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Rain stops racing Friday; sun brings them home Saturday — 7/26/2012

<p>Justin Youngquist, No. 56, locks up with Henry VanDam during the third ASCS Sprint heat race Friday night. Both drivers returned to racing the following night as track officials stopped racing during the DAA Late Model B Main event due to poor track conditions.</p>Buy Photo

Justin Youngquist, No. 56, locks up with Henry VanDam during the third ASCS Sprint heat race Friday night. Both drivers returned to racing the following night as track officials stopped racing during the DAA Late Model B Main event due to poor track conditions.

ELMA — Rain finally put a damper on the first night of racing at Grays Harbor Raceway in the middle of the end of Speed Week racing.

With only the ability to run qualifying, heat races and the DAA Late Model trophy dash and a few fan runs with NASCAR driver Greg Biffle as the pilot, track officials shut down the running of the first DAA Late Model main event at 10 laps.

The fans were rewarded with a double feature the following night, and they were not disappointed.

DAA late models

In the running of the DAA Late Model A Main, Greg Walters took Jerry Schram late in the race on lap 18 and drove home the finish.

Only five cars out of the filed of 16 made the entire 30-lap race. In fact, the top five of the first race was also the top five in the second running, only the order had changed.

For the first Late Model race, Walters took Schram going one-two, and not even a full second behind. The remaining three filling out the top 5 were Jason Wines, Tim Goodman and Jason Johnson, all with run times in the 38.50’s. The rest of the field had been lapped at least once.

In the second race, the numbers doubled in finishers with 10 completing the 30-lap race. But this time Wines came out on top, running out front the entire race with Walters right behind. Goodwin, Johnson and Schram finished the field. Walters also took the previous days four-lap trophy dash.

New to the scene of Late Model racing, Ariel Biggs of Hoquiam made a good effort in her No. 16, a purple car from the Schram trailer.

ASCS sprints

With spins and bumps, the drivers of the ASCS had a battered night Friday. Nobody had a worse weekend than Henry VanDam. The Enumclaw driver took two spills Friday, one a real tumble locking in with Justin Youngquist during the third heat race. Both drivers returned to racing the following night. But for VanDam the damage would not be complete. Taking the wall coming out of turn one on Saturday during the heat race, VanDam had to borrow a wing from the Jay Cole camp to get back on the track and join the B Main.

The 25-lap first Sprint main event was driven away by Shane Stewart. Trading lead position with Wayne Johnson after the first eight laps, Stewart gained back the lead late in the race on lap 23. Stewart took his third Speedweek win of the 2012 season with Johnson following him across the line. Sam Hafertepe brought third and Brady Bacon finished fourth.

Much like the results of the two Late Model races, a similar cast of drivers finished in the top of the second ASCS run.

This time Johnson would better Stewart and reverse the results of the race before, beating him by a little more then two car lengths. Hafertepe would keep his trusty third place finish, but Roger Crockett would break into the top five spot with a fourth place finish pulling Brad Loyet right behind.

Another double race weekend is scheduled July 27-28 with the 13th Annual Shipwreck Beads Modified Nationals and Race of Champions.