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Road Course Improvement to Start this Winter

January 31, 2019

(KENT, Wash) – Repaving on Pacific Raceways’ historic road course is set for the next 45 days, according to track officials. More than one mile of the 2.25-mile track is scheduled for new asphalt, said Jason Fiorito, raceway president. “We will be repaving from the exit of Turn 2 to Turn 7 and are looking for a weather window in the next month or so,” said Fiorito. The track recently signed an agreement with Miles Resources of Puyallup to do the work. “Our project team at Miles Resources, from ownership to operations, is excited to be working with Pacific Raceways on its road course improvements,” said Jeff Williams, project manager. “We pave everything from major freeways to sports courts, but there is a little extra buzz on our team about the raceway project. We will be utilizing the latest, cutting edge technical knowledge and equipment, and can’t wait to present the finished product to the racing community.” In addition to the repaving, the project will include replacing the old curbing with FIA-approved turn curbs that will help racers on the technical lower section of the road course. The raceway has been working with Motorsports Consulting Services of Phoenix and its... View Article

Official Golf Cart Sponsor Signed

January 30, 2019

(KENT, Wash) – Local business T J’s Custom Carts has been named the official Custom Golf Cart of Pacific Raceways, it was announced recently. The Kent-based company are the kings of customized carts for personal or business uses. “We took delivery of a fantastic golf cart that will be put to use and on display at all of our events,” said John Ramsey, raceway general manager. “TJ’s builds quality carts. You will see them showcasing their custom carts and the workmanship behind them and the variety of optional accessories at a number of our events throughout the year. If you want to make a statement, you need one of these golf carts.” TJ’s Custom Carts refurbishes and repairs Yamaha, EZGO and Club Car golf carts. They offer can endless number of options including custom paint, various wheel sizes and lift sizes including 3 and 6-inch lifts, upgraded suspensions, stereo, locking dash kits and LED lightkits. You can find out more at tjscustomcarts.com or on Facebook at TJscustomcarts. Their phone number is 253-218-9936. Pacific Raceways is a multipurpose racing facility located east of Kent. The track is home to the 32nd Annual NHRA Northwest Nationals on August 2-4. The raceway, which... View Article

Swift Tool Renews Drag Series for 2019; Guaranteed Payout

January 26, 2019

(KENT, Wash) – Cutting tool specialist Swift Tool has renewed its title sponsorship for Pacific Raceways’ premier ET drag racing program for the seventh consecutive year, and in doing so, allows the Kent track to once again offer the largest guaranteed ET series payout in NHRA Division 6. “We are thrilled to announce another year of the Swift Tool NHRA Summit Racing Series,” said John Ramsey, raceway general manager. “Seven years with the same local company sponsoring our top flight drag program is a huge win for our drag racers, spectators and everyone involved with the racing industry.” “Our partnership with Swift Tool allows Pacific Raceways to continue its tradition of offering the largest guaranteed bracket racing payout in the division,” said Ed Garfield, raceway drag strip manager. “Over the course of the season we will be offering over $42,500 in prize money, not counting season-ending bonus checks. That’s huge!” The Swift Tool NHRA Summit Racing Series has a 13-race schedule for 2019 that begins in April and runs through August. The schedule includes five Bud Under the Lights night races and a pair of doubleheader Saturday and Sunday separate races. The Swift Tool series has four classifications of racers:... View Article

Cornwell Tools to sponsor Jr. Drag Race Series and High School Drags

December 14, 2018

(KENT, Wash) – Cornwell Tools recently signed a deal to be title sponsor of both the Jr. Drag Racing Series and the May 3rd All High School Drags at Pacific Raceways for 2019. The deal includes options to support both popular race programs in subsequent years at the Kent track. Cornwell Tools has been the official hand tools of Pacific Raceways since 2017. “We couldn’t ask for a better partner to help promote and support young racers in the northwest,” said John Ramsey, Pacific Raceways’ general manager. “Cornwell Tools has the unique ability to work directly with and support high school auto shop programs throughout the region. We are excited to build both programs and energize the entry point for NHRA racers.” As part of its sponsorship, Cornwell Tools will be giving young racers the chance to win tools and other products. To help build the alumni class of racers at High School Drags, Cornwell will be giving the winning racer a tool box and set of hand tools, similar to what it did last year to the winning high school team as part of its presenting sponsorship package. Likewise, the junior dragster racers will be able to race for... View Article

Raceway Swag for Sale

December 13, 2018

HOLIDAY COUNTDOWN SALE GOING ON NOW! MAKE YOUR ELF JOLLY MERRY CHRISTMAS! Give the gift of Pacific Raceways with a Gift Certificate that can be used to purchase Drag Race tech cards, admission to races and more!  Call the Raceway Office for more info or to order your Gift Certificates (253) 639-5927. Pacific Raceways hoodies are Navy Blue with the Fast Neon Green Pacific Raceways logo on the front and The Place to Race on the back.  Only $43.50 for sizes small, medium, large and x-large and $48.50 for 2x and 3x. Price includes sales tax and shipping!  Call the Raceway Office at (253) 639-5927 to order! Iconic Pacific Raceways T-Shirt in Navy Blue with the Fast Neon Green logo on the front and The Place to Race on the back.  Only $27 for sizes small, medium, large and x-large; $32 for 2x and 3x, Price includes sales tax and shipping.  Call the Raceway Office at (253) 639-5927 to order! Pacific Raceways T-Shirt in Serious Gray with Ultra White logo on the front and The Place to Race on the back. Only $27 for small, medium, large or x-large and $32 for 2x or 3x.  Price includes sales tax and... View Article

Grandstand C & D Improvements

November 30, 2018

Pacific Raceways is excited to share that we will be increasing the seat widths in Grandstands C & for increased fan comfort at our reserved seating events.  In addition to increasing each seat size, we have staggered the rows to give more leg room.  With these changes, the grandstands will be repainted and the seats will be renumbered. Below are links to a comparison of 2018 vs 2019 seating for each reserved section in these Grandstands, as well as a view of the old and new seating charts and design.  The section charts do not reflect the staggered seat design.  You will find that example in the last link below. Grandstand C, Section 1 Grandstand C, Section 2 Grandstand C, Section 3 Grandstand C, Section 4 Grandstand D, Section 1 Grandstand D, Section 2 Grandstand D, Section 3 Grandstand C&D Staggered Seating Design We hope you enjoy these, and other improvements we are working on at Pacific Raceways.  We look forward to seeing you here at The Place to Race!

Results 10/13 – West Coast Grudge

October 15, 2018

Stick Shift Shootout: Dan Herrmann def Duane Pelletier Smal Tire Shootout: Daniel Rodrigue def Kyle Kolinshy Big Tire Shootout: Mike Thielen def John Dickinson 6.50 Index ROUND 1 RT Dial ET MPH 4001 Dan Weiland Stanwood WA ’01 S10 0.289 6.50 6.591 107.52 3025 Daniel Helgeson Auburn WA 0.138 6.50 6.455 109.92 6014 John Schwaller North Bend WA ’70 El Camino 0.155 6.50 6.172 109.89 6893 Darwin LaFord Vancouver WA ’51 Anglia 6.50 6392 Wade Benda ’72 Chevelle 0.081 6.50 6.467 104.59 M656 Mike McLaughlin Spanaway WA ’65 Nova 0.145 6.50 6.362 92.64 K601 David Knudson Kent WA ’67 Camaro 0.080 6.50 6.556 103.29 6392A Doug Allan Olympia WA ’65 Chevy II 0.056 6.50 6.357 102.66 24 Mike Muella Seattle WA ’90 Mustang 0.232 6.50 6.949 97.50 6119 Bernie West Renton WA ’73 Luv 0.566 6.50 6.736 102.62 6558 Randy Craig Olympia WA ’67 Camaro 0.093 6.50 6.670 99.84 6819 Jerrod Warren Orting WA ’78 Camaro 0.158 6.50 6.717 102.53 319 Brad Suryan Snohomish WA 0.515 6.50 6.557 105.16 6552 Brad Craig Bonney Lake WA ’67 Camaro -0.017 6.50 7.137 103.51 361 Eric McLaughlin Spanaway WA ’64 Malibu 0.175 6.50 6.523 103.21 5 Jerry Cooksey Beaver Creek OR ’67 Nova... View Article

CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals Friday Notebook

October 4, 2018

FEATURES As the sponsored Top Fuel car of event sponsor CatSpot, Scott Palmer has a little extra weight on his shoulders. He’s been there before, back when O’Reilly was his car sponsor and also sponsored a handful of NHRA national events, but this time feels very different to him. “Back then, we were just a car in the staging lanes, not a competitive car, and I don’t think a lot of people expected much from us,” he said. “Now we’re a top 10 car and that means we need to run like one. “I’ve struggled a little bit with my lights and part of that is in my head. Steve and Billy Torrence have been helping me a lot with my driving. You’ve gotta remember, I’m a guy who’s raced in defense my whole life. Racing offensively takes a different mindset and I’m going to figure it out. We’ve got a car that runs strong and it’s time for me to step up.” Palmer, who made the Countdown to the Championship last season, sits eighth right now with three events to go, and as good as he’s running, he’s not taking anything for granted. “I feel good but it’s not... View Article

CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals Saturday Notebook

October 4, 2018

FEATURES As hard as it is to believe, it was at this race a year ago that three-time Top Fuel champ Antron Brownlast visited the winner’s circle. This season’s pursuit has been hampered as the team shifted around responsibilities following the winter departure of crew chief Brian Corradi, and a runner-up a few races ago in Epping has certainly given the Matco Tools team a boost. “We know a win’s just around the corner,” said Brown, who also won this race in 2016 and 2009. “We’re just one tab off here, one tab off there, but we’re getting all those dots aligned and pretty soon I think we’re going to go across that finish line and pull off a win. It’s been a challenging season and, for me, it’s making me a lot better, our team’s getting better, we’re all getting better together. I want to win so bad. “The Countdown is coming and I see that we are going to peak at the right time. People don’t realize that we’re far from being a new team, but we’ve moved a lot of people on the team around at the beginning of the season. So I’m proud of where we’re at... View Article

CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals Sunday Notebook

October 4, 2018

PRE-RACE FEATURES Top Fuel points leader Steve Torrence hasn’t had many hiccups in his breakaway season, but the talented Texan says he will have  his mental game squared away today after red-lighting in the first round against Doug Kalitta last weekend in Sonoma. It was his first red-light since the 2013 Brainerd event and didn’t cost him his point lead –- and not much probably can –- but it still needs to be addressed. “There’s no way to put lipstick on that one and making it look any better,” he said. “Sometimes you just make mistakes. It was a long Tree. I knew that when I hit the gas it was a crapshoot because I saw the light coming on as my foot was going down and maybe that I just caught it, that I met it coming on. I’ve driven these things long enough to just throw that out the window. The guys were super supportive and, in the end of he day we weren’t going to win that round anyway. We went .77 and Kalitta went .74; he was .060 on the Tree so I’d have had to been .030 or better to even have a shot. “They say if... View Article