ELMA — Craig Moore of Seabeck saved his best until last in securing a dramatic victory Saturday at Grays Harbor Raceway.
Moore passed Shelton’s Scott Miller on the final turns to take the modified main event.
Chase Goetz of Snohomish celebrated his 16th birthday by capturing the midget feature. Evan Margeson of Tacoma nabbed the Northwest Wingless Tour main.
Saturday’s races represented a prelude to what is billed at Harbor Classic Weekend. Three days of racing begins Saturday, capped by the national World of Outlaws return to the Raceway on Labor Day evening.
The Northwest Extreme Late Model Series, modifieds, street stocks and midgets will race Saturday. All four of those classes will also race Sunday and will be joined by the Northwest Extreme Winged Sprints. The winged sprints will provide support for the Outlaws on Labor Day.
Moore’s victory was one of the most exciting of the season.
Miller and fellow Shelton resident Kris Asche exchanged the lead on several occasions in the early going.
A late-race caution bunched up the field and brought Moore into contention. The Seabeck driver took the lead on the 18th lap, but Miller regained the top spot two laps later.
Miller was still in front entering the final two turns of the last lap. Then Moore roared past him to take the checkered flag for his second victory of the season.
Asche trailed Moore and Miller to take third.
Goetz celebrated his birthday in style by leading most of the midget main event. This was the Snohomish driver’s fifth Elma triumph of the season.
East County driver Garrett Thomas applied some pressure late in the race, but Goetz never relinquished the lead. Ariel Biggs of McCleary finished third.
NW Wingless Tour
Already the possessor of a heat race victory and the evening’s fastest time, Margeson overcame some tire difficulties to take the Northwest Wingless feature.
The Tacoma driver quickly took command and avoided the wreckage from a couple of early accidents.
A deflated tire on the final restart cost Margeson the lead, but he regained the advantage from Vancouver’s Mike Romig a few laps later and cruised to victory.
Romig placed second, followed by Oregon driver Rich Kelley.
Main Event — Craig Moore, Scott Miller, Kris Asche, Joe German, Kyler Moore.
Heat One — Jeff Foster, Kris Asche, Joe German. Heat Two — Tom Sweatman, Craig Moore, Scott Miller.
Main Event — Chase Goetz, Garrett Thomas, Ariel Biggs, Hannah Lindquist, Todd Hartman.
Heat One — Chase Goetz, Todd Hartman, Ariel Biggs.
Northwest Wingless Tour
Main Event — Evan Margeson, Mike Romig, Rich Kelly, Rob Lindsey, Sterling Kane.
Heat One — Evan Margeson, Rob Lindsey, Jeff Bell.