32nd Annual Bi-Mart Classic at Woodburn Dragstrip

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.

Images from all three days are now available in three albums located in the event folder. Click here to go to the photo album.

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.

SATURDAY WINNERS
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

SUNDAY WINNERS
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

44th Annual Baster Auto Season Opener at Woodburn Dragstrip

21 May 2017 Woodburn, OR –  Blame Mother Nature, or the fact it is your class racing for the first time this season and any other reason you can lay it on, Thank Them or It. In the past 43 season opener’s Mother Nature has had her hand in the weekend outcome. Thank those weather folks that gave you the heads up on the weekends forecast. That information alone brings the spectators to enjoy the racing weather but combined with all factors also brought 325 entries (a record number) to Woodburn for the season opener.

Packed into the pits more classes than both your hands could count. As a dragstrip owner, these numbers are to dream about but on the other hand you have a time frame to run all the entries. Those behind the scenes people, you know, those up in the tower stepped up and came ever so close to finishing Saturday (a couple of semi’s and finals) but when put together over the two days came in ahead of time leaving enough daylight on Sunday for all to clean up and load up for the trip home.

Always have a good time when going to this event and give a big thanks to Jay and his crew that always make me feel welcome and look forward to #45 next year.

Two days of images are crammed into two albums of images – click here to go to both albums.

31st Bi-Mart Fall Classic at Woodburn Dragstrip

DSC_798425 Sept 2016 Woodburn, OR – The number says this final event for the 2016 season at Woodburn has been a hit for many years, 31 to be exact. The weekend has grown many times over since its inception; this year’s weekend packed the grounds with racers and spectators alike, all here for the great show.

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The combinations of classes had one for all to enjoy on the track and in the pits. With the great weather after the early morning fog on Saturday both race days finished by sundown. The final race of the Super Comp Association added two new winners to the list for this season of racing.

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Big thanks to Jay and Joey and their crew for providing a great show for all to enjoy. And special thanks to Randy Parker for sharing just one part of all that knowledge and experience he has stored up. Looking forward to event number thirty two and what it will bring.

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Lots of great images, with a lot of cars you don’t see week-to-week. There are two albums to enjoy, one for each day.

FOR SATURDAY IMAGES – CLICK HERE

SUNDAY IMAGES – CLICK HERE

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NHRA Division Six Season Finale at Woodburn

DSC_632019 Sep 2016 Woodburn, OR – The final division race of the season no matter the location will bring those that need to protect their position in the standings, those that know with a good showing can move up in the standings and those that just love to race no matter where they are in the standings.

DSC_6158This was truly the mix for the final NHRA Northwest Division Six race held at Woodburn Dragstrip.

DSC_5113Thursday and Friday the weather could not have been better, sunny but not really hot temps. All of a sudden the smart phones started buzzing about “mother nature” and the radar picture. Just when the racing  was about to get serious the rains came and washed away Saturday.

DSC_6592With figuring done, it was planned the race could finish on Sunday in the time allotted meaning no issues. Come Sunday morning the no issues went away thanks to Mother Nature and her relentless overnight rain. So much rain fell that it lifted the rubber from the track surface forcing the track and D-6 crew to scrape and re-prep the track. Thanks “Mother Nature”.

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On to Monday morning and again the weather played a part as a heavy dew covered everything not protected from it along with pretty dense fog obstructing your view.  The crew got the rest of the event done in just a few hours even with later start, those few hours that were taken away by the weather showed that the hard work and dedication by the Woodburn and D-6 crews can race ready a track surface no matter the issue.

A big thanks to Jay and Joey for their help and answers, it was always a good time at their track. For a list of the winner’s visit the D-6 web site.

Over 1,200 images are now available, many from some new vantage points.  Click here to go to the event album – there are a total of five albums, organized by day to make it easier.  CLICK HERE.

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Tulip Festival Drag Race & NW Super Comp Association #1 at Woodburn Dragstrip

Tulip Festival Drag Race & Super Comp 4-23-16 14223 April 2016 Woodburn, OR – The trip down I-5 to Woodburn has spring showing everywhere. Mother Nature doing her thing transforming the northwest into blooming beauty. The past few weeks it has been sunny and warm and everyone knows that you need to water to grow so in and out of the rain bands I go.

Tulip Festival Drag Race & Super Comp 4-23-16 217Into Oregon the rain was left behind in Washington but the clouds in the sky say it’s not over.  After drying out the track after an early morning shower, and not much more than heavy dew got the track prepped for the start of time trials.

Tulip Festival Drag Race & Super Comp 4-23-16 064We ran thru the rotation of classes then the rain came brief and wet.  The Woodburn staff got the track dried and another round of class time runs, and then a halt due to a slight drizzle in the shutdown area. Track dry again and the weather was holding as eliminations began, round after round until the quarters and Mother Nature struck again.
Four times the track had been dried and the finals are close in a number of classes.  We pushed on with the skies in turmoil and with the finals underway the radar showed what no one wants to see as the rain pushed in from the top end and put an end to racing for the day.

Sunday morning was bright sunshine and warming temps that had everyone ready for the race day ahead, but this at 7:00am. By 9:00am the weather closed up all around the track and the sprinkles began.

The radar again showed what was coming and for how long and the race day had to be cancelled. Over shadowed by the weather is the reason I am here to cover the Pacific Northwest Super Comp Association (NWSCA) and its first race of the season for them. Ty Anderson becomes the early point leader with his win, sorry no time or ET gotten. A special thanks to Luba for the cheeseburger and Sunday Morning coffee.

Images of all the racing and runs that go in under the weather are now online – some really unique and cool cars! Click here to go to the photo album.

Congrats to him and see you at the next PNWSCA event at Renegade the end of May.

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30th Annual Baxter Auto Parts & Bi-Mart Fall Classic at Woodburn Dragstrip

30th Annual Baxter Auto Parts & Bi-Mart Fall Classic 9-26-15 55027 Sept 2015 Woodburn, OR – The end of the season event for a dragstrip tends to be bigger than most other times. For Jay and Joey the co-owners of Woodburn Dragstrip, this date was planned and set up as any scheduled event during the off season as most of this is planned out.  They are always looking or talking to the other track operators on their dates as two choices to a racer is mostly about cost. The annual fall classic did not get the way of other events; it is the 30th year for it says that they planned well. It is a favorite for many to attend either racer or spectator alike. This showed in the pits with racers and the field spectator parking how many enjoy it and how popular it is.

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The unknown to all this planning is Mother Nature as she reared her wrath on a Nitro Harley and BB/Funny Car event thus the scramble to re-schedule it. That turned out to be this weekend and the photographers talked about the number of and wide range of cars running that had never seen before here. Close on some events but never like this. Watching the creations from the past years with updated safety is a genuine thrill plus throw in the wild creations the Pro Mod people come up with is somewhat akin to the altered runners from years past.

30th Annual Baxter Auto Parts & Bi-Mart Fall Classic 9-27-15b 229The racers that compete in the 10.5 class is another range of possibilities for racers to play with and trying to control all that horsepower on a ten and a half inch wide slick is why they only race to the 1/8mile.  Way too much speed and power beyond that point, safety is most important but they are fun to watch at that distance.

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For those at the track on Sunday the chance to see a third generation test his dragster for a Bakersfield event coming up. Walt Austin, his son’s Pat and Mike here to oversee and crew for Pat’s son Drew to make some passes. The awards, accomplishments and accolades this family is way-way more than I have space for both on a national and local level in the sport of drag racing. Great to see them out as a family racing again, Good Luck in Bakersfield.

30th Annual Baxter Auto Parts & Bi-Mart Fall Classic 9-27-15 433In a two for one win Dale Green picked up both the race event and by winning he also grabbed the season championship for the Northwest Super Comp Assn. When you have to win to win Dale shows what it takes to do so, congrats to you.

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Also check the Series “B” folders for the fine work Breann did covering the event from her perspective. Thank You

Images are broken out into four albums – an “A” & “B” Series for each day of this two day event Click here to go to the four albums – lots of great shots!

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Two States, Two Tracks, 3 Events – Busy Racing Weekend!

LORDS Woodburn 9-18-15 55821 Sep 2015 Kent, WA & Woodburn, OR – Two states at two tracks and three completely different events. It all started Friday in Woodburn, Oregon for the first day of the last NHRA LORDS for Division 6 race for 2015.

LORDS Woodburn 9-18-15b 319Fog surrounded the track but left the track bathed in sunlight for great racing conditions. It is always great to see those who take part in the divisional events as the yearly visit to Pacific Raceways is the normal and Woodburn is a treat. Now working with Breann to expose her to the other tracks in the northwest and expand her natural talents was great to watch, she says thanks for teaching but you cannot teach what comes naturally.  Have to also say thanks to Jay and Joey for their help and to the Division 6 crew as it is always fun around them.

LORDS Woodburn 9-18-15 484Event pictures are laid out in two albums, make sure and check both, as there are many images from a number of different vantage points.

For Event Folder with Two Albums For 2015 LODRS at Woodburn – Click Here.

It was back to Pacific Raceways for the GM Nationals on Saturday. If you had GM anywhere on your ride it is fair game for this event, held yearly at Pacific Raceways.   The car show and drags make the day as the custom and pure original GM rides are showcased for each.

GM Nationals 9-19-15 051Overcast skies but warm for this time of year made for happy faces sitting watching from the stands or walking the car show. Back where she is happiest Breann went about what she loves to do, create with a camera and getting it to see what she is at that moment seeing. She does amaze me with her creativeness as she is getting more exposure with the camera.

GM Nationals 9-19-15 147The four classes drew nearly 120 competitors to the strip for a run at the trophy and of course bragging rights for their GM Nationals win.
Six rounds in Hot Rod saw Robert Steffen go closer to his dial to edge John Schwaller. In the Street DOT class Eric Brittion got the win over Pacific’s HS champ Patrick FioRito. Running too quick in the Electronics class Josh Hughes added another win to Fast Freddy Hoffman and his vast collection of hardware from Pacific/SIR.  A much better reaction time put Rich Chase in the winner’s circle over Bill Sallia in LS/LT class.  T was a great day all around as the growth of the event keeps growing as the word spreads.

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Event pictures are laid out in two albums, make sure and check both, as there are many images from a number of different vantage points.

For 2015 GM Nationals at Pacific Raceways – Series A Images Click Here…

For2015 GM Nationals at Pacific Raceways – Series B Images Click Here…

Silent Thunder 9-20-15 022Ending the 3 events weekend was the Silent Thunder event – is as it says “silent”. Though not quite true as these electric powered cars can do a tire smoking burnouts and the “guttural” sound the cars hit the power is very distinctive.

I had never heard a Tesla on the streets punch the power but the traction grip that the dragstrip crew provides for all races has to really test these power plants. Are these the highest powered electric cars moving up in the world? The improvements that have been made and the innovations of others may prove to be on the right track for the future.

2015 Silent Thunder Images are now available – to go to the album, click here.

Doing this event solo but with Breann on site working the social media aspect completed three days and three totally different events for a change from the norm and the smile I ended with trying something and seeing the what the student is teaching me.

Images from all three events are now available – we thank you for your continued support and purchases!

2015 ET Finals At Firebird Raceway

E.T. Finals 9-5-15b 05903-06 September 2015 Boise, ID – Firebird Raceway is just outside Boise Idaho, and was the setting for this year’s E.T. Finals.  It’s a ten to sixteen hour trip for most of the Pacific Pirates.  Wednesday saw many already there with Thursday and Friday bringing in those that had to get away from work.

E.T. Finals 9-6-15 308Wednesday and Thursday, the weather could not have been better at Firebird Raceway. It was a little cooler than normal but a welcome break from the heat that has been around all summer long in the whole northwest.  Test and tune Wednesday and Thursday was in the past as we rolled into Friday’s Gambler Race the weather was a changing.

The sky thickened and all eyes were on it. Weather checking on all the smart phones were saying the same thing, Get Ready. And come it did as the wind picked up and moved anything that was not tied down and those that were scrambled to keep it from going to Kansas. The wind put a halt to racing as it coated the track surface with sand leaving it looking somewhat like sandpaper.

With just a few rounds left to finish the powers that be could have cleaned the track to continue but the threat of rain when getting that completed put an end to the idea there.  It was great decision on their part as the rain came.

Saturday morning started dry then Mother Nature again threw a wrench into the works soaking everything. The plus side to this was the long and continuous lineup for Firebird’s yummy breakfast, with biscuits and gravy. They are good as I joined the others going through the line.

E.T. Finals 9-3-15 223Once the Race of Champions got started the day went off without a hitch completed with the crowning of the class champs that will represent Division 6 in Pomona. Mighty Joe Lind will take his bike and represent Pacific Raceways as not only the track champ but as the Division 6 champ, Great job Joe!

E.T. Finals 9-5-15 334Sunday’s race weather could not have been better though quite chilly early. Racing today for all attending was for class champions in each of the E.T. classes with points for each win to determine the overall track champs, and once again the group from Woodburn in a tie breaker won, laying claims for 2015.

With the finals going north of the border next year plans to do so start now and will require ID to cross, hope to see you there.

I would like to thank David Atkins of Atkins Rotary for introducing me to Lauretta. Quite a skilled photographer with a sharp eye on nature. Having never photographed drag racing before I offered up a camera for her to shoot what she sees and have fun. Here to spend some quality time with her father most of her shots followed him as is natural. By her own admission “I know nothing but would very much like to learn”. Looking at her shots she is right though there are shots that show her natural ability and just a few pointers will bring those skills that she has already has to the top.

Maybe our paths will cross again to see what she has learned and pass those little pointers along. Thanks Lauretta for your additional pics and a glimpse into your look at a first timer to the drags, could not have been a better choice to get away from everything and see what your father enjoys.

The images are organized by day – in four albums – click here for the Event Folder with links for all four days of the 2015 ET Finals! Good Luck in Pomona!

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22nd Annual Nitro MC Nationals

Woodburn wind & rain out 8-30-15 01130 Aug 2015 Woodburn, OR – For twenty one seasons the bikes and cars converged on Woodburn Dragstrip for a weekend of 200mph nitro powered Harley Davidson’s, double BB Funny Cars and their 250 mph passes.   It is always a great show for those that attend and this weekend was planning on being no different.

Woodburn wind & rain out 8-30-15 002But Mother Nature had other plans. Wind and rain greeted everyone not long after the track prep was completed, bringing a halt to the start of racing. The rain quit but the wind did not, forcing the track to cancel Saturday’s racing. To the best of anyone’s knowledge that has been around Woodburn the cancellation due to high winds was a first.

The wind pushed away the rain and that brought out the kites for some fun in the windy conditions.

Woodburn wind & rain out 8-30-15 010Saturday night to Sunday morning the downpours returned soaking everything and the weather forecast was saying lots more rain coming, so it pushed the Woodburn crew to shut down any possibility of racing.

There will be lots of re-scheduling to bring the bikes back, check Woodburn’s web site and Facebook page for info.

Steven Ham – AA/FC Driver

Good Guys 7-24-15 541In the sport of drag racing there are drivers from various countries and continents around the world. Over the past three weeks I had the privilege of being around one of these International drag racers.

Steven Ham hails from Brisbane in the Queensland area of Australia. Taking a break from his and his father’s heavy equipment repair business, they decided to come racing in the northwest. First stop was at Woodburn Dragstrip in Oregon for the first step in the car purchased last year from John Evanchuk up in Canada.

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This connection to the Evanchuk’s was a huge eye opener to a local friend and shows how the drag racing community is a worldwide thing. Climbing into a new machine was quite different, but quite the same as the one he drives at his local dragstrip Willowbank Australia. The success racing around his country puts him right up there with the alcohol driver’s here in the U.S.

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With a plan to test as much as possible before the Northwest Nationals in a few weeks there is a lot to do in the fine tuning that fits the driver to the machine let alone the tuning to make it run in a competitive manner. With the initial testing in the log books they headed north to Pacific Raceways for more testing and fine tuning. The wide open area of around the track, and the nearby oxygen given by the trees surrounding the racetrack was perfect for tuning.

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With Friday and Saturday events scheduled at the track it became the perfect time to set up for the National’s. Track prep by the Pacific drag crew can prep a track close to what is done by the National’s drag crew so you can get a pretty close base line to work off of. Having no data to work from I say they were right in the ballpark for qualifying in the alcohol field.
With all the testing possible and still a week away from the National’s it was break time. As an avid fisherman the sight of all the rivers, lakes and open water in the Pacific Northwest had his attention.

They mostly do reef fishing at home, so the thought of giving it a go was on the plate. Heading north towards Canada the sights of the mountains and the scenery had their cameras and smart phones catching it all. In Canada to visit friends and take in the sights around there became the perfect time off and vacation needed to gear up for what was ahead of them, and all along the way they were taking in the chance to eat food not found at home. You here it a lot about the “Steak on the Barbie” his favorite, but the chance to eat Italian and Mexican food quite the experience and something that they will seek out at home.

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Back in Seattle and all that is necessary for a National event got the crew back in racing mood and the checklists of to do items. This group has Dan Case on the motor with Greg Layton in the gears and Deiter Herman in between on the clutch all leading to James Rowland the tuner. Three attempts at qualifying though brought out the bugs in that list of a thousand ways to lose a race and in the end an electrical issue ended their chance to make the field. The RD Williams/Noonan Race Engineering sponsored car gave it a “go” and fell just short. Not discouraged buy this the team will head back home to re-group and attempt to make the Las Vegas and Pomona later this year and give it another go.

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It was a pleasure meeting Steven and his crew and look forward to the next chance to see him, good luck to the future and happy racing to you, Thank You.