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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

NHRA Mariner’s Night

June 26, 2018

Date: August 2 Thursday 7:10 pm Join the National Hot Rod Association and the Seattle Mariners for NHRA Night on August 2 at Safeco Field to help raise funds for Baseball Beyond Borders. Baseball Beyond Borders (BBB) and Pacific Raceways established a partnership to increase access and opportunity to youth and families in sports. BBB’s sports-based community development organization uses sports as a vehicle to advance life and academic outcomes for youth and families in urban communities. The goal of the partnership is to expose youth and families to baseball and racing through exploration of their potential. The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and Antron Brown, 3-time Top Fuel Champion in the MATCO Tools Toyota Nationals, are joining forces with BBB and Pacific Raceways to engage community and increase opportunity for youth at the upcoming NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Event, The NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways, August 3-5, 2018. $7 of every ticket sold through this special offer will benefit Baseball Beyond Borders. Buy Ticket Now

Raceway Development Project Clears SEPA Hurdle

May 1, 2018

Pacific Raceways is excited to report that after 10 years of diligent work, on Monday April 30th King County Department of Permitting and Environmental Review issued a SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act) Threshold Determination of Mitigated Determination of Non-Significance in association of our Interim Use Permit application filed last December. In simple terms this means that it has been determined that our project, with mitigation, poses no significant negative environmental impact. Pacific Raceways has applied for the right to excavate 1 million yards of gravel and construct 205,000 square feet of commercial/industrial space catering to auto enthusiasts, traditional motorsports businesses, and the Pacific Innovation Center. We are pleased to announce that phase I, 80,000 square feet of space involving 2 buildings is already reserved and will likely break ground in August of this year.  Announcements will be made concerning timing of additional space availability, but you are encouraged, if interested, to add your name and space needs to the reservation list accessible through our website.  We anticipate that the remaining 125,000 feet will be absorbed quickly. Thank you to all that helped, supported, and testified during the long process.  Although there is much more to do, this is a major... View Article

2018 NHRA NW Nationals Ticket Info

March 22, 2018

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS NOW (KENT, Wash) — Tickets are on sale NOW for the 31st Annual NHRA Northwest Nationals on August 3-5, at Pacific Raceways.  The Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ stop at the Kent track is the third race in the grueling “Western Swing” that sees races on three consecutive weekends and is pivotal as race teams position themselves for the Countdown to the Championship. You can purchase your tickets by calling 800-844-NHRA or online at  You can also purchase your tickets in person at the Pacific Raceways office Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by calling Pacific Raceways at (253) 639-5927.