National Sprint Tour returns home ELMA, Wash. -- The National Sprint Tour is coming home. The series races Aug. 25-26 at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash. as part of the 13th annual 'Wild Wild Northwest Tour.' The weekend is kicked off Aug.
National Sprint Tour returns home
ELMA, Wash. -- The National Sprint Tour is coming home.
The series races Aug. 25-26 at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash. as part of the 13th annual 'Wild Wild Northwest Tour.' The weekend is kicked off Aug. 24 with a visit by the Northern Sprint Tour.
The City of Elma is putting on a variety of activities for the weekend including a parade, celebrity go-cart races, live music and more.
Both the Elma track and the Northern Sprint Tour are still operated by Brownfield Promotions Inc., which was started by Washington native Fred Brownfield in 1993. Brownfield brought the World of Outlaws back to the Northwest in 1994, following an absence of 15 years.
Brownfield, one of the most respected racing promoters in the country, moved the Outlaw date to Elma in 1996, and started promoting weekly races at the track in 1998.
Last December, Brownfield started the National Sprint Tour, and the traditional Northwest late August two-day weekend was on the schedule.
Brownfield's death on June 16 at the Elma track adds even more special significance to next weekend, which was already the biggest weekend of the year for Brownfield Promotions.
Debbie Brownfield, Fred's widow, said the weekend marks a way for fans to support the Brownfield family.
"I am coming up on Fred's biggest and most special race weekend of the year, 'The Wild Wild Northwest Tour' at Elma, and for me, it marks the very last big event Fred had planned and set up for Grays Harbor Raceway," Debbie wrote this week. "It is HIS three most joyous adventures, the Northern Sprint Tour and the National Sprint Tour kickin' up the dirt at HIS race track.
"I would love for that weekend to be a fantastic finale to his promoting career, something God will let him look down on and be proud of and that we can all remember," Debbie added. "Many of you did not get to attend his memorial service (in June); well, attending this special weekend at Grays Harbor Raceway would be a spectacular and fun way for racers to honor and support him one last time."
That support goes both ways, as the NST has established a 360 bonus and a non-NST 410 bonus for the top-10 finishers in those respective cars for the Brownfield-promoted NST races. In addition, the B-main and C-main purses are doubled.
The weekend gives fans and racers alike another chance to witness the house that Fred Brownfield rebuilt. Grays Harbor Raceway Park was a 3/10-mile track when Brownfield took it over.
In 2003, in cooperation with Grays Harbor County, Brownfield began to extensively remodel the track by changing it to 3/8-mile in length. He also put in new lights, walls, sound system, booth and more. So much was new, even the name changed to Grays Harbor Raceway.
Since the remodel, racers and visitors from across the country have heaped praise on the facility. No less an authority than Ted Johnson, the World of Outlaw founder who has seen hundreds of tracks around the country, called Elma one of the top three facilities in the country when he visited in 2004.
The Thursday Northern Sprint Tour show is always one of the best races of the summer in the Northwest, and will feature special appearances by National Sprint Tour Jason Sides and others.
Sides and others such as current National Sprint Tour points leader Danny 'The Dude' Lasoski, Steve 'The King' Kinser, Tim Kaeding, Jason Meyers, Washington native Jason Solwold, Paul McMahan, Shane Stewart, Brian Paulus, Dean Jacobs and Kerry Madsen will take to the high-banked track the next two nights for plenty of tight competition.
Tickets for the weekend of racing are still available by calling 1-800-825-4832, and will be available the day of the races.
For more information on the National Sprint Tour, visit www.nationalsprinttour.com. For more information on Grays Harbor Raceway, www.brownfieldent.com/GHR/GHR_home.htm. For a list of events being put on by the Elma Chamber of Commerce, visit www.elmachamber.org and click on the 'Outlaw Days Festival' link on the left.
Following Elma, the NST next races Aug. 29 at Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore.