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 Posted: Tuesday Sep 2nd, 2014 08:17 PM
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Hein Snags 5th Rory Price In A Row

In one of the most exciting nights of pavement sprint car racign in recent memory, Matt Hein charged past King of the Wing Champion Jojo Helberg in heavy traffic to claim his fifth Rory Price Memorial in a row! Ending the race on lap 29 of 40 under light mist, the drivers agreed it was unsafe to continue and Hein collected the $500 win.

The night started off with Helberg rolling out first for qualifying and absolutely shattering the all time track record on the 3/8 oval by clocking a 13.682 on his first lap. The rest of qualifying was a formality as no one could come close to the recent winner at the high banks of both Speedways Winchester and Toledo. The white hot Helberg claimed Davey Hamilton's King of the Wing Midwest leg championship before heading to Evergreen to lay down the ultra fast lap. Heat race action saw a full invert for two races as drivers jockeyed to claim their starting positions for the 40 lap eighth running of the RPM race and a $500 reward for winning the 12 lap sprints. Second quick Matt Hein at a 13.971, claimed heat 1 and Helburg took home heat 2, but not before getting passed by Scott Aumen. Aumen suffered a flat tire the following lap, setting up the top two qualifiers out front to slug it out in clean air for the opening laps of the main event.

The Rory Price Memorial got started under threatening skies and took three tries to complete the first lap, with multi car tangles in turn one for the two initial attempts, thinning the field by 4, including fan favorite Billy Kennelly. When racing finally commenced, Helberg darted to an early half straightaway lead. The clean air for the leaders didn't last long as the duo began lapping cars in earnest by the end of the third lap. The two diced through slower cars and were quickly lapping top 10 runners when Hein made his move in heavy traffic to lead lap 16. The rocket men had third place a lap down by lap 25. The torrid pace was slowed when Aumen made a daring three wide attempt entering one with all four wheels below the white line and clobbered the infield tire. The restart attempt was called off when Shawn Rice spun in turn two and light mist started to fall. Hein never looked back and the race ended under caution when the drivers notified officials that the surface was too damp and unsafe to continue.

RPM8 ended under a series of controversies. Darren Yates and Jake Mann, who had been running third and fourth a lap down, left the surface before the final yellow fell, and Shawn Rice, who had been running third at the time he spun, brought out the final caution, creating a great deal of confusion as to who rounded out the top five. Then later, after being informed of post race inspection involving the engine pump, the Helberg crew loaded up quickly and rolled out the back gate, saying they had a plane to catch on their way by!

In other action, Mike Steltz claimed his first Outlaw Figure 8 win since returning to competition, Duane Schoesbeck claimed the win in the Street Stock main event, FSCRA saw John Grosvenor sweep the Evergreen events this year with his second win at the historic facility in 2014 and jason Majors took home top honors in the Pro 4 Trucks. Next up is Super Late Model Championship night for 100 laps on the 5/8 oval in an exciting close battle for the NASCAR championship.

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 Posted: Tuesday Sep 2nd, 2014 09:18 PM
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Real simple-No engine pump NO TRACK RECORD.

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Edited short wind version from Facebook.


Additionally the race promoters would like to include this message:
We would like to thank all the participants of the 2014 Rory Price Memorial. The weather was a real issue for us but we finally did make a race of it. We did the best we could, put on a great program and we know that not everyone will be happy with the decisions that were made and are made during the course of the day. We originally had three additional officials committed to be at the race, however only one pit official, Tom, and one flagman, Don, showed up. This fact really made the decision making process difficult. Some things that had to be cut were: The scaling of cars and not doing a post-race pumping of the engines. This was helpful due to lack of manpower. We know this will create a controversy but without having the manpower to get it done we opted to let the chips fall where they may.
The third-place finish is also under contention. The rule is as follows: “any car leaving the track to enter the pit area during a yellow or red flag will not lose any laps if the car returns to the track prior to the one lap to go signal from the starter but it must then start at the rear of the field.”
Since the 91 and the 51 came in the pits during the yellow flag and had no intentions of returning when the flagman went one to go, they will be recorded as one lap down and will be listed in the finishing order of seventh and eighth respectively.
Please remember: this race is meant as a memorial to a dear friend and a great contributor to the racing community. This race is about him, his memory and the fans in the stands.
Once again thank you to all the participants, their crews, families and sponsors of both the race teams and our event. We could not do this without any of you.
Brian Rex and Roger Zonnefeld

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Say that to start with,short on help!There is NO CRITICISM!Cant say anything W/out you getting all long winded an spooled up----------------------Have a Nice Day

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Didn't mean to get long winded. Espeedway made the original post and I then copied and posted the press release from the people that put the race on to explain why some competitors may be critical of the race. It was a great race and I hope next year more limited cars help out. No one knew the cars would not be pumped before the race so I think everyone was legal and the record should stand. I believe four limited WESCO type cars finished the main. With enough support next year it would be nice to have a B main. Doug and Tracy Hobbs were in the VIP box and I hope they can see the value of this race to continue it. The crowd was pretty good against the chance to see Steve Kinser's very last race at Skagit speedway.

Only three officials (thanks Tom Root for staying calm and cool throughout the whole hectic night) for all you did. Next year ask for help. You may be surprised how many of us out here want this race to survive.

Well here I go again getting all long winded, but that's the way I am when I can feel the love.

It was a short time in the driver's seat Saturday, but to me it was the best ride at the County Fair. 40 bucks and I got to throttle up. At least I think I got one good corner to carry me into winter to remember. Dirt tracker Dan Dunlap and I had the same practice session and after the session we talked. We both commented how fast these guys are compared to us and then his pit man made the comment of the year to Dan,"You looked fast as long as Mike was out there." I almost laughed until I cried. I knew I had a purpose. Spitting the drive line was a blessing in disguise. I was so far out classed, my idea of cherry picking a big event ($600.00 to start the main) would have put me in the middle of some VERY fast cars and I would have been a speed bump to them on my old hard tire. Like fishing to a fisherman, there are no bad days racing; just good ones and better ones. Me and my old mount with a dark cloud hanging over us.

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