National Open at Bremerton Raceway

12 May 2019 Bremerton, WA – When a “WALLY” is up for grabs the racers come in droves to get one in their hands. This year’s race at Bremerton Raceway, packed with racers for the first time under the new 1/8th mile track setup.

Two days of racing with a test and tune and gambler on Friday for one of the biggest races of the season at Bremerton.

Racing with the sunshine as there are no lights at the track with a packed house had the racing going on till the last minute of daylight to hand out those “WALLYS”.

For all of those out in the sports world that ride a skate board or snow skies or boards riding the “rail” is one of the challenges you try but riding a “K-Rail” on a Harley is something that will never end well as one of the bike class riders demonstrated on Saturday, un-hurt and a bit embarrassed from his mistake and apologetic for stopping the race Scott will ride again on his regular race bike.

Unfortunately I had to leave before the races were completed so I have no race winner information but would like to congratulate all those that took home a “WALLY” from this year’s National Open race at Bremerton Raceway.

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PRDC at Pacific Raceways

08 May 2019 Kent, WA – Back again to Pacific Raceways drag strip for some mid-week motorcycle racing sponsored by Olympic Ironworks Motorcycle.

Mother Nature again kept away the bad weather with comfortable 70’s and sunshine. Combining a test and tune with the bikes kept the lanes packed with cars ready to test the track bite.

This night sixteen riders contested for the top spot for their season opener with Tom Misfeldt getting the win over Jim Were.

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The next PRDC race is May 29th.

Import Face Off at Pacific Raceways

05 May 2019 Kent, WA – Spring and almost all the IFO group brings together a car show, vendors, contests and drags to Pacific Raceways.

Always packing the grounds was an array of custom imports with some domestics mixed in with their visions of custom creations. As in the past it is all in the mind of the creator and what they can use to build a dream, if you can think it up you can build it.

On the drag strip the same thing applies as each has their own idea of what will work. With six classes to choose from your combination will fit in one of them, so don’t be afraid to experiment.

Those not involved in the car show or drags also came out in droves to walk amongst the show cars then grab some food from one of the many vendors and headed for the stands to take in the drags sitting in the sunshine.

WINNERS

FWD – Jeremy Breten
Forced Induction Pro – Michael Istvan
All Motor Pro – Eric Steen
Forced Induction Sport – David Delgado
All Motor Sport – Jarred Jaycen
Bracket – Chris Casteilon

Burnout Contest – Now two time winner Brandon Hinton on his motorcycle put on quite a smoke show finish.

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Swift Tools ET Series #3 & West Coast Grudge at Pacific Raceways

04 May 2019 Kent, WA – Thank You Mother Nature!

After raining out the first two races of the season it was nothing but sunshine for all those attending event #3 of the Swift Tools ET Series.

Really only the first time the Swift Tool sponsored series racers get down the track to earn points towards a number of “carrots” at the end of the season. Time trials got underway on a well prepped track by the drag crew put new numbers on their time slips to check if the improvements made over the winter worked.

For those bringing out new to them race rides in “all” the series classes will not only bring in new blood but will develop new relationships amongst the “family” that drag racing is all about.

Race number #3 class winners are in Junior Street O’Riley Benda, Kaitlin Smith in High School, Bailey Benda in Jr, Storm, Luke Cavar in Jr. Lightning, Dustin Ridge in Jr. Thunder, track champ Kevin Renick defending his title in Super Pro, Mike Driscoll in Pro, Craig Smith takes the trophy in Sportsman and William “Bill” Nitta on his ’08 Hayabusa out rode the rest in Motorcycle.

On a side note to the MC class for the first time that I can remember a “snow mobile” made it a true BIKE/SLED class, great to see.

Tying into the series race the West Coast Grudge racers brought their growing list of racers ready to attack the “instant green” and quick 1/8th mile races. Willy and his crew have done an outstanding job of promoting and leading the way on this quickly growing series and its followers. Local racer Lane Cavar is “all in” and it showed with the show he put on with a smooth, wheels up launch carrying the front off the track farther than any previous runs and putting that laundry holder on the rear some work. Very impressive indeed.

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49th Annual Cornwell Tools All High School Drags

03 May 2019 Kent, WA – A long lasting and annual event each spring that brings together students from all around the Puget Sound area to gain the bragging rights as “High School Champion” at the drag strip is the 49th Annual Cornwell Tools All High School Drags.

The added bonus to becoming the sole survivor is the chance to race against a “Top Fuel” driver during the “Nationals” held the first week in Aug. Not to be intimidated by the thought of that race because in the past the HS champ has taken out the “PRO” in front of a packed house.

In addition to that the winner takes home a “Cornwell” tool box loaded with all the basic tools needed for working on your ride. Music, food, drag racing and always the burnout contest equals just a bunch of fun for all the students and “Alumni” that attend this annual event.

A little bonus to all those attending Kim Parker brought out her dragster and made a few passes along with Ryan Hayward in his red Corvette making passes down the track.

Taking home the alumni win was Dalton Miller and the high school winner from Bonney Lake was Brandon Yokum.

It was another great high school drags in the books and number 50 coming up next year, should be a good one, see you then.

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HondaFest NW Continues To Grow

07 Apr 2019 Kent, WA – Filling the grounds with cars and people at Pacific Raceways normally comes the first week in August. Coming in second and growing bigger each year is the HondaFest NW. The trio of a car show, lead/follow and drag racing bring the people and vendors to this annual event.

Rows and rows of all kinds of show cars and most all of them daily drivers filled the paddock area as SpeedFactory set up in the middle of the paddock leaving their normal spot as the drag race portion was cancled due to water weepers on the track.

Leading off the day on the 2.25mi. track instructors from ProFormance Racing School do what is called “lead/follow” with a group of three to seven cars. It is 100% follow the leader but that “leader” knows the fastest way around the track.

No fooling around here as the last car in line has a radio and you can’t out run it. You get out of the spirit of the day you will be booted out of line, Safety First. For those that follow the “drivers” meeting rules you get to push your car a little more than “normal” driving and doing it “safely”.

This part of the day is also growing as 19 sessions of drivers took part with a few doubling up. A great day put together by NWMotiv and Pacific Raceways will again look to grow the program so make a date for next year’s event.

Over 350 images of all the action today – click here to go to the photo album.

Test-N-Tune At Pacific Raceways

30 Mar 2019 Kent, WA – TNT number two packed the grounds with over 300 entries wanting to test their projects, some in preparation for a big race in Vegas but most preparing for the Swift Tool race number one in one week.

Many regulars were on hone, but also many new to the drag strip and the great fun it is to test your ride against the grip of “Mark Lyle Blvd”.

All six lanes stayed full thru out the day with racers ready to test and eager to get back in line for another run which in turn more than 900 runs down the well prepped track. The weather for the second week in a row up in the mid-60’s, absolutely perfect for drag racing and sitting in the stands with burger and drinks taking in the action and soaking up the northwest spring sun.

Now the race begins to the end of the season for the championships to play out, good luck to all in their quest to end the season on top.

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AM Skills, Novice HP & PM Lapping at ProFormance Racing School

For many years Don Kitch has been teaching along with his many instructor’s students and others attending Performance Racing School. The only thing that has ever changed is what “Mother Nature” is doing outside the classroom, until today.

After many years of racing on the iconic 2.25 mi. track a new equal width surface was put down from the end of turn 2b to the end of turn 7. A continuous three wide paving machine operation carried out by Miles Resources spread and rolled out 101 dump truck loads of asphalt into a no seam surface.

Those that have been around the track at speed but not race trim just smiled knowing that many lap records in many classes are going to be re-set during their races.

The up-coming race season should be quite exciting for those attending, check the Pacific Raceways web site for race dates.

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Cannot wait for the 2019 season to get underway!

Chassis Cert – ETI & Test-N-Tune at Pacific Raceways

Opening the 2019 season starts the same as it does each year. Racers bring their winter projects or up grades to their current ride to be inspected for all the proper and correct safety equipment.

Tubing all in the right places and the correct thickness, sticker attached now put the rest of the car together and go racing after updating your ETI, safety equipment is only good for so long then needs replacement.

Those that came for the test and tune packed the lanes, almost event like numbers with a lot of new racers out to test the grip of Pacific’s drag crew work.

All in all a great first day of trips down the “Mark Lyle Blvd” for 2019.

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Springfest at Pacific Raceways

02 Mar 2019 Kent, WA – Having outgrown their past locations for lack of room the move to the grounds at Pacific Raceways became the new home for this car show, vendors, lead/follow on the road course and people, lots of people.

When the need to use parking akin to the NHRA Nationals, it was obvious there are a lot of people attending this event held for the first time at the track.

Great sunny skies but still some winter chill got the spectators into the stands soaking the sun while downing food from the various vendors as the lead/follow cars flew by on the track.

I would have to say the interest in this event by the number of attending people is something you might want to mark on your smart phone for next years date, it will only get bigger and better.

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