Parshall Performs Clean Sweep At GHR Opener
By Ben Deatherage
(Photo Courtesy of Jim Marshall)
Elma, Washington- Despite posting the most fast times and breaking the track record last year Jack Parshall was unable to win a single feature in the Cut Rate Auto Parts Street Stocks at Grays Harbor Raceway. This year Parshall has started the year off in the right direction by winning the first race of the year last Saturday on April 20th. Jack would put his Jacknut Apparel/CNK Machine #9 Camaro into victory lane for the first time since 2011.
Parshall, the driver from Hoquiam, hunted down Brian Izzi and made the pass after a great run he made on the high side on lap ten. Izzi, also from Hoquiam, kept his Eddie’s Automotive/Fusion Graphics #17 Camaro in the hunt and nearly took the lead back shortly after losing it.
Coming into the mix to make it a three car battle was Cosmopolis’ Cory Sweatman who thrown his hat in the mix before his hood would flip up and block his vision. The setback was only temporary as Sweatman would be back in the mix shortly after the incident.
“The track was beautiful it was the best I’ve raced on in years,” commented Parshall, “it was nice, smooth, and tacky. It was very racy.”
Sweatman would move his Sweatman Trucking #11 into second with only a few laps remaining. He would mount a charge to try and overtake Parshall but he couldn’t make the pass and Parshall would earn the victory.
Sweatman would finish in the runner-up position followed by Izzi. Wishkah’s Don Briggs in his #13XXX machine would place fourth followed by the Eddie’s Automotive #97 of Eddie Blood from Olympia. It would mark a clean sweep for Jack Parshall by posting a 17.697 second quick time and winning his heat race. Defending track champion Brian Harding in the Northwest Mountain Winery/Wilcox and Flegel Petroleum Supply #28 Camaro would win the other heat.
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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, Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modifieds, USAC Ford Focus Midgets, Cut Rate Auto Parts 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.
2013 Season Opener
Saturday April 20th, 2013
Grays Harbor Raceway
Cut Rate Auto Parts Street Stocks
Fast Time: Jack Parshall, 17.697
Heat Race Winners: Jack Parshall (1), Brian Harding (2)
A-Feature: 1. Jack Parshall, 2. Cory Sweatman, 3. Brian Izzi, 4. Don Briggs, 5. Eddie Blood, 6. Doug Brewster, 7. Matt Babcock, 8. Shane Clark, 9. Dick Ewing, 10. Austin Kerrigan, 11. Mike Knox, 12. Brian Harding