04 Sept 2017 Woodburn, OR – As the rotation goes for the tracks that host the E.T. Finals Woodburn Dragstrip has that deed in 2017. From fourteen tracks in the NW Division came their teams – formed from the champions and top placers from their E.T. series for the season.
With 543 entries for the team championship and a couple of people with them there had to be near a couple thousand packing the grounds at Woodburn. That many people in one spot can create a ton of “heat” but was nothing to what “mother nature” put everyone into. Temps hovered around the triple digit mark but the high 90’s had all seeking shade and liquids and bags of ice being grabbed up as soon as they arrived.
Keeping the liquids chilled weather in your drink or the cooler but many more being used to cool machines and many forms of the swamp cooler trying to chill your camp could be seen along with one Super Pro dragster driver with a cooling unit hanging off the cage. No telling what the weather will be like next year in Boise – Firebird has hosted some pretty hot weather events themselves, but I’m pretty sure that they do not want any record temps.
This year’s finals could be a prep for that event as the degrees are logged into the racer’s books for future use.
The NW Division champions now set their goals on Pomona and racing on the “big” stage. “GOOD LUCK” to all and to Pacific Raceways and their smashing the round wins record with 102 “WIN’S” here this weekend. Congratulations and great job of choosing the “TEAM”.
26 Aug 2017 Kent, WA – Champions are made by playing the game and the game is the outcome but all that prep that no one see’s or really hears about is what really makes the champion. For those involved will look at this race #13 as their number that became a “lucky” one and not the normal that is applied to the number.
This the last race of the 2017 Swift Tool E.T. Series will see those champs crowned and from them will emerge a “King of The Track”.
Super Pro – Dustin Ward
Pro – Brian McGinnis
Sportsman – Kenny O’Keefe
Motorcycle – Chris Benda
Jr. Lightning – Josh Schmanke
Jr. Thunder – Ryan Warnke
Stock – Angela Bushmaker
Super Comp – Dale Green
Super Street – Dustin Ward
Top Comp – Ed Hauter
Pro Street – Yvonne Lucas
Outlaw 10.5 – Al Mangold
Outlaw 8.5 – Sherry Rohr
Open Comp – Paige Castagno
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.
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.
On a rainy day in the Northwest most people are trying to stay warm and dry. This is not the case if you are one of the lady cyclists and part of Team Group Health/Sound Velo Cycling. They chose a rainy February Saturday recently to practice for the upcoming cycling season by hosting a “Beginner Race Clinic” for new team members. This clinic helped prepare the Cat-4 women’s field for a safe and rewarding 2012 race season. More than 30 rides used the Pacific Raceways Road Course practicing such things as bike handing, cornering along with riding and racing in a pack.
The team is the area’s largest women’s cycling team. They compete in road, track, cyclocross, and mountain bike racing events at the local, regional, and national levels. Their focus on women and large presence in each cycling discipline differentiates Team Group Health from other area cycling teams. With more than 70 members strong, they are a veritable force whenever the rubber meets the road, the track, or the dirt.
The woman of Team Group Health/Velo Cycling are proud of a long history of community engagement and competitive success, as well as a reputation for exceptional sportsmanship. Each season, the team remains focused on these core qualities as they strive to improve women’s racing by developing new riders and building an elite racing team. Not only will you find them competing on the road, at the track, or playing in the dirt, they also spend countless hours volunteering in our community and at cycling-related events and mentoring racers new to the sport.