Love adrenaline pumping excitement? Visit the Grays Harbor Raceway, the fastest way for family fun. Each year, from April through September, you’ll discover the excitement of car racing, monster truck events and a whole lot more from one of the best racing venues on the West Coast.
The Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma has a great fan base, with the weekly races during the season drawing people from all around the Pacific Northwest. Respected by the racing community of the West Coast, the track, the stands and the atmosphere found here are second to none, giving a thrilling evening every weekend of the spring and summer months. Year after year, the competition on the track at Elma is intense, with rivalries dating back for years being battled out in front of hundreds of fans. Around the clay track, which is a third of a mile long, you’ll see the best drivers in the region.
Watching the racing at the Grays Harbor Raceway isn’t just for those in the know. The raceway is fun for the whole family, giving you a chance to break out of the routine and see something new. The facilities are clean and welcoming, with a family-friendly seating area right near the restrooms and delicious foods and snacks being sold at the fully loaded concession stands. Their goal is to make sure that kids and racing fans of all ages are getting a great experience.
Those that haven’t seen car races before are strongly encouraged to go to the Grays Harbor County Fair on August 10. Everyone who pays to get into the fair can stay that night and watch the races at the raceway, for free! This is a great way to check out racing with a full crowd and allow yourself, or a family member to become a fan of the sport. Another huge race taking place in Elma is the World of Outlaws on September 9, 2019. This event will showcase intense racing, incredible drivers and some of the most-fierce competition to hit the track this year. This tour travels around the country and is sure to get the family interested in attending more events.
Other highlights of this summer’s events come every week. If you are looking to have a new experience at the Grays Harbor Raceway, Bert Johnson assures us that the Q Mart Fireworks and Mid-Season Championships on July 6 will be a great event for the family, whether you have come to the track numerous times or are looking for a reason to check out the action. Full of huge bangs, booms and blasts, this will be a great addition to your Independence Day weekend plans.
Later in the summer, on the first weekend of August, Monster Slam ’19 comes to the Grays Harbor Raceway, giving all in attendance for the night and afternoon shows a chance to see huge trucks in action, up close and personal. If you haven’t seen monster trucks, or have been longing to see them in your own community, this is your chance!
On September 7, the Championship night and fireworks show is another evening jam packed with excitement
Look for a variety of races during the entire season. The 360 Sprint Cars are high-powered race cars designed primarily for the purpose of running on short oval or circular dirt or paved tracks. A lower budget and very popular class of sprint cars uses 360 cubic inch (5.9L) engines that produce approximately 700 horsepower. The Outlaws are a higher class of sprint car with thundering engines and fast paced, exciting action. The Modified stock car racing, which takes place at the Grays Harbor Raceway, is also known simply as “The Modifieds”, and are another high power class of, purpose-built, dirt track race car where race fans can see some incredible driving duals. Dwarf cars are true open “modified-style” cars without fenders, and have a 1,250 cc (76 cu in) limitation on the engine size. Street Stocks are similar to the NASCAR races you see on TV, but at the Grays Harbor Raceway they race on the mixture of dirt and clay. The easiest way to start to differentiate between the styles and cars is to head down and check out the races.