 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 the 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 car drivers.”
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 clean 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.
The 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.
Action 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.
PASS 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.
The 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 legendary TD Bank 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway. For technical information concerning all PASS divisions please contact Scott Reed at 207-625-3230 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039 or email@example.com. Please visit ProAllStarsSeries.com for more information and don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook to keep up with breaking news as it happens.
This report was provided by an outside PR source and posted by Mike Neff.
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