The 8th Annual Firecracker 40 @ Streby Speedway is this friday July 4th, 2014.
A large and very copmpetitive field of racers from Washington, & Alaska are expected. Also expected is a record setting crowd as many fans from around the region have inquired about attending, that track owner Jim Streby will open up free camping in the field next to the track for the first time ever. Also with many racers planning on camping there will be an open practice on July 5th (time yet to be determined). There is also talks in the works to make next years “Firecracker 40″ into a 2 day show for the first time ever.
The favorite has to be the 6 time “Firecracker 40″ champion Michael Streby of Snohomish as he has won (3) straight A-Mains in 2014, & also has (1) 2nd place finish in the first four races in 2014.
Bellingham’s Kenzi Thomas is looking to be the first female to ever win the “40”, she comes into the race with (1) A-Main win in 2014, & currently is 2nd in the point standings.
Former rookie of the year Nick Hull of Everett, WA has shown great improvement in 2014, after a very disappointing 2013. He had a career best 2nd place finish in the last race, & also has (1) quick time this year.
Defending champion Riley Hood of Arlington, WA had some early season problems adjusting to the new weight rule, but showed he will be a contender to repeat with a solid 3rd place finish in the last race and was also the hard charger in that race.
Other vetrans looking to contend include, track owner Jim Streby who had his best run in a long time with a 3rd quick qualifying effort, & a 4th place finish in the A-Main in the last race. Tyler Hood also had a top 5 finish for the first time in 2014 at the last race and seems to have found something with his setup. Burlington’s Harry Schaler has also been on the podium in 2014, and hopes his bad luck in the “40” has come to an end. Matt Streby has had two consecutive DNS’s (Did Not Start) in A-Mains but believes he has the gremlins figured out, and feels like he can can contend for the win. Snohomish’s Jeff Berry took the last race off to save the kart for the “Firecracker 40″, and feels good about his chances in 2014 as he led some laps in the A-Main two races ago.
A large and talented field of rookie drivers also plan on being in contention are led by rookie points leader Connor Ferguson of Bellingham, WA who has a slim 4 point lead over Woodinville’s Jessie Gonzalez. Anchorage Alaska’s Sylvia Mastej will make her debut in the “40” driving for Strebfest Motorsports. And the newest member of the “Mean 16″ J.J. Doerner of Concrete, WA also plans on entering his first “Firecracker 40″.
A couple of rides are still To Be Determined, and a few others who may enter this years race include #44 Tyler Weber in the “One Time Motorsports” entry. Andy Jacobson is hoping to make his 2014 debut in the Scott Murdoch owned #1, and hopefully the return of Marysville’s Tom Kays to Streby Speedway if he can get the parts he needs in time.
After the races fans and racers will be treated to a gigantic fireworks show sponsored by RelevantRankings.com
A schedule of events, & times have been posted already on this website.
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Driver Roster for the 8th Annual “Firecracker 40″
KART # / DRIVER NAME / HOMETOWN
- 3 / RILEY HOOD / ARLINGTON, WA
- 5 / JIM STREBY / SNOHOMISH, WA
- 7S / MICHAEL STREBY / SNOHOMISH, WA
- 11 / JEFF BERRY / SNOHOMISH, WA
- 11X / TO BE DETERMINED / ???
- 17 / TYLER HOOD / ARLINGTON, WA
- 22 / J.J. DOERNER / CONCRETE, WA
- 39 / JESSIE GONZALEZ / WOODINVILLE, WA
- 39X / CHARLIE HOAG / MUKILTEO, WA
- 71 / NICK HULL / EVERETT, WA
- 71X / CONNOR FERGUSON / BELLINGHAM, WA
- 82 / HARRY SCHALER / BURLINGTON, WA
- 91 / MATT STREBY / GRANITE FALLS, WA
- 91X / SYLVIA MASTEJ / ANCHORAGE, AK
- 98K / KENZI THOMAS / BELLINGHAM, WA