28 Oct 2017 Kent, WA – Sunshine and mid to upper 60’s in late October can only be a blessing from mother nature on this school day for ProFormance Racing School. The northwest just prior to Halloween shades more towards the “Northwet” then sunny and warm spring like day.
With many more dates set thru-out the fall and winter when wet driving will become the normal it’s no better time to set your date for school. What you will learn from Don and his instructors is a base for better driving and control of your automobile.
Go to the ProFormance Racing Schools web site and pick a date for school. In the northwest it is by far the best bang for your buck you can do for yourself and your expensive auto.
15 Oct 2017 Kent, WA – Drag racing in the northwest in October is all up to Mother Nature. This sunny and chilly start to the day could not be better. Hearing what the local weather people were predicting brought out a host of racers for testing and a gambler race as those predictors are putting the last date on the 2017 season in doubt.
This also may have helped those new car owners to test their rides on the track. How often do you see a McLaren MP4 testing the dragstrip? Just one of the many new cars and faces enjoying what Pacific Raceways offers.
Grabbing the bucks in the gambler race in his ’69 Dodge Rob Hodgson to haul home.
See you next season unless Mother Nature graces us with one more October drag strip date.
14 Oct 2017 Kent, WA – The word has spread from the students that have gone thru the ProFormance Racing School program and how you should make time to take yourself to school. The newer cars are becoming more and more controlled by what you don’t see.
Testing these controlling parts will tell you thru the seat of your pants what your car feels like when doing so. Anti-lock brakes when put into action while going 50 mph all the while putting steering input to avoid a collision will get your attention.
When done as instructed by the crew of very experienced drivers themselves you feel it and you get it after done a few times. This just one of the exercises the school puts you thru with in classroom and on the grounds teaching by Don Kitch.
Your new car is a big investment, help yourself and your investment by going thru the school, contact them on their website and book a date.
07 Oct 2017 Kent, WA – To say that drag racing in the Northwest in October could be hitched to global warming, can’t say that this is true but with a total of three weekend days set for drag racing is on the docket for Oct.
Mother Nature is as always the controlling factor and will test a drag strip crew to no end prepping a track for racing. On this day a private track rental put together by Mookie Dedic but open to the public brought a whole bunch of his race friends out for a day of racing.
After getting help from Mother Nature drying the track creating a later start than posted the lanes filled and the fun began till curfew with only a slight delay due to light sprinkles. Taking advantage of this day also Steve Huff Motorsports brought out the “all” electric dragster seeking the record they are ever so close to now.
To those that have the records know, everything has to go spot on in your attempt to do so. The power is there, it’s getting the moving parts settings just right and the record will be theirs to hold.
06 Oct 2017 Kent, WA – Driving thru the school lot today the student cars were lined up and ready to go. Look a little closer and notice the makers of those of those autos. Today there was a Benz, an Audi, a new Mustang, a taped up GTR and a number of BMW’s. All very nice autos and the owners would like to keep them that way.
That upkeep is all on them and how they take care of them but once out driving the other owner driven cars and trucks can become a concern. Collision avoidance is one of the four exercises that you go thru, and according to the instructors it is the most commented on when the students are finished with the daylong class.
Knowing what your car will do in adverse conditions and more so in a potential collision situation. There is a reason that at most all road course tracks a school is on the grounds. Become a better driver by going thru the school as it may very well the best bang for the buck that you could spend on yourself and your automobile.
24 Sept 2017 Woodburn, OR – Depending on your Friday obligations it was a two or three day weekend of racing in great weather for racers and spectators alike at the 32nd Annual Bi-Mart Fall Classic at Woodburn Dragstrip.
It was a test and tune on Friday and two separate races, one Saturday and again on Sunday. Saturday ran 13 classes with 16 on Sunday. From BB/Funny Cars down to the Jr. Dragsters and just about all the classes in-between for a Nostalgia and E.T. themed race weekend.
Adding to the weekend was the final two races for the Super Comp and Super Street Associations series and for the BB/Funny Car Association series. For the spectators in the stands, they watched wheel standing cars, high powered race cars on small tires power down the track the action and diverse classes had to be a joy to watch. Throw in a jet powered dragster belching fire had many a cell phone out recording the run.
We are looking forward to number 33 next year and with the 264 entries this year and sure to be more for the next Fall Classic will make a great weekend of racing.
Super Comp – Dale Green
Super Street – Allen Macham
Street Machine – Curt Landis
Hot Rod – Rick Sales Sr.
Street Rod – James Heriford II
Inline/Flathead – Walt Skoczylas
Gasser – Ron McBee
E.T. Motorcycle – Don DePeel
Harley Eliminator – Henry Robinson
Jr Lightning – Conner Rice
Jr Thunder – Nicholas Karr
Jr Tuff – Rilynn Saucy
BB/Funny Car – Kim Parker
Pro Nostalgia – Kacee Pitts
Outlaw 10.5 – Paja Agatonovic
Super Pro – Gary Wargnier
Pro – Tony Price
Sportsman – Tony Bombara
ET Motorcycle – Kerry Drost
Super Comp – Greg Pessemier
Super Street – Jess Dale
Dragster/Roadsters – Paul Comeau
Super Shifter – Jamie Roth
Quick 8 – Gene Hegle
Pro Mod Motorcycle – Shawn Biehm
Jr Lightning – Ian Theofelis
Jr Thunder – Xzavier Heaton
Jr Tuff – Nicholas Karr
16 Sept 2017 Kent, WA – Cast, stamped or badged if it says GM its fair game for the GM Nationals. Daily drivers to dragsters took part in Pacific Raceways season ending event.
Combining the drags with a car show brought some very fine stock and customized machinery that GM has produced over the years. You really could spend hours walking the rows in the car show area taking in what the owners have brought for you to take in and photograph.
14 Sept 2017 Kent, WA – Becoming a better driver, no matter your age or gender is but a short drive to Pacific Raceways and the ProFormance Racing School located on the property. The school, instructed by Don Kitch has your butt on a stool as he explains what you will be going thru when you get behind the wheel and start the exercises.
New drivers are timid at first but after a few runs you grasp the idea of what this part of the school program wants to teach and you to learn. Catching on to what your car feels like when you do certain inputs to the steering wheel or brakes or both will show and teach you what to expect should you encounter it on the hi-ways and bi-ways.
Check out the ProFormance Racing School website for a date that fits and leave a better and more confident driver.
10 Sept 2017 Kent, WA – This inaugural event and a bonus date for the grudge racers provided for a great day of racing at Pacific Raceways, and “all” of it only 1/8th mile.
A race for the juniors that the top three places earn some cash, or I should say the parents earn it as there is an age requirement for payouts. 22 juniors in three classes came for a run at the money and the “last” race of the season and for two their last race ever as a junior.
As for the grudge racers they came from across the border in Chilliwack,BC clear down to Rochester to come to Pacific and do some side by side grudge racing. Logged into the “Compu-link” were 106 racers times and speeds, the “only” place that both lanes are seen.
When you get your time slip after the “instant” green start is “only” your info and “none” of the other lane. 106 grudge racers at a “bonus” event for them as their season and it’s four dates have been run with the last race bringing I’m thinking 20 or so cars and way more the previous two combined but 106 just shows what the internet and Willy Peterson, who is the driving force on social media guiding all those that are into grudge racing and follow “Street Outlaws” to the outlet off the streets and under “safe” conditions to duke it out.
All in all a great showing and cannot wait till the next one.
06-07 Sept 2017 Kent, WA – A couple of days and two classes of students going thru the ProFormance Racing School end the sessions the same way – “better” driver’s than they were the day before.
Age or gender makes no difference, what you learn by taking the class is the same to all. You “will” become a better driver by doing so. It’s an active school for over twenty years and there are many more years of experience combined in the knowledge of owner Don Kitch and his instructors who by the way come from many forms of motorsports backgrounds.
There is little difference in what you feel when sudden inputs of steering or braking are done. Todays’ anti-lock brakes will let you do more than you think and learning what it “feels” like when using them suddenly and hard teaches more than you think.
Bring your car or use one of the school cars but do yourself and all around you and become a better driver by going thru the school. Go to the ProFormance Racing School web site and make a date.
Two albums this time – One for each day of action. Click on the links below for both the September 6th, and September 7th days of classes.