Jumping the Start: Yakima Valley Sprint Car Challenge 
For Pacific Northwest race fans, this will be their Spring Break vacation. The Summer Thunder Sprint Series and the Washington Modified Tour begin their 2016 seasons with a trip to Yakima for the Yakima Valley Sprint Car Challenge Friday and Saturday. Both racing tours were at Yakima last year to start their respective seasons with a one-night show, but they’re coming back for a two-day night show this weekend.

Jason Solwold won four times with the Summer Thunder Sprint Series and he also won the championship by 16 points over 2014 champion Colton Heath. Rounding out the top five in points were Robbie Price, Reece Goetz, and Cam Smith. Solwold’s standout victories include winning the 44th annual Jim Raper Dirt Cup presented by Jack in the Box at Skagit Speedway and taking the first night of the Fred Brownfield Classic at Grays Harbor Raceway (both races were also Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series events).

The Washington Modified Tour completed a successful first year in ‘15 and Redmond, Oregon’s Mark Carrell was the champion. Carrell had magnificent performances in Washington, as he won at both Skagit and Grays Harbor. Lawrence O’Connor was second in points, followed by Aaron Weston, Melvin Decker, and Kris Asche.

J.J. Hickle was the winner of the STSS portion of last year’s event. Evan Margeson led the first seven laps before Hickle took over on lap eight. Hickle went on to capture the 30-lapper over Solwold, Margeson, Jared Peterson, and Trey Starks.

B.J. Wild won the 25-lap Washington Modified Tour A-Main after starting tenth, as he used the high line to get by Decker for the top spot on the 11th lap. Carrell was second for a 1-2 finish of the Central Oregon racers. Travis Peery spun out while running second with seven laps to go, but rebounded for third. O’Connor and Decker completed the top five.

A practice session will be held on Thursday, so the drivers get a chance to test the high-speed Yakima track out. Friday’s Summer Thunder Sprint Series main event pays $2,000 to win and Saturday’s feature is bumped up to a $3,000-to-win show. Friday’s Washington Modified Tour A-Main pays $500 to win, and the stakes get higher on Saturday with a $1,000 payday for the winner.

For the second straight year, sprint car and modified racing will get an early start with a race east of the Cascades. The Yakima Valley Sprint Car Challenge is expanded to two nights, so race fans will see some electrifying side-by-side racing...times two!

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My first race of 2016 is... 
...in two and a half weeks! I'll be heading east for the Summer Thunder Sprint Series/Washington Modified Tour season opener at the Yakima Dirt Track. The practice session and chili feed take place on March 31, while the racing happens on April 1 and 2

I've wanted to go to Yakima for a while. So, I figured I'd get an early racing fix and to go to a new place. I'm looking forward to getting my 2016 racing season underway and the first "Jumping the Start" preview will arrive in the next few days. Stay tuned!

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Happy holidays and 2016 outlook 
2015 was a fun year for me and I wished that it didn't end. I watched 15 races, which was up from eleven in '13 and ten in '14. Just two races got rained out (half of the opening night of the Northwest Modified Nationals and the first night for the World of Outlaws at Skagit Speedway). Not too bad, huh?

Some schedules for 2016 have already been released, but not all. The Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by MAVTV Motorsports Network will be back at it at Skagit Speedway for the 45th annual Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup on June 23, 24, and 25. On the following weekend (July 1 and 2), they'll head south to Grays Harbor Raceway for the second annual Fred Brownfield Classic.

The World of Outlaws will make their trip across the Northwest during the Labor Day weekend once again. They'll be at Skagit on September 2 and 3, GHR on the 5th, and Lebabon, Oregon's Willamette Speedway on the 7th. They have two races in North Dakota (River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks and Nodak Speedway in Minot) on August 26 and 28 before going straight to Washington.

Nothing has been released yet for Skagit, GHR, the Summer Thunder Sprint Series, or the Washington Modified Tour. Hopefully, their schedules will be out very soon. Once they're out, it's just a matter of filling in the blanks of where I'm going to be.

Until then, Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. See everybody at the races in 2016! Peace and a half!

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Fall Nats pics uploaded 
My shots from the Fall Nats have finally arrived! I'm still trying to get used to all of the changes on my computer.

What a way to finish of my year at Nor Cal! Check my pics out at the address below...

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Time to Review: Fall Nationals recap 
I apologize for the delay of typing my recap on my trip to the 23rd annual Fall Nationals at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California last Friday and Saturday. The hard drive on my computer went kaput, but I’m back up and running on all cylinders again! I’ll try to post my pictures very soon...

This was my first visit to Chico in over seven years and my first trip to the Fall Nationals, better known as the “Tribute to Stephen Allard”. Three different classes of sprint cars were on the program and they packed the pits very tightly.

Brandon Powell was this year’s economy sprint champion at Silver Dollar and he led the first two laps of the 15-lap main event before spinning out between turns one and two on the third lap. That gave the lead to Cameron Haney. Another yellow flag came out on the fifth lap, as Keith Mikaelsen spun in turns one and two and got t-boned by Powell. Mikaelsen restarted with extensive wing damage, while Powell was done. Haney’s car didn’t get up to speed at the restart, and Wyatt Brown took the lead down the backstretch. Chris Story challenged Brown for the top spot and took it away out of turn four as the white flag came out. However, the two made contact after the flagstand and that sent Story flipping off turn one. Chris was okay. Brown found a new challenger at the very end and that would be Shawna Overton. Overton had the lead in turn three on the final lap, but got sideways out of turn four and that allowed Brown to sneak by and score the win. Overton was second and Mikaelsen was third, while the other drivers didn’t finish.

Sean Becker showed the way in most of the 360 30-lap A-Main, which had two red flags. The first one was on lap nine, as Justyn Cox tumbled violently off turn one after contact with Andy Gregg while battling for the sixth spot. Michael Ing took a nasty flip out of turn two a couple of laps later and Garen Linder was also involved. Both Cox and Ing were A-OK. Becker was still leading despite a collapsed nose wing as he was ahead of Carson Macedo, Tyler Walker, Jonathan Allard, and Kyle Hirst. The yellow lights came on with six laps to go when Willie Croft slowed in turn four and pulled into the infield with front end damage. Hirst was fifth on the last restart, but he took fourth from Allard in turn two and third from Walker out of turn four on lap 24. Hirst continued to use the high line on the following lap, as he stole second from Macedo at the line. Hirst’s persistence paid off, as he took the top spot from Becker in turn two with four to go and Macedo got second from “The Shark” at the stripe. Macedo got the lead with two laps left at the flagstand, but Hirst got it back and never relinquished it. Macedo, Becker, Walker, and Andy Forsberg completed the top five.

Saturday’s wingless main event was scheduled to be 20 laps, but it got cut to 15 due to time constraints. It was a battle of the #12 cars as John Clark led the first two laps before R.C. Smith took it away at the stripe on lap three. Despite four yellow flags, Clark kept it close on the low side and Smith found the cushion to his liking. Smith got the victory, but his strong performance was all for naught as he was DQ’ed by being light at the scales during postrace inspection. Clark was the winner, followed by “Nitro” Nick Larson, Bret Barney, Angelique Bell (back from her turn one spin on lap six), and Marcus Smith.

The 40-lap feature for the 360’s got off to a shaky start when Kirt Organ, Chase Majdic, and Steven Tiner were involved in an opening lap triple flip down the backstretch. All three drivers were uninjured, and Majdic would refire. Hirst took the lead from pole sitter Walker, and Croft took second from T-Dub going into turn three on the first lap. Lap seven proved to be unlucky for Hirst, as he slowed in turn three and Croft went by. Two more yellows came out when Majdic stopped off turn two on lap eight and Macedo came to a halt in turn four five laps later. Croft lost the lead to Justin Sanders going into turn three on lap 13, and Shane Golobic also passed Croft for second place two laps later in turn one. Croft had more problems by driving off turn two on lap 16 and Scott Hall also spun in turn two. Croft brought out another yellow flag on the restart, as he spun in turn three and that was the end of his night. Forsberg started tenth and he took third from J. Allard at the line on the 17th lap, and got second from Golobic out of turn four on lap 24 when Golobic got crossed up. Forsberg showed why he’s called “Mr. Excitement”, as he took the lead from Sanders on lap 28 in turn three. Golobic moved up to second on the next lap down the backstretch to also get by Sanders, while Walker used the high line in turn one to grab third on the 31st circuit. Walker was still third with seven to go when he went off the raceway in turn one, and he dropped to eighth. Greg DeCaires and 18th-starting Sean Becker were now third and fourth. Becker passed DeCaires for third in turn two with four laps left, but no one could catch Forsberg. Despite being held up by the slower car of D.J. Freitas, Forsberg got his second Fall Nationals win and first since 2006. Becker passed Golobic for second on the last corner, with DeCaires fourth and J. Allard fifth.

My 2015 racing season is complete and I’m happy that I’ve attended more races than the last few years. I went to 15 races and only two of them got rained out. One of the rainouts was made up the following day, and that would be the Modified Nationals at GHR back in July. Finally, my recap has arrived and here we go...

Splitting Hairs: The Fall Nationals used a World of Outlaws style format for the first time in event history where the field was split into two groups for qualifying. It was a great call with a loaded car count both nights with 54 cars on Friday and 56 on Saturday. Group A would run heats 1 and 2 and group B take up heats 3 and 4, while the 48 drivers are locked into the heats.

TQ Times Two: The driver who benefited from this split format was Golobic, who was Friday’s top qualifier in group A and fastest driver overall. He was the fast timer in Saturday’s group B and ninth overall, as the winds really picked up and the track got very tricky. Walker, Forsberg, Croft, and Jason Statler were the only other drivers in the group to be in the 12-second bracket as the others were in the 13’s, 14’s, or 15’s. Golobic got in a stout weekend with an eighth on Friday and third Saturday.

Wacky Weather: Friday was a summer-like day in Chico, as it got up to 90 degrees. That’s hot for October for me, but it’s not as unbearable as it was in my last visit in '08 when it was hugging around 100. Saturday’s high temperature was 84, but the wind was blowing big time for the majority of the night and there was also lightning nearby. Fortunately, no rain fell and the lightning stayed with me as I was heading back to my hotel in Oroville!

Justin Takes a Jump: Sanders is having a phenomenal season driving his father Rick’s #17 car or Rudy and Bev Warrington’s #18. For the Fall Nats, he was behind the wheel of Alan Bradway and Steve Tuccelli’s F&F Racing #X1. Justin led the first three laps of Friday’s dash when he slowed on the frontstretch. It turned out that the culprit was a loose spark plug wire. Justin fell out on the 21st lap of the A-Main with a flat right rear tire and he finshed 17th. He led laps 13 through 27 in Saturday’s big show before slipping to seventh at the finish. Justin got win number 20 for the year just last night at Ocean Speedway in the #17.

Transferring from Cycleland: Making his first ever 360 sprint car start on Saturday was 15-year-old Kalib Henry. He’s the son of two-time Civil War champion Mike Henry, and he was this year's open champion at Cycleland Speedway just minutes south of Silver Dollar Speedway. Kalib was driving Dan Monhoff’s #35 car and he finished third in the C-Main before ending up 16th in the B.

Doing It for SA: Silver Dollar regular Brad Bumgarner, better known as “The Big Dog”, added an SA sticker to his #88 car (four cars had the number 88). He was dead last in Friday’s main event, but he did better Saturday by passing nine cars to finish 13th. DeCaires raced Saturday only and he was one of many drivers to watch in Saturday’s feature. He started 11th in Dale Miller’s #4SA car and he got as high as third before surrendering it to Becker with four laps to go.

Getting Swallowed Up: Saturday’s first heat race had their version of the “big one”, as the cars came around for the first lap. Adam Walters got into the frontstretch wall and it was on from there. Cody Hodgson and Brad Furr got upside-down while Herman Klein, Majdic, Jake Haulot, and Mike Monahan were also involved. The nights were over for Walters and Hodgson, while Haulot and Monahan restarted. Furr, Klein, and Majdic would be back later in the night for the mains.

Flipping Out: The Fall Nationals are known to have some carnage, and this year’s running saw quite a bit of it. A total of twelve drivers got on their lids (six drivers flipped both nights), but the best news was all of them climbed out okay.

Number for the Weekend: 5. That’s how many people who have won the Fall Nats more than once. Tim Kaeding leads the way with four wins, followed closely by Becker with three. Forsberg joins Brent Kaeding and Bud Kaeding in a tie for third with two wins apiece. Also, Forsberg took home 5 G’s for Saturday’s win.

Consistency Award: Becker. “The Shark” led the first 25 laps of Friday’s A-Main before falling to third, but he was the hard charger by far on Saturday as he took second place from Golobic with just feet to spare from the 18th starting spot.

Hard Luck Award: Matt Barber and Robbie Price (tie). A couple of drivers had their Fall Nationals end on Friday with nasty crashes. Matt clipped the frontstretch wall on a lap one restart in the first heat race and went on a series of barrel rolls, but climbed out unhurt. Robbie was a victim of a very unfortunate deal during C-Main hot laps. Majdic spun in turn two and clipped Robbie in turn two, sending Robbie flipping end over end. Robbie was also okay, but his car was junk.

Next race: Somewhere and sometime next year...

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Jumping the Start: Fall Nationals at Silver Dollar Speedway 
Silver Dollar Speedway will end its 2015 season Friday and Saturday with the 23rd annual Fall Nationals. This is also the “Tribute to Stephen Allard” to pay homage to the former track champion.

The 360 sprints are racing both nights and drivers from all around the western United States are ready to race. Sean Becker was the winner of last year’s Fall Nationals with Shane Golobic finishing a very close second. Rounding out the top five were D.J. Netto, Kyle Hirst, and Jonathan Allard (Stephen’s younger brother). Becker has won the Fall Nats three times, and the only driver who has won it more times is Tim Kaeding with four. Becker also won the 410 championship at Silver Dollar for the fourth straight year and fifth in total.

Friday’s main event pays $3,000 to win, while Saturday’s winner takes home $5,000.

Friday’s support class is the economy sprints. Brandon Powell clinched the championship for this class, as he won five of the eight races. Ron Wyman racked up six top five finishes for second place in points, just one point ahead of Wyatt Brown. Justin Henry won two times in ‘15 and Brown scored a single victory.

Saturday will feature the Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Series. Terry Schank, Jr. won his third championship thanks to five wins. Tony Richards won on May 1 and was the runner-up in this division, with Casey McClain finishing third in points.

Three different classes of sprint cars are set to tackle the tight and racy quarter-mile oval known as Silver Dollar Speedway, so expect the Fall Nationals to end the year in very exciting fashion.

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World of Outlaws Labor Day weekend photos uploaded 
I worked some weird hours between Tuesday and today. Day, night, sunrise, sunset...you name the shift, I did it.

For the Monster Meltdown at Skagit, go here:
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For the Outlaw Invasion at GHR, go here:
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In less than three weeks, I'll be at Chico for the first time in over seven years. I'll be flying this time instead of driving. One more thing: please don't rain on me!

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Time to Review: Monster Meltdown and Outlaw Invasion thoughts 
I wasn’t at Skagit Speedway last year for the Monster Meltdown due to work commitments, and I sure didn’t want to miss it this year. I thought the weather for Friday was going to be decent, but the rain came down before time trials started and the program got cancelled. Before I left, the track had a very beautiful sight in the form of a double rainbow. It’s back to the hotel, and the World of Outlaws had only one race.

Shane Stewart and Jason Johnson shared the front row for Saturday’s World of Outlaws main event, but the original start was aborted when David Gravel bicycled in turn two and spinning. Gravel was fortunate to keep his car dirty side down. Stewart led all 35 laps and he had Kerry Madsen, Johnson, Joey Saldana, and Brad Sweet following. The red flag flew on lap four for Paul McMahan, who went for a huge flip in turns one and two. Madsen lost second place during the red when his right rear tire went flat and that spot was inherited to Johnson. The restart saw more trouble, as Justin Youngquist got into Austen Wheatley in turn one and Justin went end over end into the wall. Wheatley stopped with front end damage and Gravel got collected. Like McMahan, Youngquist spent a few moments collecting his thoughts before climbing out. Stewart still had the lead, but Saldana wasn’t far behind. Shane got way over the cushion in turn one on lap eleven, but kept the top spot. Joey had problems himself two laps later when he got sideways in turn two, allowing Johnson and six-time champion Donny Schatz to get by. The final yellow was out with 14 laps in for Skylar Gee’s turn two spin. As Stewart checked out, Schatz tried to look for a way to get by Johnson for second and he finally did so going into turn one with four laps left. Stewart won the $10,000-to-win race over Schatz, Johnson, Saldana, and Sweet.

Lane Zerbin led the first lap of the 20-lap feature for the Shipwreck Beads modifieds, but Lawrence O’Connor took over at the line on lap number two. O’Connor, Zerbin, Jason Beaulieu, and Graham Cook were in the top four spots for the B.C. contingent before Cook brought out a caution on the ninth lap. Graham jumped the cushion in turn one and stopped with a flat right front tire. Beaulieu had a great restart to move up to second, but got sideways in turns one and two and collected Zerbin. Beaulieu and Zerbin continued on while Tyler Ketchum, Aaron Weston, and Brandon Nutter all spun out. O’Connor and Zerbin were still running one and two and the best battle was for third, as Beaulieu had to hold off Morgan Criswell. O’Connor once again made it look easy as he won over Zerbin, Beaulieu, Criswell, and Cook.

The Outlaws were at Grays Harbor Raceway on Labor Day for the Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel Outlaw Invasion. As the green flag flew for the 30-lap A-Main, Sweet took the lead from McMahan. The event went clean and green for a while before the yellow lights blinked on lap 14 for Johnson, who spun on the frontstretch with a broken front end and Sweet just got by. McMahan took the lead away from Sweet down the backstraight on the restart, but Schatz was on the charge. Donny used the cushion to get by Saldana out of turn two for third and passed Sweet down low out of turn four to grab second to complete the 15th lap. Sweet dropped to fifth on lap 18 and his right rear tire exploded in turns three and four, resulting in another yellow flag. The race was slowed down once again, as Travis Rilat stopped in turn two on the restart. McMahan was looking for a win after his violent flip at Skagit, but he had trouble getting through lapped traffic and Schatz was looking to capitalize. Schatz tried to pass McMahan in turns one and two with three to go, but couldn’t quite do it. Donny tried again at the same place on the following lap and made it stick. Schatz went on to win at GHR for the third straight year with McMahan settling for second, Stewart third, Saldana fourth, and Gravel fifth.

Closing the night was the Cut Rate Auto Parts street stocks 20-lap main. Brian Harding was the early leader, while Austin Kerrigan got second from Brandon Riehl at the stripe to complete the first lap. This first half of this race was a thriller, as there were battles all over the place and the leaders were going through heavy traffic. A. Kerrigan looked to have the lead out of turn two on lap six in traffic, but Harding used the high line to get it back. Austin didn’t give up and got the lead again in turns three and four. Harding fell to fourth on the next lap, as Tommy Hecker went on the high side going into turn three and Riehl got by seconds later also using the high road. A. Kerrigan, Hecker, and Riehl went three-wide for the lead at the flagstand with on the tenth lap, but that exciting battle would have to cease as the yellow flag flew. It was for Harding, who stopped in turn one. After completing the first ten laps without a caution, six more yellows followed in quick succession. Riehl took his car into the infield during a lap eleven caution period while running second and Hecker stopped in turn four one lap later with a broken right front suspension. The seventh and final yellow happened on lap 15, as Chip Haney crashed into the frontstretch wall and collected Ross Watkins. The race was called with A. Kerrigan winning over Shane Kerrigan, Brenton Schnitzer, Jack Parshall, and Tim Phillips.

The Labor Day weekend is in the rear view mirror, and I went two-for-three. As summer and the racing season are almost behind us, let’s review a few things really quick-like...

What a Career: Monday’s win gave Schatz 27 victories for 2015, beating his previous best of 26 last year. What was even more special for him was it’s win number 200 on the WoO circuit. He won for the first time at Riverside Speedway (now called Cottage Grove Speedway) back in 1998 and that started it all. The only two people with more wins than Schatz are of course, Steve Kinser at 577 and Sammy Swindell with 294. Update: Schatz won at Cottage Grove yesterday, so that brings him up to 28 wins this season and 201 in his Outlaws career...and counting!

Completing the Triple Crown: This isn’t about American Pharaoh, but it’s still very cool that he did it to break a 37-year skid. Stewart is one of only two drivers to win the Triple Crown at Skagit. That’s to win an Outlaws race, the Dirt Cup, and the Summer Nationals (formerly called the 360 Nationals). He won Dirt Cup twice (‘04 and ‘10) and the Summer Nats once (‘07). The other racer to complete the trifecta was Jason Solwold, who won DC in June and is a three-time Summer Nats champ (‘96, ‘97, and ‘02). He won a preliminary WoO race at Skagit in ’08 driving Richard Saumure’s #39C car.

New Surfaces: Skagit and GHR both had new clay and that resulted in very fast conditions for hot laps and time trials. Daryn Pittman’s track record at Skagit of 10.718 seconds set in 2013 still stands, but six people got into the 10’s in qualifying. Madsen was TQ at 10.923 with Schatz, Sweet, Saldana, Stewart, and Wheatley also getting times under eleven seconds. GHR was a different story with the old mark of 11.915 seconds shared by Craig Dollansky, Saldana, and Swindell to shoot for. Saldana annihilated it with a time of 11.750. Logan Schuchart, Gravel, Schatz, McMahan, Madsen, and Pittman had times faster than the old record as well. Schatz had a lap of 11.618 seconds in hot laps!

Getting a Top Ten: A couple of drivers had to restart at the back of the field in the main events and really had to work their way up to get some hard earned points. Madsen was running second on Friday when his right rear tire went flat during a lap four red flag period. “The Madman” managed to finish tenth and hung on to third in the points. Go forward to Monday, as Sweet suffered the same fate on lap 18 while running fifth when his right rear got shredded to near nonexistence. “The Big Cat” made it for the restart and he also ended up tenth.

Coming from Row 12: The KSE Hard Charger Award winners for both A-Mains started in the 23rd spot. Reece Goetz finished 16th at Skagit in his first 410 start with the Outlaws (he made last year’s main event at GHR in a 360). The driver who passed the most cars at GHR was none other than Henry Van Dam, who was 15th.

Lawrence of Skagit: O'Connor looks to secure the modified title in the Scrap-It Season Championships next Saturday night. Last Saturday’s victory was number four on the year for “Sir” Lawrence at Skagit and he has finished on the podium in all eight races so far. The last Canadian to win a title at Skagit was Trevor Turnbull, who won the 360 championship in 2012.

This AK-47 Is Loaded: A. Kerrigan’s win gives him five for the season, one more than his dad Shane. Austin came into Monday third in points, close behind his father and points leader Parshall. This chase among these three guys is going right to the wire as the GHR season has just two rounds of racing left. They’ll be held next Saturday and October 3 for the season championships. It’s a classic battle of Chevy vs. Ford. Parshall is looking to win the title for the second straight year, while both Kerrigans are looking for their first championship.

Season High: The street stocks had car counts between the teens to low 20's this season, but there were 26 cars in the pits on Monday. That’s a very high number for this class in quite some time. Everybody started the A-Main except for one driver, and the fans saw an awesome display of racing for the first ten laps. Unfortunately, more carnage occurred after that and the checkered flag flew five laps short.

Number for the Weekend: 0.005. The difference between first and second in time trials for both nights is this narrow margin. Madsen barely bested Schatz at Skagit, while Saldana’s laptime just topped Schuchart’s mark at Grays Harbor.

Consistency Award: Saldana. “The Brownsburg Bullet” had back-to-back fourth-place finishes and a new track record for his Labor Day weekend. He now has 15 quick times in ‘15. Also turning in two steadfast nights of racing were Pittman (sixth and ninth), Solwold (seventh and eighth), Sweet (fifth and tenth), Schuchart (ninth and seventh), and Madsen (tenth and sixth).

Hard Luck Award: Ron Comfort. Ron came with a new modified at Skagit and sported the #23R after wearing the #00C for many years. He pulled into the pits before the green flag of the second heat race and didn’t race the main event.

Best Appearing Cars: Saldana and Johnson (tie). Saldana’s #71M car is always immaculate with the addition of red and blue zig-zags and black saw blade patterns to the bright orange. I’m always looking forward to taking a close picture of it, no doubt about it. Johnson’s #41 machine is also gorgeous with a red, yellow, and black combo. It‘s really cool to see “The Ragin’ Cajun” back in the Pacific Northwest and stepping up to the WoO after many successful seasons with the ASCS.

Next race: I’ll finish my season with the 23rd annual Fall Nationals at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California on October 2 and 3. This race, also known as the “Tribute to Stephen Allard”, will have drivers all over the West Coast in action. Sean Becker won last year’s race in a close one over Shane Golobic. D.J. Netto, Kyle Hirst, and Jonathan Allard were third through fifth. The economy sprints will race on the 2nd, while the Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Car Series is part of the program on the 3rd.

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