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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Summer Nationals pictures have arrived 
Friday and Saturday's action shots from the Bob's Burgers and Brew Summer Nationals at Skagit are at the link below. Take care and stay cool!

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Time to Review: Summer Nationals '17 throughts 
I made it up to Skagit Speedway, although I did it about a month late. I couldn't make the 46th annual Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup presented by the Skagit Casino Resort because I had to be at work for inventory week. I played catchup by going to the Bob's Burgers and Brew Summer Nationals last Friday and Saturday with the Summer Thunder Sprint Series, outlaw tuners, and Northwest Focus Midgets.

Clint Meins was on the pole for Friday's main event for the tuners, and he was the leader for all 17 laps. The race had two yellow flags before the halfway point, as the first one happened on the second lap for debris in turn two after Intars Spunde and Vance Hibbard got together. The second yellow happened on lap six when D.J. Beaver and Spunde both spun on the backstretch. The race had to go to condition red on lap number eight, as Beaver crashed into the turn four wall. Behind him, T.J. Campbell stopped as his engine exploded in a huge way. There was a large cloud of smoke on the track, but Campbell climbed out okay. Meins, Brian Michelson, and Hibbard were the only drivers left for the end. Hibbard passed Michelson on the backstretch on lap nine, then he bumped into Meins as they went into turn three. Meins got crossed up, but managed to keep trucking and maintain the lead. Michelson got second back from Hibbard down the backchute on the following lap, but Hibbard returned the favor on the eleventh circuit in turns three and four. The finishing order went Meins, Hibbard, and Michelson.

The Summer Thunder Sprint Series was up next for their 30-lapper with the top four finishers getting locked into Saturday's A. Colton Heath sat on the pole with Eric Fisher starting alongside. This race also had trouble getting going. Defending Summer Nationals champion Roger Crockett and J.J. Hickle got into a tangle in turns three and four on the second lap for a very early yellow. Crockett was able to continue, while Hickle was done with a broken front end. On the following lap, Trevor Cook took a flip in turn four. Garen Linder, Cam Smith, and Kelsey Carpenter were also involved in the crash. Nobody was injured. Another red flag was needed on lap number eight, as Lance Sargent lost his right rear tire in turn three. The tire came across the track and it was nailed by Robbie Price. Sargent was also okay, while Price was able to continue despite considerable damage to his car. Finally, the race had some long green flag racing. Heath was still the leader until lap 15, as he slipped up and Fisher went by in turn four. Fisher and Heath were coming up on the slower car of Bud Ashe two laps later when Heath and Ashe touched wheels on the backstretch. Heath drove down low in turns three and four, but still made the pass for the lead! Just a few seconds later, Jason Solwold took second from Fisher on the next lap just past the flagstand. There wasn't a yellow flag until lap 23, as Luke Didiuk came to a halt on the backstretch. The fourth and final lock-in position changed hands on the restart, as 13th-starting Jared Peterson passed Chris Schmelzle in turn one. They made contact and Schmelzle lost numerous spots. Instead of seeing the white flag, Heath saw another yellow one as Carpenter stopped in turn four. Fifth-place running Barry Martinez stopped behind Carpenter after he made contact with the turn two wall during the caution period. Heath nailed the restart in the final two-lap dash and picked up the win over Solwold, Fisher, Peterson, and 14th-starting Travis Rilat.

Ryan Cully and Shane Smith shared the front row in Saturday's Northwest Focus Midgets A-Main. Shane got the jump on the opening lap for the 25-lap race, but he hooked the cushion in turn three and went for a quick flip. Shane was okay. Cully had the lead for the restart and paced the field for the first six laps. Garrett Thomas went to the inside of Cully going into turn three on lap number seven to take the lead, while Tristin Thomas used the high line out of turn four to steal second from Cully instants later. It was Thomas vs. Thomas for a number of laps, as Garrett used the low side and Tristin was liking the high groove. Tristin switched to the low line on the 17th circuit, and passed Garrett for the top spot in turn three. That happened just before the yellow flag came out for Thomas Walker, who spun down low in turn two. With T. Thomas out front, defending series champion Nick Evans moved up to second with three laps to go by passing G. Thomas in turn three. T. Thomas turned in another convincing performance after starting seventh and won over Evans, G. Thomas, Nate Vaughn, and Cully.

Then, it was the 40-lap $10,000-to-win feature for the STSS. Solwold had the pole and it was all him flag-to-flag. Behind Jason, Heath took third from Peterson with a slide job in turns one and two on lap seven and he did the exact same thing to Fisher three laps later at the same place. Like Friday's main event, this race had problems getting things rolling with six yellow flags by lap 22. The red flag came out for a fuel stop so everyone can go the distance. The final 18 laps went clean and green, and Solwold was in his own time zone. He passed slower cars with no trouble at all on his way to his fourth Summer Nationals title. Heath was second and Fisher was third to fill the podium. Price was able to sneak up to fourth at the very end and Peterson rounded out the top five.

With the temperatures approaching 100 degrees tomorrow (I'm supposed to reach 101 where I live), I want to get this recap posted before it gets too hot. Here's some tidbits to try to keep you cool...

Clint Closes In: Meins' last trip to Victory Lane was on May 13, but his slump came to an end on Friday with his third win of the year. Clint has closed to within 13 points of Hibbard, who also has three victories himself. Both drivers are looking for their first track championship after many years of trying, as they have four races left to go in the '17 season.

About Face from Alberta: Five sprint car teams made the very lengthy trip from Alberta to Skagit. Edmonton's Dale Melin is the car owner for former Skagit champion Fisher and Whitecourt's Richard Saumure prepared a car for Rilat. Marc Duperron also hails from Edmonton, while Casey Adams resides in Leduc and Steve Reeves brought his bright orange car from Valleyview. All five made the big dance on Saturday with Fisher leading the way in third with Rilat next in line in seventh and Duperron was ninth. Adams made his first Summer Nationals appearance in four years and finished 19th, while Reeves was a DNF in 21st.

Tight Time Trials: The sprint car racers were very close together in qualifying times both nights, as their lap times were separated by just over a second in both occasions. It was 1.067 seconds between first and 32nd on Friday, while it was a little more on Saturday at 1.151 seconds for the 29 drivers that didn't get locked in through Friday's main event.

Over the Fence: There was a very scary moment that happened with five laps to go in Friday's sprint B-Main. Brandon Harkness lost his right rear tire and it flew over the turn four catch fence. As the tire hit the grass in front of the fans, it launched high into the air! It ended up by one of the entrances to the Speedway Café, and thank goodness no one was hit nor injured.

Wrong Time of the Night: Saturday's first heat for the STSS was off to a rough and tumble start, as fast qualifier Carpenter jumped Austen Wheatley's right rear tire in turn one on the opening lap. Kelsey's car rode the wall before tipping over. Later in the heat, Devin Madonia got up in the marbles in turn four while running fourth as he came to complete lap six. After contact with Reece Goetz, Devin flew head over feet and landed very hard at the end. Kelsey and Devin were both unhurt, but their cars were demolished.

Birthday Boy: Peterson turned 26 years old on Saturday and he had a very productive weekend with two top fives driving for Jon "Muffin" Farrell. Jared advanced nine positions to fourth to get locked into Saturday's feature race, and he held off Crockett for fifth Saturday. 

Tristin's Backyard: T. Thomas' dominance at Skagit continues, as he's won the last midget four races there. The only race he didn't win was the first race of the year on May 6, where he was second to Ross Rankine. Tristin's point lead is up to 52 over Evans at Skagit with only two races remaining there.

Keeping It Over 30: In the four midget races so far at Skagit, three of them had over 30 midgets. Last Saturday's event was no different, as 32 drivers signed in and it was the highest turnout they ever had. They had hot laps/qualifying, four heat races, a B-Main, and an A-Main. All four heats were worth the price of admission alone!

Number for the Weekend: 15...the number of years since Solwold last won the Summer Nationals and that dry spell is finally over. Crockett had a longer drought of 17 years until he won last year.

Consistency Award: Fisher. Eric was third both nights (plus picking the fast time award on Friday), and he bested his finish in last year's Summer Nationals by one spot.

Hard Luck Award: Jared Ridge. Jared made the A-Main both nights via a transfer spot in the B, but pulled in very early in both main events. It resulted in back-to-back last-place finishes.

"Never Say Die" Award: Crockett. "The Rocket" motored back from his lap two tangle with Hickle and finished eighth. Roger ran as high as seventh, but lost it to Duperron just before the checkers.

Next race: The four-day Labor Day weekend swing. It begins at Skagit with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars on September 1 and 2 in the Outlaw Energy Showdown. The support divisions are the Northwest Focus Midgets on the 1st and the High Society modifieds on the 2nd. Then, it's down to Grays Harbor Raceway on the 3rd and 4th. The race on the 3rd features the Summer Thunder Sprint Series, Northwest Focus Midgets, and the Shipwreck Beads modifieds. The WoO and the Cut Rate Auto Parts street stocks race on the 4th. In last year's races, David Gravel won both nights for the WoO at Skagit, while Jason Solwold took the STSS race at GHR. Mark Carrell got out the brooms in the modifieds, as he topped both nights at Skagit and also the GHR event. The WoO race at GHR was lost to Mother Nature.

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Jumping the Start: Bob's Burgers and Brew Summer Nationals 
Summer is heating up, as well as the racing at Skagit Speedway. The Bob's Burgers and Brew Summer Nationals are coming up this Friday and Saturday, and it's one of the highest-paying 360 sprint car races in the country with $10,000 waiting for the winner.

The two nights of racing are rounds ten and eleven for the Summer Thunder Sprint Series. Jason Solwold continues to show the way in STSS points, as he leads Colton Heath by 45 points. J.J. Hickle sits third, while Austen Wheatley and Chase Goetz are tied for fourth.

Roger Crockett swept last year's Summer Nationals, and he did so by passing Solwold with four laps to go to collect the $10,000. Solwold settled for second, followed by Hickle, Eric Fisher, and Heath.

The outlaw tuners are the support class on Friday. It's a neck-and-neck battle for the top two positions in points between Vance Hibbard and Clint Meins. Hibbard has an 18-point lead, and also a three-to-two advantage in wins over Meins. D.J. Beaver, T.J. Campbell, and Brian Michelson are in a close battle for third through fifth in points. Michelson was the winner of last Saturday's race at Skagit.

The Northwest Focus Midgets return to Skagit for Saturday's card. It's round number six for them in the Summer Challenge powered by Bardahl. Tristin Thomas has won three of the four races at Skagit and he leads Nick Evans by 46 markers in track points. The most recent winner was Ross Rankine, who claimed last Saturday's race at Sunset Speedway. This is Rankine's second win of the year aboard Gaylon and Carla Stewart's "Fred Brownfield Tribute" #92 car.

The weather continues to be very warm here in the Pacific Northwest. Skagit Speedway is more than ready for a huge weekend with the Bob's Burgers and Brew Summer Nationals with sprint cars, outlaw tuners, and midgets all part of the program.

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Fred Brownfield Classic shots have arrived 
Last weekend's shots from the Brownfield are here in the link below. I'm going to take a little break from the action, but I'll be back at the end of the month for the Summer Nationals at Skagit. See some of you there!

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Time to Review: Fred Brownfield Classic III reflections 
The Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by MAVTV Motorsports Network was in Washington the past two weekends racing in two premier events. They were at Skagit Speedway on June 22, 23, and 24 for the 46th annual Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup presented by Skagit Casino Resort. Aaron Reutzel took the first night, but defending series champion and points leader Sam Hafertepe, Jr. won the other two nights to win $15,000 for the second consecutive year. Give that entire weekend to "The Lone Star State". The ASCS head southbound to Grays Harbor Raceway for the third annual Fred Brownfield Classic presented by Little Creek Casino Resort last Friday and Saturday, where they were joined by the Northwest Focus Midgets.

Shane Biles led from the pole in Friday's midget 25-lap A-Main and he showed the way for the first seven laps. Two yellow flags came out early on, as the first one happened on lap seven when Randy Hodel stopped in turn three. The second yellow was displayed on the restart for Hailey Bower, who came to a halt down low in turn two. It was clean and green for that moment on and the top spot changed hands as the field came to complete the eighth lap. Chance Crum went to the inside of Biles in turn three and made it stick. As Crum pulled away, Biles had some tough company behind him. That included 16th-place starter Nik Larson, Garrett Thomas, Hespe, and Jonathan Jorgenson. Crum cruised to an easy win with Biles getting his best finish in a midget with a second-place run. Third place went to Larson with Thomas fourth and Jorgenson fifth.

It took three tries to get the ASCS main event off and running. The first attempt was tossed out, as Wayne Johnson stopped in turn two. The restart had a red flag when Garen Linder flipped end over end in turn three. Linder was uninjured. Reutzel was the pole sitter in the 25-lapper, but it was outside front row starter Covington that led the opening lap. Reutzel took the lead from Covington out of turn two on the following lap, but the third place car of Hafertepe was coming with a full head of steam. Hafertepe passed both Reutzel and Covington out of turn four to complete lap number two, but it was all for naught as the yellow flag came out moments later. It was for Jason Solwold, who fell off the pace in turns three and four. That gave the lead back to Covington. Reutzel was second and Hafertepe had to fall back to third. Covington maintained a comfortable lead, while Reutzel and Hafertepe had a helluva battle behind for second place. Sam tried to go to the inside of Aaron on the frontstretch on lap seven, but Aaron slammed the door. Sam completed the pass on Aaron on the twelfth lap in turn three to move up to second, but Aaron got it back two laps later on the backstretch when Sam was trapped behind the slower car of Devin Madonia. Hafertepe turned the tables back in his favor, as he went to the inside of Reutzel in turns one and two on lap 18. Hafertepe cut into Covington's lead and looked to the inside in turns one and two on the 20th circuit, but he went too low and clipped an infield tire. Sam tipped over onto his side, and that was the end of the night for the defending Brownfield Classic winner. Covington had total control of the race and he won his first ASCS national race in almost three years. Reutzel, Johnny Herrera, and Roger Crockett were locked into Saturday's big dance by finishing in positions two through four. Skylar Gee rounded out the top five.

Glenn Bittrolf shared the front row with Brian Aune in Saturday's 25-lap midget feature, but "Bad News" Nick Evans went by both of them down the backstretch on the first lap. Nick was behind the wheel of Biles' #31 car, as his own #24 machine lost power in hot laps/time trials. Behind Nick, Hespe started sixth and went to the outside in turns three and four to pass Larson, Aune, and Bittrolf. Just like that, Seth was in second. Right after the completion of lap three, Bittrolf and Larson made contact while racing for fourth and Larson flipped over in turn one. Nik was unhurt. The yellow lights came on for the restart, as Hannah Lindquist spun in turn four. On the fifth lap, Crum went on the high scary side to steal second from Hespe out of turn two. Chance went to the inside of Evans in turn one a couple of laps later and made the pass. The last yellow flag came out with ten laps in the books, as Brian Hayes spun in turn four and got drilled by Bittrolf. Both drivers were okay. While Crum was pulling away after the restart, Evans was holding off Hespe on repeated occasions. Crum completed the weekend sweep with Evans, Hespe, 12th-starting Thomas, and 11th-starting Jorgenson rounding out the top five.

It was a battle of Oregon and Oklahoma in the ASCS 30-lap big show with Crockett on the pole and Covington alongside. The first try to start was a no-go, as Harli White and Hafertepe went spinning between turns three and four in front of the majority of the field. Fortunately, no other driver was inolved. Crockett stormed to the lead and the fight was on for second, as Herrera used a slide job in turns three and four to get by Covington on lap two. The race was slowed down on the next lap, as Madonia stopped in turn three. On the restart, Johnson took the high side to pass Covington for third in turn two. Then, Wayne went down low on Herrera in turn three on the following lap to grab second. Reutzel wanted to be a part of the action and he had third for a moment on the tenth lap out of turn four, but Herrera got back by on the following lap in turn two. Colton Heath was in the top five, as he dove low on Covington in turn three with seven laps to go. Heath wasn't finished, as he stole fourth from Reutzel at almost the exact same location on lap number 26. Just after Crockett took the white flag, he saw the yellow lights come on when Jay Cole wheelied into a spin in turn four. There were three lapped cars between Crockett and Johnson, so Crockett had the space he needed to win. Roger won the third annual Fred Brownfield Memorial in '09 at GHR, but he was disqualified for being light at the scales and that gave the victory to Travis Rilat. Fast forward to 2017, and "The Rocket" got the job done to win one for the Pacific Northwest. Johnson crossed the stripe second with Herrera third, Heath fourth, and Blake Hahn had an unbelievable charge from 22nd to fifth.

No matter if it's the ASCS or the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars, they are the best drivers in the business and they don't disappoint when they come to our neck of the woods. This year's Brownfield was another success and I'm already looking forward to next year. Here's a handful of tidbits from the weekend...

Almost a Match: There were 51 drivers in the first Fred Brownfield Classic in 2015 and that number went up to 68 racers in 2016. We nearly reached last year's mark, as we were two people short. There were 38 different sprint car racers along with 28 midget competitors in this year's running for a grand total of 66 entries.

Pieces of Eight: With his weekend sweep, Crum went from zero midget victories in to two in one fell swoop. Chance has a total of eight wins this season. He has two triumphs in 600 sprints, along with four victories in 1200 action. He has 13 wins last season, and he looks to match or top that number with plenty of racing left to go.

Grandpa Should Be Proud: Gaylon and Carla Stewart's #92 midget was in competition, and what better person to drive it than Brownfield's own grandson Hespe? Seth started Friday's main event in the second spot, but he fell to sixth at the checkers. After winning Saturday's opening heat race, Seth lined up sixth in the A. He tried every trick in the book to pass Evans for second for most of the race, but nothing doing. Seth settled for third to match his finish one year ago.

Snapping a Slump: Covington finally broke through with a win on Friday and it ended a 98-race skid. Prior to that, the last time Matt won an ASCS national event was on October 18, 2014 at Devil's Bowl Speedway in the 41st annual Winter Nationals. He got the W over Dusty Zomer, Reutzel, Jeff Swindell, and Derek Hagar.

Texas Tears It Up: Even though Hafertepe or Reutzel didn't win at Elma, they still lead the way in the win column by a landslide with the ASCS. The two Texas drivers are combined for 13 wins in the 18 races so far (Sam has won nine times, while Aaron has four victories). A very distant second is the state of Missouri with two victories (Kyle Bellm and Brian Brown). Colorado (Jake Bubak), Oklahoma (Covington), and Oregon (Crockett) have one win each.

Getting Closer: Before the Brownfield, Hafertepe had a 143-point lead over Reutzel. Reutzel narrowed it down to 93 markers with a second-place finish, as Hafertepe was a DNF after his Tommy Tipover. Aaron had another shot to cut into Sam's point lead on Saturday and looked to be on his way to do that. Aaron was running fifth with two to go, but went backwards to 11th at the checkered flag. That's just one spot ahead of Hafertepe, as Sam ran most of the race with his nose wing wedged onto his hood. Hafertepe's advantage is now 91 points, as the ASCS travels to Gallatin Speedway Friday and Saturday for the second annual Grizzly Nationals.

Skylar's the Limit: Gee registered his first top five finish in ASCS national competition on Friday with a fifth-place result. He had to come through the first B-Main on Saturday, where he finished third after starting sixth. Skylar climbed eleven spots to tenth in the A to collect his eighth top ten finish of the year. He leads the Brodix "Rookie of the Year" chase by a very healthy margin over White.

Blazin' Blake: Hahn raced in one of the twin B-Mains both nights and had to do put in some extra effort to make it to the A. Blake passed four cars to finish 13th on Friday, but he put on a whale of a show on Saturday. He started 22nd (dead last) in the feature and he was in the top ten in only five laps. Blake took fifth place from Reutzel down the backstretch with a lap and a half to go, and that's where he ended up. That was more than plenty to collect the CP-Carrillo Hard Charger Award. Other big movers were Solwold (20th to seventh), Seth Bergman (18th to ninth), and Gee.

"The Crowd Pleaser" Returns: Craig Dollansky made his first trip to the Pacific Northwest in almost four years and he piloted the BDS Motorsports #1 car. Craig made the A-Main in two of the three nights of Dirt Cup, getting finishes of 13th and 12th. He was the CP-Carrillo Hard Charger Award winner on Friday with another 12th place run after starting 20th, and improved to eighth on Saturday. It was cool to see Craig back in Elma, but it's really strange not seeing him with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars.

Number for the Weekend: 9...the number of ASCS national drivers that came to this year's Brownfield. The ASCS racers won the battle, but the Pacific Northwest drivers won the war.

Consistency Award: Herrera (ASCS) and Thomas (midgets). "Hollywood" turned in back-to-back thirds, and Garrett had two fourth-place runs.

Hard Luck Award: Linder. Garen's weekend ended in a very scary opening lap flip in Friday's main event. He was unharmed, but his car was destroyed. He also tore up a lot of equipment in a rollover towards the end of the A-Main in the final night of Dirt Cup. Midget racer Ashley Thompson lost an engine in the early laps during Friday's third heat race, and didn't return Saturday.

Next race: My first and overdue trip to Skagit Speedway of the year for the Bob's Burgers and Brew Summer Nationals on July 28 and 29. Roger Crockett made the winning pass on Jason Solwold with four laps to go for a $10,000 payday in last year's event, completing the sweep. The outlaw tuners are the support class on the 28th, while the Northwest Focus Midgets compete on the 29th.

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Jumping the Start: Fred Brownfield Classic presented by Little Creek Casino Resort 
The Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by MAVTV Motorsports Network will be rolling in to Grays Harbor Raceway for the third annual Fred Brownfield Classic presented by Little Creek Casino Resort this Friday and Saturday.

Not only is Sam Hafertepe, Jr. the defending ASCS champion, he's also the defending Brownfield winner. Sam's also fresh off a convincing win in the 46th annual Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup presented by Skagit Casino Resort last Saturday. This is the second straight year he took the $15,000 top prize. Hafertepe leads the ASCS drivers in wins by far with nine, including winning the first five events. He holds a 143-point lead over former series champion Aaron Reutzel. Matt Covington, Johnny Herrera, Wayne Johnson, and Seth Bergman are separated by only 40 points for third through sixth in points.

The support class for both nights of the Brownfield are the Northwest Focus Midgets. Garrett Thomas has a slim three-point lead over defending GHR and series champion Nick Evans. Shane Smith, Nate Vaughn, and Jonathan Jorgenson round out the top five. Tristin Thomas was the big winner in the Brownfield last year, and he won the last two races at Skagit last Thursday and Friday during Dirt Cup.

Not only will the month of June end in style, July will start in style as well with a huge fan favorite with the third annual Fred Brownfield Classic presented by Little Creek Casino Resort.

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Mother Nature prevails again 
I arrived at Grays Harbor Raceway a little after 2:00 this afternoon and I came across some light rain. It wasn't bad, but it started to come down harder as the day continued. It got worse when everyone came for the drivers meeting at 5:00, and the race was called an hour later.

The Washington Modified Tour had a great turnout, as there were 30 drivers that signed in. That would've been more than enough for a B-Main. I also counted 16 sprint cars and 14 street stocks.

My next race is back at GHR for the third annual Fred Brownfield Classic on June 30 and July 1, featuring the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by MAVTV Motorsports Network and the Northwest Focus Midgets.

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