Last updated: 5/24/2015
Northwest Pro4 Alliance
NORTHWEST PRO4 ALLIANCE, JOINS SPEEDWAY BENEFITS, AN ALLIANCE UNITING GRASSROOTS RACETRACKS INTO THE SECOND LARGEST SPORTS PLATFORM IN NORTH AMERICA
Northwest Pro4 Alliance recently became an inaugural member of NASCAR legend, Humpy Wheeler’s, biggest idea ever: Amass 1,000+ grassroots racetracks in the U.S. and Canada into a marketing alliance which collectively, has greater attendance than the NFL, NHL, NBA and NASCAR – combined.
BOISE, ID (20 DEC 13) – The Northwest Pro4 Alliance is proud to announce it has become a member of Speedway Benefits, an alliance of, currently, more than 300 grassroots racetracks and sanctioning bodies across North America.
Speedway Benefits offers member tracks the ability to pool resources, secure large brand sponsorships and leverage buying power. Member tracks can also take advantage of complimentary consulting with Humpy Wheeler and other elite experts in the industry, allowing track owners and promoters access to unprecedented insight and advice to help their profitability and customer service.
“Speedway Benefits is by far a great idea, and many of us have talked about how to do it. But now to see Humpy Wheeler step up and take the reigns successfully, is as simple as tracks and sanctioning bodies like us signing on the dotted line," said Bob Coply Marketing Director, Northwest Pro4 Alliance.
Speedway Benefits aligns grassroots motorsports’ 24,000 events, 30,000 employees and 600,000 competitors across multiple series and sanctions. These racetracks host 50 million fans annually representing over $1 trillion in consumer spending equal to 6.5% of the U.S. GDP. This demographic is highly attractive to national and global brands, some of which have already approached Speedway Benefits for vendor and sponsorship partnerships. By taking advantage of this scale, the Northwest Pro4 Alliance, will be able to pass along savings and sponsorship dollars to their bottom line and provide a better experience for their fans at the track level.
"After spending the last 50 years running short tracks, big ones and everything in between, my son Trip and I saw a tremendous opportunity to help the smaller tracks of the U.S. and Canada. Our goal is to bring major advertising dollars to them by pooling them together and then use those amassed numbers to buy the staples they all need. Now we can go to a major manufacturer and say we want to buy 250,000 gallons of paint instead of 250. When you put all those short tracks together, you have a force more powerful than the NFL. The reason no one has done this before is that it takes a tremendous amount of investment to start this up, but we believe it will pay off for everybody in the end,” said Humpy Wheeler.
As the 2014 racing season for the Northwest Pro4 Alliance ramps up with a scheduled start date of May 24, 2014, the timing is perfect for grassroots racetracks to unite and deliver fans a memorable experience that will keep them coming back year after year, especially for the younger generation of fans and competitors.
For more information about the Northwest Pro4 Alliance, visit: www.nwpro4alliance.com
ABOUT THE SANCTIONING BODY:
The Northwest Pro4 Alliance is a Four Cylinder Late Model Series that competes at tracks in Washington, Oregon and Idaho with fields reaching 30 cars. The best four cylinder stock car drivers in the west compete with the Northwest Pro4 Alliance because of the close competition, the association with top name sponsors and a professional staff. The Northwest Pro4 Alliance is the top run in the ladder when it comes to four cylinder motorsports.
ABOUT SPEEDWAY BENEFITS:
Speedway Benefits is a marketing alliance consolidating the sponsorship negotiating rights and group buying power of the over 1,000 grassroots racetracks throughout the United States and Canada. The consolidated group represents approximately 50 million consumers and over $1 trillion in consumer spending. When consolidated, Speedway Benefits is the second largest sports property in the United States in attendance. Speedway Benefits also provides its member tracks consulting services. Located in Charlotte, NC, the company employs seven and is expected to grow to 50 full-time employees.
You should always have your 2015 schedule close at hand... ... ...
PRINTABLE 2015 SCHEDULE
ATTENTION Northwest Pro4 Alliance Race Teams...
In an effort to keep the cost down for you the race teams the Alliance has decided to put into effect a tire rule for the Project Filter 150 weekend. All teams will be limited to six new tires only. (Hoosier or American Racer) for both races at Magic Valley Speedway and Meridian Speedway. I have been told by many teams that running two races in one weekend saves money on travel but doubles the racing cost. That is why were going to limit the number of tires used while testing crew chiefs on how they want to use those 6 tires. We know MVS is kind of hard on tires so do you want to run 4 new tires there and 2 at Meridian or do you want to run all you used tires at MVS and do 4 at Meridian. Something to think about.
Magic Valley Speedway Promoter Eddy McKean will be providing me a cash payoff at the end of the racing evening so I can send all you guys to Meridian Speedway with some cash in your pockets. We will have the Friday Hot Laps from 5pm till dark, This will give everyone a chance to knock the rust off and Eddy will again supply dinner. The Motorsports Consulting Services Best Appearing Car Award will be given out at Magic Valley Speedway, the winner will receive a nice plaque and a crisp $50.00 bill.
Please understand that we want this to be a great weekend of racing in
Southern Idaho, I want everybody to come but most of all I want you to come and have fun racing at two great tracks. The tire rule is designed to make it more
cost effective not to take away performance but to save money.
If you have any questions send me an email or give me a call.
Bob Coply 208-440-3873
Just a Reminder to all Pro4 teams
Muffler, Muffler, Muffler, The Northwest Pro4 Alliance has a Muffler Rule, please look at it, adapt to it and Live with it. Some track do not have a muffler rule but most do so if you want to bonce back and forth, still be prepared to meet the 90dba at 100 feet as stated in the rules. The Alliance will buy a DB meter and be checking at every available opportunity. Thanks for your cooperation. And remember for all your muffler needs call Dan at Extreme Muffler like Alex Peck did.
A MESSAGE FROM YOUR RACE DIRECTOR ...
Hello Northwest Pro 4 Allaince drivers, crew and fans. I hope you had a great winter. The racing season will be here before we know it. I want to say I had a great time as the Race Director for the Allaince last year and I will be glutton for punishment again this year as Race Director. After discussing it with Bob, I have decided to add a new feature to the main event. I am going to add the "lucky dog" to the main event only. I understand things happen durring the race and the lucky dog will add a little more excitement to the main. If any driver, car owner or crew has any constructive criticism feel free to contact me.
Thank You Mike Hunter
2015 Northwest Pro4 Allaince Race Schedule
Sat. May 23rd
Magic Valley Speedway
- Twin Falls, ID
Sun. May 24th
– Meridian, ID
Sat. Sept. 19th
Ephrata Raceway Park
– Ephrata, WA
Sat. June 27th
– Monroe, WA
Sat. July 18th
Hermiston Super Oval
– Hermiston, OR
Sat. August 8th
Wenatchee Valley Super Oval
– Wentachee, WA
#2Johnny RumseyProsser, WA #3Mary Johnson Meridian, ID #7John Riparetti Kuna, ID #8James Cloud Boise, ID #9Bill McAdams Boardman, OR #11Bud Rumsey Prosser, WA #13Joe Bowers Salem, OR #16Rick Thompson Prosser, WA #18Scott Raver Prosser, WA #22James/Jerry Hayes Enterprise, OR #27Dave Fine Wenatchee, WA #32Jeff Raver Prosser, WA #33Ken Chandler Kuna, ID #34Brendon FriesMeridian, ID #37Charles McDonald W. Richland, WA #48James Demello Boise, ID #53Tom PinkoskiVancouver, WA #56Jeff Gardner Bonners Ferry, ID #58Joe Barton Nampa, ID #59Alex Peck Federal Way, WA
#60 Brian “Montana” Tishner W. Richland, WA
#65Eric Kaas Federal Way, WA #66Howard Patrick Hermiston, OR #67Wes Summer Boise, ID #71Brian Cole Moses Lake, WA #72Terry RennickSalem, OR #77Eddie Secord Oak Hills, CA #79Ryan Bailey Nampa, ID #87Josh BequetteHermiston, OR #88Johnathen HullMeridian, ID #00Larry Hull III Boise, ID #03Steve Thompson Prosser, WA
#111 Mark Van Armburg Yakima, WA
Esslinger Engineering has join in with the Northwest Pro4 Alliance in an effort to help Ford powered teams move to the next level of competition by offering them the opportunity to win a new SVO Aluminum cylinder head with a roller camshaft.
The team that is registered with Esslinger Eng. and finishes the highest in points will be award the prize!
To be eligible you must currently run a cast iron cylinder head and pre-register with Brian at Esslinger Eng. and once you have done this Brian will send you a special decal to run on your car signifying you are eligible for the award.
The good news does not stop there as Brian will also provide $100 gift certificate towards labor to the car owner of the driver that passes the most cars in each of the 4 heats. (Both nights) And one more $100 gift certificate towards labor to the “Hard luck” driver.
To be eligible you will need to preregister with Brian via email@example.com and he will send you the decals they require you to run.
I want to thank Brian and the entire staff at Esslinger Engineering for their support in the season long SVO cylinder head award and the major support of the Project Filter 150 weekend. Their help has made this event even bigger.
Rain brought an end to the Project Filter 75
at Magic Valley Speedway after just a 3rd of the race.
Northwest Pro4 Alliance Officials made the race official after just 26 laps when rain moved in with no sign of letting up. The first win of the season goes to #77 Eddie Secord. He was followed to the line by several other very quick cars who are all looking to give him a run for his money in round two today at Meridian Speedway.
1.#77 Eddie Secord 2.#16 Rick Thompson 3.#33 Ken Chandler 4.#53 Tom Pinkoski 5.#34 Brendon Fries 6.#9 Bill McAdams 7.#13 Joe Bowers 8.#77x Ryan Bailey 9.#58 Joe Barton
10. #71 Brian Cole
11. #59 Alex Peck
remaining results were not reported last night, they will be posted when made available. See you in Meridian!
#67 takes the green but is running poorly and pulls off. #77 jumps to the immidiate lead and begins to stretch it out.
Lap 5 Joe Barton in the #58 spins, the #03 of Steve Thompson and #88 Johnathon Hull were collected, #88 gets a push and the nose is dragging on the #03.
Yellow flag laps count, weather is a factor, a few rains drops being felt.
Green flag flys, lap 14
#03 goes to the pits
#77 keeps the lead, #34 in second and #16 moves to 3rd with #33 on his tail.
Yellow flag waves on lap 17 as the #88 slows on the back stretch. He lost power but was able to get the car restarted. They are not counting these yellow laps because they are making repairs to a portion of the track in turns 3 and 4 that has been an issue all day.
Green flag, #77 steps out again, #16 moves to 2nd and #33 and #53 also get by the #34. The #9 and #77x are battling hard for 7th, #9 takes the spot.
#77 begins lapping the rear of the field as the Yellow comes out for rain on lap 26.
The rain is letting up, they pulled the cars off the track, letting another group run and will let the Pro4 run when the rain completely stops.
Word from the pits is that the #03 broke a radiator in the earlier incident.
Pro4 Alliance officials have opted to call the race. The halfway mark was not reached so the initial report is that it is not an official race.
Line up: 3477 67
Line up: 77x34
At the drop of the green flag #77x jumps to the lead. He is challenged by #34 with #65 lurking. #34 looks outside as #33 spins coming out of turn 4. 5 laps down. #33 is able to continue. #34 Brendon Fries takes the lead and the win after the restart. The field was 3 wide off of turn 4, #71 spins at gets into the tire barrier. #77x Ryan Bailey takes 2nd, #13 Joe Bowers is 3rd, #65 Eric Kaas 4th and #16 Rick Thompson 5th. 6th - #33, 7th - #9, 10th - 56, 11th - 71 and 12th - 67.
Line up: 2218 53
#18 leads lap one as the #22 and 18 battle side by side. #18 takes the lead as #77 moves to 3rd. Yellow flag flys when #53 spins at the start finish line. The green waved again with one lap to go. #77 Eddie Secord takes the lead and the win. #18 Scott Raver finishes 2nd, #88 Johnathen Hull in 3rd #53 Tom Pinkoski 4th and #58 Joe Barton in 5th. 6th- #03, 7th - #59, 8th - #22 and 9th - #32.
Fast time goes to #53 Tom Pinkoski. He second lap was his quickest at 14.610 seconds.
2.#16Rick Thompson 14.644 3.#03Steve Thompson 14.682 13. #88Johnathen Hull15.245 14. #34Brendon Fries 15.312 15. #18Scott Raver 15.514 16. #77x Ryan Bailey 15.767 17. #22James Hayes 15.890 18. #56Jeff Gardner 17.306 19. #67Wes SummerDid not take time
Northwest Pro4 Alliance Practice at Magic Valley Speedway took place earlier today...
Top 5 quickest were #16 Rick Thompson, #03 Steve Thompson, #33 Ken Chandler, #53 Tom Pinkoski and #77 Eddie Secord.
Project Filter 150 Weekend kicked off Friday at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, Idaho with Pro4 Practice
Eleven of the best Pro4 Late Models started their weekend a day early with some extra track time... time to shake of the the cobwebs, blow off the dust and get down to business. Practice went well and among the fastest were #03 Steve Thompson, #16 Rick Thompson, #33 Ken Chandler and #53 Tom Pinkosk.
One driver pre-entered will not make it out, #12 John Parminpeir suffered an engine failure at the shop prior to leaving for the track.
Tomorrow should see several more cars and a great day of Pro4 racing to kick on the 2015 season!
#03Steve Thompson #9 Bill McAdams #13Joe Bowers #16Rick Thompson #22James Hayes #33Ken Chandler #34Brenden Fries #53Tom Pinkoski #59Alex Peck #65Eric Kaas #77Ryan Bailey
The #33 Corvette of Ken Chandler wins the Project Filter 75 at Meridian Speedway. Fitting as it is his home track and he is a huge advocate of Project Filter!
#9 Bill McAdams brings it home 2nd but has to hitch a ride on the hook to get back to the pits. After a couple of mixups Rick Thompson brings the #16 home in 3rd followed by some local boys, #58 Joe Barton and #77x Ryan Bailey!
Cars are rolling, #9 made it! Green flag is in the air!
#33 Jumps to the immediate lead, the field clears lap one, #33 is pulling away. #58 in second, #13 in 3rd and #16 is digging for 4th.
#13 gets up beside the #58, #59 moves to 5th place, #13 clears the #58 for 2nd. Now the #58 has to contend with the #16 for 3rd. The #58 makes contact with the #16 and the yellow is out! The #03, and #77 were also involved. The #16 continues, the #77 leaves the track on the hook. #58 to the rear.
68 laps to go and the line up shows #33, #13, #59, #77x, #32, #65, #9, #18, #22, #16, #03, #58 and #67.
Green Flag! #33 gets a good start and begins to pull away. The #59 and #13 are battling hard for 2nd place. #13 takes it and sets his sights on the leader. #33 puts the #67 a lap down.As they field runs single file, #13 begins to gain on the #33.
#03 breaks and retires to the pits. #77 is back on track.
Caution lap 51. #59 came to a stop on the track. #59 to the pits. Lining up, #33, #13, #00, #34, and #77x are the top 5. Green flag!
#33 does not get quite the start he had before and the #13 is challenging hard for the first position. The battle up fron allows the #00 and #34 to close in. #32 retires to the pits. #16 is making up the positions, currently in 5th. 45 laps to go.
#33 begins to pull away and the field stretches out a bit. #33 leads #13, #00, #34 and #16. #33 is catching some lappers and #34 and #00 pull side by site to battle it out for 3rd. #34 takes the spot and #00 is left to battle with the #16.
#77x gets loose, hits the infield but saves it and gets back on track, still green. 34 laps to go.
#16 goes to the outside of the #00, tries to cross over to the inside just as they catch a lapper. He backs out and gives it another run on the outside after the slower car is cleared. He looks to be taking the position when he gets contact from the #00 and the #16 goes around in turn 2. The #9 is collected and the yellow comes out with 29 laps to go.
#00 is sent to the rear, #9 is rolling as well as the #16. Lined up and the green waves.
#34 and #18 get together, #18 spins and teh yellow waves again, 28 laps to go. #00 to the pits for an air pressure adjustment.
#33 continues to lead, #13 is second followed by #58, #34 and #9.
#58 spins coming to take the green, they stay green. #16 moves to 5th as #13 breaks and heads to the pits. #00 is up to 3rd but is shown the black flag.
15 laps to go and there are a lot of lapped cars. #16 has moves to 3rd and is on the bumper of the #9 for 2nd place. He looks to the outside but backs out. 5 laps to go and the #33 has set sail!
3 to go.... white flag... #16 and #9 are side by side!
#33 Ken Chandler takes the win! #9 brushes the wall and #16 loses it in the infield. #9 Bill McAdams holds onto 2nd and #16 Rick Thompson brings home a hard fought 3rd place.
#88 is not lining up for the main even and #9 is thrashing. Cars are lining up now.
#71 Brian Cole sustained damage in his heat and is done for the night. #9 Bill McAdams has had a failed fuel pump that they are trying to fix now. The Project Filter 75 Meridian Speedway is coming up next!
With the green in the air #77x takes the lead. He leads for a lap before the #00 challenges and takes the point. #03 is on the move as he passes #77x on lap 3 and looks to the lead. He comes up short and at the checkers it is #00 Larry Hull lll for the win. #03 Steve Thompson was a very close second with #77 Eddie Secord right on his tail for 3rd. #59 Alex Peck is 4th, #77x Ryan Bailey 5th, #32 Jeff Raver 6th, #34 Brendon Fries 7th, #9 Bill McAdams 8th, #53 Tom Pinkoski 9th and #67 Wes Summer 10th.
Green flag! #58 takes the lead as #33 is making moves from his 4th row starting position, he takes 3rd on the 2nd lap.
Lap 3, caution waves as #65 gets loose, contact is made and he spins in turn 2.
On the restart the #33 lines up to the outside of the #58. Two Meridian regulars to battles it out! They run side by side for 3 laps with the #16 and #13 right behind them. At the line it is #33 Ken Chandler for the win! #58 Joe Barton in 2nd, #13 Joe Bowers 3rd, #16 Rick Thompson 4th, #18 Scott Raver 5th and #22 Jerry Hayes 6th. #65 Eric Kaas went to the pits after his spin.
Green flag waves and #22 gets the jump but #77x stays with him, they run side by side for a lap before falling in line in second.
#77x takes another look outside...
White flag waves as #77x pulls to the outside of #22 Jerry. They touch and #77x Ryan Bailey takes the checkers for the win! #33 Jerry Hayes comes in 2nd and #18 Scott Raver is 3rd.
At the drop of the green #00 takes the lead while #1 looks to 2nd and takes it. He then sets his sights on the leader. #00 gets loose in turn 2 and saves it! At the checkers it is #00 Larry Hull lll, #71 Brian Cole, #58 Joe Barton and #32 Jeff Raver
Fast time goes to Defending series champ
#16 Rick Thompson by 2 one-thousandths of a second!
1.#16 Rick Thompson13.593 2.#34 Brendon Fries 13.595 3.#33 Ken Chandler 13.773 4.#77 Eddie Secord 13.796 6.#03 Steve Thompson 13.833 10. #32 Jeff Raver 13.957 11. #58 Joe Barton 14.104 12. #00 Larry Hull 14.111 13. #18 Scott Raver 14.182 14. #53 Tom Pinkoski 14.346 *down a cylinder will start at the rear of heat 15. #88 Johnathon Hull 14.428 16. #77x Ryan Bailey14.492 17. #22 Jerry Hayes 14.656 #9 Bill McAdamDid not take time - Working on transmission #36 Ron HayesAttempt to take time / car would not run #67 Wes Summer Did not take time
Day two of the Northwest Pro4 Alliance season opening doubler header is getting warmed up.
The first practice is in the books and Ken Chandler is proving he knows how to get around his home track. His #33 was quickest, #16 Rick Thompson, #53 Tom Pinkoski and #03 Steve Thompson all follow.
Practice two still has the #33 at the top of the board with a fast last of 13.465. The rest of the top five are #16, #34, #77 and #13.