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The race season here in the Northwest is almost over.
The weather didn't cooperate at Skagit Speedway this past Saturday so the season is over. Grays Harbor Raceway also was rained out and they are going to try again on Sat October 8th for their season Championship.
I have podcast interviews posted below from Championship night at Deming and Friday night podium of the World of Outlaws at Skagit Speedway.
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Shaun In the Dirt at 2016 Clay Cup
Shaun In The Dirt Podcast at 2016 Clay Cup Nationals at Deming Speedway
Everett, WA | 7/18/16 - Shaun In the Dirt was up at the highest paying West Coast Micro Sprint race on the West Coast the 2016 Clay Cup Nationals at Deming Speedway. Before the races I had a chance to catch up with Colby Thornhill, Jared Gunderson, Seth Hespe, Jake Andreotti, Frosty Metcalfe, Steven Hendrickson, Dick Williams, Doug Nunes, and Jesse Schlotfeldt. After the races I talked to the winner in the 1200 Jared Gunderson and runner up Dustin O’Brien, Kasey Kahne Jr’s winner Blaine Granberg, 600 restricted winner Colby Thornhill, and 600 Open winner Liam Ryan.
Listen at http://shauninthedirt.podomatic.com/entry/2016-07-18T14_55_11-07_00
Shaun In the Dirt at 2016 Dirt Cup
Shaun In The Dirt Podcast at 2016 Dirt Cup Skagit Speedway
Shaun In The Dirt Podcast at 2016 Dirt Cup Skagit Speedway
Everett, WA | 6/28/16 - The first night of Dirt Cup was rained out, but mother nature cooperated the last two nights and the Shaun In the Dirt Podcast was there to witness the action. On the first night we talked to Race Director Matt Ward, 4th place Sam Hafertepe Jr, 3rd place Blake Hahn, and winner Marc Duperron. Then on Saturday night I talked to Scotty Cook reporter for Racin Boys, Cam Smith about his top 5 run Friday night, 2nd place Aaron Reutzel, 3rd place Seth Bergman, and the winner Sam Hafertepe Jr. Friday night was rough and lot of torn up equipment, but Saturday night turned out to be one of the best tracks I have seen up at Skagit Speedway.
Listen at http://shauninthedirt.podomatic.com/entry/2016-06-28T16_17_19-07_00
Shaun In The Dirt Podcast Opening Night at Deming Speedway
Everett, WA | 4/6/16 | Great weather greeted teams, drivers and fans for the opening of the season. Opening day is always fun to see all the new paint schemes and drivers either brand new to Deming, moving up in class, or veterans looking to get the season going after a long winter. I took my microphone over to the Pit sign in area and talked to 32 drivers all the way from youngsters making their Jr Sprint debut to a driver returning to dirt after racing the late 90’s at Skagit Speedway. Like any opening day I had some microphone issues that I didn’t know about until I got home so sorry about the quality on a few of the interviews but I still thought it was important to try to salvage some of the interview.
I talked to Bailey Jean Sucich, Tatum Pospical,Riley Watkins, Chance Crum, Tanner Holm, Sawyer Sorgenfrei, Peyton Reed, Jared Gunderson, Seth Hespe, Alison Johnson, Keith Wickard, Derek Torkelson, Eric Turner, Alex Guoy, Jesse Schlotfeldt, Levi Klatt, Peyton Drake, Lynden Lebedynski, Russ Johnson, Alden Ostrom, Sean Cochran, Chase Stuart, Dylan Resch, Brandee Wood, Carson Guffie, Spud Allen, Tyson Lemley, Chase Schmidt, Liam Ryan, Kyle Mitchell, Baker Fagerlie, and Tyler McLeod. Then I finished up the podcast on the front stretch interviewing the winners Macie Logsdon, Chance Crum, Nate Vaughn, and Sawyer Sorgenfrei. Overall it was a great night at Deming Speedway to kick off the 2016 race season and I hope you enjoy the podcast.
Check it out at http://shauninthedirt.podomatic.com/entry/2016-04-06T21_02_24-07_00
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Shaun In The Dirt Podcast Night 1 Dirt Cup 2015 posted on 6/26/15
Interviews with Scotty Cook, Tayler Malsam, Brock Lemley, Daniel Anderson, Jaime Duff, Colton Heath, Jason Solwold, Jason Johnson
Burlington, WA | 6/26/15- The first night of the Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup featuring the Lucas Oil ASCS Series is in the books. I talked to the Washington driver podium sweep of Jason Solwold, Colton Heath, and Taylor Malsam. Before the racing action got going I talked to Scotty Cook who travels with the Racin Boys and does the pit reporting. I talked to Tayler Malsam, and Brock Lemley about the dirt cup format change and their season and two travels from New Zealand Daniel Anderson, and Jaime Duff. It was a fun start to the weekend and looking forward to night 2 of the Dirt Cup where we will set the first 16 spots in Saturday nights $15,000 to win Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup.
The link to the podcast is http://shauninthedirt.podomatic.com/entry/2015-06-26T09_08_59-07_00
Shaun In The Dirt Podcast from the 2015 Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony posted on 3/22/15
Interviews with Rick Leighty, Carrie Babcock and Troy Zvono (family of Mike Zvono), John Dickinson, Earl Fritts, Wes Gibbs and Cheryl (family of Charlie Gibbs Jr), John Vandyck, Ken Courts, Earle Sargent, and Glenn Vincent
Everett, WA | 3/22/15 - I had the honor of traveling down to Elma for the Elma Auto Racing 2015 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Right after they were inducted I had the chance to talk to all of the inductees or their family that represented them. It was such an honor to get to talk to all of these great people and their families and give you just a little slice of the history of Auto Racing in the Elma area.
I want to thank Rick and the entire Hall of Fame for letting me come down and interview all of the inductees.
Check it out at http://shauninthedirt.podomatic.com/entry/2015-03-22T10_55_13-07_00
Here is the Press Release courtesy of The Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame when they announced their class back in February.
Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2015
Elma, WA (February 7, 2015)…..Eight men covering 7 different decades of auto racing at Grays Harbor Raceway have been announced as the next group to be enshrined into the Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
The class of 2015 will officially enter the EARHoF at the7th Annual Induction Ceremony and Silent Auction on Saturday, March 21, 2015.
The newest group contains track champions, longtime officials, crew members, track workers, and supporters who have made the racing experience special for the fans of Grays Harbor Raceway.
Mike Zvono, a four time sprint car champion from 1985 – 1988, will join his father, Nick, as an EARHoF Inductee. Zvono, who is deceased, will be represented by his family at the official ceremony.
John Dickinson began as crew member and partner on a jalopy in 1968, eventually becoming one of the top crew chiefs in the sprint car ranks. Dickinson also led the Evergreen Auto Racing Association as president during the 1990s. Now residing in Arizona, Dickinson plans to return for the Inductions.
Charlie Gibbs, Jr. brought his semi-modified from his hometown of Sedro Woolley to the Elma ½ mile in the late 1960s and raced to the track championship in 1970. The deceased Gibbs, a top runner at many Northwest tracks in his driving days, will be represented by his family.
Earl Fritts won the 1970 Jalopy Championship, moved on to be a top competitor in the semi-modifieds and eventually raced super-modifieds throughout the Northwest. A former instructor at West Point, Fritts hopes to return from Arizona for the activities.
John VanWyck held many duties at the race track including race driver. The Aberdeen resident claimed the 1977 Hobby Stock Championship during his driving days and then became one of the most valuable track workers for many years as tow truck operator.
Ken Courts days in racing date back to Central Parks Evergreen Speedway in the mid 1950s. Courts competed primarily in jalopies and hobby stocks, but could be found helping anyone who needed help in any class of car.
Earle Sargent purchased his first race car for $50 and began racing at the Elma Fairgrounds in 1957. Sargent later became a crew member on cars owned by Perry Crowell and has remained a racing fanatic to this day missing very few races. Sargent will be inducted at the 2015 Larry Spoon Distinguished Service Award recipient.
Glenn Vincent put his name in the record books as the 1997 Super Stock Champion, but his influence and legacy on racing at Grays Harbor Raceway continues today. Vincent had a big hand in getting the current modified class started and then the Modified Nationals that attract top racers to Elma each year and through his Shipwreck Beads continues to sponsor the class. Fans in the stands are very aware of his many fan friendly activities. Vincent will enter the EARHoF as the 2015 Fred Brownfield Exemplary Contribution Award recipient.