Grays Harbor Raceway Returns For Pepsi Open Wheel Frenzy
By Ben Deatherage
(Photo Courtesy of Fletcher Motorsports Photography)
Elma, Washington- It will be a night full of non-stop excitement and open wheeled action at Grays Harbor Raceway this Saturday August 24th. The 3/8-mile clay oval speed factory returns with the Pepsi Open Wheel Frenzy featuring the Northwest Wingless Tour, Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modifieds, and the USAC Ford Focus Midgets. It will be an evening full of high speeds, side-by-side racing, and family fun that you do not want to miss.
Tickets will be Adults $13.00, Senior (62+)/Juniors (13-18)/Military $10.00, Youths (6-12) $5.00, Youths (5 and Under) FREE, Family Pass (Two Adults and Up To Four Youths) $30.00, and Premium Seating $20.00. Pit gates open at 2:30, front gates, 4:30, and racing starting at 6:30.
The Northwest Wingless Tour has visited GHR twice this year during their Non-Wing Speedweek back in July. In those two races Kyle Miller got the job done to sweep the weekend. Currently there is a fantastic point battle between defending champion Bill Winsley and Rob Lindsey. Winsley has a narrow two point advantage headed into Saturday’s race.
The Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modifieds return after a week off. Zack Simpson and Joe German have both managed to win twice this year at Grays Harbor which is the most anyone so far has been able to do. A list of drivers that have won once includes Jeremy Shank, Josh Muller, Scott Miller, Jesse Williamson, and Craig Moore. German has a slim eight point lead headed into the event over Tom Sweatman.
Chase Goetz has won the most USAC Ford Focus Midget races at the 3/8-mile so far this year. Chase has visited victory lane a total of four times in 2013 when it comes to Grays Harbor action. The only driver to have beaten him has done so twice and that is last year’s champion Jared Peterson. Goetz has currently has control of the point lead by sixty markers over current runner-up Garrett Thomas.
Pepsi is once again the official soft beverage sponsor of the Grays Harbor Raceway courtesy of Harbor Pacific Bottling Inc. Known for their delicious beverages Pepsi has been leading the industry since 1903 as well as participating in humanitarian and philanthropic efforts for decades. For the latest information regarding Pepsi including contests, products, gear, or their legacy log on to www.pepsi.com.
The Grays Harbor Raceway is known for its high speeds and side by side racing as well as its large track size. Hosting racing action from April to October regular classes include 360 Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, USAC Ford Focus Midgets, Street Stocks, Hornets, and for the first time the Northwest Extreme Winged Sprint Car Series. Special events include visits by the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series and American Sprint Car Series-Northwest Region. You can keep up on all the latest activity at www.graysharborraceway.com for the most-recent news and stories.
Track: Grays Harbor Raceway
Location: 32 Elma McCleary Road, Elma, WA, 98541
Track Contact: (360)-699-RACE
Sponsors: Budweiser, Bully Dog Performance, Cut Rate Auto Parts, Harbor Pacific Distributing, Hoosier Racing Tires, Lucky Eagle Casino and Hotel, The Contingency Connection, Lucas Oil Products, Our Community Credit Union, Pepsi, Shipwreck Beads, Whitney’s Auto Group, Elma Chamber of Commerce, Quinault Beach Resort and Casino, Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds, Adamas Reality, Olympic Eagle Distributing, Midnight Cruisers Rod Fest, PNE Corporation, Push Rods, Q-Mart, Midnight Cruisers, Fosses Hot Rods & Cool Cars, Harrington Financial, I-5 Quarter ¼ Midget Club, Jacknut Apparel, 104.7 KDUX FM, KIX 95.3 FM, RockAuto.com
Northwest Wingless Tour Points:
1. 10W-Bill Winsley 705; 2. 23-Rob Lindsey 703; 3. 89-Sterling Kane 683; 4. 10-Kyle Miller 555; 5. 7K-Kyle Mehner 474; 6. 25-Pat Canfield 406; 7. 3G-Garret Johnson 369; 8. 27W-Guy Weedman 325; 9. 28-Mark Herz 288; 10. 4-Jesse Thistle 243
Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modified Points:
1. 75X-Joe German 327; 2. 11-Tom Sweatman 319; 3. 26-Scott Miller 303; 4.12-Zack Simpson 297; 5. 8-Jeff Foster 280; 6. 55-Carl Larson 244; 7. 50K-Kris Asche 241; 8. 44-Del Schnitzer 229; 9. 93-Scott Westley 198; 10. 47K-Kevin Keller 164
USAC Ford Focus Midget Points:
1. 91-Chase Goetz 877; 2. 14-Garett Thomas 817; 3. 44-Jeremy Miller 787; 4. 11E-Ariel Biggs 633; 5. 27-Annika Johanson 580; 6. 2-Lee St. Paul 568; 7. 3S-Jared Peterson 435;8. 29-Dougie James 376; 9. 91S-Chance Crum 368; 10. 21-Todd Hartman 366