Saying goodbye to 2017 and looking ahead 
2017 was a great year for me, as I saw 16 races and only two of them were rained out. I wanted to return to Pennsylvania after a long time away, and I felt like this year was right for a second trip to Williams Grove Speedway. I'm planning for another trek over to PA next year, buy I'm not sure exactly where and when.

For the 2018 season, it looks like it's going to start in Yakima again on April 5-7 with the Summmer Thunder Sprint Series and the Washington Modified Tour. I've had so much fun over there the last two times, so why not make it three?

Before I go, I want to wish everybody a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. They're not far away at all and it's going to be very chilly over the next few days. Safe travels wherever you go!

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Let's work together on this! 
It's been a little over a month since I started my new Facebook picture page, Twisted Logic Photography. It's still a learning process on how everything works on Facebook, but I'm slowly getting the hang of it.

I ended my racing season with a bang by going to seven races in September. I attended four events in Washington and three shows in Pennsylvania. That's not too shabby seeing races on opposite ends of the country in a short period of time.

Here's my reason for this post and this is where you guys come in. Usually, I have a number to aim for in terms of hits for my blog. This is a similar request, but it's for my Facebook page. Let's shoot for 100 likes by New Year's Day and I think we can pull it off. Make sure you tell everybody about my site and they can explore it as well. Together, we can put TLP solidly on the map.

I'm looking to go to some sporting events during the offseason, so I'll have some pictures up again very soon. The racing season is over, but I'm still looking for ways to stay busy.

Thank you so much for all of your support and keep it coming!

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National Open pics arrived at last 
My pictures from the Champion Racing Oil National Open at Williams Grove have finally arrived. I apologize for the delay, as I worked to the bone since I got back. This is my final race of '17, but it's been real...

I also have an extra treat...literally! I have a small album from Hershey's Chocolate World. Check that out as well!

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Time to Review: National Open recap 
After five years away, I flew back east to Pennsylvania to watch the drivers of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars duke it out with the Pennsylvania Posse in the Champion Racing Oil National Open last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I touched down in Harrisburg on Wednesday and it was like an Indian summer, as it got up to 90 degrees. It seems like I can't get away from hot weather no matter where I go! Thursday through Monday were much more comfortable and they felt more fall-like. There were three main events in the National Open, along with the make-up A-Main from the Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals on July 22. I'm going to give a quick recap for all of them...

Greg Hodnett led the first nine laps in Thursday's 25-lap main event until Shane Stewart passed him down low out of turn four as they complete the tenth lap. They made contact, sending Hodnett on a quick 360 spin. Greg somehow kept it dirty side down and kept right on trucking. The yellow flag came out, but Hodnett kept second place. Hodnett tried to take lead back from Stewart out of turn two on the restart, but it didn't work. Greg tried again in turn three, but he got into Shane and it sent both guys crashing hard into the turn three guardrail. That gave the lead to David Gravel, who led the remainder of the event. Daryn Pittman kept it close, as Gravel had trouble lapping slower cars. Gravel and Pittman split the slower car of Jac Haudenschild at the flagstand with five laps to go, with Gravel holding onto the top spot. Gravel captured the race ahead of Pittman, Lance Dewease, Donny Schatz, and Cory Haas.

The next main event was the make-up feature from July. Hodnett's crew made repairs to start that race on the pole, and Greg didn't let anybody down as he led all 25 laps. Danny Dietrich took second from Gravel on lap five, as he made the pass on the high side at the backstretch bridge. Lapped traffic was also a problem in this race, as Hodnett couldn't pass Parker Price-Miller. Dietrich attempted to take the lead on lap 14, but he made contact with Hodnett and spun in turn three. Brian Montieth, who was running seventh, got into Dietrich and the night was over for "The Edge". Eighth-place starter Lucas Wolfe had a great restart and he went to the high side to steal second from Gravel in turns one and two. Two more yellow flags flew on lap 16. The first one happened when Brent Marks and Anthony Macri did synchronized spins in turns three and four. Both drivers managed to keep going. Dietrich's evening went from bad to worse, as he crashed into the guardrail between turns one and two on the restart and almost flipped. Despite getting trapped behind slower cars, Hodnett saw the checkered flag first and became $20,000 richer. Wolfe was second with Schatz, Pittman, and Gravel third through fifth.

The original start of Friday's A was called off due to rain, and the track crew was able to get the track back into racing shape within minutes. James McFadden and Hodnett drag raced down the backstretch on the opening lap of the 25-lap race, and McFadden had the advantage as they approached turn three. The red lights came on for the third lap when Dietrich, Trey Starks, and Montieth wrecked in turn three. J. Haudenschild was the last car in the crash, and he ended up getting the worst of it by going for a hard flip. A yellow flag flew on the restart, as Dale Blaney spun in turn four with a broken front axle.  McFadden also had difficulty tried to lap slower cars, allowing Hodnett and Schatz to close. J-Mac kept cool and he etched his name in the record books with his first Outlaws victory. Hodnett, Schatz, Brad Sweet, and Stewart finished in spots two through five.

Schatz took the lead from pole sitter Gravel when the green flag flew on Saturday's $50,000-to-win main event. McFadden came up from his sixth starting spot on the opening lap, as he passed Dewease for third out of turn four. Gravel made Schatz's lead disappear and he took the lead away from the eight-time and defending series champion at the line on lap number six. Schatz slipped on the high side out of turn two on the 18th lap, and that allowed McFadden to get by for second. This happened just before Montieth came to a stop under the backstretch bridge for a yellow flag. McFadden showed his muscle on the restart, as he took the lead from Gravel out of turn two. Gravel came back on the next lap, as he passed J-Mac on the high side out of turn four. Another yellow period occurred two laps later for Stewart, who stopped in turn three with a flat left rear tire. Schatz took second from McFadden in turn three on the restart and tried to pursue Gravel. The race came to a halt on lap 28, when Stewart flipped out of turn two. Jason Johnson, Kraig Kinser, and Sweet were also involved. After the open red, the racing was short lived as a wreck happened in turn one on the restart. Sweet crashed into the inside guardrail and Kinser had nowhere to go and went for a roll. There were no injuries in the crashes. Schatz looked to take the lead from Gravel in the closing laps, but his plan was foiled with two laps to go when Brian Brown slowed on the backstretch with a shredded right rear tire. Gravel nailed the final restart and drove to his second National Open win and the 50 grand. Schatz settled for second with McFadden in third, Logan Schuchart surging from 20th to fourth, and Pittman in fifth. 

In the Pennsylvania races, the Outlaws have a slight lead over the Posse cars by a 5-3 margin. The Outlaws' final race in the "Keystone State" is next Saturday at Port Royal Speedway. This is my final recap for '17, so here are some bits and pieces from my second trip to the Grove...

Third Time Lucky: Really lucky, I should say! This was the third year where the National Open tried to have a three-day show and everything was ran as scheduled for the first time. Mother Nature came through with a couple of small showers on Friday during the C-Main and the original start of the A-Main. The showers didn't last long in both cases, and everything was back in business after the track was reworked. The last two years had nothing but problems with the weather. The National Open was ran on the Sunday rain date in 2015 after the three days before were all rained out. It was another washout last year and the event was postponed by two weeks.

Sweet Sixteen: Gravel's phenomenal season continues with the Outlaws this year, as his win total is up to a career-high sixteen. He won nine times last year in his first season driving the CJB Motorsports #5 car, and wound up third in the point standings. David currently sits third in points with just ten races left to go in his standout year. He has a great deal of success in Pennsylvania in '17, as he has three wins at the Grove and one at Lincoln Speedway.

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!: McFadden was the new crowd favorite in Posse Country, as he won his first ever Outlaws event on Friday. He was the first driver from Australia to win a main event at Williams Grove since Garry Brazier did so in 1997. James ended a very stellar weekend on the podium with a third-place finish and he also picked up the National Open Rookie Award from the Beer Hill Gang, pocketing an extra $2,250.

Fast Freddie the Second: 21-year-old Freddie Rahmer clinched his first track championship at Williams Grove, an accomplishment that his Hall of Fame father Fred has done nine times. Freddie (the kid) did something very rare on Thursday, as he won the KSE Hard Charger Award in both main events. He climbed his way up to eighth in the regular-scheduled feature and 11th in the Summer Nationals makeup.

Brother vs. Brother: "The Madman" Kerry Madsen returned to Williams Grove for another try at the Natty Open, while his younger brother Ian made his first ever trip to the famed half-mile. The brothers made the A-Main all three nights with Kerry getting the edge with two seventh-place runs along with a ninth. Ian, this year's 410 champion at Knoxville Raceway, had his best result on Friday with a seventh. He also had a 19th on Thursday and 13th on Saturday.

Logan Locks In: Schuchart failed to qualify for the main events on Thursday and Friday, and came into Saturday 33rd in total points out of 49 people. He started seventh in the fourth heat race, but he earned a ticket to the A-Main with a third-place run. Logan started the big dance in 20th and he did a masterful job moving up through the field. He and Pittman swapped the fourth spot three different times in the final laps until Logan got that spot for good out of turn four with four laps remaining and also picked up the KSE Hard Charger Award for good measure.

Life's Still Grand: Dirt Track Digest and Camp Mayhem partnered up for the "Just Missed Award" for the second straight year to give the first non-transferring driver out of the B-Main some extra spending money. That driver was Ryan Smith, who walked away with $1,115. Last year's winner Steve Buckwalter earned an extra $1,000.

Troubles for Trey: If there's a driver who'd love to put the National Open behind him, it's Starks. He was battling for fifth with T.J. Stutts in Thursday's B-Main when they made contact on the frontstretch on lap number three. Stutts took a tumble and Starks was also out of the race. Starks was involved in the second-lap accident in Friday's feature with Dietrich, Montieth, and J. Haudenschild. Trey was able to continue on, but fell out a few laps later. It looked he finally turned his luck around on Saturday, as he finished fourth in the fourth heat race. However, he was disqualified for an illegal top wing and failed to transfer out of the B.

East Meets West: I mentioned in one of my blog entries/recaps in my last trip to the Grove in 2012 when I bumped into Tim Zimbardi, the father of sprint car racer Jared, at the funnel cake stand. I managed to find him again on the backstretch bleachers on Saturday after he got, yep, a funnel cake. He remembered me and got out his phone to show me a nasty crash that Jared was involved in during the National Open URC race at Williams Grove on September 1. Jared stuffed his car into the frontstretch guardrail and went on a violent series of somersaults. He was knocked out, but he has since recovered from it and is back racing again. 

Number for the Weekend: 6...the number of Outlaws drivers in the top ten in Saturday's main event. Sheldon Haudenschild was eighth, while Jason Sides was tenth. The highest-finishing Posse car belonged to McFadden.

Consistency Award: Schatz. Donny was the only driver to register top five finishes in all four main events. He had a second-place finish, plus two thirds and a fourth. He also extended his points lead to 148 markers over Sweet.

Hard Luck Award: Buckwalter. Steve had mechanical problems towards the end of Thursday's third heat race and scratched from the remainder of the National Open. Eric Tomecek also ran only one night of racing, as did Tim Wagaman.

"Never Say Die" Award: "The Wild Child". Jac destroyed his sprinter in a flip during Friday's A-Main and had to be transported by ambulance. He came back on Saturday with a new car and took the fourth and final transfer spot in heat number three from Smith on a last-corner pass to get into the big show.

Next race: Sometime and somewhere next year!

R.I.P. Tom Petty (1950-2017)

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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,'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:

Sunday's race at GHR:

Monday's race at GHR:

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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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