(KENT, Wash) – Tickets go on sale beginning Monday, Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. for the 30th Annual NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways Aug. 4-6. The stop in Kent is the 16th out of 24 events across the country on the 2017 Mello Yello Drag Race Series calendar and the only professional drag race in the Pacific Northwest.
Tickets can be purchased online anytime at Extreme Tix or by calling or visiting the Pacific Raceways box office at (253) 639-5927 on Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific Raceways is located at 31001 144th Ave SE.
Last year track records were set in both Top Fuel and Funny Car as Steve Torrence carded a 3.701 at 328.54 miles per hour to grab both the E.T. and MPH record in the Capco Racing Top Fuel entry and Del Worsham piloted the DHL Toyota Funny Car to a track record run of 3.886 at 327.98 mph.
In fact, track records and national records have been the norm at the Kent track for the past two years, said Jason Fiorito, track president. “Professional racing has been off-the-charts fast at Pacific Raceways and we are expecting more of the same in 2017 as we celebrate 30 years of NHRA professional drag racing,” said Fiorito.
While tickets to the general public go on sale Jan. 23, the raceway has been processing ticket renewals from last year’s customers since November. “Our rate of renewals has been fast-paced,” said Jennifer Wirkman, national event coordinator at the raceway. “Our customer base is very excited for this year’s Northwest Nationals. We’ve been communicating with them about improvements and soliciting their ideas and feedback since last September,” she said.
Pacific Raceways features some of the best views on the NHRA tour as fans are able to get close to the racing action. Venerable Grandstand E sits right behind the starting line and affords race fans a close-up view to the 10,000-horsepower nitro cars, said Wirkman. “Race fans need to know that some of our prime viewing seats are going quickly through renewals,” she said. In addition to grandstand seating, Club Nitro offers fans an unparalleled view of the staging lanes and starting line. Tickets to Club Nitro and the appropriately named Finish Line Club go on sale Jan. 23 as well.
“There will be no increases to General Admission or Reserved Seating ticket prices to this year’s Northwest Nationals,” said John Ramsey, raceway general manager. What race fans will see, which previously has been embedded, are ticket company fees. To help off-set that, the raceway has reduced its administrative per order fee from $9 to $6, for 2017. That fee, however, will increase the closer we get to the event, Ramsey said. “We want race fans to buy their tickets early and save money at the same time.”
Advance purchase General Admission ticket prices are $41 for Friday and $51 for Saturday or Sunday plus fees. Advance purchase Reserved Seat prices are $46 for Friday and $62 for Saturday or Sunday plus fees.
Last year, local racer Aaron Strong picked up his first victory in route to an upset win in Pro Stock over Vincent Nobile. Other 2016 winners included Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Ron Capps (Funny Car), Joey Severance (Top Alcohol Dragster), Shane Westerfield (Top Alcohol Funny Car), Jeff Lane (Competition Eliminator), Cody Lane (Super Stock), Brad Burton (Stock Eliminator), Tory Lea (Super Comp), Steve Laskowske (Super Gas), Jerry Denton (Super Street), Brian Phillips (Top Sportsman), and Chuck Glanz (Top Dragster).
The Sunday finals for the 2017 NHRA Northwest Nationals will again be broadcast live on FOX Network television, said Ramsey. Same day coverage of Saturday qualifying will be on FS1, he added.
Pacific Raceways is a multipurpose racing facility located east of Kent directly off SR18. In addition to the NHRA Northwest Nationals, Pacific Raceways will host two NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional sportsman races in 2017 (June 23-25 and Aug. 17-20), a nostalgia Nitro Funny Car race with legendary promoter Bill Doner (July 8) and the 14-race Swift Tool ET Drag Race Series, which is part of the NHRA Summit Racing Series. The track, which opened in 1960, also features a regional event, 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 and on facebook at theplacetorace.
NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.