06 June 2018 Kent, WA – It was another day’s end with students walking out of the classroom with certificates in hand after successfully completing school at ProFormance Racing School. This program is a must for all those driving up in a new car or new car to them that you would like to learn the best way to control it under highway driving.
Jamming on the brakes and turning the wheel at the same time once completed can come in very handy in an avoidance issue on the roads. It’s just one of the four stations where you will learn what to do in controlled & safe surroundings, overseen by Don Kitch in the classroom and a group of very talented instructors in the field.
If you are a new driver, it’s on your bucket list or even a hot new sports car all will benefit from going thru the school. Go to the web site and find a date for yourself and become a better driver leaving the property.
The 2018 National Open brought together racers from all over the northwest and Canada to Bremerton Raceway for a chance at the “WALLY”. Better than 250 entries packed the grounds at their chance to end up on top of the class.
Kicking off Saturday morning the “cull-de sac” racers put together a pancake breakfast for all the juniors and parents to begin the day full and happy, great job on all the food. Then it was on to packing the lanes with racers for a couple of hits, opening anthems and on to racing.
Beautiful weather with sun and a slight breeze could not have made it any better. Racing round by round throughout the day until the eleven “Wally” trophies were presented. It was a great day and on to the second half of the two-race weekend.
Within 12 hours “Mother Nature” blanketed the area with very low clouds, chilly temps and a huge chance of rain. With everyone watching their cell phone weather apps and radar it now turned into kind of a crap shoot as to completing the race before the rain stopped everything. The track was prepped and only one time hit and then it was on to racing.
Just one round got done and into the next the radar spoke the truth with “green” showing all around the track and racers heading for cover. In the end “she” wins and the race day is called.
Again, a big thanks to the cul-de-sac racers for breakfast and to the purple German potato salad cook, the bomb and H.B.
SS/Stock Combo – Pete Oliviero
Super Street – Jason Zemanek
Super Gas – Forest Fincher
Super Comp – Mark Johnson
Super Quick -Don Sefton
Junior Thunder – Cole Dickhoff
Junior Lightning – Jordon (JoJo) Dooley
Pro – Ken O’Keefe
Super Pro – Dale Green
.5 Motorcycle – Stacy Hesch
Sportsman – Matt Wieck
27 May 2018 Yakima, WA – Aptly named with blown motors and jet blasts this annual event is now in its 8th year honoring the late owner Dee Adams. Combined into a weekend that kicks off the summer holidays even though it is still spring, the event draws the racers to the track. Over 230 packed the grounds ready to do battle.
Changing the plans for the weekend the Super Comp and Super Street changed to 1/8th mile racing due to the strong winds down the track Saturday. It was a nicer day on Sunday but the length was set, and all the racers seemed to have a lot of fun racing the shorter distance.
I have to think that Darral Petitt would like the 1/8mi. all the time as he swept the weekend Super Comp Series. Not quite a sweep but a win on Sat. and then on Sun. in two classes, Jeremy Sears claimed the Quick 8 and Super Pro in that order. Adding to this two-win weekend longtime northwest racer Jim Van Cleve picked up the AFX class Saturday, then added the Pro class win on Sun. A bunch of happy family winners by the end of racing but you know those three were on top of the world. A big Thanks to Derek, Sara and the entire drag crew for the help and to the tower crew Thank You.
Super Pro Andy Schlenker
Pro Rev. Robert Jackson Jr.
Sportsman Jerome Feltman
Bike/Sled Stacy Hesch
Super Comp Darral Petitt
Super Street Dennis Boley
AFX Jim Van Cleve
Jr. Lightning Cooper Chun
Jr. Thunder Lindsay Miller
Quick 8 Jeremy Sears
Super Pro Jeremy Sears
Pro Jim Van Cleve
Sportsman Kenny O’Keefe
Bike/Sled Mike Graber
Jr. Lightning Ian Theofelis
Jr. Thunder Dustin Ridge
AFX Dale Posnick
NW Nostalgic Deb Cummins
Super Comp Darral Petitt
Super Street Chad Blevins
23 May 2018 Kent, WA – When planning your date with ProFormance Racing School the weather is always the unknown. Depending what time of the year you choose it could be snow, rain or bright sunshine. No matter the weather the instructors teach the same basic exercises that will help you in the long run to be a better driver in those conditions.
Springtime around Pacific Raceways adds another though not a hindrance to driving, the cottonwoods were flying coating the grass and sticky surface of the dragstrip. At times pretty to see but those little seeds get into everything.
As far as the school goes it is business as usual teaching another classroom full of students to become better drivers while behind the wheel. Check out the website for your date.
20 May Woodburn, OR – Woodburn Dragstrip opened in 1961 between two plots of farm land. Today if expansion could be had they would as the grounds were packed with nearly 350 racers and tons of spectators for two days of season opening racing.
The event featured a dozen classes in sportsman racing along with AA/Supercharged, Pro Nostalgia, Top Alcohol Dragsters/Funny Cars and the Jet Funny Cars.
Jay Livingston was like an orchestra conductor making sure all the notes are in place and the event went smoothly and got finished on time. When something gets out of tune it’s not long before Jay got it back into harmony. In the end a great job by “all” those involved no matter in what roll they played pulling off another “Season Opener”.
The winners for Saturday are Ian Theofelis in Jr. Lightning, Cole Dickhoff in Jr. Thunder, Dale Green in Super Comp, Allen Macham in Super Street, Bill Bushmaker in S/SS, Derrick Jackson in Sportsman, James Taylor in ET Motorcycle and Bob Osborne in Harley Eliminator.
AA Supercharged – Chuck Moore
Pro Nostalgia – Kacee Pitts
Super Quick – Stephanie Nass
Super Street – Nicholas Shepherd
S/SS – Tommy Gaynor
Dragster/Roadster – Doug Gray
Super Pro – Devon Hilton
Pro – Steve Stuart
Sportsman – Robert Glafka
ET Motorcycle – Terry Holloway
Pro Mod – Jeff Lilly
Quick 8 – Kerry Drost
Jr. Lightning – Tanner Gaetz
Jr. Thunder – Lindsey Miller
18 May 2018 Kent, WA -From an Idea to Reality, this series was thought of by a pair of guys, then with the help of a few more and after that it was taken up by Willy and Jen Peterson. Friday night kicked off a five race series this season and brought at least 50 entries to take part in side by side instant green starts.
On the anniversary of Mt. Saint Helens eruption could this series explode with many more taking part? Only time will tell but they are off to a great start. Next race is June 15th.
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.
12 May 2018 Kent, WA – After “Mother Nature and a Curfew” played havoc with the Swift Series earlier it was great to get in a full race. This race #4 was combined with the first of five “Budweiser Under the Lights” Events this season.
Set up on the tower patio with seating and tables for food and drink the bonus is it is a great spot to take in the four main classes in the Swift Series.
There were 160 entries to grab points and four trophies were handed out at the end of the night plus the pay out for winning and running up.
Race #4 winners are William Nitta in Motorcycle, Jake Biscay in Sportsman, Brian McGinnis in Pro and Austin Calhoun in Super Pro. Next race is June 9th.
11 May 2018 Kent, WA – Hitting Pacific Raceways for the first time this 2018 season Kent Magruder and his group of Car Club racers were out to have fun at the track.
Car makers bragging rights is always up for grabs and points toward the end of season champion. A little less than normal 36 entries from a ’64 Polara to a ’17 Hellcat and a bunch of years in between got after the tree and the track prep.
Six rounds of racing later Craig Smith takes the first race this season. The next Car Club action is June 8th see you there.
10 May 2018 Kent, WA – When ProFormance Racing School gets the whole day for lapping the cars come in droves to take advantage of the track time.
This day six lucky drivers got to share the track with a legend in the car collector’s world Mr. Jay Leno.
Jay was at Pacific Raceways to film an upcoming episode of his CNBC show “Jay Leno’s Garage”. Always with a smile and passing humor until its time behind the wheel and in his driving suit, then all business takes over.
It was a great honor to meet Jay and look forward to watching the show when it airs.