Weather permitting, racing starts tonight at Grays Harbor Raceway


Weather permitting, the 2013 season at Grays Harbor Raceway will start with a drop of the green flag, the roar of the engines and the sprinkling of clay mud flying through the air.

Rain out have washed away all three practice sessions for this season’s drivers at the three-eights of a mile clay oval at Grays Harbor Fairgrounds, but a few extra hot laps will be run tonight to give drivers a chance to adjust before qualifying and heat laps.

If the weather holds, and the forecast calls for morning rain and a cloudy evening today, the green flag will fall at 6:30 p.m.

Returning this season will be all of the raceway’s classification champions from 2012 — Wishkah’s Joe German, who went back-to-back championships, in the modifieds; Quilcene’s J.J. Hickle won the 360 sprint car title for the first time; Hoquiam’s Jason Tole pulled away to win the hobby stock (now called street stocks) title; Stanwood’s Jared Peterson claimed the USAC Ford Focus Midgets title; and, Tenino’s Chad Norton won the hornets class championship.

Throughout the season, the track will host its annual events, including the return of the World of Outlaws on Labor Day Monday and the 14th annual Shipwreck Beads Northwest Modified Nationals on July 26-27.

The entire month of July is stocked full of special events and racing shows, capped by the Modified Nationals — Mid-Season Championships, July 6; Lucas Oil ASCS 360 Nationals, July 12-13; AMA Grand Nationals Flat Track Motorcycles, July 20.

The ASCS 360 Sprints will take over on June 28-29 to start the Sprint Northwest Speedweek as well.

One of the unique nights on the raceway calendar this year will take place on May 18 — the Ironman 100 — for the street stocks.