ELMA — One of the longest-standing auto racing weekends at Grays Harbor Raceway kicks off Friday night with the 15th annual Shipwreck Beads Northwest Modified Nationals in Elma.
The Nationals, which will feature a Champions Challenge on Friday night and the “Race of States” on Saturday night, will bring together the region’s best modified drivers in one of the biggest showcase events of the season.
Friday night will bring the Champions Challenge, a gathering of past Nationals champions and Northwest track division champions to race as the main event. On Saturday, the top-two qualified drivers from each state and Canada will race in an eight-lap shootout.
Salem, Ore. driver Jeremy Shank is the defending Nationals champion and will return this weekend to defend his title. A full 20-car field of past Nationals and Northwest track champions are expected to run both nights.
For the first time, the Nationals will run under a different format — each of the two nights will be treated as separate shows (group qualifying, heat races and main event). On Friday, the A-main event winner will win $1,000. On Saturday, the A-main event will will claim $2,000.
The Pacific Hardtop Racing Association dwarf cars will be the supporting class this weekend.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. both nights and racing starts at 7 p.m.