NELMS On Hand For SSP Independence Day Weekend Doubleheader Starting With The Baseline Pawn Firecracker 100
By Ben Deatherage
(Photo Courtesy of Ken O’Neil)
Banks, Oregon- After last weekend’s rain out at Coos Bay Speedway the cars and stars of the Northwest Extreme Late Model Series will be on tap for not one but two events this Independence Day weekend at Sunset Speedway Park. The first race of the doubleheader will be the one-hundred lap Firecracker 100 presented by Baseline Pawn on Friday July 4th followed by another night of action on Saturday the 5th.
Shaun Mayea was able to win in the Season Opener at Cottage Grove, Phillip Johnson picked up the huge win at Madras Speedway, and “Superman” Collen Winebarger won in a thriller at Willamette Speedway. Greg Walters has been victorious the two times the NELMS series has visited including the Spring Challenge in May.
The Northwest Extreme Late Model Series has visited SSP a total of twenty-one times since the organization’s inception in 2010 with Greg Walters winning the most at fourteen triumphs including the aforementioned triumph at the Spring Challenge this year. Collen Winebarger has three wins while drivers with just one include Terry Ferrando, Jerry Schram, Russ Sell, and Billy Workman Jr.
Both days the Pit Gates will open at 2:00 PM, Front Gates open at 3:30, and racing starts at 6:00. Tickets for Friday are Adults $15.00, Seniors/Military/Juniors (13-17) $13.00, Youths (Ages 12-6) $8.00, and Children under the age of 5 are FREE and a Family Pass will be offered for two Adults and up to four Youths for just $55.00. Saturday tickets are Adults $12.00, Seniors/Military/Juniors (13-17) $10.00, Youths (Ages 12-6) $5.00, and Children under the age of 5 are FREE and a Family Pass will be offered for two Adults and up to four Youths for just $35.00. For more information log on to www.sunsetspeedwaypark.com.
Current Point Standings (Top Ten): 1. Brad Martin 256; 2. Phillip Johnson 235; 3. Jacob Myers 232; 4. Jason Johnson 227; 5. John Gamell 223; 6. Greg Walters 216; 7. Ryan Bothwell 203; 8. Jerry Schram 191; 9. Dave Walters 179; 10. Josh Sim 173
Previous Northwest Extreme Late Model Series Winners At Sunset Speedway Park:
2014- Greg Walters on May 24th, Greg Walters on June 21st
2013- Greg Walters on April 27th, Greg Walters on May 4th, Collen Winebarger on June 1st, Collen Winebarger on June 15th, Greg Walters on July 4th, Collen Winebarger on July 13th, Greg Walters on July 27th, Greg Walters on August 3rd, Greg Walters on September 7th
2012- Terry Ferrando on June 16th, Jerry Schram on July 4th, Greg Walters on August 4th
2011- Greg Walters on June 4th, Greg Walters on July 23rd, Greg Walters on August 6th
2010- Greg Walters on May 1st, Russ Sell on June 12th, Billy Workman Jr. on July 17th, Greg Walters on August 7th
Past Firecracker 100 Winners:
2013- Greg Walters
2012- Jerry Schram
2011- Jesse Freeman (Street Stocks)
2010- Greg Walters
2009- Greg Walters
2008- Brandon Lindberg*
2007- Greg Walters*
*- Denotes races that were billed as Firecracker 150