NST's Grays Harbor Nationals sponsor named

Brownfield Promotions, Inc. is pleased to welcome Shipwreck Beads of Olympia, WA, the world's largest bead dealer, on board as event sponsor for the 4th Annual "Northwest Modifieds Nationals" which returns to Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA on...

Brownfield Promotions, Inc. is pleased to welcome Shipwreck Beads of Olympia, WA, the world's largest bead dealer, on board as event sponsor for the 4th Annual "Northwest Modifieds Nationals" which returns to Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA on June 20th and 21st. Already the highest paying Modified race on the west coast, the purse in 2003 has been increased to $30,000 for the two-day event with $6,000 going to Saturday night's feature event winner.

Although last years champion, Kellen Chadwick of Oakley, CA has yet to register, among the pre-entries are; Randy McDaniel of Marysville, CA, the 2002 Friday night Nationals winner, 2002 Grays Harbor Raceway Modified Champion Leroy Lawhead of Olympia, WA, Mark Wauge of Medford, OR who finished in second place last year and is the current Southern Oregon Speedway (SOS) points leader and 2002 3rd place finisher Jon DeBenedetti of Central Point, OR who is 3rd in SOS points.

Other top running pre-entries are Gus Cooper of Creswell, OR who is leading the points race at Cottage Grove Speedway (CGS), Brian Poppa of Central Point, OR who was the 2001 Nationals winner and is currently 8th in points at SOS, 4th and 5th place runners at SOS, Ron Possinger of Medford and Dave Duste, Sr, of Central Point, Jon Swiglo of Pe Ell, WA who is currently 4th at Grays Harbor and Randy Ward of Olympia, WA comes out of retirement for this race.

Additional out of state entrants are; California drivers Brian Cass, Livermore, Todd Whipple, Tom O'Gorman and Travis Peery, all of Yreka and Dustin Jenks of Chico, Oregon's Scott Winebarger of Corbett, Scott Dorie and Chris Quinn of St. Helens, Portland's Ray Elwess and Don West of Warren. Two drivers from British Columbia, Laurence O'Connor and Graham Cook of Port Hardy become the first Canadian drivers to race in the Nationals.

Local drivers who have indicated they will run include 2001 Grays Harbor Raceway champion Craig Moore of Seabeck, WA, along with top Grays Harbor drivers Scott Miller, Shelton, WA and current Grays Harbor points leader, Kevin Beerbower of Elma, WA, Jeff Foster, McCleary, WA and Jason Tole of Hoquiam, WA.

Along with the $1,000 added to the big winners pay check, additional prize money was added to positions 2 -- 8 in the "A" feature event. Also, pay outs in all positions in the "B" and "C" feature events were increased to help cars running throughout the field.

As an added incentive to the local drivers, AA Auto Sales of Centralia will pay an additional $500 to any Grays Harbor Raceway weekly racer that wins Saturday's "A" feature event.

With 50 pre-entries already received, which nearly equals the total entrants just two years ago, this year's race could well have close to 100 entrants.

Because the race cars are so equally matched Modified racing is some of the closest to be found, as it is driver ability and not horsepower that determines the outcome. Three and four wide, wheel-to-wheel action is the normal, not the occasional, type of action the fans will see for two great days at the "4th Annual Shipwreck Beads Northwest Modifieds Nationals".

-ghr/nst-

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