Car Club, Jr Dragsters & WCSA at Pacific Raceways

25 Aug 2017 Kent, WA – It was the end of the season for the Car Club members and it showed as the lanes were loaded with cars looking to take home the last race hardware. The Jr Dragsters here for their second to last race in their season also filled the Fall National lanes with Jr. Thunder’s champ too close to call.

Rounding out the race date, WCSA brought their high horsepower rides with smaller than normal tires for that much power for qualifying and attempts to tame all that power.

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

WINNERS

Jr. Lightning – Selena Lenihan
Jr. Thunder – Alexis Krier
Jr. Street – Camerin Webster
Car Club – Don Berry

Swift Tools ET Series Race #12

12 Aug 2017 Kent, WA – The road to the E.T. Finals and track champions got a bit clearer at the end of race number 12 of the Swift Tools ET Series at Pacific Raceways. Add to this it was also a “Super Saturday” and the last of the season and everything turbo in the Buick world with a “Turbo Thunder” event.

Super Saturday with this many classes to run takes the planning and execution by track manager Ed Garfield and his drag crew. This came to focus in the combination of smart driving by Lane Cavar after pitching a rod when he pulled to the wall, kept the oil trail short and aiding in the very fast clean up by the drag crew to back to racing and finishing before curfew.

Tons of great pictures for this event – click here to view them. As always thank you for your support and purchases!!

WINNERS

Super Pro – Greg Linne
Pro – Nick Douglas
Sportsman – Kenny O’Keefe
Motorcycle – Chris Benda
High School – Lane Cavar
Jr. Lightning – Josh Schmanke
Jr. Thunder – Ryan Warnke
Jr. Street – James Ryland
Stock – Scott Burton
Super Comp – Darral Petitt
Super Gas – Bernie Plourd
Super Street – Dustin Martin
Top Comp – Tory Lea
Turbo Thunder – Robert Hainline
Turbo Open – Gurts Singh

Swift Tools ET Series Make-Up Race at Pacific Raceways

11 Aug 2017 Kent, WA – Having dates that you can use in case of early season rain-outs is a must. Here in the northwest the early season races are in the hands of Mother Nature and she likes to keep it green around here. Now with the E.T. Finals on the horizon the makeup date comes into play and the points count for those in the hunt.

Along with the makeup race, Car Club, High School and the Grudge racing group that came out in force. Formally called “The Cars of the 253” it’s good to see how much it has grown during the season.

Over 500 images are now available – click here to go to the photo album.

WINNERS

Super Pro – Dave Wakefield
Pro – Dan Herrmann
Sportsman – Art Kirby
Motorcycle – Andre Westmoreland
High School – Lane Cavar
Jr. Lightning – Josh Schmanke
Jr. Thunder – Cole Dickhoff
Car Club – Larry DeCamp

Car Club, Cars of the 253, and United Nitro Funny Cars!

07 July 2017 Kent, WA – Starting off a big weekend of racing at Pacific Raceways was the Friday night “instant” green for The Cars of the 253 and Car Club with their pack of members sporting their daily drivers and pure race cars.

Running their series on Fridays thru the season the car club members gather pretty much together in the upper “bowl” area of the track. This club of racers has also grown over the years as word spreads of the fun with family and friends and the “common” bonds they share. Not easy to be a repeat winner with the diversity in the club’s race cars. This fact really gives no one an edge and it can be anyone’s night to win.

Coming out on top this night Craig Smith and his ’95 Camaro edged out Bill Cadle and his ’64 Polara.

Also building is the “new” class called “The Cars Of The 253”. Running on selected dates, The Cars of the 253 also use the “instant” green start for racing. Only running to the 1/8th mile the reaction to the green can and will catch you off guard. With “no” amber lights counting down to green to set you up you have to be ready once both are staged. Brain to finger or thumb on a button or foot on the brake pedal “will” really test your reaction to the green. Those that cut some pretty good lights under the “normal” tree are finding a bit bigger number on their time slip. Adding to the fact once you get that slip you get “no” info on who you raced. Call someone out, pair up and hit the tree with first to the stripe the winner. This is pure “heads up” racing at its best taken from the streets to the “safety” of the dragstrip.

Top of the list tonight is Lloyd Flatum and his ’01 S-10. Next race for this group is Aug. 11th.

Rounding out the evening was the United Nitro Funny Cars (UNFC) setting up for their race on Saturday; the teams got their first qualifying hit. There is nothing like “nitro” sounds reverberating around the track. The class is the combination of Bill Doner and Bucky Austin bringing the United Nitro Funny Car event to the track. Not quite the “64” funny car event from Doner’s past here at the track but a big event none the less.

Also not the nitro funny cars you see at the national event held each summer at Pacific Raceways these are “old school” race cars like they raced back in the day. Yes they “do” have current safety equipment on the cars and a little help from the lessons learned from the technology developed since these cars ran in their heyday.

Top of the field going into Saturday is Mark Sanders throwing down a 5.677 et at 224.81 mph.

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Car Club & WCSA at Pacific Raceways

17 June 2017 Kent, WA – Two quite different clubs brought their action to the track, one for the evening and the other for the weekend. For those in the Car Club it’s another race in their series that brings all sorts of race cars to run down the track, from pure race cars and a bunch of daily drivers.

This diversity makes for some pretty strange pair-ups running each other. Divided into the main three car makers (Ford-GM-Mopar) in the lanes you see diversity for yourself. This night though the GM brand won out in the finals as a pair of Camaros one a 1969 and the other a 2013 faced off for the trophy. Ken Nylin and his 2013 bested Larry DeCamp and his 1969 to pick up the hardware.

To the WCSA their action on Friday is to qualify for their race on Saturday. Running only 1/8th mile these high horsepower race cars run on only an 8 ½ inch wide racing slick tire. Harnessing that power on a tire that should be twice the size is the goal. Add to that because you qualify one day and race the next can bring “mother nature” into play.

This fact is the demise of many a race day in the northwest as the weather finally put an end to a huge effort by the drag crew to make it happen. Also bitten by the rain was race number eight in the E.T. series and race number three in the H.S. series.

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

The Next race is July 9th for the E.T. and H.S. series.

Car Club & Jr Dragsters at Pacific Raceways

02 June 2017 Kent, WA – You gotta like the mix of classes running on the same date. Car Club and its mix of member’s rides that go from street car to all-out race cars; to the structured rules driven Jr. Dragsters class.

Car Club and the Jr’s all qualify by reaction time and both classes have those that can chop the tree pretty good. Though your reaction time is shown in thousandths does the brain think and react in mill-seconds? Pro’s will often speak of time slowing down from their perspective, is that the brain breaking down time? Really, how close can you cut a light in time? Most time slips and score boards show three digits past the dot but did you know there are a lot more counting your time. Put three zeros on the board from your reaction to the tree will get you some recognition at most all tracks for doing so. What most don’t know is that it is possible to put those three zeros on the board and get a red light and lose your round. That will send the dragstrip announcers into a blast of verbiage as this is pretty rare but it will happen every now and then. No worries this night but a whole bunch of firsts in four of the five classes.

We started off with Car Club and Jeff Eason getting his win with his 72’ Mustang. In Jr. Lightning Korban Lewis picking up his first win this season. Jr. Thunder racer O’Riley Benda winning for the first time. After gaining her license on her grandfather’s boulevard, Camerin Webster took home the trophy in Junior Street. The multi-winner in Jr. Storm Raylee Higgins got help from one of her sponsors that being Capt. Johnathan Hilstrand of the Time Bandit seen on the Discovery channel.

Images are now in the photo gallery – click here to go to the event photo album.

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.

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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.

Jr. #9 and Car Club #5 7-15-16 (56)

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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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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