Northern Sprint Tour Grays Harbor preview

The U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. Northern Sprint Tour travels to Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA on Saturday, June 7th, for the first of four 2003 appearances at the three-tenth mile high banked clay oval. Going into the fourth race of the...

The U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. Northern Sprint Tour travels to Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA on Saturday, June 7th, for the first of four 2003 appearances at the three-tenth mile high banked clay oval.

Going into the fourth race of the season, defending champion, Roger Crockett of Eugene, OR currently leads the race to the 2003 championship with a total of 273 points. Crockett, with two feature event wins already this year looks to be a strong contender for another on Saturday.

Following Crockett in the points race is Cottage Grove, OR driver Dale Smith with 261 points. Smith has three 3rd place finishes so far and is due for a win. In third place is three time Northern Sprint Tour champion Shawna Wilskey with 229 points. Wilskey, running out of Mt. Vernon, WA has a second place finish and was leading the points going into the third race when mechanical problems knocked her out of competition early in the race.

Jeff Hodgson, coming all the way from St. Albert, Alberta, Canada to race with the NST group, sits in fourth place with 222 points. In fifth with 219 points is Sedro Woolley, WA's Chad Hiller. Barry Martinez, out of Lynnwood, WA fills out the top six with a win and 198 points going into the weekend.

Other top drivers expected to be on hand on Saturday are Shawn Smith of Nampa, ID, father and son Jay and Jayme Barnes of Everett, WA, Dawn-L Morrison from Millet, AB, Canada, Ron Myska out of Fairfield, CA, Jason Solwold of Burlington, WA, Shelton, WA's Jay Cole and Randy Van Aagten, John Tharp of Snohomish, WA and Marvin Smith of Cottage Grove, OR.

Racing in the first three events of the year had plenty of close fast action, with none of the top drivers running away from the competition. Closely matched in both equipment and talent, any driver in the top ten is a threat to win at any race.

Both Wilskey and Crockett showed up at the Grays Harbor Raceway program last week to get some track time before this weekend. Wilskey took the win with Crockett edging out Tharp for second place with two laps to go.

Car count average so far this year has been thirty-four and with a large home track group, a 40+ car count is probable. Fans and racers alike are likely to see some very fast action on the Grays Harbor Raceway clay.

Gates open at 5:00Pm with racing scheduled at 7:00PM. Admission: Adults (15- & up) - $14, Juniors (6-14) - $3.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Roger Crockett , Shawn Smith