31 May 2019 Kent, WA – The types of cars that run in the Car Club Series is the basic “Big 3”. Every now and then one comes along that is not in the 3, this night an American Motors Rambler was running out of the Ford lanes but he is powered by a Chevy motor.
Not quite sure how the Ford lane was chosen but the car made it to the semi finals only to fall to the event winner Larry DeCamp who padded his lead in the Car Club Series at Pacific Raceways.
Good luck to those chasing Larry to the end of the season as I have signed off from the Car Club Series and will not see the end.
17 May 2019 Kent, WA – A whole pile of Jr’s showed up for their second race of the early season, along with Car Club filling up space for their first race of the season at Pacific Raceways. Adding to those groups was a slew of test and tune folks out to test their rides at the track.
All was well thru time hits and a number of rounds in both classes. With the semifinal rounds for the Jr’s just run and while waiting for the Jr’s to clear the rain drops started. The shutdown end of the track got the first of it, the rain then progressed towards the starting line.
Racing done, we were on hold as curfew is still in the distance and the radar says it won’t last long but no time was given by the weather folks.
The rain stopped but Car Club and the TnT will not run as the shut down area will not dry before curfew, but the strip can be dried to finish the Jr. classes that turned out to be a Ridge brother’s night as Dawsin got the Storm trophy and brother Dustin claimed the Jr. Thunder trophy. Tonight the number one qualifier Jordan “JoJo” Dooley picked up the hardware and points in Jr. Lightning.
05 May 2019 Kent, WA – Spring and almost all the IFO group brings together a car show, vendors, contests and drags to Pacific Raceways.
Always packing the grounds was an array of custom imports with some domestics mixed in with their visions of custom creations. As in the past it is all in the mind of the creator and what they can use to build a dream, if you can think it up you can build it.
On the drag strip the same thing applies as each has their own idea of what will work. With six classes to choose from your combination will fit in one of them, so don’t be afraid to experiment.
Those not involved in the car show or drags also came out in droves to walk amongst the show cars then grab some food from one of the many vendors and headed for the stands to take in the drags sitting in the sunshine.
FWD – Jeremy Breten
Forced Induction Pro – Michael Istvan
All Motor Pro – Eric Steen
Forced Induction Sport – David Delgado
All Motor Sport – Jarred Jaycen
Bracket – Chris Casteilon
Burnout Contest – Now two time winner Brandon Hinton on his motorcycle put on quite a smoke show finish.
24 Aug 2018 Kent, WA – As the Car Club Events hit the track this season its car count has grown, and the series has evolved into a fine race between the car makers. My Chevy is faster than your Dodge and that Ford, you know those words or something like that goes on in the pits.
The friendship between all these racers is on display with laughter and aiding those in need when necessary.
The same can be said of the Jr.’s when they are together though the topics are as you can expect quite different though their hearing brings them to the lanes on one call over the P.A.
One more race to their season to bring them to an even dozen for their season.
06 July 2018 Kent, WA – Making plans are always subject to change. Having a plan “B” or further depending on what may or may not happen. All things were set to go for Friday racing at Pacific Raceways for the 2nd Annual UNFC Funny Car Invitational with twice as many trying to qualify for the 8-car field. Along with all the car club and Jr’s set for their scheduled series race.
A dozen runs into the car club time trials mother nature as she is poured rain onto the parade sending all for cover. The heavy downpour left huge puddles and a completely soaked track, and with a curfew looming, a new plan was in the works.
Scrubbing the funny car qualifying purely for safety, and the car club shortened their race to 1/8th mile as apposed to the normal quarter racing for them and the Jr’s could safely be run after the great work by the drag crew prepping the track.
Top of the class goes to Ken O’Keefe in Car Club, Selena Lenihan in Jr. Lightning, Dustin Ridge in Jr. thunder, Abigail Cole in Jr. Storm and Trenton Smith in Jr. Street.
22 June 2018 Kent, WA – Car Club at Pacific brings out a wide range of the Big-3 production cars and trucks. A ’64 Polara in one lane and a ’18 Charger in the other is quite a sight for the Mopar brand but then again, a ’69 Nova lined up next to a ’64 Chevy II harks back to early GM battles then mix it up with a ’15 Grand Cherokee against a ’06 Silverado.
All of these combinations can be found on a Car Club race date and are quite a treat for those watching. Along with the Car Club this date two groups of 1/8th mi. racers that are a mile apart in appearance and power.
The Jr’s. running their ¼ scale dragsters and the WCSA door slammers, the single cylinder of around 30 cubic inches for the Jr’s, to the over 800 cubic inch, eight-cylinder monster motors in the door slammers.
This night though belonged to the dragsters as “Mother Nature” reared her crying mode and ended the night after the Jr. finals.
The winners are: Ryan Warnke in Jr. Lightning, Alexis Krier in Jr. Thunder, Abigail Cole in Jr. Storm and Trenton Smith in Jr. Street.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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