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.
10 June 2018 Kent, WA – It was a whole bunch of classes – Car Club, Junior #5, Swift #5, Junior #6, Super Saturday #1, Outlaw Shootout, PNSCA, BC Shifters, Swift #6 who all were on the LOSS side, as Mother Nature took the WIN at the Swift Tools ET Series #5 at Pacific Raceways.
Try as they may the Pacific Raceways drag staff with help from the racers could not win though not from the lack of trying. The sunshine was only a tease to get everyone going with a goal in sight. No one was happy about the weather putting an end to their plans but think of it this way, it’s not hot lava or torrents of water flooding in destruction mode on peoples lives, disrupting their plans, racers will again run down the track as “Mother Nature” allows you to “WIN” your fair share of the time, with her It’s you win some and you lose some in the “Northwet”.
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.
16 Sept 2017 Kent, WA – Cast, stamped or badged if it says GM its fair game for the GM Nationals. Daily drivers to dragsters took part in Pacific Raceways season ending event.
Combining the drags with a car show brought some very fine stock and customized machinery that GM has produced over the years. You really could spend hours walking the rows in the car show area taking in what the owners have brought for you to take in and photograph.
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