Brian Lee (48) and Johnathon Henry (63) compete in a Northwest Focus Midgets race on Saturday in Elma. (Photo by AR Racing Videos)

Brian Lee (48) and Johnathon Henry (63) compete in a Northwest Focus Midgets race on Saturday in Elma. (Photo by AR Racing Videos)

Rollin’ down the racetrack

  • Tue Aug 20th, 2019 5:30pm
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Thompson, Wiley and Sundstrom victorious on Friday

Two nights of racing were on tap on the newly surfaced 3/8 banked clay oval as the Interstate Sprint Car Series Limited Sprint Cars were on hand, as well as the Dwarf Cars for their ‘Week of Speed’ event that started in Coos Bay, Oregon on Monday and worked its way up to the Harbor. The Outlaw Tuners were also on hand Friday night.

Outlaw Tuners

The 15-lap feature event saw Maynard Barnum of Raymond bring the field to the green flag. Barnum led the field before losing the top spot after mechanical issues struck, giving the lead to Olympia driver Zach Dalrymple.

It didn’t take long for Del Tucker Jr. of Silverdale to work his way to the front, taking over the top spot, while bringing Hoquiam’s Tyler Sundstrom with him. Tucker Jr. and Sundstrom looked strong as Tucker Jr. had no room for a mistake.

Dalrymple looked to make a run for second on Sundstrom but couldn’t make the pass.

The caution flag flew on lap 5 for Olympia’s Zachary Stallsmith with mechanical issues. On the restart, Dalrymple looked to the high side to try and make a pass again on Sundstrom, but was unsuccessful.

Sundstrom continued to look to the high side and started to gain on Tucker Jr. Both drivers battled for the lead, with Sundstrom taking the top spot on lap 7. Tucker Jr. stayed close, making it a great battle for the lead. Both drivers worked their way into lap traffic, staying side-by-side.

Similar to the battle for the lead, the race for third between Belfair’s Max Sanford, Eatonville driver Robert Lokovsek and Megan White of Port Orchard was onea to watch.

In the closing laps, Sunstrom and Tucker Jr. raced through traffic, splitting through cars, but it was Sundstrom picking up the win over Tucker Jr., Dalrymple, Lokovsek and Sanford.

Heat race winners were Sundstrom and Timmy Phillips of Spanaway.

Dwarf Cars Week of Speed Finale

Thirty-seven Dwarf Cars from three different states and Canada took to the big 3/8 banked clay oval for the Dwarf Cars “Week of Speed” finale.

Ryan Winter of Galt, California took the early lead in the 25-lap feature event.

Shawn Jones of San Jose, California ran in the second spot as he had a pair of teammates on his back bumper in Santa Maria, California’s Brandon Wiley and Johnathon Henry of Stockon, California.

Winter looked strong up front, as the battle for second went from a three-car battle to four, as Darren Brown of San Diego, California joined in on the battle. Brown looked to make a two-for-one pass, getting around both Wiley and Jones. Henry moved into the second spot just as Jones moved back into third. Brown and Jones made contact, with Jones spinning and bringing out the caution.

On the restart, Winter continued to look strong as Wiley and Henry battled for second.

Medford, Oregon’s Camden Robustelli moved into fourth as he battled with Eagle Point, Oregon driver Josh King. A little contact between Robustelli and King shuffled Robustelli back to fifth.

Ryan Martinez of Portland, Oregon worked his way from the fifth row to battle Robustelli for fifth.

A late-race caution saw race leader Winter have mechanical issues in turn four on lap 22, giving up the lead to Wiley.

Robustelli worked his way into second late in the race and charged for the lead, getting within striking distance.

Brock Peters of Eagle Point, Oregon battled Martinez for third and looked to make a pass on Robustelli for second.

At the end of the feature it was Wiley picking up the win over Brock Peters — who came from the B-Main — Martinez, Henry and Jake Tupper of St. Helens, Oregon.

Heat race winners were Winter, Wiley, Jones, Tanner Curr of Albany, Oregon, and Robustelli, and the B-Main winners were the two teammates from Eagle Point, Oregon — Cody and Brock Peters.

Winter did pick up enough points on the night to win the Northwest Dwarf Cars Week of Speed Championship.

Interstate Sprint Car Series Week of Speed

Twenty one ISCS limited sprint cars signed in for the evening, as their portion of the “Week of Speed” saw Cottage Grove, Oregon driver Kinzer Cox lead Kelsey Carpenter of Burlington to the green flag.

Cox led the opening lap as the first three cars seem to spread out. Sean Johnson of Snohomish battled Harrisburg, Oregon’s Tyler Thompson for a top five position. Cox quickly worked his way into lap traffic as Carpenter, Castro Valley, California driver Emily Williams and Thompson were right on his back bumper.

A battle for the lead had four cars looking to take the top spot through lap traffic. Carpenter looked to the high side a few times, but couldn’t make the pass on Cox. Thompson worked his way past Williams for third, just as Carpenter took the lead from Cox on lap 11. Thompson set his sights on the lead duo, trying to make it another three-car battle for the lead. Lap traffic became very thick as Carpenter continued to lead.

Contact between Cox and Carpenter saw Cox spin to the infield, but the race continued. Thompson now had Carpenter within striking distance and it was a pass down the front stretch on lap 16 where Thompson took over the lead.

At the end of the 25-lap feature, it was Thompson picking up the win.

Carpenter, Williams, Tanner Holmes of Jacksonville, Oregon and Cox rounded out the top five.

Heat race winners were Williams, Sean Johnson and Lake Stevens driver Eric Turner, with Carpenter picking up the fastest time and a new track record.

Tyrell Mead guides his sprint car around the track after suffering damage to his top wing during an Interstate Sprint Car Series race on Friday in Elma. (Photo by AR Racing Videos)

Tyrell Mead guides his sprint car around the track after suffering damage to his top wing during an Interstate Sprint Car Series race on Friday in Elma. (Photo by AR Racing Videos)

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Brown, Carpenter and Barr win features on Saturday

Saturday night saw the finale for the Interstate Sprint Car Series “Week of Speed,” as well as the Dwarf Car Pocket Change Race.

Also on hand were the Rolling Thunder Big Rigs for a great night of racing in front of a huge crowd in Elma.

Dwarf Car Pocket Change Race

Saturday night saw the Dwarf Cars return to action, but this time for some extra cash. The winner of the feature event picked up $2,227 in change.

Thirty-one cars signed in for the evening of racing action as Camden Robustelli of Medford, Oregon took the early lead in the feature.

The caution flag came out quickly for Josh King of Eagle Point, Oregon with mechanical issues.

On the restart, Robustelli worked his way back into the lead as the battle for second saw seven different drivers in one big cluster battling for position.

Darren Brown of San Diego, California worked his way from eighth and set his sights on Robustelli for the lead.

The battle for third saw Johnathon Henry of Stockton, California battle and Albany, Oregon driver John Chrisman.

Lap 6 saw Brown catch Robustelli and stay on his back bumper. Brown used the high side to make a diving move in turn four on lap 8 to take the lead.

A three-car battle ensued for the fourth position as Jake VanOrtwick of Scappose, Oregon saw tough company of Ryan Martinez of Portland, Oregon and Santa Maria, California driver Brandon Wiley.

Robustelli saw problems while running second as he slowed in turn two on lap 13, bringing out the caution flag. On the restart, Henry looked to the low side to make a pass on Brown, but couldn’t take over the lead.

VanOrtwick and Martinez stayed within striking distance of the leaders until a late-race caution for Martinez saw his motor go up in smoke, ending his evening.

Brown led the field to the green, and went on to pick up the win over Henry, Wiley, Jessica Swanson of Anaheim, California and VanOrtwick.

Heat race winners earlier in the evening were King, Martinez, Brown and VanOrtwick, with Chad Cardoza of Medford, Oregon winning the B-Main.

Interstate Sprint Car Series Week of Speed Finale

After five nights on the road for most of the ISCS Limited Sprint Car teams, the final night of the ‘Week of Speed’ took place with a 25-lap feature.

Sutherlin, Oregon driver Nickye Mendenhall and Kelsey Carpenter of Burlington set the front row. Carpenter took the early lead from Mendenhall, as the battle for third saw Shane Forte of Junction City, Oregon battle with Tanner Holmes of Jacksonville, Oregon and Meridian, Idaho driver Tyler Driever.

Forte continued in third as Holmes and Driever battled behind him.

Carpenter quickly worked his way into lap traffic as Forte moved by Mendenhall for second. Driever and Forte battled for second with lap traffic in between.

Holmes joined in on the battle, making contact with a lapped car doing damage to the left front wheel.

The caution flag flew for Mendenhall and Raquel Ivie of Eugene, both stopping in turn four. On the restart, Carpenter quickly jumped back into a huge lead over Forte and Driever.

The red flag flew on lap 15 for Arlington driver Brett McGhie going upside down in turn four, when the car landed back on all four wheels, the car continued to move and stay under power.

Carpenter looked strong on the restart as Forte, Driever, and Cottage Grove, Oregon’s Kinzer Cox looked to chase him down.

Carpenter maneuvered his way through lap traffic and went on to pick up the win over Forte, Driever, Cox and Lake Stevens driver Eric Turner.

Heat race winners earlier in the evening were Holmes, Cory Swatzina of Sedro Woolley and Mendenhall.

Holmes was crowned ISCS “Week of Speed” Champion.

Mike Gibbons (12) leads Weston Smith in a Rolling Thunder Big Rigs race on Saturday at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma. (Photo by AR Racing Videos)

Mike Gibbons (12) leads Weston Smith in a Rolling Thunder Big Rigs race on Saturday at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma. (Photo by AR Racing Videos)

Rolling Thunder Big Rigs

The annual stop for the Rolling Thunder Big Rigs saw Weston Smith take the early lead in the feature event.

Jay Steiger moved into second as Kaleb Thompson and Josh Sanaski battled for third.

Steiger took the lead from Smith early on as Thompson moved into second.

Sanaski made a run at second on Thompson making the pass on lap 4 in turn two.

Tom Rayton looked to join on that battle, getting by Thompson for position.

Steiger looked strong up front as Sanaski inched closer looking to the low side in turn four, but couldn’t make the pass.

Rayton tried to take the second spot, but contact forced him to continue in third.

Lap 10 saw Sanaski take the lead from Steiger in turn two.

Dustin Smith worked his way into the top spot late in the feature making a pass on Sanaski, who slowed drastically in turn one.

Dave Barr worked his way into third, hoping to track down Dustin Smith and Steiger.

At the white flag, Barr made a look to the outside in turn two, passing both Dustin Smith and Steiger to pick up the win. Rayton and Rob Johnson rounded out the top five.

Heat race winners were Sanaski and Johnson.

Racing resumes Saturday as the Shipwreck Beads Modifieds, Cut Rate Auto Parts Street Stocks, Northwest Focus Midget Series and Outlaw Tuners will be back in action.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with racing scheduled to begin at 7.

A large crowd gathers for a night of racing on Saturday at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma. (Photo by AR Racing Videos)

A large crowd gathers for a night of racing on Saturday at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma. (Photo by AR Racing Videos)