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

CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals Sportsman Champion Highlights

October 4, 2018

Shawn Cowie and Justin Lamb have been two of the brightest stars in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series this season, and they continued their winning ways at the CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle. Cowie claimed his third win of the season in Top Alcohol Dragster, and Lamb collected win No. 5 when he claimed the Super Stock title. Cowie and Lamb shared the winner’s circle with Chris Marshall (Top Alcohol Funny Car), Bryan Hyerstay (Comp), Ryan Warter (Stock), Greg Krause (Super Comp), Gene Kelly (Super Gas), Francesca Giroux (Super Street), Steve Casner (Top Dragster presented by Racing RVs), and Bryan LaFlam (Top Sportsman presented by Racing RVs). In a battle between the top-two points earners in the class, Cowie gained the upper hand against three-time and reigning champ Joey Severance with a 5.23 to 5.27 victory in Top Alcohol Dragster. Neither Cowie nor Severance was the quickest driver in Seattle. That honor went to Kim Parker, who drove to a career-best 5.153 at nearly 280 mph. Parker reached the semi’s, where she lost to Cowie. Cowie also defeated Russ Parker and James Stevens en route to his 13th career win. [Video] With a string of runs that... View Article

Brown breaks victory drought in Seattle; Capps, Gray add to season win totals

October 4, 2018

Antron Brown, three-time Top Fuel world champion, was able to lock down his first victory of the season Sunday as he emerged victorious at the 31st annual CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals Sunday afternoon at Pacific Raceways. Ron Capps (Funny Car) and Tanner Gray (Pro Stock) were also winners in their respective categories at the 16th of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Brown piloted to the winner’s circle with a run of 3.835–seconds at 322.84 mph in his Matco Tools dragster to take down teammate Leah Pritchett in the finals. This was Brown’s third consecutive victory at Pacific Raceways and his first victory since the 2017 event. Brown became the fourth driver in NHRA history to earn 50 career Top Fuel event wins.   “It is no secret that we struggled at the beginning of the year,” Brown stated. “Our main focus was one run at a time and to get better each time. But today all of the win lights turned on for our team and I couldn’t be so proud of all my guys for how persistent that they have been. It had been so long that I hadn’t even thought about... View Article

NHRA releases 24-race Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule for 2019 season

October 4, 2018

NHRA officials have announced the 24-race 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, which will again feature intense racing action at tracks across the country. Millions of fans will experience sensory-overload at its best with side-by-side racing action where victories may be determined by mere thousandths of a second. A special highlight on the 2019 tour will be the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Florida’s Gainesville Raceway March 14-17. To commemorate this momentous occasion, some of NHRA’s most beloved figures will come together to celebrate, marking the culmination of the yearlong NHRA Legends Tour. Never before have so many NHRA Legends been gathered in one place. This is a “can’t miss” event for any devoted NHRA fan. All locations on the series schedule are confirmed for the 2019 season and only a few stops are changing dates. The NHRA SpringNationals in Houston move up one weekend to take place April 12-14. Also moving up on the schedule, the Virginia NHRA Nationals will commence May 17-19 in Richmond, Va. Conversely, the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kan., moved to June 7-9. The AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals in St.... View Article