25 July 2018 Kent, WA – Heat and hydration – It seems like mother nature is treating this season of racing from one extreme to another in 2018. All drag racers dislike the rain as it stops racing in it’s tracks, but the heat it will stop “YOU”.
There was plenty of liquid seen all over the grounds attempting to keep everyone cool, at the 6th event of the Olympic Ironworks Motorcycle PRDC event.
Keeping his cool and throwing down a number one qualifying spot and riding it all the way to the “WINNERS” circle, made for a story book day for Mike Evans. Jacked from a perfect light to claim the number one spot and getting a break in one round was all that Mike needed to pick up his first Olympic Ironworks mid-week racing.
11 July 2018 Kent, WA – Hard to believe that only two more dates left to the 2018 Wednesday PRDC at Pacific Raceways. The season is flying by as this mid-week event keeps growing and bringing new riders to the program.
A fine looking white Harley chopper, new to the track with that ride went three rounds lining up against the pure drag bikes pushing some to break out trying to catch this high 12 second chopper.
The Chopper Fell in round three to Mark Sires who took home the hardware after taking out Steve Rosengreen in the finals.
20 June 2018 Kent, WA – When Mother Nature brings out the sunny days the drag strip just loves it, but when she starts combining conditions she can make it down rite miserable.
Dressed in leathers in the heat and humidity has to just soak you up the need to at least get the top down as soon as possible. Though not in leathers those here for the test and tune with all windows up had to be a little un-pleasant with the sun beating in. Plenty of water and liquids for the drag crew doing its normal best even under the hot conditions.
Let’s hope the next race on July 11th has more favorable conditions by toning down the heat that tonight’s winner Jim Werre and his competitors went thru getting to the winners circle.
06 June 2018 Kent, WA – Into June and the mid-week enjoyment of two-wheel competition. Twice a month Olympic Ironworks and owner Gary Tokos sponsor the gathering of bikes to do battle down the Pacific Raceways dragstrip.
Completing the required number of runs to get his license new comer Tom Misfeidt joined in the fun, though going out in the first round I’m sure he will be back. Just another addition to a growing group of bike riders that love to gather for a middle of the week showdown.
Ending the night in the winner’s circle Mark Sires got the trophy and cash as Tyler Baker ran too fast. The next race is 6-20-18.
16 May 2018 Kent, WA – Mid-week bike racing gained a few new entries this week to the series sponsored by Olympic Ironworks and Gary Tokos.
Word is getting around of the fun and comradery that that takes place when the group gets together. Laughing, joking and kidding each other as friends do when together but also helping each other when needed and guiding the new racers to the ways of drag bike racing. To put it plain and simple, help each other to “WIN” no matter who it is in the group.
This night Mark Sires and Thomas Agar faced off in the finals with Mark grabbing the top spot. Next race June 6th.
02 May 2018 Kent, WA – Starting off the summer schedule Wednesday night the motorcycle riders were first up. This mid-week race has grown into a great meet and race around a bunch of friends.
Racers pitted around each other prepping their bikes, helping one another when needed and welcoming new riders to the race program. Combined with the bikes was a test and tune for cars and Jr. Dragsters. They filled up the lanes ready to test their machines and the track surface and its grip.
May 16th is the next date for the bikes, come on out for the mid-week racing.
Outlasting the rest of the class Mark Sires saved the best for last running one-thousands off his dial-in over Mike Evans who was a little off the mark.
23 Aug 2017 Kent, WA – The last mid-week race for the season greeted all with summer weather that speaks drag racing. Mostly sunny and just into the seventies gave the bike riders a break when all leathered up.
Joining the motorcycles, the lanes had a steady flow of cars out for a test and tune. Some of those testing for the upcoming weekend as a number of classes are still up for grabs.
As for the bikes tonight former track champ Jake Havens stepped out of his pickup truck and it’s sitting position to his Hayabusa to earn the top spot and its winnings this evening.
26 July 2017 Kent, WA – The bikes are coming! The mid-week bike race is growing and bringing those who would not normally drag race their bikes.
Getting a pure street bike to launch from a dead stop takes a bit of trial and error. Thanks though to those who take part at every event helping those new to the track and race series. Add to this a test and tune in between the bike runs can also bring new drivers to the track.
Not just something to do on a Wednesday afternoon/evening, pure race cars use this time to check out a new combination or just to check things out for the upcoming weekend race. And to this degree you never know who with what race car is going to show up in the middle of the week.
12 July 2017 Kent, WA – Early evening racing into the night in summertime – not much of a better time to race. It was not superhot and a slight breeze made for some very comfortable racers and spectators alike.
The bike riders were super grateful to not have to bake in their leathers. Still hydration is the number one thing even in the slightly cooler temps from the previous few days. Summertime is here so come on out for some mid-week racing into the night.
28 June 2017 Kent, WA – After a weekend of record-heat the mid-week bike and diesel drags basked in cloudy skies and very comfortable temperatures. Along with the two regular Wednesday series running tonight, the test and tune lanes saw quite a mix of street cars and some true race cars out to test and earn a competition license.
One of those out for the process of getting a competition license was a guy named Gary. Two years of hard work with near five more just putting around on his 1970 Duster. It runs on pump gas and uses a footbrake to launch, it also has no side windows and drives on the streets. This is where the description of the car takes a turn as it is modeled after the very early “funny cars”. No lift-up body here, it has “doors” on both sides and they are all metal though the guts have been removed for weight.
The car is fully caged as per NHRA rules with a motor that fits the era. He set out to bring about a “street” car with all the looks of “old” school that he could safely motor around the hi-ways enjoying his project.
He plans on running it on the track though at this point the class is unknown but with his good friend Randy Parker there to help-out; no telling what class it will fall into.
Good luck wherever you land and look forward to seeing it run again.