(KENT, Wash) – Locally-based Swift Tool & SwiftCARB will be back in 2017 as title sponsor of Pacific Raceways’ ET drag racing program. It will be the fifth year that the iconic family-owned business will have its brand associated with the Kent track’s flagship racing program.
“We are extremely excited to have Swift Tool back as title sponsor of ET racing at Pacific Raceways,” said John Ramsey, raceway general manager. “The Swift family and Brian Lawrence have been integral in helping us grow local racers and NHRA drag racing.”
Last year, racers in the Swift Tool ET Drag Racing Series captured the NHRA Division 6 Summit Racing Equipment team championship, which was contested against 19 NHRA tracks throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
The Swift Tool ET series has a 13-race schedule for Super Pro, Pro ET, Sportsman and Motorcycle drag racers. The season opens April 2nd and concludes August 26th and includes day races on select Saturdays and Sundays as well as four Saturday night races in 2017.
Pacific Raceways is the only track in the Northwest that offers a guaranteed race day pay-outs to racers competing in its series. Points are awarded at each race and champions are crowned in all four categories.
“Title sponsorship from Swift Tool allows us to continue the tradition of guaranteed pay-outs, which benefit our racers and makes for a more exciting program,” said Ed Garfield, drag manager. “We are fortunate to have a local company that supports our local racers.”
Swift Tool specializes in industrial supplies and cutting tools with a variety of customized solutions for industrial applications for machine shops. Swift Tool has the largest inventory of cutting tools in the Pacific Northwest, with Swift Tool’s main store and office are located on South Central Avenue in Kent. More information including a full product line and list of services can be found at swifttool.com.
Pacific Raceways is a multipurpose racing facility located east of Kent. In addition to the Swift Tool ET Series, Pacific Raceways is home to the NHRA Northwest Nationals, one of only 24 NHRA professional drag races in the country. In 2017, Pacific Raceways will be celebrating 30 years of hosting an NHRA Mello Yello, professional drag race. 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 and on facebook as theplacetorace.