2014 IS UNDERWAY!
April Figure-8 racing recap - By Ben Chandler
It finally seems like the racing season got going this past weekend, with great weather (finally) and the newly renamed “Outlaw” super-8 cars taking to the track, for “Family night” on Saturday…and what used to be a Stinger-8 race on the tiny track at the SpringFair in Puyallup, taking place the next day. “Slam-fest” lived up to its name, as former Figure-8 driver Mike “Mr. Dizzy” Buse did a big “100 ft. car-drop” stunt, then flagged the rest of the mayhem! Car counts seem to be a concern for 2014, with the Stingers averaging 9 cars in their first two outings at Evergreen Speedway. Sadly, even fewer than that showed up down South. The $300 winner was the #61 “got rice” Prelude, followed by “funnyman” Aaron Flett in his newly painted #65 Civic. As usual, there was one idiot trying to crash into everyone else, until he finally ran into a wall!
The “Outlaws” put on a pretty good 8-car show Saturday, with Nick Gunderson’s #33 taking the 50-lap Main event over “Slick” Don Eslick and Ricky “the Kid” Dietz. Gunderson, with fast-time, took just 12 laps to take over the lead, after starting near the rear, and was soon lapping the back half of the field. At least from 4th place on down. That is to say…only Nick, Slick and Rick went the full lick! They were followed by Chris Curtis, in “Liberty” and Mike Steltz.
The previous week, our also newly renamed “Super-stock” class for “older-style” Figure-8 cars raced hard for 30 laps in the rain and cold. Steve “Battlewagon” Peters jumped into the early lead, taking that new divisions opening night win, ahead of defending Champ Doug “the Grizz” Delfel, in his trusty old Buick, and Quentin “the One-armed Bandit” Borreson, driving the ailing #17 owned by David “Great Pumpkin” Brandenburg. That’s right, all of the cool guys have a “nick-name”!
For the first time in over 10 years (that I know of) the Stinger-8 division point leader, after 2 races, is a “rookie”! Toby Jenkins, in his #11 Integra, has avoided bad flagging, mechanical problems and just getting spun out to hold the top spot, with a 3rd place finish in week 2, and a WIN in week 1! Just a few points back is Joselyn LaFleur, who took one of those bad flags on opening night. Matt Somerville, Gary Rarden and Jessica Gray round out the top 5, in the 2014 Championship point’s battle. Congrats to former Stinger Champ Seth Funden for his week two win in the #89 Integra, and to his Dad Jerry, a longtime Figure-8 star, who raced it to a 3rd place finish in the Hornet class last week!
So we have Easter weekend off, as “Nissanfest” takes over the track, with drifting, drag racing and a Car show. See you the following Saturday, the 26th, as the Super-stocks return for their second appearance of the season, joining the Vintage Modifieds, and the recently rained out Supers, for Open Road RV night. The “Stinger-8 Nationals” sponsored by Buzz Inn, follows on May 3rd, which is always a hoot!
Good luck to all of you Figure-8 drivers this season, and if you can help get any more cars out supporting our show, and our track, it would be appreciated. Thanks, and see you next week! BC