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Evergreen’s Summer Showdown already drawing huge entry list

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The Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway is still two months away but already has 30 entries for the premier Super Late Model race of the Pacific Northwest.

The event is scheduled for June 29-30 and will pay $25,000 to the winner. As a result, teams from eight different states and Canadian provinces have already filed the pre-entries. The race has been highly competitive with six different winners over the first six years of its existence.

Leading the preliminary entry list is 2017 Summer Showdown winner Preston Peltier. The Colorado driver has been on top of the podium throughout the country over the past year including winning his fifth PASS South Easter Bunny 150 last month at Hickory Motor Speedway.

The Naches, Washington brother duo of Tayler and Owen Riddle are perennial contenders on the 5/8th-mile track, with Tayler winning the 2016 Showdown  and Owen taking home the top spot of the Mark Galloway 150 in 2017.

Jeremy Doss has also filed an entry. The Californian turned heads with a top-10 in the Snowball Derby after winning big events like the Montana 200, Fall Classic at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring and the Bud Crown Series season opener at Evergreen earlier this season.

Former NASCAR competitor and Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville regular Willie Allen has also decided to enter his first Showdown.

Chris Davidson will return from Pearland, Texas after finishing third in the 2017 running.  Multi-time winner at Colorado National Speedway, Jace Hansen will make his first attempt at Summer Showdown.

A strong local contingent will try to keep the trophy in Monroe, WA for first time. The hometown group is led by Trenton Moriarity, the 2017 Evergreen Speedway NASCAR Track Champion. Last year’s Summer Showdown runner-up, Lex Johnson will look to improve by one spot.

One of the winningest drivers at Evergreen Speedway in 2017 was Jeff Knight, and he will look to start that success again at the Showdown. Monroe High School Senior Tanner Holm will be striving to make up for last year’s accident during practice and race his way onto the podium in 2018.

Other notable entries include NASCAR K&N West winner Gracin Raz, with a new car in 2018. The young gun of Garret Archer will make his return to the Showdown after taking a year off. Canadian duo of Tyler Baker and Tom Berrow will give the fans from North of the border plenty to cheer for.

Many more drivers are expected to file their entries in the coming weeks with entries expected to surpass 40 plus drivers in 2018. The entry list as it is currently known can be viewed below.

Car NumberFirst NameLast NameHometownState/Providence
3WyattGardnerLake StevensWA
5GarretArcherMaple ValleyWA
12bWillieAllenBon AquaTN
12cChadFitzpatrickLake StevensWA
20AndySoleSan Tan ValleyAZ
27GracinRazLake OswegoOR
35RobbTouchetteLake StevensWA
64GarrettEvansEast WenatcheeWA
83BraedenHavensAirway HeightsWA

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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