20 May Woodburn, OR – Woodburn Dragstrip opened in 1961 between two plots of farm land. Today if expansion could be had they would as the grounds were packed with nearly 350 racers and tons of spectators for two days of season opening racing.
The event featured a dozen classes in sportsman racing along with AA/Supercharged, Pro Nostalgia, Top Alcohol Dragsters/Funny Cars and the Jet Funny Cars.
Jay Livingston was like an orchestra conductor making sure all the notes are in place and the event went smoothly and got finished on time. When something gets out of tune it’s not long before Jay got it back into harmony. In the end a great job by “all” those involved no matter in what roll they played pulling off another “Season Opener”.
The winners for Saturday are Ian Theofelis in Jr. Lightning, Cole Dickhoff in Jr. Thunder, Dale Green in Super Comp, Allen Macham in Super Street, Bill Bushmaker in S/SS, Derrick Jackson in Sportsman, James Taylor in ET Motorcycle and Bob Osborne in Harley Eliminator.
AA Supercharged – Chuck Moore
Pro Nostalgia – Kacee Pitts
Super Quick – Stephanie Nass
Super Street – Nicholas Shepherd
S/SS – Tommy Gaynor
Dragster/Roadster – Doug Gray
Super Pro – Devon Hilton
Pro – Steve Stuart
Sportsman – Robert Glafka
ET Motorcycle – Terry Holloway
Pro Mod – Jeff Lilly
Quick 8 – Kerry Drost
Jr. Lightning – Tanner Gaetz
Jr. Thunder – Lindsey Miller
18 May 2018 Kent, WA -From an Idea to Reality, this series was thought of by a pair of guys, then with the help of a few more and after that it was taken up by Willy and Jen Peterson. Friday night kicked off a five race series this season and brought at least 50 entries to take part in side by side instant green starts.
On the anniversary of Mt. Saint Helens eruption could this series explode with many more taking part? Only time will tell but they are off to a great start. Next race is June 15th.
16 May 2018 Kent, WA – Mid-week bike racing gained a few new entries this week to the series sponsored by Olympic Ironworks and Gary Tokos.
Word is getting around of the fun and comradery that that takes place when the group gets together. Laughing, joking and kidding each other as friends do when together but also helping each other when needed and guiding the new racers to the ways of drag bike racing. To put it plain and simple, help each other to “WIN” no matter who it is in the group.
This night Mark Sires and Thomas Agar faced off in the finals with Mark grabbing the top spot. Next race June 6th.
12 May 2018 Kent, WA – After “Mother Nature and a Curfew” played havoc with the Swift Series earlier it was great to get in a full race. This race #4 was combined with the first of five “Budweiser Under the Lights” Events this season.
Set up on the tower patio with seating and tables for food and drink the bonus is it is a great spot to take in the four main classes in the Swift Series.
There were 160 entries to grab points and four trophies were handed out at the end of the night plus the pay out for winning and running up.
Race #4 winners are William Nitta in Motorcycle, Jake Biscay in Sportsman, Brian McGinnis in Pro and Austin Calhoun in Super Pro. Next race is June 9th.
11 May 2018 Kent, WA – Hitting Pacific Raceways for the first time this 2018 season Kent Magruder and his group of Car Club racers were out to have fun at the track.
Car makers bragging rights is always up for grabs and points toward the end of season champion. A little less than normal 36 entries from a ’64 Polara to a ’17 Hellcat and a bunch of years in between got after the tree and the track prep.
Six rounds of racing later Craig Smith takes the first race this season. The next Car Club action is June 8th see you there.
10 May 2018 Kent, WA – When ProFormance Racing School gets the whole day for lapping the cars come in droves to take advantage of the track time.
This day six lucky drivers got to share the track with a legend in the car collector’s world Mr. Jay Leno.
Jay was at Pacific Raceways to film an upcoming episode of his CNBC show “Jay Leno’s Garage”. Always with a smile and passing humor until its time behind the wheel and in his driving suit, then all business takes over.
It was a great honor to meet Jay and look forward to watching the show when it airs.
06 May 2018 Kent, WA – Sunday morning the gates opened at 8:00am and the entrance lanes were three wide and out to the highway. Bringing in more people to the track for an event short of the “Nationals” the Import Face Off group has a huge following.
Leading the charge of course is the new and their new record holder Honda Civic and the Speed Factory team.
Import racers from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington come together for a car show contest and drags.
Thousands of people roamed around the car show then headed to the stands for the drags with many stopping in between for “Bigfoods” menu of goodies. Once again this year the IFO group had a great time bringing their show to Pacific Raceways.
This years winners are Jeff Bush in Outlaw, Ricky Saly in FWD, Jake Montgomery in Forced Induction Pro, John Wood in Forced Induction Sport, Joe Abele in All Motor Pro, Kristen Campbell in All Motor Sport and Deritrly Gerasimos in Bracket.
05 May 2018 Kent, WA – Early Saturday morning had a line of racers for the Swift Tool ET #3 and the WCSA, BB/FC, EF-65 Junior #4 plus the very first “Mark Lyle Junior Invitational”.
With the drivers meeting finished it was on to time trials for all classes minas the Juniors who will start the next round of qualifying. Always bringing it the classes of the WCSA and their one 8th mile racing and the BB/FC always please.
To me the highlight to the races today had to be the tribute to Mark Lyle. On hand the Lyle family was out in force with Marks wife Marcia watching and taking pictures on the wall and what has to be the greatest honor for a brother Ken Lyle was on the “switch” starting the Juniors.
This race day though would come to an early end as “Mother Nature” put an end to the great track prep by soaking it with water.
Some classes did have winners and they are Trenton Smith in Junior Street, Jacob Vanderwaal in High School, Sean Miller in Open Comp, Tim Vogt in Pro Street, Sherry Rohr in Outlaw 8.5, and Paja Agatonowic in Outlaw 10.5.
04 May 2018 Kent, WA – Friday brought out to the track the 48th All High School Drags sponsored by Cornwell Tools and Les Schwab Tires. Students from many of the high schools around Pacific Raceways bring their cars and trucks which ends up being bragging rights for that person and the school that gained the prizes put up by the sponsors.
Helping the schools some past grads up to age 25 run in the “Alumni” class and the big help they give the high schoolers in the lanes notably the dial-ins.
Ending up the best Kaden Bean scored for the high school class and Jake Tate took the alumni class.
02 May 2018 Kent, WA – Starting off the summer schedule Wednesday night the motorcycle riders were first up. This mid-week race has grown into a great meet and race around a bunch of friends.
Racers pitted around each other prepping their bikes, helping one another when needed and welcoming new riders to the race program. Combined with the bikes was a test and tune for cars and Jr. Dragsters. They filled up the lanes ready to test their machines and the track surface and its grip.
May 16th is the next date for the bikes, come on out for the mid-week racing.
Outlasting the rest of the class Mark Sires saved the best for last running one-thousands off his dial-in over Mike Evans who was a little off the mark.