Jumping the Start: Labor Day weekend racing at Skagit Speedway and Grays Harbor Raceway 
The Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching, and two racetracks in Washington have some huge events that are just around the corner. Skagit Speedway has the Outlaw Energy Showdown on Friday and Saturday, followed by two nights of racing at Grays Harbor Raceway on Sunday and Monday.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars roll into Skagit for Friday and Saturday to kick off their West Coast Swing. Eight-time and defending Outlaws champion Donny Schatz has a 94-point advantage over Brad Sweet with David Gravel, Daryn Pittman, and Shane Stewart third through fifth. Gravel won both nights last year, collecting $20,000 in winnings.

The Northwest Focus Midgets are the support class on Friday, while the Washington Modified Tour races on Saturday. Tristin Thomas has four wins at Skagit in the midgets and he has a 52-point lead over Nick Evans. Garrett Thomas topped last Saturday's midget main at Skagit. Defending Washington Modified Tour champion Kyler Moore leads Kevin Smith by 67 points. The tour had its first two races at Eagle Track Raceway on August 19 and 20, with David Soulek and B.J. Wild winning those events.

Grays Harbor Raceway gets things rolling on Sunday with the Summer Thunder Sprint Series, Northwest Focus Midgets, and Shipwreck Beads modifieds. Defending STSS champion Jason Solwold continues to be the class of the field, as he has three victories and he leads Colton Heath by 77 points. The STSS were on Oregon soil for the very first time at Cottage Grove Speedway on August 4 and 5, with Justyn Cox and Eric Fisher both snaring their first series wins.

Chance Crum has won twice at GHR in the midgets, as he swept the Fred Brownfield Classic back on June 30 and July 1. He's also the points leader, but his advantage is just five points over Evans.

Defending track champion Tom Sweatman and former champ Scott Miller are once again neck and neck in the modifieds. Sweatman won the last race at GHR last Saturday and he leads Miller by only 16 markers.

Monday's event is sponsored by the Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel, and it features the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars and the Cut Rate Auto Parts street stocks. Last year's event was rained out, although Schatz has won from '13 to '15. Jack Parshall is vying for his fourth street stock title in as many years and he has a 44-point lead over past champion Jason Tole. Tole prevailed in the last race on August 12 in the Iron Man Challenge.

Sprint cars compete in all four nights, while the midgets and modifieds race in two and the street stocks duke it out for a single night. That's what you call a very full program for Skagit Speedway and Grays Harbor Raceway. The weather is going to be very warm for all four days, so summer is definitely not over yet and the racing will continue to heat up as the Labor Day weekend gets closer and closer.

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