J.J. Hickle in victory lane Sunday at Grays Harbor Raceway. (J.D. Dryden Photo)
J.J. Hickle in victory lane Sunday at Grays Harbor Raceway. (J.D. Dryden Photo)

Hickle Wins At Home, Tops Fred Brownfield Classic

ELMA, Wash. – Winning the Fred Brownfield Classic at Grays Harbor Raceway has been a lone-time goal for local driver J.J. Hickle.

On Sunday night, that goal was finally realized as the Quilcene, Wash. native shot to the lead on lap six and never looked back.

“This is our big one. I have so much respect for Fred and everything he did. I’ve wanted to win this race forever, and we finally got it done,” stated Hickle, who rebounded from a destroyed race car the night before.

Hickle’s third win of the season with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, three tries at the start, finally saw Hickle in pursuit of Oregon’s Tyler Thompson the first five laps.

Moving around the three-eighths-mile oval, Hickle was glued to the No. 22x for several laps before finally making the pass. Green all the way to Lap 25, Hickle had amassed a nearly five-second lead before Colby Thornhill lost power in the third and fourth turns to bring out the caution.

Running away on the restart, Hickle left the race for second between Thompson and Trey Starks. Quick to the bottom of the first and second turns, the No. 55 took over the position. Able to make up some ground in the final laps, it wasn’t enough to deny the Hickle who hit the line with 1.491-seconds to spare. The race’s biggest mover from 15th, Starks runner-up finish is his fifth career podium finish. Third for Thompson marks his best career finish with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.

Jason Solwold was fourth, with Matt Covington completing the top five, to take over second in tour standings.

Greg Hamilton crossed sixth with Blake Hahn seventh. Colton Heath made up five positions to eighth, with Ryan Bickett also advancing 13 spots to finish ninth. Brock Lemley completed the top ten.

The finish:

1. 63-J.J. Hickle[2]; 2. 55-Trey Starks[15]; 3. 22X-Tyler Thompson[1]; 4. 18-Jason Solwold[5]; 5. 95-Matt Covington[3]; 6. 96-Greg Hamilton[4]; 7. 52-Blake Hahn[9]; 8. 33-Colton Heath[13]; 9. 17B-Ryan Bickett[22]; 10. 10L-Brock Lemley[11]; 11. 91-Chase Goetz[17]; 12. 21P-Robbie Price[12]; 13. 28-Scott Bogucki[19]; 14. 2L-Logan Forler[18]; 15. 0J-Jay Cole[20]; 16. 47X-Dylan Westbrook[10]; 17. 22L-Garen Linder[7]; 18. 19-Colby Thornhill[21]; 19. 15-Jeff Dunlap[6]; 20. 17-Cam Smith[8]; 21. 4L-Lane Taylor[14]; 22. 29-Willie Croft[16]; 23. 88-Travis Reber[23]; 24. 77X-Alex Hill[24]

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