Grays Harbor Raceway special races preview

Grays Harbor Raceway closes 2003 season with special races Although the champions have been crowned at Grays Harbor Raceway for the 2003 season, the final race of the year on the three-tenths mile oval will be a special event on Saturday...

Grays Harbor Raceway closes 2003 season with special races

Although the champions have been crowned at Grays Harbor Raceway for the 2003 season, the final race of the year on the three-tenths mile oval will be a special event on Saturday September 20, 2003. The Budweiser I-5 Outlaw Late Models based at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon Oregon will make their first ever visit to the track to give the fans a new series to watch for the first time. Along with the I-5 Outlaw Late Models, Cut Rate Auto Parts, sponsors of the weekly Hobby Stock class, will present the 1st Annual Cut Rate Auto Parts Hobby Stock Shoot Out.

Making their initial appearance, an estimated 60 Dirt Late Model racing teams will converge on Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Washington for Saturdays nights "Outlaw Dirt Late Model" series event, with the night's A-Feature event winner going home with the $1500 first place check.

Leading the pack will be the current series point leader Bob Boyd of Albany, Oregon a 4-time track champion at the series "home track" at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Oregon. Boyd, who has won 3 main events on the tour in 2003, holds a narrow point lead over series veterans Rob Mayea from Bend, Oregon and Tim Zeller of Albany who was the winner this past Saturday night at Willamette. Darren Coffell of Bend, Oregon, the 2000 and 2002 series champion and 2001 champion, Russ Sell of Albany will be racing in Saturday night's event at Elma.

Other top contenders from Oregon include Steve Moore of Scio, Oregon who won the 100 lap 2002 finale at Medford and Willamette Speedway feature winners Trevor Glaser, David Hawes, Bruce Hipple, Jeremy Shank and 2003 Willamette Speedway champion, Tory Swayngim. Greg Walters of Portland will also be back in action with the I-5 Challenge series. Walters recently returned to driving with the Pacific Dirt Late Model series after suffering serious back injuries in a crash during an Arizona event last October.

Top Washington drivers include Charlie Severson of Arlington, Bob Steele of Castle Rock and the Schram Racing team of Vancouver. Jerry, Jeremy and Jimmy Schram are I-5 tour regulars and team driver Jason Wines of Lebanon, Oregon drove an Schram racing sponsored Super Sport to the 2002 and 2003 track championships at Willamette Speedway.

The points battle for the 2003 I-5 Challenge title is one of the closest in series history with nine drivers still having a mathematical chance for the Championship trophy. The Grays Harbor Raceway event is the next-to-the-last chance for the title hopefuls before heading south to Medford, Oregon the following weekend for the final 2003 race.

In 2002 the I-5 Challenge series event drew 56 entries as their lowest car count to a high of 91 entries for the season ending event in Medford. The I-5 Challenge series is the largest Dirt Late Model touring group in the west and features the toughest competition in Dirt Late Model racing, as the racing format calls for the fastest cars to start at the rear of every event on the racing program. Time trials are always exciting as only the fastest 16 make the main event. The next 16 fastest race in the B-Main which offers the first and second place winners the final two transfer spots into the main event. The C-Main event is always hotly contested as the remaining cars battle for the single transfer spot into the B-Main.

The 1st Annual Cut Rate Auto Parts Hobby Stock Shoot Out will pit the regulars of Grays Harbor Raceway against other Hobby Stock classes from around the Northwest, in what should prove to be an exciting and action packed event.

Sure to be looking to take home a large chunk of the $7000 purse and especially the $1000 winners check, will be Grays Harbor's top racers. These include 2003 Champion Kris Asche of Shelton, WA, and Centralia, WA hot shoe, Joe Richey, Richie Mendoza of Aberdeen, WA, Satsop, WA's Roy Borgeson and Terry Bower of Chehalis, WA who were the top five finishers of the season.

Other hard runners of the season expected to do battle with regulars and the invaders are Jim Oien, Jr. of McCleary, WA, Joe Lambert of Shelton, Malcom Boyd from Rochester, WA Jamie Belisle of Seaview, WA and Michael Richey of Onalaska, WA.

Although they spent much of the season in the Modifieds, both Wayne Lemmon of Elma and Hoquiam, WA driver Jack Parshall could make an appearance.

Since pre-entries are not taken, who will participate from other tracks is open to question. Drivers from Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA, South Sound Speedway near Tenino, WA and Spanaway Speedway, Spanaway, WA, have all shown interest. Since Spanaway Speedway is not scheduled to run races in 2004 this is a great opportunity for their Hobby Stock drivers to check out a new racing venue and pick up some extra winnings at the same time.

Because of the diversity of rules among the different tracks, all participants will run by the rules set by the track or association of which they are members, to keep racers from having to make large or costly changes to meet the Grays Harbor Raceway rules.

While some tracks and clubs run engine configurations allowing larger carburetors, exhaust headers and such, almost all of these tracks are asphalt ovals. This means they will have to race their track tire which in most cases is either a street tire or non-tread 'slick' tire, both of which will off-set most, if not all, of any power advantage they may have.

The fans should also be well entertained as the asphalt drivers' work to adapt to the 'dirt tracking' racing style needed to race fast on the clay surface.

This teaming of the I-5 Outlaw Late Models and the Cut Rate Auto Parts Hobby Stock Shoot Out will provide the fans with a Season Finale filled with speed and action that is new and different.

Grandstand prices are Adults (15 and over) - $12; Ages 6-14 - $3; Ages 5 and under FREE. Gates open at 5:00 pm. Racing at 7:00 pm.

For more information please contact: Brownfield Promotions, Inc., PO Box 556, Snohomish, WA 98291. Phone 360-568-CLAY (2529) fax 360-568-0577. Web site - www.brownfieldent.com

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