Evergreen Speedway is located on the grounds of the Evergreen State Fair Park in Monroe, Washington. The covered grandstand can accommodate up to 7500 spectators, with seating for an additional 5000 in the uncovered modular grandstands. The layout of the track is unique in that it incorporates a 5/8-mile paved outer oval, a 3/8-mile paved inner oval, a 1/5-mile paved inner oval, a nationally renowned figure-eight track, a 1/5-mile oval and a 3/4-mile road course. Evergreen Speedway was tabbed the “Super Speedway of the West” by David Pearson on one of his visits to the historic NASCAR track. Evergreen played host to many NASCAR 500 lap events before California and Nevada built their super speedways. Today Evergreen Speedway is home to the NASCAR Whelen All American Series, the ARCA Menards West Series and Formula Drift.
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It takes a special blend of talent, ambition and perseverance to rise to the top levels in NASCAR racing. But there are opportunities everywhere.
GRASSROOTS RACING: NASCAR WHELEN ALL-AMERICAN SERIES
A network of nearly 60 race tracks across North America comprises the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series – and provides the first step. NASCAR-sanctioned short track races are held on dirt and asphalt tracks of all shapes and sizes. A national championship is awarded, along with U.S. state and Canadian province championships, rookies of the year, and track championships.
In this locally-based series, many drivers race as a weekend hobby on their hometown tracks, while others move up the ladder. Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin all began their careers in this series.
In 2011, NASCAR lowered the minimum age to 14 to run in all NASCAR Whelen All-American Series sanctioned track, further cementing the series status as the foundation for drivers looking to make their way up the NASCAR ladder.
Anthony Anders became the third driver from South Carolina to win the Whelen All-American Series Division I championship in 2014. NASCAR also crowned national champions in Div. II through V. In 2013, Lee Pulliam became just the third driver to win multiple national titles with his second straight championship season. He joined four-time champion Philip Morris and the late Larry Phillips (five titles) in that exclusive class.
Asphalt modifieds (top left), similar to the cars run on the Modified tour, are popular in the northeast; NASCAR has eight sanctioned short-tracks which run on dirt (top right); Late Model Stock Cars (bottom left) are prevalent as the top divisions in the southeast, midwest and west coast; while a number of track run a version of a dirt Modified (bottom right) on aspahlt.
THE NEXT LEVEL: REGIONAL SERIES OFFER DRIVER DEVELOPMENT
• ARCA Menards Series, East and West
• NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
• NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
For local short track competitors who aspire to reach NASCAR’s three national series – the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – NASCAR’s regional series are the place to go. These regional series compete on a variety of tracks, providing valuable experience for up-and-coming drivers, while providing special events for local fans.
The ARCA Menards Series (formerly the NASCAR K&N Pro Series ), which includes East and West Series, is the top step in NASCAR’s developmental series before drivers make the jump to the three national series. For ARCA Menards Series racers, new cost-saving technology makes this division a more cost-effective driver development program.
An optional “spec” engine was introduced in 2006. It is designed to be powerful and durable, yet is made from a precisely specified set of components that help to keep engine costs down. A composite body, molded from synthetic materials, is also available as an alternative to expensive sheet metal bodies. These items help teams control costs while providing them the opportunity to advance from their hometown short tracks to the next level. In 2007, the minimum age for the touring series was lowered from 18 to 16, allowing for the ARCA Menards Series to become a proving ground for drivers signed by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams to development deals. The minimum age was lowered to 15 in 2011.
Since 2007, the ARCA Menards Series has been the key feeder system for the influx of new talent to NASCAR’s three national series, including 2011 Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne, Ryan Blaney, Austin and Ty Dillon, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Ryan Truex, Darrell Wallace Jr. and others.
Dylan Kwasniewski won the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship, becoming the first driver to win the NASCAR K&N Pro West and East crowns. Derek Thorn won his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West title.
NASCAR’s two open-wheel series are found on the East Coast. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (#NWMT) traces its roots back to the very first NASCAR race, held in Daytona Beach, Fla. in 1948.
Many of the early NASCAR race cars were “modified” and the division evolved from there. Today, these unique race cars remain wildly popular along the Eastern Seaboard. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competes across the Northeast while the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour (#NWSMT) races throughout the Southern states.
Many of the early NASCAR race cars were “modified” and the division evolved from there. Today, these unique race cars remain wildly popular among race fans. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competes across the Northeast while the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour races throughout the Southern states.
Nine-time champion Richie Evans, nicknamed the “Rapid Roman” because of his roots in Rome, N.Y., was elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2012. In May of 2015, Evans’ long-time rival, Jerry Cook, a six-time Modified champion also from Rome, was elected into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
In 2014, Doug Coby took home his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship, while Andy Seuss finally earned his first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour title after finishing in the top five in points each of the previous five years — including two runner-up seasons.
Here’s an overview of our track and directions to our usual pit entrance at Turn 2 of our 5/8s.
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