Busy Race Day at Pacific Raceways – Debut of the “Cars of the 253”

19 May Kent, WA – Four classes of racers here tonight, three of them for the first time this 2017 season. Car Club always brings a mix of makes and models that make up their club. It’s always good to see new members running their rides down the track.

Jr. Street saw two new drivers to the class square off in the finals, good job to both. The Jr. Dragsters now on their fourth race of the season gathering points toward a trip to the E.T. Finals for placing in the top four or even a track championship.

New to Pacific Raceways this season is a class called “The Cars of the 253”. This class brings some pretty high powered race cars for 1/8 mi. racing on what’s called “instant green” start. That green light will catch you napping with “NO” amber to pre-warn you of the upcoming start, now your reactions really come to play when first to the line takes the prize. The next race for them is June 16th, come out and check these racer’s in action.

Images of all the action are now available – click here to go to the photo album.

Jr Dragster #11 & Car Club #6 at Pacific Raceways

Jr.#11 8-12-16 (212)12 Aug 2016 Kent, WA – It was the second to the last race for the Jr. Dragsters, and they filled the lanes with cars in what had to be the largest entry list of the season. Many are still in contention for a trip to the E.T. Finals and others are already getting set up for next season.

On the other side the Car Club keeps on growing with more racers joining in for a night of racing. Then there are those that are here for a test and tune for the Super Saturday event the next day. Here also was the WCSA with the four classes qualifying for their Saturday race.

Back to the Jr’s, after gaining his license McKailen Haddock, son of funny car driver Terry Haddock got his first taste of racing like his dad. Watching his licensing the day before you could hear the seriousness in dad’s tone at the same time the proud eyes of a father watching his son. Though losing in the first round he did everything right the way he was taught and will only get better with seat time.

The Jr. Winners are in Jr. Storm Raylee Higgins, in Jr. Lightning Ryan Lamoureux and in Jr. Thunder Ian Theofells. In the Car Club it was a father and son match as the Douglas’s Wayne and track champ Nick faced off seeing dad Wayne getting the light.

Images are now available – click here to go to the photo album.  And as always thank you very much for your support and purchases!

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Jr Dragsters #9 & Car Club #5 at Pacific Raceways

Jr. #9 and Car Club #5 7-15-16 (151)15 July 2016 Kent, WA – The Jr Dragsters came ready to run as the points required to get into the ET finals and a trip north of the border are getting short.

A lot of very close racing thru the season moves the standings around, and things can change with that win or first round loss. From the youngest to the oldest they understand that they can’t win them all and that the sportsmanship win or lose ends with a handshake.

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These are the stars of the future no matter how far they go that good sportsmanship really beats out the end results, way to go.

Jr. Storm saw Raylee Higgins the winner with Ryan Lamoureux claiming top spot in Jr. Lightning and another Cavar showing what runs in the family Luke claimed the Thunder class, rounding up the Jr. classes John Hawes picked up Jr. Street. Car Club runner Scott Christensen outlasted all for the win.

Images of all the classes and winner circle pictures are now available – click here to go to the photo album.

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Super Saturday Event at Pacific Raceways

Super Saturday 7-9-16 (440)09 July 2016 Kent, WA – Going into the third of the super Saturday’s on the race schedule was on hold. The Jr. Race the night before was stopped due to Mother Nature; rain continued thru the night soaking everything not covered.

This put the drag crew to early work drying the track with no help the aforementioned Mother Nature. Nearing the end of the drying process she decided one more time to start the drying all over again. Not deterred the drag crew went back at it now with a little help from the weather as the skies broke up just enough to speed up the drying.

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Now ready to go and late of the normal start time the drag crew was tested with over 200 entries and 15 classes to run and finish to the winner’s circle.  After running thru the classes like the well-oiled group that they are this Super Saturday goes into the books with these winners:

Super Pro- Emmett McKillop
Pro- Greg Steen
Sportsman- Derrick Schumsky
Motorcycle- Chris Benda

Jr. Storm- Raylee Higgins
Jr. Lightning- Josh Schmanke
Jr. Thunder- Luke Cavar

High School- Lane Cavar
Super Gas- Glenn Paine Jr.
Super Comp- Dale Green
Super Street- Dustin Ward
Stock- Brian Seaberg
Turbo Two- Rob Stariha
Turbo Thunder- Gene Fleury

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Jr Dragsters #7 & Car Club #4 at Pacific Raceways

Jr.#7 7-8-16 (41)08 July 2016 Kent, WA – We are passing the halfway point in the race season, and the Jr. Racers all in the routine now and always ready to run.  Knowing the run order these Jr’s were in the lanes and ready to go.

Jr.#7 7-8-16 (74)Any other time they are the kids they are having fun doing what they feel, tossing the football and running around then there are those that spend the time keeping the dragster clean and ready for the next round. No matter what they are doing in between rounds when time they all run to get their rides and head for the lanes.

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This dedication I commend as sitting in their cars Mother Nature started messing ever so slightly with the ability to race.  All that eagerness – and now wrapped in safety gear and strapped in the dragster, but going nowhere.

Sadly there was no choice but to pull the plug and finish the races the next day, Mother Nature won.

Got some great images as the lighting was excellent – click here to go to the photo album.

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Double Header Weekend at Pacific Raceways

Super Saturday 6-11-16 (86)12 June 2016 Kent, WA – An action packed weekend of racing brought well in access of 200 entries spread among thirteen classes on Saturday and seven on Sunday.

Fighting off mother nature on Saturday as the track prepped and ready and cars called to the lanes, came the DOWNPOUR.  Just enough to soak everything and everyone scampering for cover. When the rain finished the Pacific drag crew brought the track back to condition as if the rain never happened.  Plenty of thanks from all for this well oiled crew earning the track the nickname “the house of hook”.

Super Saturday 6-11-16 (87)This crew takes pride in track prep that will pull your shoes off if you are not careful. Noticing this grip first hand Jonathan Hillstrand of the “Deadliest Catch” TV Show out to earn his license to race and giving the Jr. Dragster winner’s a big congrats and trophies. It was quite a thrill for them as their faces showed big smiles.

Over 900 images are available for the double header in two albums:

Day One – Super Saturday Album – Click here.

Day Two – ET#6 & Outlaw 10.5 Sunday Album – Click here.

The field set in the 8.5 and 10.5 Outlaw race on Sunday and the winner’s for Saturday’s races are:

Top Comp: Mark Cavar over his son Lane
Super Gas: Glenn Paine Jr.
Super Comp: Dale Green
Super Street: Dustin Martin
Jr. Storm: Raylee Higgins
Jr. Lightning: Sam Hawes
Jr. Thunder: Cole Dickhoff
BC Shifters: John Depoucq
Stock: Brad Burton
Super Pro: Todd Riley
Pro: Chris Johnston
Sportsman: Larry DeCamp
Motorcycle: Chris Benda

No issues with mother nature for Sunday as the sun ran in and out of the clouds though the number of cars ran the race right to the 5:00pm curfew. Great weekend of racing and a job well done by the Pacific drag crew. Sunday’s winners are:

Super Pro: Darral Petitt
Pro: Brad Burton
Sportsman: Kenny O’Keefe
Motorcycle: Andre Westmoreland
BC Shifters: Jamie Roth
Outlaw 8.5: Tom Marshall
Outlaw 10.5: Eric Petersen

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Jr Dragsters #4 & Car Club #1 at Pacific Raceways

Jr. #4 and Car Club #1 5-20-16 (151)20 May 2016 Kent, WA – Here is the next generation and those that just like racing. Watching the Jr’s and their pretty much identical dragsters per the rules then Car Club brings those that pass tech to the line.

It could be a ’48 Ford and a 2016 Vette lining up to face each other. The common theme, “having fun” even if you lose the race you still have a smile and a congrats to the winner. Throw in a Pro Mod and a couple of 10.5 cars doing some testing and it was quite a show for those that sit in the stands.

Jr. #4 and Car Club #1 5-20-16 (3)The events winners are:

Jr. Storm: Jaslyn Bean
Jr. Thunder: Luke Cavar
Jr. Lightning: Josh Schmanke
Car Club: Wayne Douglas

Images are now available – click here to go to the photo album, and thank you for your support and purchases!

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Swift Tools #1 & Jr Dragster #2 at Pacific Raceways

Swift Tool ET #1 - Jr Dragsters #2 4-16-16 61616 Apr 2016 Kent, WA – The quest has begun for the 2016 ET season championship.  Just shy of 200 entries gathered on Pacific’s grounds, all with their own dreams of becoming a track champion.

There were a bunch of new faces along with those racers that make up the core of the ET series looking to see their picture on the “wall of champions”.  With all things created equal these races are determined by fractions of a second that in pictures looks like a “dead heat” or a fraction of an inch.

Predicting what you will run in the “hundredth” of a second and then doing it is a feat on its own, doing it run after run will make you a champion.

Images are available online – click here to go to the photo album.

The first step to the end game and card their first wins of the season are:

Jr Storm: Jaslyn Bean
Jr Thunder: Ian Theofelis
Jr Lightning: Josh Schmanke
Sportsman: Paul Young
MC: Joe Lind
Super Pro: Gary Ermish
Pro: Chris Johnston

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Test-N-Tune & Jr Dragster #1 at Pacific Raceways

Jr. Dragsters Race #1 4-9-16 39809 April 2016 Kent, WA – The fog moved in and the sun pushed it away casting a shadow on everyone for this first race of the 2016 season for the Jr. Dragsters. The racers, with another year under their belt were eager to get racing again.

Jr. Dragsters Race #1 4-9-16 477The other group of racers out today was there for the test and tune.   Great turnout! – Four lanes wide and around the curve. Can you say “happy to be racing again”.

One of the biggest happy grins had to have come from young Mr. Wilcox.  He was just recently licensed in a sleek race car in its own right  – he jumped into grandpa’s dragster and made his first of two runs required to upgrade, a little quicker and a bit faster. Good job to you.

The Jr. Dragster Winners –

Jr. Storm – Jaslyn Bean
Jr. Thunder – Ian Theofelis
Jr. Lightning – Josh Schmanke

Images of all the action are now available – click here to go to the photo album.

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Toy For Tots – NW Toy Drive at Pacific Raceways

Toys for Tots 12-6-15 17906 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.
Toys for Tots 12-6-15 010Combine 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.
Toys for Tots 12-6-15 170Of 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.
Toys for Tots 12-6-15 400Every 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.

Toys for Tots 12-6-15 002Images of all the excitement and holiday cheer are now available click here to go to the album, & Happy Holidays!