Northwest Wingless Tour Ends Fantastic 2013 Campaign At SSP Saturday Night
By Ben Deatherage
(Photo Courtesy of Ken O'Neil)
Banks, Oregon- The climax of the wonderful point battle that has taken place in 2013 with the Northwest Wingless Tour will come to an end this Saturday September 14th. That night the cars and stars of the NWWT will tackle Sunset Speedway Park for one final time as the final round of the campaign will take place this coming weekend.
Going into Saturday night Rob Lindsey leads both the point table of the Northwest Wingless Tour and the NWSprintCarHistory.com Rookie of thy Year award. Lindsey has a narrow fifty-nine point lead over second place Sterling Kane. The maximum amount of point a driver can earn is seventy and that is if he or she can perform a clean sweep by setting fast time, win the heat, and finishing first in the feature. Where things get interesting is Lindsey will be flying in late on Saturday arriving from a business trip at St. Andrews Links in Scotland. If Lindsey becomes the champion he will be the fifth different champ in five years.
The Northwest Wingless Tour has visited SSP four times this year producing three different winners. Bill Winsley has two victories while Sterling Kane and Mitch Hoffses have one apiece. Overall in the season Kyle Miller has an impressive ten wins over Winsley who is the only other repeat winner this season. Evan Margeson, Mitch Hoffses, Kyle Mehner, and Sterling Kane have all made one trip to victory lane with the NWWT in 2013.
In sixteen visits to Sunset since 2009 the NWWT has produced eight different winners. With his win on August 10th Bill Winsley leads the series in feature wins at SSP with four over Gary Davis who has three. Drivers that have two series wins at the ¼-mile clay oval include Theo McCarty, Sterling Kane, and Mitch Hoffses. Earning just one series victory when the tour has come to town have been Ryan Bothwell, Mark Nichols, and Tony Thomas.
The Sunset Speedway Park is located just west of the Portland metro area in Banks on the Sunset Highway. From April until October you can get your racing fix at this facility which competes weekly primarily on Saturday nights. Regular classes in action include the NW Extreme Winged Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, Street Stocks, 4-Bee’s, NW Extreme Modifieds, and the Womens division. For more information www.sunsetspeedwaypark.com or call the brand new Northwest Tracks Hotline at (360)-699-RACE.
In 2013 the Northwest Wingless Tour will partake in eighteen races at four different race tracks in the states of Oregon and Washington. In four seasons there have been four different champions in this organization that has started to become pretty popular among fans and drivers in the Northwest. Be sure and check out their brand new website at www.nwextremeseries.com.
Track: Sunset Speedway Park
Location: 485 S Main Street, Banks, OR, 97106
2013- Sterling Kane on May 11th, Mitch Hoffses on May 25th, Bill Winsley on June 22nd, Bill Winsley on August 10th
2012- Bill Winsley on May 19th, Ryan Bothwell on June 2nd, Theo McCarty on June 9th, Bill Winsley on June 23rd, Theo McCarty on August 25th, Sterling Kane on September 15th, Mitch Hoffses on September 29th
2011- Gary Davis on June 25th, Gary Davis on July 9th, Gary Davis August 13th, Mark Nichols on September 10th
2010- Tony Thomas on July 31st
2013 Northwest Wingless Tour Schedule
4/20 Cottage Grove Speedway (Cottage Grove, OR) Kyle Mehner
5/4 Cottage Grove Speedway (Cottage Grove, OR) Kyle Miller
5/11 Sunset Speedway Park (Banks, OR) Sterling Kane
5/18 Sunset Speedway Park (Banks, OR) Rained Out
5/25 Sunset Speedway Park (Banks, OR) Mitch Hoffses
6/8 Cottage Grove Speedway (Cottage Grove, OR) Kyle Miller
6/22 Sunset Speedway Park (Banks, OR) Bill Winsley
7/12 Grays Harbor Raceway (Elma, WA)* Kyle Miller
7/13 Grays Harbor Raceway (Elma, WA)* Kyle Miller
7/19 Cottage Grove Speedway (Cottage Grove, OR)* Kyle Miller
7/20 Cottage Grove Speedway (Cottage Grove, OR)* Kyle Miller
7/26 Willamette Speedway (Lebanon, OR)* Kyle Miller
7/27 Willamette Speedway (Lebanon, OR)* Kyle Miller
8/10 Sunset Speedway Park (Banks, OR) Bill Winsley
8/24 Grays Harbor Raceway (Elma, WA) Evan Margeson
8/31 Cottage Grove Speedway (Cottage Grove, OR)% Kyle Miller
9/1 Cottage Grove Speedway (Cottage Grove, OR)% Kyle Miller
9/14 Sunset Speedway Park (Banks, OR)
*- Denotes Non-Wing Speedweek dates
%- Denotes Wingless Nationals presented by Herz Precision Parts