The Apple Cup Returns in 2022 as an Addition to the NWSLMS Schedule

The historic event moves to a new venue for its 53rd running.

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Spokane, WA - The Northwest Super Late Model Series is excited to announce an addition to our nine-race 2022 schedule, as the season opener will now move up to April 3rd at the newly reopened Tri-City Raceway at the Red Mountain Event Center. The Apple Cup, made popular at Yakima Speedway, will now move to the ½-mile tri-oval located in West Richland, WA and will become the 10th race on the NWSLMS schedule. The season will now open and close at the newly reborn facility, as the series completes its 2022 schedule.

The 53rd running of the “Apple Cup” will feature a 125-lap event, with a break at lap 75 where teams will be allowed to change two tires and add fuel. More details about the Sunday feature will be added in the future, but it is exciting to have one of the Northwest’s legendary events back on the schedule thanks to Greg and Lacy Walden!

“We are very grateful to have Tri City Raceway as a new track to us, and we are very excited to be working with the Walden family at both Tri City (Raceway) and at Hermiston (Raceway)”, NWSLMS director Dan Garber stated. “With this being a new venue, it is good for everyone. To see the grandstands full during the Fall Classic, it is very refreshing to see the energy at the facility, and it is great to be at a new track for a couple of races.”

Garber continued, “Greg and Laci are great people and very organized. They are two of the best promotors in the Northwest for sure. They are easy to work with and appreciate everything we do. When you feel wanted it is a pretty good feeling. We just feel very fortunate to be a part of two of the biggest events of the year in the Northwest with the “Apple Cup” and the “Fall Classic”.

The Apple Cup will be held for the first time since 2019, as Covid-19 claimed the 2020 version, and Yakima Speedway closed before the 2021 running of the 53rd annual event. Garrett Evans was the winner of that last event in 2019 and has a total of five victories in the Apple Cup. Evans also has a long history at Tri City Raceway, which brings back a lot of fond memories.

“It brought back a lot of good memories when we tested there (Tri City raceway) last year”, Evans recalled. “We won the NASCAR Northwest Tour Championship in September of 1994 over Dan Press by just a few points (3). After the race I remember the championship picture with Greg Walden as well as my parents, and a couple of good friends and crew guys who have since passed away. Tri City is a very special place for me.”

With the announcement, the Northwest Super Late Model Series will now starts its ninth season of action on April 3rd, with a return to Tri-City Raceway for the “Apple Cup 125”. The 10-race schedule features two events at Tri City Raceway, the Wenatchee Valley Super-Oval, South Sound Speedway, and Hermiston Raceway with single events at Stateline Speedway and Magic Valley Speedway.

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, Leonard Evans Used Car Superstore, 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, Driven Racing Oil, Bassett Wheels, American Racer 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
-Photo credit: Shari Garber