Cory Sweatman takes hobby stock feature at raceway

ELMA — Cory Sweatman of Cosmopolis ended the Jason Tole-Brian Harding domination of the hobby stock classification by winning the 25-lap main event Saturday at Grays Harbor Raceway.

It was the first time this season that the hobby stock feature was not won by either season points leader Tole, of Hoquiam, or runner-up Harding, of Oakville.

Scott Zahn of Rochester came from the back of the field at the start of the race to take the 20-lap Rolling Thunder Big Rigs feature.

It was a Norton family show in the hornets 20-lap feature race, as Brian Norton was able to take the lead early in the race and went on to win easily.

Hobby Stocks

Mike Knox of Tacoma was the early race leader, followed by Sweatman, Ryen Haney of Elma, Harding and Eddie Blood of Olympia.

Sweatman, a 2012 graduate of Aberdeen High School, made his move coming out of turn four midway through the race and took the lead.

Haney dropped out of the race after he was inovlved in a mishap on the second caution flag on lap 16. When the race finally got restarted, it was Sweatman out in front, while Harding moved past Knox into second.

Sweatman was able to hold off Harding at the end for his first feature victory of the year. Knox held onto third, Brian Izzi of Olympia made a late charge for fourth and Shane Kerrigan of Aberdeen finished fifth.

Tole experienced engine problems during the qualifying and his car was done for the night. He was able to race in the car owned by Jack Parshall of Hoquiam.

Big Rigs

If you have not seen the Rolling Thunder Big Rigs in action, imagine yourself in the middle of 11 semi-tractors and their trailers and you will have an idea what it is like.

The Big Rigs came out belching black smoke and loud horns as they had four different leaders before Zahn took over the lead for good on lap 18.

Brian Wilson of Rochester was the early leader, as he took the green flag from the outside of the front row.

Rick Casebolt of Yelm took over the top spot on lap eight, with Dustin Smith of Tacoma second and Zahn third. Zahn got the lead on lap 16, gave it up on the next lap and regained the advantage with three laps remaining.

Smith finished second, Dave Barr of Centralia third, Steve Smith of Rochester fourth and Wilson fifth.


Chad Norton of Tenino grabbed the early lead from the outside of the front row when polesitter Rob Johnson of Raymond spun out in turn two on the first lead. Johnson was able to keep the car running and stay on the lead lap.

Brian Norton of Tacoma grabbed the lead when the field got into lapped traffic, putting Chad Norton in second and Jeff Daniels of Ocean Shores third. Daniels dropped out of contention when he rolled his car in turn two on lap 13. He was checked out by the track safety crew and pronounced OK.

Remaining in front on the restart, Brian Norton retained the lead until the finish. Chad Norton held second, Weston Smith third, Jesarae Norton fourth and Johnson recovered sufficiently to pull back into fifth.

Preliminary Races

Big Rigs

A Dash — Rick Casebolt. B Dash — John Nelson. Heat 1 — Brian Wilson, Dave Barr. Heat 2 — Scott Zahn, Dustin Smith.


Heat 1 — Cory Sweatman, Chad Norton. Heat 2 — Brian Norton, Rob Johnson.

Hobby Stocks

Heat One — Mike Knox Jr, Jason Tole. Heat Two — Brian Harding, Tim Phillips. Heat Three — Ryen Haney, Koit Honea.