Deming and Skagit racing pics posted 
I had a lot of fun at Deming last weekend and I'm looking forward to last visit up there! My shots from the Summer Thunder Sprint Series race are also up! Here's a view from my camera...

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Time to Review: Deming and Skagit weekend thoughts 
There’s just one complaint about the trip to Deming Speedway and Skagit Speedway Friday and Saturday. I wish they’re much closer to my house! The weather was picture perfect and the racing went down to the wire in a lot of the races. Overall, I call this mini-vacation a big success. I don’t want to bore everybody with the details for all of the races I went to, so I’m going to try to make everything short and sweet.

Let’s go to Deming first for NAPA Auto Parts of Bellingham/Mt. Baker Powder Coating, Inc. Night. It was the story of two Peytons in the Kasey Kahne Junior Sprints feature, which was 15 laps in distance. Peyton Hagen showed the way for the first twelve laps before surrendering the lead to Peyton Rambow in turn three. Rambow was the winner on April 17 and is two-for-two for the year. Hagen finished second with eighth-starting Tyler McLeod, Haley Constance, and tenth-starting Levi Klatt three through five.

Sawyer Sorgenfrei led wire-to-wire for the 600 restricted 25-lap main, but he had Riley Watkins stalking him for most of the race. They were in very heavy traffic on the 19th lap when Riley took the lead in turns and two, but Sawyer got it back at the line. The red flag flew right after that, as Lizzy Johnson went for a nasty flip down the backstretch after contact with Watkins. Meanwhile, Allison Johnson took a hard shot into the turn four inside wall. Both Lizzy and Allison would be okay. Despite having Riley all over him, Sawyer came through in a barnburner. Cody Hogarth, Katie Turner, and Ashley Thompson rounded out the top five.

Jake Helsel looked to be on his way to his second win of the season in the Shots 2 Go Espresso 1200 25-lap main event until the yellow flag came out on lap 15 for Jared Gundersen, who spun in turns one and two while running fourth and nearly tipped over. Jared got back going and ended up eighth. Tyson Cross was happy to see that yellow flag, and he passed Helsel at the stripe with six to go to snare the win. Helsel wound up second ahead of Steven Hendrickson, Shaun Holtorf, and Derek Holmwood.

Next up is the 25-lap A-Main for the Northwest Focus Midgets. Mike Vollbrecht was the pacesetter before Jared Peterson passed him in turn two on lap number three. Mike fell out of the race when he slowed in turns three and four on lap 13 while running in second to bring the yellow flag out. Jared would go on to win, while Hannah Lindquist held off numerous challenges to come home in second. Ryan Cully was third thanks to a pass on Tristin Thomas at the line with the white flag waving. The fifth spot went to Renee Angel.

Austin Sheridan led all 25 laps in the wild SpeedMart Hoosier 600 main event and the red flag flew four times. Liam Ryan passed Kevin Wilkinson for second place on lap number nine and tried everything in his power to get by Austin, but nothing doing. The final red flag came out on the last lap when Cody Ridge got into the turn three wall and flipped. The night also ended for Liam, as his engine let go and he stopped near the crash scene. Sheridan hung on for the win in front of Wilkinson, Jacob Brown, Skyler Jennings, and Brock Lemley.

To Skagit we go. The Northwest Focus Midgets had the first main event of the evening. The red lights came on twice in this 20-lap affair. Lindquist got sideways out of turn four and turned over on the first lap. Next, Angel found herself upside-down on the frontchute on lap number four. Both drivers got their cars uprighted and rejoined the race. Michael Millard led the first 17 laps and Garrett Thomas was chipping that lead away. Garrett made the winning pass down the backstretch with two laps to go to score his second win of '15 and first ever win at Skagit. T. Thomas went by Michael for second on the next-to-last lap on the backstraight, and Michael slipped to third. Fourth was “Bad News” Nick Evans and fifth was Cully.

The Summer Thunder Sprint Series presented by Here 2 Wire and FinishLine Graphics also got off to a rough and tumble start. Nate Vaughn flipped hard between turns one and two before the green flag, then Eric Fisher went for a tumble in turn two on the opening lap after contact with Derek Roberts. Nate and Eric were all right. Chase Goetz got a good jump over the rest of the field and built a sizeable lead. A quick yellow flag was needed on lap six for Steve James, who lost his right rear tire in turns three and four. Chase was still leading, but Robbie Price was quickly closing in as they were lapping cars. Chase was stuck behind Phil Schemenauer for a number of laps before finally getting by in turn three on lap 21 to put some distance between himself and Price. Price took the lead momentarily on the 29th lap down the backstretch, but Goetz got back by in turns three and four as they came for the white flag. Instead of going low on the final lap, Robbie went on the high groove out of turn two and made it stick. Robbie may have led just one lap, but it was the one that mattered for his second win of the year. Chase had to be pleased with second with STSS season opener winner J.J. Hickle third, Jason Solwold fourth, and Skylar Gee fifth.

Lawrence O’Connor started the Shipwreck Beads modifieds main event in fourth, but was already out front coming out of turn two on the opening lap and he led all 25 laps. The yellow flag came out five times, but “Sir” Lawrence had no trouble leaving the rest of the field in the dust. Kevin Smith was second in his first start in a modified, followed by Louis Nutter, Sr. and Becky Boudreau. The other drivers were all DNF’s.

It’s time to get to my usual summarizing right now, as I have quite a few things to share. By the way, Deming got a race in! You’re now behind Mother Nature, 3-2! Sorry, I had to say that...

Blasts from the Past: 1200 racer Cross and 600 competitor Rick Smith both have long careers in racing, as they raced during the early years of the Northern Sprint Tour. Tyson was sixth in points in 1996 (NST's first season) and 1998. Rick ended up tenth in points in ’98 and finished second in the “Rookie of the Year” hunt behind Bryon Harvey. Rick’s highest points finish with the NST was eighth in 2000.

Growing and Growing: In my last visit to Deming on April 20, 2012, there were only nine drivers in the junior sprints field. Zip on over to 2015 and that number has more than doubled. There were 21 drivers on April 17 and 19 on Friday, requiring B-Mains for both nights. I’m very humbled to see more kids start racing at an early age. I hope to see them move on to bigger and better things in racing in the future. Hey...Kasey’s a perfect example!

Extra Innings: The 600 restricted, midgets, and 600’s went into overtime for their A-Mains when crashes occurred on the final lap. The yellow came out on the last lap for the 600 restricted class for Braden Maceachern’s turn two spin, and then Tyson Lemley also spun in turn two on the first green-white-checkered try. Angel brought out a yellow on the final lap of the midget main, as she looped it in turn two. The following G-W-C attempt quickly went red when Al Goldie, Greg Lane, Jeremiah Franklin, and Thomas Walker tangled in turns one and two. The exciting 600 main event went red before the checkered flag for Ridge’s turn three flip and that was followed by a yellow for Tanner Holm, who stopped on the backstretch. Sorgenfrei, Peterson, and Sheridan were the leaders in the G-W-C situations and all three came out on top in the end.

Going for the Double: Peterson, Holtorf, and Jerrod Wilson did double duty at Deming. Peterson scored the midget win in Colton Heath’s #99 midget, but he flipped into the turn four fence on a lap two restart in the 600 A-Main as he was holding down the sixth spot. Jared was all right, but not very happy. Shaun had a steady showing, as he was fourth aboard Forest Metcalfe’s #10 car in the 1200 A-Main and sixth in his #19 sprinter in the 600 show. Jerrod didn’t transfer out of the 600 B-Main, but he did get a 12th-place finish in the 1200 main event.

Girls Rule: The junior sprints and the 600 restricted classes had three heat races each at Deming, which the girls won four of those heats compared to two for the boys. Constance and Macie Lodgson snared the first two heats for the juniors, while Thompson and Bailey Sucich topped heats two and three in the 600 restricted division.

Running Away: O’Connor passed fellow Canadian Jason Beaulieu for the lead in turn three on lap four in the second modified heat race, as Beaulieu lost power. “Sir” Lawrence was in his own time zone by winning by about 3/4 of a lap and lapped everyone except for runner-up Melvin Decker.

Plans Getting Modified: Boudreau, Tyler Ketchum, and Tom Warner spent the past few seasons in the outlaw tuner class and stepped up to the modifieds in 2015. Tom made his mod debut at the STSS opener on April 4 in Yakima. All three drivers were involved in a turn two crash on lap 13 of the A-Main, with Tyler and Tom getting eliminated. K. Smith surprised a lot of people by coming with a modified and not a 410 sprint car. Kevin won the first heat and looked strong in the main event by finishing second in his debut driving the red #7 mod.

Surviving for Points: Solwold came into Saturday’s STSS event with a three-point lead over Hickle. J.J. finished third, while Jason was right behind in fourth. The only other driver who was in the top ten in points that had a decent finish was Gee. Skylar was eighth in points and he passed seven cars to grab fifth.

Canadians in the House, Part Deux: Just over a quarter of the STSS roster consists of drivers from north of the border (Price, Gee, Reeves, Cale Brooke, Luke Didiuk, and Steve Dyer). Three of the eleven modified racers hail from “The Great White North”....Vancouver Island, to be kind of precise: O’Connor, Beaulieu, and Graham Cook.

Number for the Weekend: 69. That would be Dyer’s age for Saturday's race. He just turned the big 7-0 yesterday. Reeves is the next oldest sprint car racer in the field at age 56.

Consistency Award: T. Thomas. Tristin finished fourth at Deming, then got a second at Skagit. He has yet to win this season, but he has top five finishes in all four midget races this season.

Hard Luck Award: Jesse Schlotfeldt. Jesse had mechanical problems all Friday night in the 600 restricted division and didn’t get in a single racing lap. His teammates Wilson and Jake Mann both had problems in the 600's. Jerrod was running in the fourth and final transfer spot in the B-Main when he stopped in turn four on lap three, and didn’t return. Jake made it to the A, but he flipped in turns three and four after getting together with Ridge on the ninth lap.

“Never Say Die” Award: Lindquist. After getting on her side in turn four on the first lap in Saturday’s midget main, Hannah came back to finish sixth. An extra shout-out goes out to midget racer Nik Larson on Saturday as well. On the opening lap of the second heat, he rode over Angel’s right rear tire and went for a vicious flip into the turn one wall. Not only was Nik uninjured, he returned to race in the feature!

Next race: Round three for the Summer Thunder Sprint Series presented by Here 2 Wire and FinishLine Graphics at Grays Harbor Raceway on June 6 (possibly). The Cut Rate Auto Parts street stocks and the outlaw tuners are also on the program.



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Grays Harbor opener pictures are up 
My shots from GHR's season opener are posted. It's awesome to see some familiar faces there, as well meeting new ones. :)

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Jumping the Start: Deming and Skagit weekend 
I’m back at it this weekend, as I’ll be making the long drive up with stops at Deming Speedway and Skagit Speedway.

Deming’s season continues Friday with NAPA Auto Parts of Bellingham/Mt. Baker Powder Coating, Inc. Night. Four different mini sprint classes will be in action, along with the USAC Northwest HPD midgets. Deming only has one race in the books thus far in 2015, with three races getting rained out.

Picking up wins back on April 17 were Jake Helsel (Shots 2 Go Espresso 1200's), Jared Peterson (SpeedMart/Hoosier 600's), Riley Watkins (MyTrafficMan.NET 600 restricted), Peyton Rambow (Kasey Kahne Juniors), and Mike Vollbrecht (USAC Northwest HPD midgets). The midget racers raced last Saturday at Grays Harbor Raceway, where Garrett Thomas was awarded the victory after original winner Seth Bergman was disqualified for being light at the scales.

Saturday’s program at Skagit consists of the Summer Thunder Sprint Series presented by Here 2 Wire and Finishline Graphics, the Shipwreck Beads modifieds, and the USAC Northwest HPD midgets.

J.J. Hickle won the STSS season opener at Yakima on April 4 with Jason Solwold and Evan Margeson finishing second and third, respectively. A strong field of 31 cars showed up. The modifieds were at Skagit’s season opener on April 18, and the margin of victory was just 0.009 seconds! Lawrence O’Connor won it by a whisker over Mark Carrell. That race was round two for the newly-formed Washington Modified Tour.

The last time I went on a Deming/Skagit jaunt was in 2012, so this will be a great doubleheader for me to start the month of May.

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Time to Review: Grays Harbor season opener bits and pieces 
Grays Harbor Raceway got its season opener in Saturday, but Mother Nature gave everyone a very tough fight. Lingering showers hung around before the racing started and it didn’t look encouraging at times. Luckily, they stopped when it all counted. It was a very night, as the final checkered flag didn’t fly until 12:30 a.m. Five different divisions were in attendance, and race fans didn't leave disappointed after a very full program.

The USAC Northwest HPD midgets had the first main event of the night with a 25-lapper. Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by MAVTV American Real regular Seth Bergman led from start to finish, but he had polesitter Garrett Thomas right behind him. “Bad News” Nick Evans brought out the first yellow flag on lap ten, as he came to a halt on the backstretch near the pit entrance. Kenzi Thomas also stopped on the backchute six laps later for another yellow. The fourth place car of Nik Larson clipped the lapped car of Ray Stebbins and spun on the backstretch in a separate incident, but luckily kept his car right side up. Bergman still had the lead for the restart with G. Thomas still right there. New track record holder Tristin Thomas was running in third, but he got a little out of shape in turn two on the 17th lap and fell to fifth. That allowed Ariel Briggs and Mike Vollbrecht to sneak by. Seth saw the checkered flag first, but his car failed during postrace inspection by being two pounds underweight. The revised top five rundown was G. Thomas with the victory with Biggs getting second, T. Thomas third, Vollbrecht fourth, and Hannah Lindquist fifth.

Next up were the Cut Rate Auto Parts street stocks. The 20-lap A-Main had a lot of side-by-side action, and racers made the low and high grooves work. Austin Kerrigan was the early leader, but third-place starter Brenton Schnitzer was hungry for his first career victory. Brenton used the high side to take second place from reigning champion Jack Parshall on the backstretch on lap three before taking the lead from Austin one lap later on the backchute as well. The yellow lights blinked on the fifth lap, as Shane Kerrigan looped it in turn one and got t-boned by Cory Sweatman. Both drivers were able to continue despite considerable damage. The drivers out front were running nose to tail for the next few laps as Tommy Hecker, former track champ Jason Tole, and Mike Knox entered the picture. A. Kerrigan regained the lead on the tenth lap down the backchute and Parshall moved up to second at the same spot one lap later, dropping Schnitzer to third. Schnitzer, Hecker, and Tole were almost three-wide coming out of turn four on lap eleven when Hecker and Tole made contact on the frontstretch while coming up on the slower car of Taylor Miller. Tole had damage to his right front suspension and stopped in turn three on lap 13. C. Sweatman brought out two more yellow flags, as he stopped in turn four on laps 14 and 18. Hecker went on the high side to take second from Parshall on the backstretch on the next-to-last lap, but ran out of time as A. Kerrigan won it for the Ford fans. Hecker settled for second and Parshall crossing the finish line in third. Kelly Fugate started 16th and worked his way up to fourth, with Schnitzer rounding out the top five.

The first attempt to start the Shipwreck Beads modifieds 25-lap A-Main was aborted, as Jason St. Paul spun into the turn one wall on the opening lap. Kenny Miller was the polesitter, but Kris Asche took command coming out of turn four to complete the first lap. Another yellow flag was needed on the next lap, as Joe German spun on the backchute after contact with Steve Signal. Four-time track champion Scott Miller passed K. Miller at the stripe on the restart and we had Shelton drivers running one and two. Scott looked down low out of turn four to steal the lead from Kris and made it stick on lap four. That happened just before Tom Sweatman spun in turn one for another yellow flag. The restart was also called off, as Cameron Sanders went for a spin in turn two. K. Miller took second from Asche on lap six down the backstretch and Canadian Graham Cook advanced to third on the following lap, as he passed Asche out of turn two. Cook wasn’t through and he passed K. Miller for second place on the backstretch on lap nine. Graham chipped away at Scott’s lead and got into Scott’s bumper at one time, but couldn’t find a way around. The final yellow flag was out with five laps remaining for Brandon Nutter’s turn four spin. K. Miller got a good restart and took the runner-up spot back from Cook going into turn one, but didn’t have anything for Scott. Scott won the fight of the Millers with Kenny finishing second and Cook rounding out the podium. T. Sweatman and German recovered from their spinouts for fourth and fifth, respectively.

The 360 sprints also had a rough start in their 25-lap A-Main. Logan Forler got loose out of turn two on the opening lap and J.J. Hickle had nowhere to go, sending both flipping. Multi-time Jay Cole was also involved. No one was injured, but Hickle’s car was mangled. Eric Fisher looked strong from the start, as he paced the field with defending Summer Thunder Sprint Series champ Colton Heath in second and Trey Starks running third. Six laps were in the books before Devin Madonia spun in turn two to bring out another yellow. The red lights came on for the restart, as Chase Goetz did a Tommy Tipover in turn two and Jason Reed was also involved. Chase was able to restart, but Jason was done. Cole brought out a yellow on the ninth lap, as he faced the wrong way in turn four. Fisher, Heath, and Starks were still the top three drivers on the restart and there were battles behind them. Henry Van Dam and Tyler Anderson split Cam Smith out of turn two before another quick yellow flag came out on the next lap for Nick Thornhill’s turn two spin. Fisher was still the leader, but Heath really closed in as they were lapping slower cars. Colton look to the inside of Eric on lap 18, but they got together in turns one and two. Eric went spinning and Colton got collected. Starks got a piece of the mishap, but managed to drive away with his life and inherited the lead! Anderson lost third place on the restart, as he spun in turn one and got his front end clipped by Smith. The final seven laps went clean and green as Starks drove to his second win of '15, followed by Van Dam, Smith, Robbie Price, and Thornhill.

Last but not least was the 12-lap feature for the outlaw tuners and it happened in the early hours of Sunday morning. Ryan Onasch led the first lap, but his right front tire went flat going into turn one on the following lap. Willie Wright took over and never looked back. Don Briggs, Sr. was second with George Lovell, Jason Valentine, and Cody Scouller third through fifth.

I’m going back to the tracks later this week, so I want to get this posted before I head out. Here we go, peeps...

Crowded in the Pits: All five divisions had incredible car counts to make the season opener a success. The modifieds had the highest number of drivers with 21. There were 19 sprint cars, along with 18 street stocks, 14 midgets, and nine tuners.

One Record Broken, Another Barely Stands: T. Thomas’s time of 15.578 seconds was a new all-time track record for the midgets. Evan Margeson had a lap of 15.608 seconds during an open midget event on July 15, 2010. Forler almost got into the record books at 12.071 seconds during time trials in the sprints. That was just 0.01 seconds off the existing record held by Steve Vague on June 6, 2009.

One Province and Three States: The driver who traveled the most miles over the weekend by far was Cobble Hill, B.C. young gun Price. He headed down to Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California on Friday for the eighth annual Bill Brownell Memorial. Rico Abreu was the winner, while Robbie finished seventh. Robbie rushed over through Oregon and into Washington to switch over from a 410 engine to a 360 in preparation for Saturday's race. He timed in fifth, ran third in heat two, and crossed the line fourth in the main. He has a victory already in a 360 sprint in ’15 at Skagit Speedway’s season opener on April 18 and looking for more wins before it’s all said and done.

Leaving the Grove: A small group of drivers were at Cottage Grove Speedway on Friday for the first ever race of the Western Sprint Tour. Starks came out on top for night number one of the Spring Showdown, but Saturday’s races got rained out. Starks, Forler, Hickle, Smith, and Greg Hamilton decided to fill their nights by making the long trip to Elma to take on the Grays Harbor regulars. Starks was the beneficiary of all this by racking up two victories.

Rookie Driver Worth Noting: First-year sprint car driver Thornhill didn’t look like a beginner in his first ever Grays Harbor race. He led flag-to-flag to win the second heat race over fellow Enumclaw resident Van Dam. Nick spun out in turn two on lap ten in the feature, but rebounded for a top five finish in just his second career 360 start.

Moving Up Classes, Part 2: Season openers always bring mysteries on drivers going to different classes, car numbers, paint schemes, and other things. Two-time midget champion Goetz transferred up to a 360 sprinter to stay on the same path as his older brother Reece. Despite getting his wing crumpled in a rollover early in the A, Chase nursed his car for an eighth-place finish. Brian Izzi, S. Kerrigan, and St. Paul were street stock veterans and they advanced to the modifieds. This was Shane’s first modified race, as his son Austin started racing his mod last summer. Last year’s tuner runner-up Jeff Daniel came with a street stock, and he finished tenth in his debut in that class.

Canadians in the House: Price and Valleyview, Alberta’s Steve Reeves represented the drivers north of the border in the sprint car division. Port Hardy, B.C.’s Cook was the lone Canuck in the modifieds, but he won the second heat and ran as high as second in the A before coming home third.

Number for the Weekend: 111.838. That’s the average speed on Forler’s qualifying lap. Despite on-and-off showers earlier in the day, the track held up very well and was bad fast. Track videographer and PR Aaron Reed mentioned Starks was running in the high 12’s during the A-Main!

Hard Luck Award: Jared Ridge. Jared had mechanical problems and didn’t start in the second heat race for the sprints. He made the A-Main, but drove back to the pits before the first lap was complete.

“Never Say Die” Award: T. Sweatman. Tom spun in turns one and two on lap five in the modified feature, but he and German were the drivers to watch. Tom passed Joe to take the fourth spot away on the final lap in turns one and two.

Best Appearing Car: Eddie Blood. “Fast Eddie” switched his scheme up big time this season. His #97 street stock has blue, green, yellow, white, and black. One might think that’s too overboard, but it's really not. K. Miller and German’s modifieds look killer also, along with Thornhill and C. Goetz’s sprinters.

Next race: NAPA Auto Parts of Bellingham/Mt. Baker Powder Coating, Inc. Night at Deming Speedway on Friday, followed by round number two for the Summer Thunder Sprint Series presented by Here 2 Wire and FinishLine Graphics at Skagit Speedway Saturday. I’m going to see mini-sprints, midgets, 360 sprints, and modifieds. Oh, my!



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Jumping the Start: Grays Harbor Raceway 2015 season opener 
For the first time in two years, Grays Harbor Raceway has its season opener with a date at the end of April. Five different classes compete Saturday night, and fans can expect a full racing program as well as a full pit area.

The defending champions are Evan Margeson (360 sprint cars), Craig Moore (Shipwreck Beads modifieds), Chase Goetz (USAC Northwest HPD midgets), Jack Parshall (Cut Rate Auto Parts street stocks), and Chad Norton (outlaw tuners). Norton has three titles at Elma to his credit, while Moore and Goetz have two each. Margeson and Parshall both collected their first. The closest points battle last year was in the tuners, as Norton got the title over Jeff Daniel by only five points.

The USAC Northwest HPD midget drivers had their first race of ‘15 at Deming Speedway last Friday night with Mike Vollbrecht getting the win over Tristin Thomas and Greg Lane.

In just five days, Grays Harbor Raceway drivers will put the hammer down on their 2015 season. It’s almost time to go racing!

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Looking ahead 
The racing season has already started for some people across America. NASCAR, the World of Outlaws, and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series have their seasons underway just to name a few. For sprint car fans in Washington, the season begins in just under three weeks. The Summer Thunder Sprint Series presented by Here 2 Wire head east of the Cascades for the very first time to get the 2015 campaign off and running. They’ll be at the Yakima Dirt Track on April 4 for the Yakima Valley Sprint Car Challenge.

My season unofficially starts on April 25 with the Grays Harbor Raceway season opener. On the following week, I plan to do a “double dipper” up north with a visit to Deming Speedway on May 1 and Skagit Speedway the following day.

Everything is still being ironed out on my schedule, but I’m staying hopeful that I’ll be at more races than the last two years. 2013 and 2014 were okay, but I intend to make 2015 better. My notebook, camera, pens, and batteries are at the ready as late April comes closer...

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Happy holidays and a look at my 2015 plans 
With Christmas only four days away, I want to wish everybody and their loved ones a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. I hope to see you again next year.

As for racing in 2015, there’s a number of races that caught my eye as I was looking at the schedules for Grays Harbor Raceway and Skagit Speedway. First and foremost, the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by MAVTV American Real will come to Skagit Speedway for the very first time on June 25, 26, and 27 for the 44th annual Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup presented by Jack in the Box. They’ll head on down to Grays Harbor Raceway the following weekend (July 3 and 4) for the Fred Brownfield Classic. The ASCS national drivers didn’t have any Northwest dates at all this year, but they’ll return next year in full swing.

The Summer Thunder Sprint Series have eleven races scheduled for 2015, with seven events at Skagit and four at GHR. Some of the rounds coincide with Dirt Cup, the Fred Brownfield Classic, and the Summer Nationals. Colton Heath is the defending series champion. The first STSS race at Skagit in '15 is set for May 2.

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars have their usual jaunt across Washington during Labor Day weekend. They’ll be at Skagit on September 4 and 5, and then at GHR on the 7th. Donny Schatz won all three races last year to cruise to his sixth championship.

July 25 and 26 is the weekend I’m sort of torn about. You have the Northwest Modified Nationals and the PHRA Northwest Dwarf Car Nationals at Elma. At Skagit, the Summer Nationals and the Outlaw Tuner Nationals are going to take place. I went to Elma last year and Skagit this year, so the plans for 2015 are still up in the air. Someone help me!

Skagit’s season starts up on April 18 and Grays Harbor’s season begins the following Saturday. 2015 is upon us and before you know it, the green flag is going to fly on our racing season!

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