(KENT, Wash) – Sumner auto repair shop K&D Autowerks has been named the new title sponsor of Pacific Raceways’ Junior Drag Racing Series for the 2017 season.
The K&D Autowerks Jr. Drag Racing Series will feature 13 points races from April through August. Drivers compete at races for trophies and for season points. Top points earners in each of the three categories are invited to the Summit Racing Series ET Finals, which will be contested Labor Day weekend in Woodburn, Ore.
In addition to the 13-race series at Pacific Raceways, K&D Autowerks will sponsor a first-ever Junior Invitational Race with a guaranteed payout on Sept. 10 at the Kent track.
The Jr. Dragsters are raced by kids ages 5 to 17. They compete on an eighth-mile track in three classes, which are defined by age groups: Storm, Thunder and Lightning. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League. The dragsters go as fast as 85 mph and as quick as 7.90 seconds in the eighth-mile using a five-horsepower, single-cylinder engine, though younger age groups are restricted to slower times and speeds.
The NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League has shown impressive growth since its start in 1992, and it also has been where many top NHRA drivers got their start in racing. The list includes world champions like Pro Stock’s Erica Enders and Top Fuel driver Shawn Langdon, who won a JDRL national championship in 1997, as well standouts such as Top Fuel’s Leah Pritchett, Funny Car driver J.R. Todd, Pro Stock competitors Deric Kramer, Chris McGaha and Vincent Nobile, as well as Pro Stock Motorcycle riders Cory Reed and Melissa Surber.
K&D Autowerks replaces longtime Jr. Drag Racing title sponsor EF-65 Hand Cleaner. The Seattle-based all-natural hand cleaner moves up to sponsor Pacific Raceways Winner’s Circle along with local car show club Bracketstars. The Pacific Raceways Winners Circle Sponsored by EF-65 and Bracketstars will be featured at all drag events.
Started as a one-man operation in the 1990s, K&D Autowerks has evolved into a state-of-the-art collision repair facility located at 1710 Fryar Ave. in Sumner. The full service shop does auto, truck, commercial, RV and motorcycle collision repair. K&D Autowerks takes pride in the ability to fabricate and repair discontinued parts necessary for those RVs still on the road. The shop also specializes in custom painting, restorations, and custom bikes. More information is available at kndautowerks.com.
Made in the U.S.A. EF-65 hand cleaner has storied history in motorsports sponsoring an NHRA Top Fuel dragster team, NASCAR teams, and hydroplane racing teams. While most hand cleaners use harsh chemicals, EF-65 is eco-friendly, nontoxic and biodegradable. More information is available at ef-65.com.
Enumclaw-based Bracketstars has been involved in drag racing at Pacific Raceways for five seasons and has produced and hosted over 50 car shows, including an annual event at Ocean Shores. Bracketstars has a car show program, drag racing program, an interactive membership program and now DJ services. The club meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm at The Performance Grill in Auburn. More information is available at Bracketstars.com.
Pacific Raceways is a multipurpose racing facility located east of Kent. In addition to the K&D Autowerks Jr. Drag Race Series, the track is home to the NHRA Northwest Nationals, one of only 24 NHRA professional drag races in the country. This year, Pacific Raceways will be celebrating 30 years of hosting an NHRA Mello Yello, professional drag race. The heart of Pacific Raceways’ drag racing calendar is the Swift Tool ET Drag Race Series, a series of 13 races for NHRA Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycle racers. The track, which opened in 1960, also features a 10-turn, 2.25-mile road course that is open 12 months a year. Other motorsports activity at Pacific Raceways includes a professional road racing school, championship karting track and weekly motocross track. The raceway will be embarking on a development plan in 2017 that will add race shops, race-related businesses and personal garages to the facility. Schedules and additional information can be found at pacificraceways.com or on Facebook as theplacetorace.