The past four years I have been to Washougal, it had either rained the day before or all week, or it rained on race day. The Washougal dirt is famous for getting very slippery, or maybe “snotty” is a better word for it, when it is wet. The track crew has always done a great job making it the best they can. But on this Saturday, when we got to the track, the whole thing looked like one big chocolate cake. Sure, it was going to be a very muddy first practice, but they do that on purpose. By the time it was time to go racing, the dirt was so tacky and good as I walked around on it, only wishing I could spin some laps myself. The ruts were getting big, but not like what we have seen back East recently. By the end of the day the parts of track getting sun had become very dry, and the top layer was more like marbles, but it was still better than mud. The ruts were very unforgiving and you had to be at your best to hit them fast, all you have to do is watch Marvin, he can show you how its done. Eli didn’t look completely comfortable, I think it was little to bumpy and he likes to rail those smooth corners on the outside.