Swift Tools ET Series #3 & All High School Drag Racing

06 May 2017 Kent, WA – When planning race dates some have more importance to finish then others. This is the case with the High School Drags. The winner gets a race date with Antron Brown on the Saturday of the Northwest Nationals. When Mother Nature washed out the “dragstrip” portion it was re-set for the next day during the Swift Tool event.

There was already a full plate of classes for the day so it would take some doing to run all the high school entries along with the E.T. racers. This fact was tested again by Mother Nature as she soaked everything overnight forcing a later start than normal as chilly wind slowed down the drying process.

Once started the Pacific Raceways drag crew run thru the classes like clockwork finishing the last race one minute before curfew.

Images of all the drag racing action for both the Swift Tools ET Series and the All High School Drags are now available – Click here to go to the photo album

The long list of “winners” are as follows:

Burnout contest: Abbie Hagen
Tug-O-War: Kelli Temeyosa
Super Pro: Wally Cronin
Pro: Brian McGinnis
Sportsman: Veronica Hodgson
Motorcycle: Jim Were
Jr. Storm: Raylee Higgins
Jr. Thunder: Ryan Warnke
Jr. Lightning: Selena Lenihan
High School: Lane Cavar
HS Alumni: John Dickinson Jr.
Pro Street: Ken Sihota
Outlaw 8.5: Sherry Rohr
Outlaw 10.5: Ron Pease
Open Comp: John Eldridge

Swift Tools ET Series #2 at Pacific Raceways

15 Apr 2017 Kent, WA – Try as we may, beating “mother nature” is no easy task. The forces of nature will say at times “beat this issue”. Such was the case for the Swift Tool and High School races today. Hours spent drying the track surface by the Pacific Raceways drag crew became like wiping your brow on a hot day, wiped dry and not long later, more moisture. With the sun going in and out of the clouds it became a battle of wills.

Either all sun or all clouds would dry the track in a few hours. With winter hour’s still in effect it became apparent that time would not allow the race to be completed so it was “rained out” and the last few hours turned into a “test-n-tune for those that wanted to wait until the track dried for a couple “hits”.

As all of this drying and waiting the Hagen twins Abbie and Angie with parents Steve and Kim put on an 18th birthday party for their “girls”. The “tax-day twins” as the track announcer calls them were in “dual” mode as they also take part in the high school portion of the Swift Tool Series. Although the “series” race was rained out they did get to make a TnT pass showing their family and friends what their “sport” is all about.

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

Swift Tools ET Series Gets Season Underway

02 Apr 2017 Kent, WA – Kicking off the drag racing season in the northwest spring can bring a host of weather conditions. The overnight downpour left a big task to the drag crew drying and prepping the track. Beat the water they did but a later than normal start finally got things underway.

Two hits for all to start the day then into racing for real. A brief light shower both brought about no racing and pushed the “Sunday” curfew to the limits. Try as they did when “Mother Nature” dictates what you can do you just do your “best”.

So close they came, finishing three of the six classes leaving two “finals” and one “semi” to run.

The three class winners are in Jr. Lightning Josh Schmanke grabbed the trophy while also licensing for a Super Comp ride. In Jr. Lightning Ryan Warnke came out on top while Brian Thompson put his Mustang in the Sportsman Class “Winners Circle”.

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Final Swift Tools ET Series Event of 2016 & King of the Track at Pacific Raceways

Swift Tool #13 and KOT 8-27-16 (262)27 August 2016 Kent, WA – The final race of the 2016 Swift Tool E.T. series brought a packed house of racers ready to do battle.

Swift Tool #13 and KOT 8-27-16 (172)Fighting for points to take over a top spot or just improve their position in the standings it is all the same, WIN. Throw in a few who were just testing for next season saw some very close finish line wins and losses. Win or lose all those who took part in the season series had a good time out with friends, family and fellow racers.

Picking up the trophy’s this last race are Fred Hoffman in Super Pro with past Division champ Robert Steffen getting the win in Pro, also a packed Sportsman class saw long time racer Rick Green get the trophy and last year’s track champ Joe Lind picked up another trophy for his case.

Swift Tool #13 and KOT 8-27-16 (429)In what has to be the feel good win of the season Kenny OKeefe after losing his long time race car to a fire, starting over with a replacement and going back to the Sportsman class instead of Pro that he ran with the destroyed car claimed the “King of the Track” banner and a huge boost after suffering a great loss. Great season Kenny.

Till next year have a great “off” season.

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Super Saturday at Pacific Raceways

Swift Tool #12-Jr. #12-WCSA 8-134-16 (296)13 Aug 2016 Kent, WA – The final Super Saturday of the season drew just over a baker’s dozen from 300 entries. Sixteen different classes for the racers to fit into have many thinking of the SS trophy sitting on the shelf.

Swift Tool #12-Jr. #12-WCSA 8-134-16 (320)With just five dates in the season you do not get many chances to get one. Also in the mix was the WCSA and their high powered hotrods racing to the 1/8 mile. As a spectator you can’t beat the wide range of cars in a number of heads-up racing. The winners list is long.

Over 400 great images of all the Super Saturday action are now online – click here to go to the photo album.

Super Pro – Emmett McKillop
Pro – Brian McGinnis
Sportsman – Larry DeCamp
Motorcycle – Mark Sires
Stock – Jody Lang
Super Comp – Darral Pettit
Super Gas – Glenn Paine Jr.
Super Street – Dustin Ward
Top Comp – Mark Campbell

Jr. Storm – Jaslyn Bean
Jr. Thunder – Luke Cavar
Jr. Lightning – Kennedy Krier

Open Comp – Craig Castagno
Outlaw 8.5 – Sherry Rohr
Outlaw 10.5 – Outlaw Trucking
Pro Street – Gene Fleury

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Swift Tools ET Series #11 at Pacific Raceways

Swift Tool #11 7-30-16 (546)30 July 2016 Kent, WA – As the season draws closer to its end the scramble to maintain your position in the standings is on the serious side now for the Swift Tools ET Series at Pacific Raceways.

Swift Tool #11 7-30-16 (584)Those lurking just behind you should you stumble are right there though I don’t see any stumble from the high school leader. Lane Cavar is a natural when it comes to racing and has shown it by winning in multiple classes though his huge lead has lessened the past two races, put on the trailer by each of the Hagen twins. Lane you could say is somewhat of a leader in the younger generation showing the talents that they have and the older racers know that they have to be on their game. He could be the first one to have two spots on the “wall of winners” at the track.

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

The list of winners for this combination of classes on another “Super Saturday” are:

Super Pro: Fred Hoffman
Pro: Brian Thompson
Sportsman: Larry DeCamp
Motorcycle: Joe Lind
Jr. Storm: Jaslyn Bean
Jr. Thunder: Luke Cavar
Jr. Lightning: Korban Lewis
Jr. Street: John Hawes
Stock: Brian Seaberg
Super Comp: Dale Green
Super Gas: Kyle Colletti
Super Street: Dustin Martin
Top Comp: Lane Cavar

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Swift Tools #10 & Diesel Drags & Show at Pacific Raceways

Swift Tool #10 and Sound Diesel 7-16-16 (540)16 July 2016 Kent, WA – Overcast skies and comfortable temps greeted all those who came to race or just to watch a great day of racing at Pacific Raceways. For those racers and spectators alike got the treat of watching “big rig” diesel trucks motor down the dragstrip, and it was event #10 of the season for the Swift Tools ET Series.

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It was quite a sight watching blowing smoke out the stacks seeing how quick and fast the bid diesels could go.

Somewhat of another sight though not as in plain sight to all were the Hagen twins racing in the high school class. When together with their father it becomes clearer as their Dodge cars stand out. Take away color and a Wash. Plate and you have “three” peas in a pod, and they were having a great time doing so, pure “family” fun and racing at its roots. More on Angie later.

Closing out the race day the Diesel rigs were cut loose on the dragstrip and the fat part of the road course next to the strip. These prepared big rigs ran some pretty respectful times but the show where the doughnuts they were doing – now that would rival any winner on a circle track. To throw those heavy rigs around throwing tire smoke enough to hide the truck inside is quite a sight. Many cheers and posts to social media show the hit they were, great show.

To the list of winners I get to add a new one in “Big Rig” Ron Buckholz proved he can win in most anything and in the Diesel class Colton Christensen claimed the trophy.
For the Swift Tool #10 race Mark Johnson got the win in Super Pro with Brad Craig bringing his family to the winners circle. Larry DeCamp out lasted the field in Sportsman and continuing his winning streak Chris Benda put another Motorcycle trophy on the shelf and what had to be the upset of the race had to be the afore mentioned Angie Hagen taking out multi-class winner and points leader Lane Cavar.

Lots of images from the final event of this busy weekend – click here to enjoy them, and thank you for your support and purchases!

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Swift Tools ET Series #7 & #8 at Pacific Raceways

Swift #8-WCSA-Doorslammers 6-26-16 (619)26 June 2016 Kent, WA – Back-to-Back E.T. races at Pacific Raceways are fun in many ways – bringing well in excess of 200 entries for the weekend.  Along with the Swift Tools E.T. series the West Coast Streetcar Association and Canada West Doorslammers brought their high powered machines for their series at Pacific Raceways.

Swift #8-WCSA-Doorslammers 6-26-16 (185)The great weather for racing had everyone ready to go at the scheduled time. Knowing how many runs no matter the class is shown in the “run order” that everyone has access to see. Knowing the times that you run also helps plan their doings when not running. You still have to eat and do any servicing to your race car. Unlike some tracks Pacific Raceways no matter the user on the dragstrip or road course they run until a curfew.  Packed lanes and running to that hour ended the #7 race unfinished.

Swift #8-WCSA-Doorslammers 6-26-16 (220)Finish up Sunday was the logical answer.  The run order already set for Sunday according to the time allotted has dragstrip manager Ed Garfield in a time juggling mode. Knowing that towards the end of Sunday races the “cool down” times brings moments of no racing he explained at the drivers meeting the new schedule.  It was executed to perfection by the dragstrip crew getting all races completed before time ran out with a big “great job” to the crew from Ed.

Albums are in two albums, one for each day – Click here to go to the Swift Tools ET Series Albums Page.

SWIFT TOOLS ET SERIES #7 WINNERS
Super Pro – Tory Lea
Sportsman – Kenny OKeefe
PRDC – Stacy Hesch

SWIFT TOOLS ET SERIES #8 WINNERS
Super Pro – Mark Johnson
Pro – Dennis McGinnis
Sportsman – Kenny OKeefe
PRDC – Joe Lind
Doorslammer – Kirk Lanz
Open Comp – Jay Krier
PNSCA – Mike Weiss

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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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Swift Tools ET #2 & High School #1 at Pacific Raceways

Swift Tool ET #2 - HS #1 4-17-16 26917 Apr 2016 Kent, WA – Sunday morning and day two of the back to back Swift Tool ET Series. The weather man is predicting record temps for this day though the high temps will came at the end of the race day. For the racers it means the cool air and sunshine, nothing better, and a great way to start the 2016 Swift Tools ET season.

Swift Tool ET #2 - HS #1 4-17-16 079For those winners in the first race yesterday it was a chance repeat; not an easy task but it can be done, for everyone else it was hey – “it’s my turn today”.

No repeat winners today… Those who won this race day are:

HS: Lane Cavar
MC: Jim Were
Sportsman: Casey Reed
Pro: Dustin Ward
Super Pro: Kevin Youngs in his first win ever, Congrats

Lots of images for the whole weekend, click here for the album for Sunday’s racing.

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