29 May 2019 Kent, WA – It was Mid-week motorcycle racing for the Olympic Ironworks sponsored series at Pacific Raceways along with a TnT for the Jr.’s and whoever else desired to test their ride at Pacific Raceways.
18 May 2019 Kent, WA – It may say race number four, but it is really, number two as mother nature took away the first two. Many of the racers are still fresh off the first race that filled the grounds as normal for the Swift Tool E.T. Series.
The weather was a touch chilly but fine for racing and way better than the rain that plagued the previous nights event. One mishap delay for an oil clean up stopped action for a short time but the quick work by the drag crew got things back on track quickly and still finish before curfew.
The slow down though it was a good one caused the run order to be altered as Gordon Rust was in the finals in Sportsman and Pro and is afforded cool down time which for him became a great thing as he claimed both classes and the trophy’s to go with the wins.
Jim Were claimed the M.C. class over William Nitta and Dave Wakefield picked up another win in Super Pro.
12 May 2019 Bremerton, WA – When a “WALLY” is up for grabs the racers come in droves to get one in their hands. This year’s race at Bremerton Raceway, packed with racers for the first time under the new 1/8th mile track setup.
For all of those out in the sports world that ride a skate board or snow skies or boards riding the “rail” is one of the challenges you try but riding a “K-Rail” on a Harley is something that will never end well as one of the bike class riders demonstrated on Saturday, un-hurt and a bit embarrassed from his mistake and apologetic for stopping the race Scott will ride again on his regular race bike.
Unfortunately I had to leave before the races were completed so I have no race winner information but would like to congratulate all those that took home a “WALLY” from this year’s National Open race at Bremerton Raceway.
The next PRDC race is May 29th.
30 Mar 2019 Kent, WA – TNT number two packed the grounds with over 300 entries wanting to test their projects, some in preparation for a big race in Vegas but most preparing for the Swift Tool race number one in one week.
All six lanes stayed full thru out the day with racers ready to test and eager to get back in line for another run which in turn more than 900 runs down the well prepped track. The weather for the second week in a row up in the mid-60’s, absolutely perfect for drag racing and sitting in the stands with burger and drinks taking in the action and soaking up the northwest spring sun.
Now the race begins to the end of the season for the championships to play out, good luck to all in their quest to end the season on top.
23 Sept 2018 Woodburn, OR – The last big event at Woodburn Dragstrip is now in its 33rd year and the draw to racers and spectators alike was huge! With each day being its own race day, the amount of classes (25 over the two days) brings a wide range of race cars and trucks to the famous dragstrip. Adding to the mix the Outlaw 8.5 and 10.5 bring their high-powered cars to the track for some 1/8th mile racing.
With the entries for both days racing ran into the darkness turning on the newly finished light pole behind the burnout box. This is a race weekend you need to mark on your date book for next year as it is a great show of race cars and horsepower.
Danny Wargnier in Top Gas
Jarod Anderson in Hot Rod
Brian Horn in Street Machine
Jimmy Heriford in Street Rod
Paul Carbaugh in Stick Shift
Ron McBee in Gasser
Dave Mueller in Inline/Flathead
Steve Cooper in Run Tuff
Don DePeel in ET Motorcycle
Bob Osborne in Harley
Ty Anderson in Super Comp
Gary Erickson in Super Street
James Boyce in Stock/Super Stock
Ryan Bese in Jr. Lightning
Logan Scrivner in Jr. Thunder.
Greg Howland in BB/Funny Car
Marc Pruett in Pro Nostalgia
Paja Agotonovic in Outlaw 10.5
Michael Dunks Jr. in Outlaw 8.5
Tony Arthur in Super Comp
Jess Dale in Super Street
Dave Barcelon in Stock/Super Stock
Don Burgoyne in Dragster/Roadster
Donny Richards in Super Pro
Chris Stone in Pro
Jimmy Heriford in Sportsman
Terry Holloway in ET Motorcycle
Jeff Lilly in Pro Mod
Gene Hegle in Quick 8
Austin Varner in Jr. Lightning
Lindsey Miller in Jr. Thunder
Terry Holloway is King of the Track.
Congrats to all the winners at this years Fall Classic. Also need to thank Dave and Jack for the jump to get my dead battery going and to Jay Bird good luck on your new adventure to the east of the Mississippi river.
02 Sept 2018 Boise, ID – As the rotation goes around between the four host tracks for the Northwest E.T. Finals all headed to Firebird Raceway this year. Close to 500 entries packed onto the grounds, divided up into 14 team pits.
With the Managers Cup, the Race of Champions and the Team championship up for grabs with the winners of the Race of Champions going to Pomona as the Division 6 players for a 7-Division battle for number one in their class.
The weekend got tarted on Thursday with a test and tune for all that needed to adjust to the conditions that is Firebird Raceway. On to Friday and the Gambler race for all those that wish to enter and the runs were also your qualifying hit as those not in get a hit also. The more that enter the bigger the payout and any help with costs to a racer can be helped greatly with a win.
Those that pocketed the cash:
Kurt Gross in Super Pro
Brian McGinnis in Pro
Shannon O’Leary in Sportsman
Riley Toth in Bike/Sled
Kyle Wagenaar in Jr. Lightning
Logan Scrivner in Jr. Thunder
Cooper Chun in Jr. Street.
On to Saturday and it was the Track Managers Challenge and the Race of Champions. A race within a race as all members of the team’s race with the winner added to the team total and as the track champions do battle for the Race of Champions portion also adding to the team total.
With two classes requiring seven rounds to get a winner that’s a lot of racing. Round after round and into darkness it took to go thru the eight classes of racers. The four classes of winners in the ROC that will represent Division Six in Pomona are Pat Osmundson in Super Pro, Matt Lielman in Pro, Devin Fround in Sportsman and Scott Grondahl in Sled/Bike.
In the Track Managers Challenge of the fourteen tracks that entered the E.T. Finals the big winner this year was Woodburn Dragstrip with 49 points to claim bragging rights for another year and those eight class racers that are now on a huge “high” for what they just accomplished.
Sunday, Sunday, Sunday as they say is here with the “Team” Championship up for grabs. With a round win number that will take a long time to better Woodburn Dragstrip “Team Pacific” and it’s 55 racers were ready to attempt a re-peat. Food and liquids provided by “Pirates Loot” over the weekend kept all going into Sunday with a last breakfast before racing. Team photo finished, the members scattered to the pit area to get ready to do battle. Early on the round wins were tough to come by and no record this year and the place in the standings fell.
This fact was also true for a number of tracks, as a many time winner for this series came up with a big win and that team is Portland Int’l Raceway with 86 points.
The class winners in this race
Brad Pattan in Super Pro
Steve Kelly in Pro
Gary Howe Jr. in Sportsman
Mark Canty in Bike/Sled
Kyle Wagenaar in Jr. Lightning
Ryan Bese in Jr. Thunder
Cooper Chun in Jr. Street.
On a special note for a three-day weekend of racing with three separate races to win a racer can only dream of winning all three. Well a young man named Kyle Wagenaar had his dreams come true by “sweeping” the three races, a rare feat indeed done by anyone but to do it in the Jr. Lightning class says a lot about this, young racers future.
Till next time “Congratulations” to all the winners and “Good Luck” to those going to Pomona.
25 Aug 2018 Kent, WA – Unlike the first two Saturday races, this the last of the season became a battle of “wills”, Ed Garfield and his drag crew (vs) “Mother Nature”. Yes, this was an all-day event with the cutoff at 11:00pm.
Traveling from both ends of the track the spattering of drops would bring action to a halt. Do not know the time it takes to go thru the run order, but the weather seemed to stop each time the Jr.’s turn came up, bringing out the bumper-shoots or flat out scurry to their pits seeking cover.
Each one of these “raindrops” had the track start over with track drying and prep. The extra time works against the curfew which works against the run order. Time became a factor as the race needed to finish to determine who will race for the “King of the Track” and points were close and win or lose added into the mix of possibilities.
After moving the run order around and getting the finals finished in each class as fast as the racers could “cool” down, did push the King of the Track final right to the witching hour and showed “Mother Nature”- “WE Will Win” this fight.
David Wakefield in Super Pro
Kenny O’Keefe in Pro
Larry DeCamp in Sportsman
William Nitta in Motorcycle
Ian Theofelis in Jr. Lightning
Dustin Ridge in Jr. Thunder
Trystan Marchel in Jr. Storm
Chase Gorder in High School
Troy Olsonanski in Stock
Dale Green in Super Comp
Jeff Jackson Jr. in Super Gas
Todd Sims in Super Street
Kevin Rennick in Top Comp
“King of the Track” Brian McGinnis. – CONGRATS!!
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 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.
Scott Christensen in Car Club
Selena Lenihan in Jr. Lightning
Anastazji Gossette in Jr. thunder
Abigial Cole in Jr. Storm
Trenton Smith in Jr. Street.
Besting the group and ending in the winner’s circle a new rider grabbed the goodies – John Goms, who threw down a perfect triple zero reaction time and ran so close to his dial-in to top Tom Misfeldt in the last race of the season.
Till the next race have a great off season.