Cronk dominates Late Models at Grays Harbor Raceway


ELMA — The only Grays Harbor Raceway appearance of the DIRTcar Super Late Models was dominated by Brian Cronk.

The Portland driver registered a clean sweep of his classification on Saturday at the Elma track.

Grays Harbor drivers prevailed in the other two classes. Hoquiam’s Jason Tole won the street stock main event, while Jeff Daniels of Ocean Shores captured the hornet feature.

Racing will resume Saturday with the Open Wheel Showdown, sponsored by Pepsi-Cola. The Northwest Wingless Tour will return to the raceway, with modifieds and midgets also in action.

Then comes the Harbor Classic weekend Aug. 31-Sept. 2. That event will be capped by the annual Elma appearance of the World of Outlaws on Labor Day evening.

Super Late Models

It would almost be an understatement to say that Cronk dominated this classification.

The Portland driver lapped each of his rivals aside from runner-up John Duty of Happy Valley, Ore.

Despite suffering significant damage in a heat-race accident, Cronk took the lead on the 10th lap and blew away the remainder of the competition. Duty’s son Justin finished third, followed by Jimmy Whisler of Otis, Ore., and Trent Elliott of La Pine, Ore., placed fifth.

Street Stocks

Tole made it a clean sweep by adding the main event victory to his heat race triumph. He also led qualifiers.

The Hoquiam driver came from the middle to the pack to overtake Cory Sweatman of Cosmopolis on the seventh lap. Tole was never overtaken in cruising to his sixth victory of the season.

Sweatman finished second, with Hoquiam’s Jack Parshall, Olympia’s Eddie Blood and Aberdeen’s Shane Kerrigan rounding out the top five.

Hornets

Daniel experienced few difficulties in nabbing his third win of the season.

The Ocean Shores driver ran away from runner-up Chris Pugsley of Ocosta. Brian Norton of Tacoma finished third, with Willie Wright of Aberdeen and Amanda Allery of Elma taking fourth and fifth places.