EAST WENATCHEE — Shane Mitchell tied up the lead in the Norhtwest Pro All Star Series Triple Crown hosted by Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval by winning the Columbia River 150 Saturday, the second of the three races.
Mitchell tied with Garrett Evans who won the Apple Blossom 200 in April and finished second Saturday in the Late Models class.
“I was taking it easy on my brakes and tires in case of a late race caution flag,” Mitchell said. “I had to pace myself to work to the top five. Everybody went inside and I went outside.”
After starting 18th in a field of 19 cars, Mitchell moved into first on lap 108 where he stayed untouched the rest of the race. Mitchell, Kelly Mann and Brent Harris drove inches apart traveling through the higher 60s laps until an eight-car pileup on lap 69 brought the race to a short halt on turn four.
All drivers were able to drive their cars away but three did not return from the pits.
The NW PASS Triple Crown concludes August 10th with the Wenatchee Valley 300 where Harris of Ephrata and Mann of Monroe also stand to make a run at first.
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Cody Walker, 15, of Yakima took a hard-fought win in the 75-lap main after being hit and spinning out on lap 41.
“I looked at the track crew and they said the car looked good,” Walker said. “I went into the pit, we fixed a few things and I got back into the race.”
The 2012 Rookie of the Year returned to his spot in the pack since the collision was not ruled his fault.
“I was going into the corner and he (Eddie Secord in Car 77) just came in hotter than me,” Walker said.
Secord slammed into the wall on turn one taking the brunt of the impact and damaging the car beyond drivability, but steppped out uninjured.
Steve Thompson, Bud Rumsey and Rick Thompson, respectively, led for the first half of the race. Rumsey and Thompson followed Thompson in the 03 Car weaving through the other drivers demonstrating the meaning of “short track” until they lapped through the fifth place car.
Rumsey took first on lap 35 after a neck-and-neck lap. 03 left the race on lap 69 with car trouble, which left Thompson in 16 second to Rumsey in 11. Walker took the lead after 16 spun out 11 from behind on the straightaway.
16 made the finish lap a close call driving Walker into the wall at the finish.
Ryan Wade of Victoria, British Columbia, won the CAN/AM Challenge for the second straight year at the WVSO in the 75-lap race between Canadian and local Thunder Car drivers.
In a tense scene, Kevin Bull of East Wenatchee trailed by inches around several laps and threatened to pass.
Wade admitted to the crowd he was worried about the caution laps and drivers catching him. Bull admitted to the crowd the competition level was amazing and he was glad the race was over.
Cody Stewart won the WESCO Sprint Cars main race in the class’ second of three appearances at the WVSO. 13 drivers made the trip to the WVSO and Stewart, 21, sits in third place. Rich Fast is in first and Kim Holiday is in second.
Cameron Bruggman took first in the Super Tuners class coming off a win two weeks ago at the WVSO.