Jumping the Start: Champion Racing Oil National Open 
This weekend is one of the biggest paying weekends for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars. They'll be at Williams Grove Speedway for the Champion Racing Oil National Open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Thursday and Friday's main events pay $10,000 to win, while Saturday's show is a $50,000-to-win affair.

Donny Schatz continues to show the way in points, as he leads Brad Sweet by 94 markers. David Gravel won last Saturday's Outlaws event at Lernerville Speedway and he sits comfortably in the third spot. Shane Stewart and Daryn Pittman are fourth and fifth, respectively.

In last year's 40-lap National Open, Joey Saldana led the first fourteen laps before Sweet took the top spot away on the following lap. Sweet's time in the lead didn't last long when he got crossed up in slower traffic, and that allowed Saldana to get back by for the 16th lap. Danny Dietrich pressured Saldana in the second half of the race and he made the winning pass with only two laps remaining. Dietrich was the lone Pennsylvania Posse driver in the top five, as Saldana, Sweet, Schatz, and Gravel finished second through fifth.

Thursday and Friday's programs will use the traditional Outlaws format. It consists of qualifying, heat races, dashes, and main events. Drivers earn points in all of the races they compete in during the two nights and their point totals will be used to line up Saturday's heats. The top four drivers in combined points are locked into Saturday's dash. Saturday will have heats, a dash, and main events only. Racers will get one more shot to pick up more points and also a chance to get into the big dance. The final point totals will set the lineups for the lower main events.

Race fans will see two main events on Thursday, as the rained-out feature event from the Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals on July 22 is going to made up. Greg Hodnett is slated to be on the pole with Gravel starting alongside.

The National Open is one of the biggest races for the Outlaws, so expect a very talented field of drivers. It's a classic case of the Outlaws taking on the Posse. Take your pick and root them on!

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Labor Day weekend pictures are posted...and new page announcement! 
Well, everybody...it's finally time for me to be join the revolution and have a Facebook page. It's called Twisted Logic Photography. Make sure to like, leave comments, and give me some tips while you're at it!

Here are the links for the three albums I just put together...

Outlaw Energy Showdown: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Twisted-Logic-Photography-1715739992067898/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1715753655399865

Sunday's race at GHR: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Twisted-Logic-Photography-1715739992067898/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1715764302065467

Monday's race at GHR: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Twisted-Logic-Photography-1715739992067898/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1715767295398501

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Time to Review: Labor Day weekend notes 
Good news, everybody. We finally went four-for-four over the Labor Day weekend! It seems like it's been a while since we've done that, huh? I took the scenic route up to Skagit Speedway on Friday and Saturday for the Outlaw Energy Showdown, then jetted down for two nights of action at Grays Harbor Raceway on Sunday and Monday. It was a very hot, humid, hazy, and smoky four-day vacation, but the most important part is we got everything in. Since there were a lot of races, I'm just going to a quick review of all of them and try not to be too boring...

Veterans Shane Biles and Otto Jorgenson were on the front row of the Northwest Focus Midgets feature on Friday. Otto paced the field for the first three laps in the 25-lap affair before Nik Larson took command in turn one as they worked the fourth lap. Evan Margeson charged from ninth and he went by Larson for the top spot as they drag raced down the backstretch on lap 11. The only slowdown happened on lap 13, as Hannah Lindquist stopped in turn four and the race went condition red right after that when Dave Mills took a violent flip on the frontstretch. Mills was uninjured. "Bad News" Nick Evans stole second from Larson on lap number 14, as he used the cushion in turn two to get the job done. Evans was reeling in Margeson towards the end, and he had the lead with two to go in turns one and two. Margeson didn't give up and passed Evans back in turn three on the next lap, just before they saw the white flag. Margeson held on for the win over Evans, tenth-place starter Tristin Thomas, Larson, and Jonathan Jorgenson.

Brad Sweet led the first seven laps in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars 30-lapper A-Main event main with his teammate Daryn Pittman giving chase. Disaster struck on lap eight, as Sweet made contact with the slower car of Austen Wheatley on the frontstretch. Sweet and Pittman both went spinning, while the lapped car of Clyde Knipp was also involved. Shane Stewart just missed the crash and he inherited the lead. As we went back to green flag racing, Jason Johnson and Jac Haudenschild were trading sliders for second place behind Stewart. That went on for many laps before Johnson finally getting second place for good with a turn four slider with seven laps remaining. Stewart went on to score the win over Johnson, J. Haudenschild, Donny Schatz, and Sheldon Haudenschild.

Adam Holtrop led the opening lap of Saturday's Washington Modified Tour big dance before surrendering it to Kyler Moore in turn one on the following lap. Graham Cook started the event in seventh and worked his way up to second on lap 14, as he passed Brian Harding at the stripe. Cook took the lead from Moore on the 20th go-around in turn four and it turned out to be the winning pass. The race was supposed to go 25 laps, but it was plagued with yellow flags. The eighth and final yellow came out with three to go when Bill Tomer spun in turn one. The checkers flew with Cook winning over K. Moore, Harding, 14th-starting Lane Zerbin, and James Wolfard.

The first try to start the WoO 40-lap A-Main was called off, as Greg Wilson spun in turn four on the opening lap. Nearby, Marc Duperron climbed the outside wall and flipped over. Duperron was all right. Johnson was the leader early on, but he had problems trying to pass slower cars and Schatz made that lead disappear. Johnson had a close moment on lap 15, as a crash occurred in front of him in turn three. Knipp tipped onto his side, with Jacob Allen and Robbie Price getting collected. Pittman took second from Schatz in turn four on lap 29 before passing Johnson at the same place six laps later. After going winless for most of the season, Pittman picked up his third win within a month. David Gravel made a late pass on Johnson for second in turn four with two to go. Sweet finished third, as he also got by Johnson in turns three and four as they came for the white flag. Johnson faded to fourth and Schatz fell to fifth.

It's time to go to Grays Harbor Raceway for Sunday's racing. Tyler Thompson had the pole for the 25-lap main event for the Northwest Focus Midgets, but Katie Jackson (formerly Turner) took the lead away from the outside pole. The race had a very scary crash on the second lap when Brian Hayes took a high flying flip in turn three. After getting his bell rung, Brian walked away. T. Thomas started tenth and wasted little time to attack, as he passed Jackson for the lead down the backchute on lap five. Garrett Thomas also moved up through the pack from his seventh starting spot, and he took second from Jackson at the line on the eighth lap. Another red flag was needed on lap 14, as Glenn Bittrolf flipped in turn two. Evans and Shane Smith were also involved, but no one was injured. The race was shortened to 20 laps and it was a battle of the Thomases. Garrett took the lead from Tristin at the flagstand on lap 17, but Tristin turned the tables on the following lap as he used the high side in turn four to take the lead back. Tristin drove to a popular victory over G. Thomas, J. Jorgenson, Biles, and Jackson.

It's been a year since Chris Beaulieu raced at GHR, but he had the pole for the Shipwreck Beads modifieds A-Main and jumped out to the lead. The 25-lap event had a very early red flag, as it flew on the second lap for a five-car crash in turn four. It involved Brandon Berg, Don Martin, Craig Moore, Jason Tole, and Gene Miller. Everybody returned except for Martin. The driver who was passing cars left and right was Zerbin, who won the B-Main and started 16th. Lane was fourth by lap eight, as he passed Kevin Smith out of turn four. Zerbin continued to be on a tear, as he got by K. Moore for third in turn two on the 11th lap and Tom Sweatman for second at the same spot on the next lap. To finish everything off, Zerbin went to the high side to take the lead from on Beaulieu out of turn four to complete lap 14. K. Moore went to the inside of Beaulieu in turn two on the 16th circuit, and he made it work to grab second. Kyler caught Lane at the very end, as they made their way through lapped traffic. Kyler had the lead temporarily out of turn two on the final lap, but Lane used the slower car of Tiana Berkeley as a pick to take the lead back out of turn four and win by a car length! K. Moore settled for his second straight runner-up finish, followed by Beaulieu, 14th-starting Doug Davenport, and Lawrence O'Connor.

Then, it was the Summer Thunder Sprint Series with their 30-lap main event. Chase Goetz was the early pace setter over Tayler Malsam, but Wheatley wanted to be a part of the action. Austen used a slide job in turn four to take second from Tayler on the third lap, and he did the exact same thing to Goetz two laps later in turn four as well. Malsam was back up to second on a lap seven restart, as he got by Goetz out of turn two using the cushion. Henry Van Dam went from fourth to second in one fell swoop on lap nine, as he passed Goetz in turns one and two and Malsam in turn four. This race was also filled with yellow flags, as it had seven in total. Wheatley maintained his composure through it all and he drove his second STSS win of the year over Van Dam, Jason Solwold, Colton Heath, and Roger Crockett (who had to go to the back of the pack on the second lap after his nose wing came loose while running second).

Monday's first main event was for the Cut Rate Auto Parts street stocks. Jack Parshall led all 20 laps, but he had Tole all over his rear view mirror. The yellow flag came out four times, but Parshall fended off all of Tole's challenges. Parshall won it over Tole, Scott Fritts, Ryen Haney, and Tommy Hecker.

Stewart took advantage of his pole position of the WoO A-Main and he went wire-to-wire in the 30-lapper. The only yellow flag came out on lap 15, as Jacob Allen went for a spin in turn four. Stewart had a hard time trying to pass slower cars in the closing laps and that allowed Sweet to really close in. Brad tried for a pass on the final corner, but Shane held him off at the checkers. Gravel finished third by a nose over Johnson with Pittman in fifth.

There are quite a few other things I want to talk go over in the four days of racing, so without any further delay, let's get down and get with it...

Magnificent Seven: T. Thomas placed another sticker onto his car after winning on Sunday, and he's up to seven victories in 2017. He has four wins at Skagit, two at GHR, and one at Southern Oregon Speedway. For extra icing on the cake, Tristin collected the midget title at Skagit by 95 points over Evans.

Wedding Bells: Jackson married her husband Jeff on August 27 and she did some very cool in Friday's race. Instead of sporting a rookie ribbon on her car, she hung her wedding veil. Katie was second in the B-Main before going up four places to 14th in the A. Katie led the first four laps in Sunday's big show before coming home fifth, and that's her first top five finish in a midget. Her previous best finish was eighth on two occasions at Deming Speedway on July 28 and August 11.

Five Top Fives: Johnson is perfect in the top five finish category at Skagit since racing with the Outlaws in 2015. He has a second-place finish, along with two thirds and two fourths. "The Ragin' Cajun" has a 360 win at Skagit to his credit, as he took the preliminary night of the Bob's Burgers and Brew 360 Nationals (now the Summer Nationals, of course) back in 2009.

First Appearances: Kevin Gobrecht "Rookie of the Year" contenders S. Haudenschild and Brent Marks made their first trips to Skagit and Elma over the weekend. Sheldon had a top five and three top tens (fifth, seventh, and eighth) in those events, while Brent finished in the teens (13th, 16th, and 13th). "The Real Deal" Jamie Veal also made his first appearance on Pacific Northwest soil. The Aussie had finishes of 16th and 11th at Skagit, followed by another 16th at Elma. Last year's "Rookie of the Year" Wilson was at Elma last year, but the race got rained out so Monday's show was his first time on the 3/10-mile oval. Greg was 15th in the finishing order.

Breaking the Tie: Joey Saldana had the track record at GHR at 11.750 seconds, as he set in on September 7, 2015. Sweet's first lap time was 11.938 seconds, but he stepped up on the second lap by tying the track record at 11.750. "The Big Cat" wasn't on top for very long, as Pittman came out just two cars later. Daryn was a rocket out of the gate by registering a new track record with a 11.742 on his opening lap, and then went faster at 11.716 on his second lap. Seven competitors had qualifying times in the 11's. Monday's track conditions were much better that they were on Sunday, and it showed. I was very surprised that they were down into new track record territory despite how hot and dry we've been all summer long. 

Devon Makes His Debut: Fourth-generation driver and minisprint champion Devon Borden made his first 360 sprint start on Sunday. How cool is it to hear the Borden name again at Grays Harbor Raceway? Devon, the son of four-time track champion Glenn Borden, Jr., looked very strong in warm-ups and his time was sixth best out of 22 cars. However, Devon had a very tough main event. He spun in turn two on lap eight before crashing into Jayme Barnes in turn one on the 18th lap. Devon was credited with 20th.

Modifieds Bring It: The modifieds had 26 people signing in for Saturday and Sunday. The format for both nights were three heats, a B-Main, and an A-Main. The Washington Modified Tour had their first B-Main event at Skagit, which was won by Tyson Blood.

Hard Charger Times Two: Zerbin passed the most cars out of everyone in both modified main events, as he drove by 25 cars in total. It wasn't easy by any stretch on Sunday, as he was eighth in the second heat race and had to come through the B-Main (which he won after starting sixth). Sunday's win was Lane's second triumph at GHR, as his first victory came on August 27 of last year when he passed Zack Simpson on the final corner in nitty gritty fashion as well.

Pulling Away: K. Moore had a 67-point lead over Kevin Smith before Saturday's race. Kyler's advantage is now just over the triple digits at 101 points, except there's a new driver who's second in points and it happens to be his own father Craig. The Washington Modified Tour ends its season along with the Summer Thunder Sprint Series on September 22 and 23, as they head back to the Yakima Dirt Track for the Fall Brawl.

Cosmopolis vs. Shelton: The Rematch: This is a repeat from one year ago in the modified division, as it's going down to the wire between defending track champion Sweatman and former track champ Scott Miller. Tom leads Scott by 21 points, as they have the season championships presented by OCCU on September 30 left to go. Tom fell to sixth after running as high as second in Sunday's race, and Scott was not far behind in eighth.

Jumpin' Jack Flash: Parshall continues to be the man to beat in the street stocks, as he's up to five wins this year and his points lead grew to 48 markers over Tole. Jack's looking to win the title for the fourth straight year and he's had more wins this season than the last two years combined (one in '15 and three in '16).

Number for the Weekend: 93...the high temperature on Monday. Sunday was almost as unbearable at 90 degrees. It's been a long, hot, and dry summer and I'm looking forward to having everything cool down. 62 degrees and showers for tomorrow? Yes, please!

Consistency Award: Johnson. "The Ragin' Cajun" had a second and two fourths in the three Outlaw shows. He has 21 top fives (including Wednesday's win at Willamette Speedway) with the WoO this season, compared to 19 last year. K. Moore had back-to-back second place finishes in the modifieds, while J. Jorgenson turned in finishes of fifth and third with the midgets.

Hard Luck Award: Knipp. Clyde was involved in crashes in all three nights with the Outlaws and he flipped over twice. He also went for a tumble after getting together with Price in turn one while racing for sixth on a lap nine restart in Monday's B-Main. Clyde was unhurt in all of the wrecks, but his car suffered quite a bit of punishment.

Next race: The Champion Racing Oil National Open at Williams Grove Speedway on September 28, 29, and 30 with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Craftsman Sprint Cars. This is going to be my first trip to Pennsylvania in five years, as the Outlaws take on the Posse with the race on the 30th paying $50,000 to win. Last year's event went to Posse, as Danny Dietrich made the winning pass on Joey Saldana with just two laps to go.

R.I.P. Walter Becker (1950-2017)

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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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