Northwest Modifieds Grays Harbor preview

Northwest Modifieds Nationals has record pre-entries. Grays Harbor Raceway Park Elma, WA Grays Harbor Raceway Park, located at the Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds in Elma, WA, will host the 3rd Annual Northwest Modifieds Nationals this ...

Northwest Modifieds Nationals has record pre-entries.
Grays Harbor Raceway Park
Elma, WA

Grays Harbor Raceway Park, located at the Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds in Elma, WA, will host the 3rd Annual Northwest Modifieds Nationals this coming Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15, with what looks to be a record field of cars. Over 50 cars had pre-registered by Tuesday, 28 more than participated in the race last year.

In only it's third year, the program is already considered as the west coast's premier modified event with a total purse of $28,460 on tap as drivers vie for Saturday night's $5,000 to win pay check.

Looking to take home at least a part of the purse, if not the first place money, are drivers from Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada. Top drivers with their sights set on taking the championship will include Washington's Leroy Lawhead, Rochester, Craig Moore of Seaview, Scott Miller of Shelton and Elma's Kevin Beerbower along with Oregon hot shoes Chris Murphy, Cottage Grove, Medford's Mark Wauge and Jon DeBenedetti and Dennis Silva of Central Point.

Californians making the tour will include Chico drivers Eli Zucker and Dustin Jenks, Joel Hale of San Pablo and Yuba City's Duane Cleveland. Nevada driver Robert Miller of Gardenville is also pre-entered. According to Cottage Grove's Murphy, veteran champion driver Bruce Rayburn of Eagle Point, OR and his son Bruce, Jr. are among several others planning to make the race but have yet to enter.

Crowd pleasing fast action on the track was the norm for most racing during the first two years of the Northwest Modifieds Nationals. The inaugural years feature event went to the wire with lead changes nearly every circuit during the last 10 laps, putting the crowd on their feet for the final lap. Last years final event was nearly as exciting with close racing throughout.

With the quality of competition improving each year, 2002 bodes well for two action packed nights of wheel to wheel racing. Racing is scheduled to start at 7:00 PM with ticket gates open at 5:00 PM. Admission prices: Adult (14 & up)$12 Friday - $14 Saturday; Juniors (6-14) $2; Children 5 & under FREE both days.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Chris Murphy