Grays Harbor Northwest Nationals preview

Shipwreck Beads Northwest Modifieds Nationals The first green flag of the 6th Annual "Shipwreck Beads Northwest Modifieds Nationals" will wave in less than two weeks at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA when cars take to the track on June 16th...

Shipwreck Beads Northwest Modifieds Nationals

The first green flag of the 6th Annual "Shipwreck Beads Northwest Modifieds Nationals" will wave in less than two weeks at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA when cars take to the track on June 16th in an effort to take home the largest possible slice of the $47,180 available to win.

The largest Modified event on the west coast, the "Shipwreck Beads Northwest Modifieds Nationals" has expanded to a three day program to accommodate the increased number of entries. While Thursday and Friday night's feature event winners will take home $1000, Saturday's winner will pocket $10,000 for his efforts.

With 46 cars pre-registered as of June 6th, out of State pre-entries include the return of last years Champion Jon DeBenedetti of Medford, OR, the 2002 and 2003 winner Kellen Chadwick of Oakley, CA and 2000 winner Gus Cooper of Creswell, OR. The 2001 winner, Brian Poppa of Central Point, OR, is also expected to enter.

Returning long distance entrants include 2004's 3rd place finisher Ron Jones of Zimmerman, MN driving for D&M Performance cars out of Dumas, TX and Andy Claiborne of Fort Scott, KS, in the Olympia, WA based car of Randy Ward. Others making the long haul are Alan Sharpensteen of Amarillo, TX and Eddie Martin of Stillwell, OK, also in D&M Performance cars and Mark Allison of Las Vegas, NV.

Other returning out of state hot dogs are Randy McDaniel out of Marysville, CA, Brian Cass of Livermore, CA, Dennis Silva and Dave Duste, Jr. of Central Point, OR and Ron Possinger and Mark Wauge of Medford, OR.

Leading Washington drivers entered include 2005 Grays Harbor Raceway Champion Scott Miller of Shelton, Glenn Vincent of Lacey, James Wolfard and Craig Moore from Seabeck, Montesano's Josh Muller, Jeff Foster of McCleary, Aberdeen driver Greg Dineen and Leroy Lawhead of Rochester.

With over $47,000 on line, action on the three-eights of a mile high-banked oval is guaranteed to keep the fans on the edge of their seats all three nights. Drivers will be assigned either Thursday or Friday night to race the preliminary races. Preliminary night action includes two rounds of heats and D, C, B and A-main events. Preliminary night A-Feature winners will pick up a check for $1000.

Saturday racing will consist of G, F, E, D, C, B, and A-feature events. A dash featuring the top six cars will determine the A-feature line up of the first six cars, with the remaining cars lined up according to the total accumulation of points from both nights of racing.

Saturday's A-feature event winner will pull down $10,000 with 2nd place taking home $6,000 and 3rd place getting $3,000 for his efforts. Fourth through sixth place will receive $1,500, $1,100 and $1000 respectively.

Action will get underway at approximately 7:00 PM both nights. Adult (Age 15 & up) admission is $10 Thursday and Friday, $15 Saturday.

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