Time to Review: 6/3 thoughts 
It was a new month, as we're already into June. Round number six at Grays Harbor Raceway was completed, and there was a lot of wild action in all four divisions that were competing.

The Cut Rate Auto Parts A-Main was scheduled for 25 laps with Ryen Haney and Brandon Babcock on the front row. Babcock had the lead as the field went into turn three on the opening lap, but fourth-place starter Austin Kerrigan was already on the attack. Austin made the pass stick on Brandon out of turn two on the second lap, and it happened just before Daryl Brumfield went spinning in turn two. The top spot changed hands again on lap number three, as Jason Tole took it from Austin at the flagstand. The race was marred by numerous stoppages, as it had seven yellow flags and two reds. The first red flag happened on a first-lap restart when Haney spun in turns one and two and was rear ended by Kirk McGinnis. Taylor Miller crashed into the wall and Brumfield plowed into an infield tire. The second red occurred with five to go, as A. Kerrigan and Scott Fritts made contact on the backstretch while racing for third. Austin nailed the wall head-on before getting drilled by Mike Mann, while Josh Anthony was also collected. Nobody was injured in the wrecks. The race was called complete with Tole winning over Jack Parshall, Fritts, Haney (after being involved in three accidents), and 13th-starting Rodger Perry.

The 25-lapper for the Pacific Hardtop Racing Association dwarf cars got off to a rocky start when Henry Corbin, II and Leo Ward touched in turns one and two, sending Ward into a huge flip. Ward was unhurt. Dylan Chrisman was the leader on the first lap, but he had fifth-place starter Andy Lemmons and ninth-starting Ryan Martinez tracking him down. Lemmons passed Chrisman out of turn four on the following lap, while Martinez followed suit at the stripe. Martinez had the lead momentarily out of turn four to complete lap three, but Lemmons took it back down the backstretch on the next lap. Martinez said enough was enough, and took the lead for good on lap five at the finish line. Henry Corbin, III made his way up to second on lap eight, as he went to the inside of Lemmons in turn two. A quick yellow flag came out with eleven laps in the books, as Mike Clark spun in turn two. Martinez, the defending PHRA champion, has been very dominant this season and won over Corbin, III. Doug McVae passed Lemmons in turn one with two laps to go to finish in the third spot. Lemmons was fourth and Rich Holbert rounded out the top five.

It was young gun versus veteran on the front row for the 25-lap A-Main for the Shipwreck Beads modifieds, with Tyler Walker on the pole and Tom Sweatman was alongside. Walker was on his way to lead the first lap, but he got loose in turn four and went spinning. Kyler Moore and A. Kerrigan had nowhere to go but into Walker's car. Kris Asche spun into an infield tire behind them and Tim Phillips also went for a spin in turn three. The night was over for Moore and A. Kerrigan. T. Sweatman took command and didn't look back. Zack Simpson was running in second, followed by Brian Harding, Tyson Blood, and Scott Miller. Blood and S. Miller came together in turns one and two on the third lap to bring out another yellow flag. Shane Kerrigan spun nearby and collected Phillips. Harding took second from Simpson on the restart, while Lane Zerbin was on a tear from 16th and he passed Del Schnitzer for fourth out of turn four to complete lap three. Another yellow came out on the fifth lap when Cory Sweatman and S. Kerrigan tangled in turn two. During the caution period, Simpson lost third when he took his car to the pits with no brakes. The race was slowed down again on the next lap for debris (a wheel cover) on the frontstretch. Zerbin had a great restart, as he got by Harding for second. Unfortunately, the evening ended for Zerbin when he spun in turn one with seven laps to go. T. Sweatman turned in another sensational performance and he took his #11 modified to his second win of the year, while Harding finished a career-best second in a modified. Asche recovered for third, with fellow Shelton racers Schnitzer and S. Miller fourth and fifth. With his victory, T. Sweatman is the points leader by just two markers over S. Miller.

The final main event was for the Summer Thunder Sprint Series. Trey Starks went for a spin on the opening lap, but the 30-lapper went green to checkered after that. Pole sitter Evan Margeson led the first lap, but outside front row starter Roger Crockett used the high line to take the lead out of turn four on the following lap. Crockett lived up to his nickname "The Rocket", as he started to lap slower cars by lap five. J.J. Hickle also went to the high side of Margeson in turn four on the ninth lap, and he made it work. Defending series champion and points leader Jason Solwold started eighth and methodically moved up through the field. He passed Robbie Price for fifth out of turn four on lap 15 before taking fourth from Chase Goetz at the same place on the following lap. Seconds later, Jason stole third from Margeson just after the flagstand. Solwold wasn't done, as he went to the inside of Hickle in turns one and two to get second on the 22nd lap. Solwold was coming up quickly on Crockett as the race wound down, but Crockett barely held on for the win by about four car lengths. Hickle came home third with Price fourth and Goetz fifth.

It was another thrilling night at GHR, so why don't we do a quick review on it? Let's do it now...

Teens and 20's, Part II: Grays Harbor Raceway continues to have very consistent car counts this season and last Saturday was another example. The STSS had 20 entries, while the street stock class and the PHRA had 19 drivers apiece. The modified division had 16 people signed in.

Father vs. Son: The father-and-son team of Shane and Austin Kerrigan were the only drivers to do double duty. They were alongside each other in row number two of the second street stock heat race. Shane went from third to first in one fell swoop on the second lap, as he passed Austin for second place in turn one before taking the lead from Haney out of turn two. Shane went on to win and he did a spin in turn one on his victory lap for extra style points. The Kerrigans shared the front row for the first modified heat, but Austin evened the score up by leading flag-to-flag.

Terrific Tole: Tole is looking to get back into the thick of things in the street stock class after winning the championship in 2013. Jason finished 11th in points in 2014, but improved to sixth in '15 despite going winless. He did even better in 2016 with two victories and ended up second in points. Thanks to his win last Saturday, Jason is just twelve points behind points leader and defending champion Parshall and one point ahead of Fritts for second. The top five drivers (Parshall, Tole, Fritts, Haney, and S. Kerrigan) are within 41 points of one another.

Ryan's on a Roll: Martinez has been red hot in the PHRA, as he has won four straight races. He won three consecutive times at Sunset Speedway (May 20, 27, and 28) before claiming last Saturday's race. Next up for the PHRA racers is a doubleheader at Cottage Grove Speedway Friday and Saturday. They'll be back at GHR on July 15, 28, and 29. The races on the 28th and 29th are part of the Shipwreck Beads Modified Nationals.

Five Alive: Wheatley continues to be at the top of his game in time trials this year, as he's now five-for-six. His time of 12.279 seconds was nearly a second quicker than his qualifying lap on May 20. 16 of the 19 racers who qualified had laps in the 12's.

Triple Threat: Doug Rutz had not one, not two, but three cars in last Saturday's race. Wheatley was in the #8R car with Chance Crum in the #8RC and Starks in the #8RX. Thank goodness some letters were placed on the wings, otherwise it would've been very confusing! Starks lost an engine in warm-ups and didn't get a qualifying lap in or run his heat race. Crum was the top finisher for the trio in ninth with Wheatley in tenth and Starks in 11th after starting dead last.

Roger and Roger Back Together: Crockett is the new driver of Roger Henderson's #7N machine, but he didn't say whether it was going to be a long-term deal. Crockett first drove for Henderson back in 1998 in the NARC/King of California Series, and reunited in '07 and '08. The first race of the year for Crockett in the #7N was over the Memorial Day weekend at Cottage Grove, where he won the $4,100-to-win Marvin Smith Memorial Grove Classic.

Number for the Weekend: 7...the number of street stocks that survived the shortened main event. There was a lot of carnage in this race and a number of cars left on the hook.

Hard Luck Award: A. Kerrigan. Austin left with two battered cars, as his street stock was destroyed with five laps to go and he was also involved in an opening-lap wreck in the modified main event.

"Never Say Die" Award: Asche. Kris came back from spinning on the first lap of the modified A-Main to collect a third-place finish in his first race in well over a year. The last time we've seen Kris was in the season finale at GHR in '15, which he won.

Next race: It looks like I won't be able to go up to Skagit Speedway June 22-24 for the 46th annual Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup presented by the Skagit Casino Resort because of work commitments. I'll be going back to GHR regardless for my next visit. Plan B is to come back next Saturday (June 17) for the Washington Modified Tour, 360 sprint cars, and Cut Rate Auto Parts street stocks. Plan C is the third annual Fred Brownfield Classic on June 30 and July 1.

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