ELMA – With all the driver difficulties at the opening season race around ignition issues, fuel systems and transmissions, they all came loaded for bear last weekend looking to show the other drivers that they were ready to get into the season.
But as it turned out the Grays Harbor track crew spent more time lapping the dirt track, attempting to get it rolled in, than the drivers who showed up to race.
Holding off to the last minute, Grays Harbor Raceway officials are often stuck between a rock and a hard spot. Calling a race off too early, because of possible rain, is good because the drivers do not have to haul in for that weekend, but bad because they will miss a race. If the decision to cancel comes too late, people show up but then have to pack up and leave, thinking they have wasted their time.
With several races cancelled last season, Grays Harbor Raceway is looking to get in as many races as possible for both the drivers and fans.
The forecast showed that the small amount of rain would blow past the track and the race would be able to run, but after qualifying rounds and hot laps, the rain just would not stop in time to have the track dry enough to safely drive; it became a non-race.
What the new season brings:
Even with the ever present possibility of rain at the Grays Harbor Raceway, promoters for the track hope that a couple of new events at the track will bring a new and excited crowd out for a night of racing.
“We are really excited to bring new shows and events for this year’s racing season at Grays Harbor Raceway,” said Nikki Gamell, GHRW General Manager.
Coupled with the standard fair of 360 Sprints, USAC Midgets, Street Stocks, Hornets and IMCA Modifieds, the raceway will also be hosting the Northwest Extreme Winged Sprints for five races this season.
Additionally, motorcycles will hit the track as part of the American Motorcycle Association Grand Nationals in July. A special race for Street Stocks will test their endurance on May 18, with the Iron Man 100.
“At lap 50, drivers will be re-fueled, and set out again, for a total of 100 laps,” said Gamell.
The World of Outlaws will come through in September and for the kids a brand new kids club called “The Young Pups Racing Club” will allow the youngest race fans with opportunities for prizes, grab bags and special promotions.
“We are working with Tracey Larnard of Tracey’s Racing Jewelry in creation of the Grays Harbor Raceway Young Pups Racing Club,” said Gamell.
“Kids can sign-up at the souvenir stand on race days,” said Larnard, “They will get a ticket that will go into a bucket for drawings of prizes during the racing season. We are just getting started, and we expect it to grow more each season.”
This week at the track the schedule will have Sprints, Modifieds and Midgets running in the dirt.
For a full season race schedule go to www.graysharborraceway.com.