10 Dec 2017 Kent, WA – Race number 2 in the winter series for the 4-stroke racers could not have asked for a better day to race. The chilly air cooled the motors and racers, but the sun did its job warming the human body while taking in the action on the track.
There is a poster in the PGP office that says, “The sun is fun, but wetter is better”. I think that the cold is for the bold could be added to how much fun you can have karting no matter what the weather is doing.
Qualifying, 2 heat races and the finals is the order of the day and as the sun and racers built heat into the track the lap times with a 1:10.029 in the finals steadily lowered the lap times thru the race day.
Of the 26 entries for the race Mason Buck became the biggest mover as he started in the rear and by the end of racing he ended up in second place on the podium with Kyle Wick taking the top spot and Kevin Janders coming in third for the LO 206 class.
LO 206 Heavy had Geoff Newman atop the podium, next to him William Evans claimed second and Paul Connor picked up third.
07 Jan 2017 Kent, WA – 08 Jan 2017 Kent, WA – Put money on the line and contenders for it will come out. Today the LO 206 class of 4-stroke karts came out to claim some.
The first hour of practice saw the “slicks” running on the karts but just as it came to an end the rains came and so did the mad scramble to change tires. Three heat races had no change to the weather so the “rain” tires put all on the same playing field.
A lot of great “side by side” and “nose to tail” competition looking to claim that first place cash. In the end the buck did stop fittingly to Mason Buck in the top spot with Stepanova Nekkeel in second and Monroe Jordan third place on the podium.
20 March 2016 Kent, WA – Weeks of anticipation to get a run down the dragstrip has arrived. Winter upgrades and new cars need to be tested. There is only a month till the start of the 2016 E.T. Drag Racing Season, so these test and tunes can be very helpful.
Not so helpful though was Mother Nature as the weather pundits called for rain. We first got a round of “street” tires and then the “slick” tired racers got their shot at the track. Up next the motorcycles.
As normal track champion Joe Lind was first in the burnout box. Did I mention that water is needed to do your burnout? Water provided by the track in a controlled amount. Burnout completed and ready to “stage” Mother Nature started adding more water to the burnout box and everywhere else that matters to a drag racer.
There were no breaks in the rain and the test and tune is now history, so it was off to the PGP Motorsports Park for some 4-stroke kart racing – they have “rain” tires and the gear to keep you somewhat dry. We got there just in time to catch the last qualifying heat as the rain continued, throwing spray off the tires as they sped by.
Noted is the fact the lap times do not differ much between the dry or wet track surfaces – a testament to how well the rain tires work.
Throwing down some very steady lap times Derek Wang could not be caught and claimed the P1 spot. Standing in P2 young Mason Buck is showing the progression he has made over the past year and a frequent stander on the podium Zak Bothel picked up P3.
Two albums are available, one for the first Test-N-Tune event of the season, the other for 4-Stroke. Click on the links below to go to the photo albums.
21 Feb 2016 Kent, WA – This “Daytona Day” brings the LO-206 racers to the track for another in the race series. Aside of wanting to watch the Daytona 500 in Florida the weatherman had predicted a storm cell right around the time the “finals”.
With these factors coming into play the schedule was tweaked a little to at least beat the weather. This was mainly due to the fact that the racers had to finish the three heat event on the tires they started with.
Clear, chilly and dry equals “slicks” not “rain” tires and they were the proper choice for today. Lapping the track in a little over 70 seconds says the grip was good and these times showed it. Its how in racing one can go the fastest lap and in the final race not make the podium, that’s racing.
The podium placers standing in a downpour are Zak Bothel in first, Craig Collins in second and Derek Wang taking third.
27 Dec 2015 Kent, WA – The end of the year marks the halfway point in the 4-stroke series and a much different set of driving conditions then the last race. It was cold and dry to start the qualifying, slick tires to start – though by the end there was a mad scramble to get a few laps on the rain tires.
That light rain soon changed to a snowy mix with more snow then rain giving the drivers a little extra to contend with though a “wiper” for the visor would have been quite handy. Later, the snow was long gone as the warmer rain took over lasting the remaining heats at least giving the racers some constant conditions for tuning.
Making the best of this race and conditions saw young Mason Buck rise to the top of the podium with Ricky Arnold grabbing second and Kyle Wick picking up third.
06 Dec 2015 Kent, WA – Each December the Pacific Raceways property plays host to some very generous people. The annual NW Toy Drive benefiting Toys for Tots. Sponsored by Lexus of Bellevue and the O’Brian Auto Group thousands of folks brought their un-wrapped gifts or cash donation for the Marine Corps Reserve program. Combine this with holiday music covering the many cars out for the car show gathering. Out on the 2.25 mile track a “lead/follow” was done, overseen by ProFormance Racing School giving those who take part an idea of what it feels like to drive a road course. Of course Santa and his helpers were on hand accepting gifts and posing for pictures, also on hand passing out candy canes was Ed Troyer from the Pierce County Toys for Tots program. Every year that I have covered this event it has gotten bigger and bigger thus proving the generosity of the NW to those in need. Great job by all those involved as it takes many to help bring it together each year. Till next year Happy Holidays to all.
29 Nov 2015 Kent, WA – The previous race in this series saw pouring down rain and rain tires, this day brought nothing but bright sunshine, but with it came some very chilly air. Frost covered all of nature, though the track surface totally free of the white stuff.
For the racers no raingear just an extra layer under the driving suit. Clip along at just over 40mph with the temperature less than 40 degrees and that extra layer is a must to keep that chill at bay.
The sun heated the track surface and slicks had good grip – it made for some pretty quick lap times around the 0.850 mile layout.
Taking the podium this chilly and sunny day in third spot Kyle Wick, in second place last races winner Ricky Arnold and the top spot on the
podium claimed by Cole Franchini.
01 Nov 2015 Kent, WA – The 4-stroke karts are like the bigger cars that run in all the conditions that Mother Nature puts out have the choice of tires. This day the treadless tires started the practice session but soon gave way to the “rain tires”.
Wise choice by all as the rains came and soaked everything not protected. To race in the rain is an absolute blast when you are prepared for it, not covered with that water shedding clothing will soak you and add weight to you with that water, and racing with a weight minimum you do not want to put the additional pounds to carry around.
Race number two in an eight race series in the books had these racers on the podium, third spot went to Sammy Barrera-Garcia, second place to Zak Bothel and atop the podium in the number one position was Ricky Arnold.
This first day of November had nothing on the docket so when the sound of a high whine and shifting to go with had to see who was creating it. JFC Racing located just down the highway was out to do some testing with a new engine powering their Wolf race car.
This endurance setup being evaluated for an upcoming race that will last 25 hours is all about the data and how the motor works. These endurance races will push everything to the limits and the balance between how far can we push before it breaks too soon. You can build this same motor to go 8 seconds down the dragstrip or run the hours in a rally car race that are built that are at the max for what they do, handled by one driver or driver and co-pilot.
The almost constant shifting and cornering puts four drivers in the seat as one or two could never last. This unexpected chance to see this test under the rainy conditions giving both JFC information that if these conditions come up they are prepared and for and me to see and photograph what the ground effects of the Wolf as it speeds around the track. Thanks to Miles, Brian and the rest of the crew for their insight. Good Luck on the upcoming race.
02 Aug 2015 Kent, WA – The first week into August is only day two and the temps are starting to rise from the high 80’s to in the 90’s. Seattle is just not the place to think of this weather. Rain right? Everyone was hunting for shade and water to keep cool and hydrated.
The racing in the 206 light class was the one to watch as the action was hot and heavy as the karts rounded the track. A little over a minute is all it took for the winner to lap the track and bring home the trophy.
Craig Collins did this in the 206 light class while Ricky Arnold took it in 206 Heavy and Doug Huggler captured the World Formula top spot.
07 June 2015 Kent, WA – Kicking off the summer series for the 4-stroke karts could not have a better weather day. Blue skies and warm weather greeted everyone first thing and the temp only going up. Plenty of liquids all around to keep hydrated, too hot for food when the lunch hour came around, just drink. Have to hope that even though it is a summer series that the weather will not be like this every race. These racers endured the heat to claim the top spots on the podium, in the 206 Light class Jerrett Cangle got it and in the 206 Heavy class Troy Conrad claimed to the top and the World formula top spot went to Doug Huggler.