Pacific Raceways Project Gets Green Flag

May 25, 2019

Pacific Raceways is excited to announce that our 15 year quest to provide garage and commercial space for racing enthusiasts and businesses catering to the racing and green automotive technology industries is finally permitted!  We are honored to have been featured in the current edition of the Puget Sound Business Journal, please read the article here.

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

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!

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