ELMA — After a one-year hiatus off the schedule and two additional years of rainouts and cancellations, the World of Outlaws national sprint car series is scheduled to return to Elma to run at the three-eighths of a mile clay oval at Grays Harbor Raceway.
On Wednesday, the Outlaws will run a one-night show at the raceway to kick off a two-week West Coast tour that will go through Skagit Raceway in Alger, Willamette (Ore.) Speedway, Chico, Calif. for the Gold Cup Race of Champions, Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway and finishing up at Antioch (Calif.) Speedway.
Racing is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m., with the Northwest Wingless Tour sprint joining in the fun as a supporting series.
A large group of 360 sprints, as well as a few 410 sprints, from the Northwest will join up with the Outlaws regular tour drivers for the night.
In 2008, Kraig Kinser won the last Outlaw main event run at Elma. Steve “The King” Kinser owns three Outlaw main-event wins at Elma, the most of current drivers.
Donny Schatz has two national tour main events at Elma — 2005 with the Outlaws and 2006 with the one-year National Sprint Tour, which was run by then-Grays Harbor Raceway promoter Fred Brownfield.
Rainouts in 2009-10 ended the festivities before they got started and the Outlaws skipped over Elma last season.
According to The Weather Channel, rain showers are expected in East County throughout the week, with a 30 percent chance of rain on Wednesday.
Tickets are available through the raceway website — www.graysharborraceway.com — for $38 or $48.