19 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.
This was truly the mix for the final NHRA Northwest Division Six race held at Woodburn Dragstrip.
Thursday 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.
With 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”.
Darkness was the deciding factor now and they ran all that could be run till dark, and then it was on to Monday.
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.
22 August 2016 Kent, WA – Continuing on from the hot weather the Pacific date for the NW Division 6 qualifying began. Along with the division race the sportsman finals from the NW National rain out was on the docket and a whole different set of conditions to deal with.
As for the reminders about staying cool and hydrated, it was everywhere. Bottles of water were in hand and a cool towel around the neck. Also seen where more “bumpershoots” than on a rainy day in the northwest. Having endured the heat on Friday and Saturday, Sunday the marine cloud layer brought out the coats and sweatshirts much to the joy of all.
Now all the data gained in the heat is out the window with as much as a twenty degree drop from the previous days. In the heat Saturday though the sportsman finals were run and Chuck Glanz took the Top Dragster class and local racer Brian Phillips home the Top Sportsman “Wally” in Super Stock, second generation racer Cody Lane added to his trophy case, also up from Tigard, Or. Steve Laskowske grabbed the Super Gas win and from further away Jerry Denton from Tempe, Az. will long haul the “Wally” from Super Street and what had to be the best winner after over four decades of racing Tory Lea got his first “Wally” running in Super Comp.
Congrats to the National event winners now on to Sunday. As mentioned it felt good to have a jacket on and no umbrellas in sight. There was great side by side racing as the best of the division went rounds as the temp rose to a very comfortable shirt sleeve day. For those in the stands it could not be better soaking the sun and racing.
In what had to be the highlight even before the finals for the division race began is local history. I know it did not happen on the same day as normal finals at a NHRA event nor did it happen on the same date but under the heading “Protect The Harvest NW Nationals” class winners list will be father and son Jeff and Cody Lane from nearby North Bend. None the less it is rare indeed for a father and son to win at the same national event; great job you two and your crews.
Link for images of the event, organized into FOUR albums – over 2,000 images! – click here.
Also ahead of the list Jeff can claim winning a National and Divisional “Wally” on the same day. On to the winners with a great big “Thank You” to Pam Gorman for keeping my info straight:
Top Alcohol Dragster: Garrett Bateman
Top Alcohol Funny Car: Chris Marshall
Competition Eliminator: Jeff Lane
Super Stock: Rick McKinney
Stock Eliminator: Greg Kielman
Super Comp: Trevor Harkema
Super Gas: Greg Hehr
Super Street: Jeff Jackson
Top Sportsman: Shawn Herbst
Top Dragster: Tony Burton
Sportsman Motorcycle: Danny Patridge
Super Pro: John Chitwood
Pro: Dennis McGinnis
23 Aug 2015 Kent, WA – Sunny Daze. This was the look for the weekend of LORDS action at Pacific Raceways. With all the fires burning in Eastern Washington the smoke made it over to blanket the Puget Sound area. Not a strong smell of smoke but it blocked the nice view of the surrounding mountain range and Mt. Rainer.
As far as the racing went it had no bearing on the track. The racers went down the strip in accordance with what the log books say about the conditions. With most all the competitors now pitted in what is used for the pro’s during the National event as opposed to the back stretch of the road course made for up close and personal viewing for all those attending.
Round after round of class racing to the winners on a curfew imposed deadline is not an easy task even under perfect conditions, and with this the Super Pro and Super Gas finals had to be set for an upcoming date.
Images in two albums for all the action on Sunday –
Click here for Album Series “A”
Click here For Album Series “B”
OR Click Here For Link to Page with ALL Three Days of NHRA Division Six Albums –
Today these winners were awarded the NHRA “Wally’s”.
TAD – Chris Demke
TAFC – Sean Bellemeur
Comp – Jeff Lane
Super Stock – Alan Falcone
Stock – Tommy Gaynor
Super Comp – Brian Preszler
Super Street – Todd Sims
Top Sportsman – Don Sefton
Top Dragster – Mike MacBrair
Motorcycle – Don DePeel
Pro – Joel Dalke
For the Harley action:
Pro Fuel – Janette Thomley
Pro Gas – Lance Bonham
Hot Street – Charles Robbins
Screamin’ Eagle – William Rowe Jr.
Draggin Bagger – William Rowe