Rollin’ down the racetrack

Rolling Thunder Big Rigs highlight busy two nights at Grays Harbor Raceway

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.

Like the battle for the lead, the battle for third between Belfair’s Max Sanford, Eatonville driver Robert Lokovsek and Megan White of Port Orchard was one of the many races 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

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.