The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

April 17, 2012

Just Another Carnage-Filled Day at the Races

Filed under: Cars — Tags: — Brian Lutz @ 12:14 am

Of all the things that the Pacific Northwest is known for, auto racing isn’t one of them.  Sure, there’s an NHRA event that takes place each year down at Pacific Raceways in Kent, and Portland International Raceway was an annual stop for the now defunct Champ Car World Series back in the day (and is now an annual stop for a slightly less prestigious imitator,) but by and large there isn’t much in the way of professional racing around here.  That’s not to say there isn’t racing to be found, just as long as you’re not too picky about what type of racing you’re watching.  Nestled in a (usually) quiet corner of rural Snohomish County about 33 miles northeast of Downtown Seattle lies the city of Monroe, a town of about 17,000 people that serves as host to Evergreen Speedway, a 5/8th mile NASCAR-affiliated oval track which also includes smaller 3/8th and 1/5th mile ovals, a 1/8th mile drag strip and a figure-8 track, and finds frequent opportunities to make use of all of them.  Throughout the Spring and Summer there are races held at Evergreen Speedway every Saturday night.  Just don’t go expecting any fancy big-budget racing, because you aren’t likely to find it here.  What you will find is a fine evening of mindless entertainment, with a side of metal carnage thrown in for good measure.

A couple of weekends ago, me and a friend of mine spent the evening at Evergreen Speedway’s season opening demolition derby night, which also featured a stunt jump, Figure 8 races and more.  After the break, you will find some of the highlights of the evening,

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