The theme of a very odd racing season has been big wins over Mother Nature, and Saturday night was no different at Grays Harbor Raceway.
PHRA Dwarf Cars
The evening started out with the 25-lap PHRA Dwarf Car feature.
Shawn Dorie of Scappoose, Oregon, led the field to the green flag. Gaston, Oregon, driver Corey Estaban moved into second spot, as a pack of cars behind both battled for third.
A yellow flag flew early in the race on on lap 5 for Albany, Oregon’s, Tanner Curr and Red Bluff, California, driver Josh King after hard contact in turn three. On the restart, it was Dorie taking the lead once again.
Justin DeMars of Sandy, Oregon, raced side-by-side with Dorie taking the top spot in turn one. John Chrisman of Albany, Oregon, also joined in on the mix, making it a three-car battle for the lead.
Estaban slipped back early but worked his way into the top three, bringing Shane Youngren of Tigard, Oregon, with him.
Chrisman made a successful move to take the lead on lap 5. DeMars, Youngren and Estaban all battled for second for a handful of laps.
Estaban took the lead mid-way through the feature but saw tough company from Youngren, Chrisman, and DeMars. Chrisman saw trouble late after contact with DeMars, causing Chrisman to spin to the infield.
Molalla, Oregon, driver Henry Corbin III worked his way into the second spot, looking to track down Estaban for the lead.
In a caution-filled feature, it was Estaban picking up the win over Corbin III, Youngren, Chrisman and Dave Brune.
It was Cosmopolis driver Tom Sweatman took the early lead after starting on the front with Vancouver’s Aaron Elwess. Tyson Blood of Olympia looked to make a charge for second but was momentarily shuffled back to fourth. Jeremy Martin of Warren, Oregon, sat in third until a bobble on the backstretch allowed Blood to move into third.
Scott Miller of Shelton moved into fourth, getting by Martin. Blood passed Elwess for second then set his sights on Sweatman for the lead.
Behind the top three it was a battle for fourth and fifth between eight different cars as Geoffrey Hudson of Grants Pass, Oregon, moved into fourth.
The first caution of the feature came on lap 3 for Shelton’s Brenton Schnitzer and Don Martin of Yakima. Sweatman led the field back to the restart as Blood and Miller battled for second.
Selah’s Blair Shoemaker looked to work his way into the top five, battling Hudson for the fourth position.
Lap 6 saw Blood make a pass low in turn four to take the lead, as Sweatman and Miller battled for second.
Similar to the dwarf-car feature, the Modifieds saw many cautions, but it was Blood who picked up the win over Shoemaker, Zack Simpson of Aberdeen, Sweatman and Miller.
Wingless Sprint Series
Tim Kennedy of Prineville, Oregon, led the field to the green flag in the 30-lap Wingless Sprint Series feature.
Chad Lindsey of Wilsonville, Oregon, took the early lead, with Salem, Oregon, driver Tim Alberding looking to track him down. Eagle Creek, Oregon’s, Lindsay Barney ran in the third spot. Alberding looked low and high a handful of times to get around Lindsey but couldn’t make the pass for the lead.
Bert Johnson of Lake Stevens put on a battle with Barney for third for a handful of laps, but it was Barney who maintained the third position.
Lap 8 saw Alberding look to the high side out of turn two but it was Lindsey that had the momentum.
Lap 10 saw Lindsey spin while leading in turn one, collecting Barney and bringing out the caution. On the restart, Alberding took over the top spot with Johnson in second and Rob Lindsey of Sherwood, Oregon, in third.
Rob Lindsey worked the high side of the raceway to try and take second from Johnson but couldn’t make the pass.
A late-race mechanical issue for Johnson ended his night early with a few laps to go. Rob Lindsey also ended up with a flat right-rear tire with a few laps to go, causing him to fall back in the field.
Alberding went on to pick up the win over Sutherlin, Oregon, driver Cooper Desbiens, Michael Millard of Elma, Chad Lindsey and Barney.
Don Briggs Sr. of Wishkah took the early lead in the 15-lap, 19 car Hornets feature face.
Cory Sweatman of Aberdeen was right there at the back bumper of Briggs Sr,. taking the lead on lap 2.
Briggs Sr. saw tough company as Mike Smith of Napavine and Don Briggs Jr. of Woodland looked to try and take over the second position.
Tyler Sundstrom of Hoquiam worked his way from the last row up to fifth position, battling with Justin Smith of Napavine.
Lap traffic became a factor for Briggs Sr. as battle ensued between himself, Briggs Jr. and Mike Smith, although contact between Briggs Sr. and Smith brought out the caution flag for debris.
Sweatman continued to stretch his lead on the rest of the field, working his way through traffic to pick up the win over Sundstrom, Mike Smith, Briggs Sr. and Briggs Jr.