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

A Bremerton Weekend

02 July 2017 Bremerton, WA – Overcoming adversity. When machines break down in the factory where one line depends on another to function troubleshooting becomes the action. In the older days it was kind of easy, did the belt come off? Did it become unplugged? Is something jamming it? All easy to look for and fix if that was the issue.

Now days with computers and electrical parts are combined the task is not as easy. Multi-meters, and computer error codes are what you are looking at to find the source of what has stopped everything from working. In what amounts to better than a half a mile of wires and sensors finding the issue can be a daunting task.

Saturday was that day for Bremerton Raceway and their staff. Error codes on the computer system helps narrow it down but with so many things connected to each other, is it this one or that one? In what amounted to better than an eight-hour search and find and re-place the timing system is back running.

Now what was to be a “race” day has turned into a test and tune operation to run the system making sure everything worked properly. That now out of the way part two of overcoming adversity day.

Saturday and Sunday are “two” separate races, with the exception of the super comp and super street racers, they have one each day. The “heads” got together and moved the Sunday event to a new date and moved all Saturday to Sunday. This move created a “first” for the SC and SST racers as it is now a “double header”.

Two complete races in one day. For the “two” winners, that’s right I did say two they may want to have them all this way.

In Super Comp class Emmett McKillop grabbed both trophies in his ’14 M&M dragster. In the Super Street class Todd Sims powered his red ’66 Nova to the top putting a trophy in each hand.

Now to what was the “event” of the weekend. What started as “The John Kilroy Footbrake Race” now slated as the “Northwest Independence Shootout” brought 119 racers from near and far to get a pile of “cash”, and a “hand-made” trophy at the end of racing. The keyword here is “footbrake”. No Trans brake, nothing but your foot on the brakes.

Put on by the Sears Family Racing with help from many more this race has grown huge. Four thousand to the winner, two thousand to the runner-up, not a bad payday for nine rounds of racing. The total payout money nearly touched “ten thousand” dollars.

When money is involved the racers will come to try and put it in their pockets. I have to say watching a car that normally runs off a trans-brake switch to his foot instead of his finger really shows what “footbrake” racing is all about. Rett Berteilotti in his “first” attempt at this style of racing became a new passion in his own words “this is fun”. It was so much fun to him that “he” claimed the “runner-up” cash and trophy and stated, “I’ll be back next year” for more of this “fun” racing.

To the big winner we go and is not a newcomer to putting the cash in his pocket. Pulling this off in 2015 Dustin Ward did it again. His hard launching “hemi” yanking the front tires off the track just keeps on going this time after having to “buy” back into the race after beating all the other buybacks. The big fella knows his race car like a “glove” and the red Dart fits him like one. Thinking this may be a fluke winning two out of the past three, think again. Dustin has put the car in many a “winners circle” around the Northwest.

In the “Shootout” classes Mark Cavar driving the dragster for the first time this season got the win in the electronics 1/8th mile racing. The motorcycle shootout Jim Were and his ’12 Kawasaki made it to the winner’s circle. For the Jr’s in a combined class race Cooper Chun from Vancouver, Wa. Running out of the Jr. Lightning class claimed the trophy. Congrats to all the winners and hope to see you at next years race.

Lots of great images for both days of action – click here to go to the event gallery, where images are organized into two sections, one for the Test-N-Tune, and one for Sunday.

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.

PNSCA Awards Banquet

21 Jan 2017 Kent, WA – The annual awards for a season well done is the big deal – no matter the class it is what you strive for at the beginning of the season. The Super Comp group is a very close knit bunch that has a lot of fun together on and off the race track.

Bring them together for a good meal and awards will bring out the laughter and joking that they share with one and another, that is until the helmet goes on then as it goes its game on.

For the third season in a row Dale Green has been a machine claiming yet another championship. DG Machine is of course his business and that attention to detail translates to his racing operation and himself. Congratulations to Dale and all the other racers getting awards for their accomplishments this past racing season.

Images of all the fun, the trophies, and the rest are now available. Click here to go to the photo album.

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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6th Annual Dee Adams Fire & Thunder at Renegade Raceway

6th Annual Dee Adams Fire and Thunder 5-28-16 (151)29 May 2016 Yakima, WA – The trip to Renegade Raceway is one that I looked forward to when the dates were announced.  I had not been there since the mid ‘80s and was wondering what it was like now. Sure you can go to the web and see from above the layout of the track as you can for most all tracks, but going back and feeling the atmosphere can’t be beat.

6th Annual Dee Adams Fire and Thunder 5-29-16 (127)Covering the Pacific Northwest Super Comp Association (PNSCA) at the different tracks brings you into the happenings and festivities for that weekend. This has Funny Cars and Jets along with some fine nostalgia machines.

6th Annual Dee Adams Fire and Thunder 5-28-16 (242)This yearly event at Renegade honors the roots of the dragstrip and the people that brought it about. Running a lot of the weekend under the lights brings out the flames that really show at night and when the Jets run you can’t beat it.

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The PNSCA winners are Ty Anderson in the Saturday race and Trevor Harkema claimed the Sunday race.

The next PNSCA race is June 11th, 2016 at Pacific Raceways, see you then.

3 Days of images are now available – click here to go to the Event Folder, each day is in a separate album.

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.

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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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PNW Super Comp Association Banquet – Jan 16th, 2016

Pacific Northwest Super Comp Assn. Banquet 1-16-16 02116 Jan 2016 Tacoma, WA – In sports there can be no ties, and such was the case in the 2015 for the Pacific Northwest Super Comp Association going into the last race of the season.

Geared up for the last race down at Woodburn looked good on Friday then Mother Nature threw a couple of curve balls that no one seen coming.  We all woke up Saturday morning to wind, not a breeze but wind that was bending the trees and blowing anything not nailed down to the north end of the property.   It was truly a very unsafe racing condition and the powers that be at Woodburn agreed for the first time to cancel a race for wind.   Everyone thought – OK we got Sunday, and we can do this.

The second curve came in the form of heavy rain in the middle of the night and would not let up till the end of day.  Now there was a scramble to find a date to break the tie in the standings. A date was picked and the racing began to crown a champ.

For Tom Gresham and Dale Green the cards were laid out. Tom had the odds in his favor; Dale has to win the race to claim the crown. Then fate jumped to Dale as he took out Tom in the first round and the march to the final was on.  Dale did what he needed to do and claimed the race and the championship all in one final race.  Great job Dale and good luck in the 2016 season to all the players.

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Awards aside rules business and the schedule were finalized and the announcement that See It Imagery will provide photography services for the 2016 season.

Banquet Images of all the fun at Shilo Inn in Tacoma are now available. See you for the 2016 season!

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