Walters Wins Night One Of Spring Challenge At SSP
By Ben Deatherage
(Photo Courtesy of Alyssa Jones)
Sunset Speedway Park would host the second race of 2014 for the Northwest Extreme Late Model Series on Saturday May 24th. It would be the first of two nights of the Spring Challenge for the touring organization.
In the feature it was Newberg’s “Captain” Jack Marontate, driving his Metposite Flat Panel Wall Systems/Chehalem Sign Company/Turk's Newberg Tire and Auto Repair/Smokercraft Boats #56 Rayburn, seizing the early race lead. Marontate would set the pace in the feature for several laps before Greg Walters of Banks would make the pass on lap nine. Walters would blaze the trail for the remainder of the distance to capture his first win of the 2014 campaign. It would mark the thirteenth career Northwest Extreme Late Model Series win when the series has visited SSP for Walters and his T&G Trucking/Warpaint Motorsport Graphix & Web Design/Duncan Automotive #97 Victory Circle entry.
The big surprise of the night was the second place run by Portland’s Phillip Johnson in his Jackhammer Trucking/T&G Trucking #79 Rayburn entry followed by the Schram Brothers Excavating/Century III Stables/Bodies by Steve-O #16 MasterSbilt of Jerry Schram from Vancouver, Washington in third. The balance of the top five would consist of Jacob Myers of Salem chauffeuring the Baxter’s Auto Parts/Blasen & Blasen Lumber Corp./Powell Motors #9 Rayburn in fourth and the Ireland & Ireland at Law/Privateer Racing/Applebee Aviation #8 machine of Rob Ireland from Banks in fifth.
Winning the heat races earlier in the night were Greg Walters and the Jackhammer Trucking/T&G Trucking #76 Rayburn of Jason Johnson from Gresham. Johnson would win the trophy dash while Warren's Brad Martin set fast time of the night in his Reser's Fine Foods/Wayne Martin Floor Covering/Alliance Automotive #99 MasterSbilt.
The Northwest Extreme Late Model Series is back in action for the second round of the Spring Challenge at Sunset Speedway Park on Sunday May 25th. Pit Gates will open at 2:00 PM, Front Gates open at 3:30, and racing starts at 6:00. Tickets for the event 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.
Saturday May 24th, 2014
Sunset Speedway Park
Northwest Extreme Late Model Series
A Feature: 1. 97-Greg Walters; 2. 79-Phil Johnson; 3. 16-Jerry Schram; 4. 9-Jacob Myers; 5. 8-Rob Ireland; 6. 20-Josh Sim; 7. 67-Dave Walters; 8. 99-Brad Martin; 9. 76-Jason Johnson; 10. 56-Jack Marontate; 11. 28-Bob Trout; 12. 88-John Gamell; 13. 8X-Daniel Modaff; 14. 18-Kristi Somers; 15. 51-Ryan Bothwell
Dash: 1. 76-Jason Johnson; 2. 99-Brad Martin; 3. 28-Bob Trout; 4. 9-Jacob Myers
Heat 1: 1. 97-Greg Walters; 2. 99-Brad Martin; 3. 8-Rob Ireland; 4. 9-Jacob Myers; 5. 88-John Gamell; 6. 8X-Daniel Modaff; 7. 18-Kristi Somers
Heat 2: 1. 76-Jason Johnson; 2. 67-Dave Walters; 3. 28-Bob Trout; 4. 16-Jerry Schram; 5. 20-Josh Sim; 6. 79-Phil Johnson; 7. 56-Jack Marontate
Qualifying: 1. 99-Brad Martin; 2. 76-Jason Johnson; 3. 9-Jacob Myers; 4. 28-Bob Trout; 5. 97-Greg Walters; 6. 67-Dave Walters; 7. 8-Rob Ireland; 8. 16-Jerry Schram; 9. 88-John Gamell; 10. 20-Josh Sim; 11. 18-Kristi Somers; 12. 79-Phil Johnson; 13. 8X-Daniel Modaff; 14. 56-Jack Marontate; 15. 51-Ryan Bothwell