Thursday, June 26, 2014
For Immediate Release: Gary Lewis Racing LLC Media Relations Lewis facing unique challenges at Evergreen’s Summer Showdown SNOHOMISH, Wash. (June 25, 2014)-Four-time late model touring champion Gary Lewis brings his stellar resume into the 3rd Annual Summer Showdown presented by Coors Light with one item not checked off; a victory in the prestigious race.
Offering a $20,000 payday to the race winner, Lewis aims to add to his nearly $310,000 career earnings this weekend should everything come together. For that to happen the Snohomish native will have to battle challenges that few in the pits will face-his son’s wedding and nearly 60 pre-registered drivers out to accomplish the same goal of winning the race.
Lewis will juggle practicing his Mike Leary’s Shock Shop Chevrolet, qualifying then getting through the positioning races with his son Zach’s nuptials scheduled in between all of Friday’s activities. The wedding is set for just before the Showdown’s qualifying heats get underway so Lewis will have to race back to the track, jump in his car then head out to compete for a spot in the 36-car field.
“We knew this weekend was going to be a little crazy with all the talent coming to Monroe for the race and the chance to win the big money,” Lewis said. “What we have to deal with in going between the track and where Zach is getting married then back to the track to race is something we’re ready to do. His wedding is a once in a lifetime thing. We keep telling ourselves everything will work out, but you’ll never really know until it all starts to come together on Friday.”
With the unusual circumstances Lewis plans to get the most out of his efforts in time trials, he added.
“The key for our SuperGraphics team is to qualify well. If we’re in the front-half of the field or better that’s a great spot to start for the qualifying heats. Having a good starting position in the heats will give me some more time to see what the car will do during the longer runs while looking to finish strong enough for a spot in the front of the field (for Saturday’s main event).”
Handling the sweeping corners will be the focus for the 200-lap Summer Showdown, according to the four-time champion.
“You carry so much speed through the turns at Evergreen that I tap those AP Brakes just a bit to stick in the groove. When it’s sliding up the track or wants to come around you’re scrubbing speed off which costs positions. Our team has a great suspension package from Mike (Leary) on this Lefthander chassis. It has been great at giving me speed to exit the corner with momentum and set-up for the next turn. I feel very confident in what we’re bringing to the Showdown.”
Having faced some tough days in his two previous attempts to win the Summer Showdown, Lewis is ready for a weekend full of excitement, he said.
“We’ve had some tough racing luck in this race. Last year the car was great but we fell out due to a mechanical gremlin. The year before we lost the car in an incident exiting the corner that ended our night. This year the racing luck is throwing a curveball with Zach’s wedding wrapped into everything so we’ll take that as a good luck sign and make every effort to be there at the end of the night. If we can, the win is something we’ll be gunning for that’s for sure with our AR Bodies Chevy SS.” Keep up with the team’s progress throughout the Summer Showdown by bookmarking and following Gary Lewis Racing, LLC Facebook page. Near Live will also be available on RacingWest.com throughout the weekend.
6/23/2014 – This Friday, June 27th, kicks off the start of the Summer Showdown
at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington. 200 laps of Super Late Model action on
the big 5/8th mile paved oval, and “Terrible” Tim McDougald is set to bring the #68 Mo-
Dane Trucking / Clevenger Associates / Rev-Equip / Ringers Gloves Toyota Camry for
After a promising run in the Galloway Memorial Shootout came to an early end
when the engine let go, McDougald is now regrouped, refocused and reloaded for a
return to the big “Super Speedway of the West” and try one more time for that solid run
that has eluded him this season. “We’ve really struggled just to finish a race here lately,”
said McDougald. “It’s been tough, watching each race go by without seeing us finish one.
I really don’t know what the issue is. We’ve had some engine problems, which you’re not
supposed to have with these crate motors. But for some reason, we have. I feel like we
just can’t shake the monkey.”
After a long weekend, the team is back on track and ready for competition once more. A
good thing, facing the biggest race of the year in just a few short days. “We’re certainly
excited heading into the Showdown,” said McDougald. “This race is a big deal. Not just
here locally, but on the National level. We’re seeing a lot of interest from all over the
Country. When you put up that kind of money, it tends to draw all the big names. We’re
certainly not on that list of big names. But it’s our house and we feel like we can
compete. The biggest ting will be not beating our self. We haven’t done a very good job
of that lately, so hopefully we’ll turn things around here and get this program headed
back in the right direction.”
McDougald went into the last race with the goal of just finishing. Now, things have
changed slightly. With a new goal and a new focus, this race brings new stress for the
small team from Tacoma, Washington. “We were looking for any checkered flag we
could find before,” joked McDougald. “I would have settled for going to the dollar store
and buying one there, it’s been a tough run. But I’m looking at this race a little different.
We have to make this show. I don’t want to be trying to race my way through the LCQ
(Last Chance Qualifier). I believe we can race our way in through the heat races. I really
believe we have a shot at that, so that’s the main goal. No playing around, no falling back
on this or that. We need to race our way in through that heat race. If I end up in the LCQ
then we’ll deal with that there. But one way or another, we need to make this show.
That’s the current bar, that’s where it’s set, that’s what we need to achieve. It’s pretty
much that simple. Am I stressed about it? You bet I am. But I think we can do it.”
You don’t want to miss the biggest race, on the biggest track in the state, with the biggest
names in Super Late Model racing, this Friday and Saturday at Evergreen Speedway. Be
sure to catch this one, and cheer for home-town hero “Terrible” Tim McDougald in the
#68 Mo-Dane Trucking / Clevenger Associates / Rev-Equip / Ringers Gloves Toyota
Camry as he puts his team up against the toughest competition around in the 2014
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