ELMA — The sun was shining bright on the 3/8 banked clay oval as the 360 Sprint Cars, Washington Modified Tour, and Cut Rate Auto Parts Street Stocks put on a thrilling night of racing on Saturday at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma.
Cut Rate Auto Parts Street Stocks
Hoquiam’s Jack Parshall has been the driver to beat in the street stocks class in 2018. The front row of the 20-lap feature saw Rodger Perry of Belfair and Tom Hecker of Spanaway set the front row. Hecker took the early lead as Aberdeen’s Matt White moved into the second position. White wasted no time looking to get by Hecker for the lead, as he was right on his back bumper. White took the lead in turn two on lap 6 before spinning in turn four, collecting Hoquiam’s Jason Tole and Perry in the process.
On the restart, Hecker regained the top spot but saw a challenge by Shane Kerrigan of Aberdeen. Kerrigan took over the lead as Montesano’s Scott Fritts challenged Hecker for second. Fritts challenged Kerrigan numerous times for the lead as Elma driver Ryen Haney joined in on the battle. Contact between Fritts and Kerrigan down the backstretch saw Fritts take the lead late in the race.
A few laps later, Kerrigan made contact with Fritts causing Kerrigan to slide into the wall in turn one. On the restart, Fritts had more as Haney looked to take the lead going into turn three, both drivers made contact and came to a stop with heavy damage.
On the final restart, Parshall was in the perfect spot, taking the lead and earning the checkered flag to pick up the win. Jeff Daniel of Ocean Shores, Hecker, Dave Larson of Olympia, and Shelton’s Scott Semanko rounded out the top five.
360 Sprint Cars
JJ Hickle of Quilcene took the early lead in the 25-lap feature with Shelton’s Jay Cole looking to chase him down. Tyler Anderson of Everett sat in the third position while Raymond driver Devon Borden and Lance Sargent of Spanaway battled in the top five.
Hickle ran the low side of the oval, finding the fastest line but a early caution for Yakima’s John Keller re-stacked the field, giving Cole another chance for the lead.
Cole looked to the low side on the restart going into turn one but couldn’t make the pass on Hickle. Arlington’s Rick Fauver, worked his way through the field and saw himself sitting fourth, racing with Borden and Anderson for position.
Late in the race Hickle saw issues and eventually pulled to the infield with motor problems, giving the lead to Cole, who eventually picked up his first feature win of 2018 over Sargent, Fauver, Anderson and Borden.
Washington Modified Tour
A large field of 28 Modifieds signed up for the Washington Modified Tour with 20 cars competing in a stacked feature.
Sedro Woolley’s Kevin Smith took the early lead with Seabeck’s Kyler Moore on his back bumper.
Lap 2 saw trouble as Colville’s Tiana Berkeley spun, colliding with Olympia’s Tyson Blood to bring out the caution flag.
On the restart, Smith continued to lead with Moore holding off BJ Wild of Redmond, Ore for the second spot. Moore looked to the outside lane of Smith a few times but couldn’t make the pass for the lead.
Lap 10 saw Wild take over the second spot from Moore but caution flew for contact between Port Hardy, BC driver Graham Cook and Tom Sweatman of Cosmopolis, causing a pile up in turn four.
On the restart, Wild looked to stay right at the back bumper of Smith, hoping for any chance to strike and take over the lead.
Lap 14 saw heavy contact between Battle Ground’s Nick Bessette and Brian Harding of Oakville, setting up a restart battle between Smith and Wild. Zack Simpson of Aberdeen worked his way into the top three getting by Kyler Moore, but saw troubles late in the race, ending his evening.
Wild took the lead on lap 20, racing side-by-side with Smith down the front stretch and making the pass in turn one. Wild held off a hard charging Kyler Moore to pick up the win. The rest of the top five were, Kevin Smith, Scott Miller of Shelton, and Cook.
Racing will resume at Grays Harbor Raceway in two weeks for the Fred Brownfield Classic on June 29-30.