A Galloway Win can last a lifetime!
When the field lines up for the running of the sixth annual Mark Galloway 150 Shootout Presented by Monroe Grocery Outlet and Shoreline Community College, fans will witness something of a “Class Reunion” of former and current Speedway Chevrolet Super Late Model Champions, several NASCAR Northwest Tour Champions, and a Northwest Super Late Model Series Champion.
This coming Saturday race is notable for those reasons above, but most importantly it honors the memory of a young man taken away from not only his family, but many friends, peers and racers who knew beyond a shadow of a doubt how special and meaningful his short time on this planet was.
The class of drivers who are competing in this marquee event include 4-time NASCAR Track Champion Naima Lang for example. He’s taken the past few years off from racing the full season, understandably wanting to spend more time with his wife Jill and their growing sons. The constant has been up until this season that the dust would be blown off the bright blue Chevrolet when it came time to gear up for the Galloway. Naima was one racer who really knew Mark Galloway. Naima knew how dedicated he was to not only his chosen field of automotive technology, but also of Marks commitment to making Evergreen Speedway a better place to race. When pressed, Naima will refer back to his winning of the inaugural Mark Galloway tribute event as the highlight of his career. That’s saying something given that in addition to his numerous Championships in both the Street Stock and Super Late Model divisions, he’s also achieved 2 wins at the Yakima Speedway Fall Classic, which anyone will tell you is no walk in the park.
Another former 2-time NASCAR Super Late Model Champion Shane Harding will be amped up for this race. His stats are impressive with his Evergreen Championships and a Fall Classic win. Shane will tell you to your face that his win in the Galloway is as important as any race he’s ever run. Both Jason Fraser and Kelly Mann have crossed under the checkered flag on the first big-track race of the year with Galloway victories, and those two cats have won some big time races over the years. The youngest winner of the Galloway, Tyler Tanner has spent the better part of the past 2 seasons racing in high profile Super Late Model races along with spending much of last year driving in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Tyler is well aware of the importance of his 2014 Galloway win.
All told, fans of Evergreen Speedway will get to witness Lang, Harding and Tanner in the starting line-up for this year’s Galloway 150 Shootout. Former Track Champion (2013) Daniel Moore will be driving his Monroe Grocery Outlet sponsored car. Two time and defending Champion Mike Holden will be there as well. Officials are looking forward to welcoming close to 40 of the best that the Northwest has to offer. Names like Ron Eaton, Pete Harding, Tom Barrow, Mike Longton will line up with a field of young drivers with names like Trenton Moriarty, Owen and Taylor Riddle, Parker Stephens, Jay Sauls, Gracin Raz, Jeff Knight, Doni Wanat, Molly Helmuth, Jason Kooy, Shane Sawin, Andy Sole, Tyler Baker and many more.
At the end of the night, long after the victory lane celebrations have wound down, the interviews concluded and the crew will be loading up all it takes to bring a car to victory lane, one driver will be all by him or herself. And the reality of what they just accomplished will invariably set in. They will know that not only did they get a win over the best of the best, but they also won a race that honors the best of the best. Not a bad night’s work.
A huge part of the Galloway race will be the support classes that will take to the asphalt. The Columbia River Legends bring their cars for a weekend INEX Regional qualifier event. These 5/8’s scale full on race cars never fail to light up the crowd. Also scheduled will be the return of the WESCO Sprint Cars along with points races for both the Les Schwab Street Stocks and Foster Press Mini Stocks. Gates open at3pm with every racing action at 4pm,
Tickets for this amazing day and night of racing can be found at www.evergreenspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway Office at 360-805-6100