Car Club Racing at Pacific Raceways

31 May 2019 Kent, WA – The types of cars that run in the Car Club Series is the basic “Big 3”. Every now and then one comes along that is not in the 3, this night an American Motors Rambler was running out of the Ford lanes but he is powered by a Chevy motor.

Not quite sure how the Ford lane was chosen but the car made it to the semi finals only to fall to the event winner Larry DeCamp who padded his lead in the Car Club Series at Pacific Raceways.

Good luck to those chasing Larry to the end of the season as I have signed off from the Car Club Series and will not see the end.

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PRDC Mid-Week Motorcycle Racing at Pacific Raceways

29 May 2019 Kent, WA – It was Mid-week motorcycle racing for the Olympic Ironworks sponsored series at Pacific Raceways along with a TnT for the Jr.’s and whoever else desired to test their ride at Pacific Raceways.

This night sixteen riders entered the competition ring hoping to be the sole survivor and claim the prize by the end of the event.

The night belonged to Jim Werre who cut a James Bond like .007 light besting Tom Misfieldt in the finals.

Good luck to all those racing in the mid-week series this season. Signing off from the series.

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Swift Tools ET Series #4 at Pacific Raceways

18 May 2019 Kent, WA – It may say race number four, but it is really, number two as mother nature took away the first two. Many of the racers are still fresh off the first race that filled the grounds as normal for the Swift Tool E.T. Series.

The weather was a touch chilly but fine for racing and way better than the rain that plagued the previous nights event. One mishap delay for an oil clean up stopped action for a short time but the quick work by the drag crew got things back on track quickly and still finish before curfew.

The slow down though it was a good one caused the run order to be altered as Gordon Rust was in the finals in Sportsman and Pro and is afforded cool down time which for him became a great thing as he claimed both classes and the trophy’s to go with the wins.

Jim Were claimed the M.C. class over William Nitta and Dave Wakefield picked up another win in Super Pro.

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Jr Dragster #2 & Car Club at Pacific Raceways

17 May 2019 Kent, WA – A whole pile of Jr’s showed up for their second race of the early season, along with Car Club filling up space for their first race of the season at Pacific Raceways. Adding to those groups was a slew of test and tune folks out to test their rides at the track.

All was well thru time hits and a number of rounds in both classes. With the semifinal rounds for the Jr’s just run and while waiting for the Jr’s to clear the rain drops started. The shutdown end of the track got the first of it, the rain then progressed towards the starting line.

Racing done, we were on hold as curfew is still in the distance and the radar says it won’t last long but no time was given by the weather folks.

The rain stopped but Car Club and the TnT will not run as the shut down area will not dry before curfew, but the strip can be dried to finish the Jr. classes that turned out to be a Ridge brother’s night as Dawsin got the Storm trophy and brother Dustin claimed the Jr. Thunder trophy. Tonight the number one qualifier Jordan “JoJo” Dooley picked up the hardware and points in Jr. Lightning.

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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.

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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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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Final Test-N-Tune of the 2018 Season at Pacific Raceways

20 Oct 2018 Kent, WA – The end of the season for the dragstrip at Pacific Raceways is a test and tune/gambler race, and as always weather permitting. This day started at daylight with 100% humidity and visibility less than 1/8th mile and the sun no where in sight until the fog lifts.

The previous few days this was the pattern between 9 and 10 am then the fog was gone and things warmed up nicely to the 60’s. This day however “Mother Nature” had other plans for the 175 plus racers and the area around the dragstrip, though just a few hundred feet in elevation it is sunny and warm while here it is, see your breath chilly and you can see barely a mile.

Track temps now in the 60’s with “street” tires only running the track and little by little warming the surface as the sun is now peeking thru the fog aiding in the process to prep the track for cars with the “slick” tires to make runs.

With the sun out nicely and everyone having made a run, it was time for the “Gambler”. The race is one run only and the “best package” takes the cash.

Two “winners” emerge, electronic and non-electronic, each earning a “GIFT” package of Bardahl products provided by sales representative Renea Berger who shared the winners circle with the electronics winner Mary Burckhard and drag strip manager Ed Garfield.

Taking home all the way to Mission, BC in the non-electronics class is Chris Stone in his ’68 Dart laying down a 0.040 package. Congratulations to both winners and see you sometime mid-March for the next TnT.

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