Northwest Super Late Model Series
Plybon One Position Shy of NWSLMS Championship
Feb 2, 2023
Spokane, WA – When the 2022 Northwest Super Late Model Series opened its season at Tri-City Raceway at RMEC (WA), Kaiden Anderson was not sure of his plans for 2022. When the season closed at the same facility in October, he was the NWSLMS champion, after the closest championship battle in the series nine-year history. A Rookie-of-the-Year title also befell the Yakima, WA racer, who just edged out Haeden Plybon for both honors. The key to Anderson’s success was consistency, never finishing worse than seventh. It was an attribute that would score him the championship in the season finale.
Anderson entered the final race of the season with an 11-point advantage over Plybon. But after qualifying, that lead had been cut to just six markers, when Plybon scored the AFCO Racing / Longacre Racing Products Fast Time Award and five points. For his part, Anderson qualified 26th, deep in the field. It was a deficit the Rookie-of-the-Year driver would have 125 laps to make up. As he showed throughout the entirety of 2022, Anderson methodically worked his way through the field, ending up sixth in the “Fall Classic 125”. It was just enough to clinch the title by two markers, when the checkered fell for the final time of the season.
The championship and Rookie-of-the-Year title was an honor for Anderson, as he was happy just to compete the full season in a car he had used in the Pro Late Model ranks throughout the Northwest.
“To have the chance to even compete for a championship and Rookie-of-the-Year in a Super Late Model series is a humbling experience”, Anderson related. “Not very many people have the chance to, and to be able to do it at such a high level, against some of the best. I'm thankful for all my supporters, fans, family, and sponsors. I'm proud of our team and accomplishments throughout the season. We had one race that we got a little tore up but still salvaged a good finish. Our goal was consistency, and we did just that. Thank you to everyone that made it possible.”
Anderson’s season was highlighted by a win at Hermiston Raceway (OR) in the “PCA 125”. He was one of seven different winners in 2022, in seven series events. He scored four top-five’s to go along with seven top-seven finishes. He scored two The TI Company “Hard Charger Awards”, after failing to qualify in the top-five all season. It was a season which showed his ability to navigate traffic, save his equipment, bring home strong finishes, and at the end of the season, a championship as well.
The next event for the Northwest Super Late Model Series will be the “Apple Cup 125” at Tri-City Raceway at RMEC on April 2nd. Preston Peltier was the winner of the event in 2022. The winner will bring home $10,000 and will open the 10th season for the Super Late Model series.
ABOUT THE NORTHWEST SUPER LATE MODEL SERIES
The Northwest Super Late Model Series is the premier regional touring Super Late Model series in the Northwest. The series has many valued partners including Hoosier Racing Tire, McGunegill Engine Performance, AR Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Penske Racing Shocks, Five Star Bodies, AFCO/Longacre Racing Products, RaceCals, Wheel Chill, Atomic Screen Printing and Embroidery, Franks Racing Radio, BLP, Jefferson Racing, American Racer, Gibson Diesel Performance, and The Ti Company. For more information on the series visit www.nwslms.com or on Facebook and Twitter.
-Northwest Super Late Model Series Press Release