YAKIMA, Wash. A pair of local veterans and proven winners qualified their way to the front row for Sunday's 32nd annual Fall Classic at Yakima Speedway.
Jason Jefferson of Naches and Mike Longton of Moxee, both former champions of the season-ending event, will lead out the starting grid of 25 cars for the 200-lap Super Late Model race.
Jefferson won the 2016 Fall Classic, placed second in 2002 and 2010 and owns two other top-five finishes. Longton captured the 2008 Fall Classic and has three other top-five finishes.
Austin Thom of Dundee, Ore., and Randy Marshall Jr. of Moxee will occupy the second row, just ahead of defending champion Jason Fraser of Snohomish and Rod Schultz Jr. of Woodland.
Lynnwood's Naima Lang, who won back-to-back Fall Classic titles in 2011 and 2012, turned in the fastest qualifying lap at 19.062 seconds. Fraser checked in at 19.126.
Sunday's schedule features three main events with Hobby Stocks (60 laps) and Pro Late Models (100 laps) preceding the 200-lapper, which is also the season finale for the Northwest Super Late Model Series.
Trevor Cristiani of Boise holds the Series points lead heading into the last of seven races. He leads Alan Cress of Stayton, Ore., by 15 points and Garrett Evans of Wenatchee by 16 points. Evans won Yakima's Apple Cup in May.
Opening ceremonies Sunday are slated for 11 a.m.