Categories for Pacific Raceway News

2018 Drag Schedule

December 8, 2017

(KENT, Wash) -Pacific Raceways’ 2018 Drag Racing Schedule has just been released.  It is anchored by the 31st Annual NHRA Northwest Nationals on August 3-5.  Back for a second year is the United Nitro Funny Car Invitational for two days: Friday night July 6 and all day and night Saturday, July 7. The drag season begins (March 18) and ends (Oct. 20) with open test and tunes.  Wednesday night and Friday night open test and tunes run on select dates from May through August. The largest import event in the Pacific Northwest – HondaFest NW – will take place in its usual spring slot on Sunday, April 8.  Other notable specialty races are Import Face-Off for two dates May 6 and August 26; 31st Annual GoodGuys Friday Nite Drags July 27; All High School Drags on Friday, May 4; 43rd Annual Lucas Oil Divisional Race August 16-19; 5th Annual Cornwell Tools GM Nationals Sept. 15; and 4th Annual VW Nationals July 15. New for 2018 are four Friday night West Coast Grudge drags that will feature heads-up racing.  These four events are reserved for grudge drags only.   A full day event for West Coast Grudge will be Sunday, Sept. 16.... View Article

Familiar Sponsor for Jr. Dragsters in 2018

December 7, 2017

(KENT, Wash) – All-natural hand cleaner EF-65 will return to its title sponsorship of Pacific Raceways’ Jr. Drag Racing Series for 2018, it was announced today.  The Seattle-based company had been the series sponsor from 2013 – 2016. The 12-race series for kids 5-17 will begin in April and run through August.  Racers will vie for series championships in Storm, Thunder and Lightning, as well as spots on the Pacific Raceways’ team for the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment ET Finals in September. “The Longley family has a rich tradition in supporting youth sports from boat racing to auto racing to high school football,” said John Ramsey, Pacific Raceways general manager.  “Having the world’s best hand cleaner back with us in 2018 to help support and promote Jr. Drag racing will be important to extend our reach in the community.” We want to build on the excitement around Jr. Dragsters and create opportunities to add more racers and parents, said EF-65’s Gary Longley.  “This is such a fun program with passionate racers.  I can’t wait for the 2018 season,” said Longley. 2018 EF-65 Junior Drag Racing Series April 1             Sunday April 7             Saturday April 22           Sunday May 5              Saturday June 8             ... View Article

Sizzle Added to ET Drag Series for 2018

December 5, 2017

(KENT, Wash) – Pacific Raceways’ popular Swifttool ET Drag Series will see a variety of changes to its traditional 13-race schedule in 2018.  The series, which begins in April and runs through August, will once again feature the only guaranteed payout for racers in the northwest. Partnering with the Kent-based cutting tool company will be Budweiser, one of the most iconic brands in motorsports.  The Swifttool ET Drag Series Presented by Budweiser will include five Saturday night “Bud Under the Lights” races that will crown champions in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycle in addition to the traditional 13-race championship series. “We are thrilled to bring the promotional arm of Budweiser into the mix of our Swifttool series,” said John Ramsey, Pacific Raceways general manager.  “Our goal in 2018 is to increase the fan appeal of the series and promote it using Budweiser’s reach throughout the Puget Sound region.  We have some exciting fan initiatives that we are working on and will announce soon.  Swifttool has been an excellent partner; we look forward to growing their awareness.” Another change announced for 2018 is a mid-season champion for the four race categories.  “We think that racers will enjoy competing for a... View Article

Title Sponsor Named for 2018 GM Nationals

November 22, 2017

  (KENT, Wash) – Cornwell Tools has announced its title sponsorship of the 2018 GM Nationals at Pacific Raceways.  The 5th Annual Cornwell Tools GM Nationals Presented by Jet Chevrolet will take place on Saturday, September 15, 2018, it was announced today. In addition to an all-GM drag race, the one-day event features a large car show backed by the Pacific Northwest Camaro Club. “The GM Nationals is our early fall signature drag race,” said John Ramsey, Pacific Raceways general manager.  “The addition of a national brand like Cornwell Tools will help us add to the event’s continued growth.  We have a plan with our co-promoter – the Pacific Northwest Camaro Club – to make the race into a fan favorite.” Spectators at the race will have a chance to win tools and gear from Cornwell Tools.  The raceway is looking to add feature cars to the race as well.  “Mid-September has some of the best weather of the year,’ Ramsey said.  “There are thousands of Chevrolet, Pontiac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Cadillac and GM fans in the Puget Sound region; we want to make this race into a must-see event.” In addition to its title sponsorship of the GM race, Cornwell... View Article

Pacific Raceways supports KINGS charity

August 22, 2017

(Kent, WA) — Pacific Raceways’ fans can take part in A Night Out with the KINGS hosted by former Mariner catcher Dan Wilson.  The event benefits inner city youth.  It is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 7 at Pyramid Brewery, which is located right next to Safeco Field. Tickets for raceway fans are $30 when used with promo code KINGS.  More information and tickets are available at  

NHRA Nationals Stacking Schedule

July 21, 2017

2017 NHRA Northwest Nationals Sportsman Competitors,   As a result of the permit issued by King County Hearing Examiner for the upcoming NHRA Northwest Nationals, no one will be allowed to stay overnight until Thursday, August 3rd.  Sportsman stacking will open at 5:00 AM and pit parking will begin at 7:00 AM on Thursday, August 3rd. Teams will need to proceed to the main entrance of Pacific Raceways where officials will guide you to the stack lot (Parking Lot C).   Thank you in advance for your cooperation, NHRA and Pacific Raceways

Super Saturday Season Opener

June 5, 2017

(KENT, Wash) – The biggest local drag race series in the Northwest opens up its season on Saturday, June 10 as Dave Barcelon’s Truck Town presents Super Saturday.  Think of it as a regular drag race on steroids! Super Saturday races feature all of the Swift Tool ET Series race classes (Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycles) plus NHRA Sportsman classes including Stock/Super Stock, Super Street, Super Gas, Super Comp and Top Comp.  In addition there are team points within the individual honors.  It makes for a full and exciting day of racing! Dates for Super Saturday races include June 10, July 8, July 29, August 11 and August 26.  The first NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Race Series event scheduled for June 22-25 will also be a points-earning Super Saturday race.  Racers can claim points in 5 out of the 6 race series. In addition to Dave Barcelon’s Truck Town as the presenting sponsor, class sponsors include Legends Roofing, Turbo Technology, Puget Sound Petroleum, Hauter Racing and Jim Storms and Jim Boyce.  Federal Way Automotive and Legends Roofing will again sponsor the team competition. Long-time sponsor Swift Tool supports the ET classes, which will start each of the Saturdays at... View Article

HondaFest NW Sunday!

April 5, 2017

(KENT, Wash) – HondaFest NW 2017 is this Sunday, April 9th at Pacific Raceways in Kent.  The largest car social event in the Northwest takes place on Sunday, April 9 as thousands of Hondas and other imports converge at Pacific Raceways for HondaFest NW. This event is unlike any other in the Northwest.  Tricked out cars from through-out the state, Oregon, British Columbia, Idaho and beyond will be in attendance.  From brand new Hondas to old-school and customized rides you will see it all.  Check out the latest in Honda technology; visit SpeedFactory to see the world’s quickest and fastest stock chassis FWD Hondas.  Along with the huge car show, lead-follow on the road course, drag racing, and vendor booths there is something for everyone. Register online for the car show by 9pm on April 5th for $37.50, which includes driver & car + 1 passenger.  Car show roll in is from 7-9am.  No day-of car show registration.  Car show awards will be at 4:30pm.  Best in Show will also receive (2) VIP tickets to the exclusive screening of The Fate of the Furious on April 10th at the Pacific Science Center IMAX and The Fate of the Furious swag.  There will... View Article

K&D Autowerks lands Junior Dragster sponsorship

February 16, 2017

(KENT, Wash) – Sumner auto repair shop K&D Autowerks has been named the new title sponsor of Pacific Raceways’ Junior Drag Racing Series for the 2017 season. The K&D Autowerks Jr. Drag Racing Series will feature 13 points races from April through August.  Drivers compete at races for trophies and for season points.  Top points earners in each of the three categories are invited to the Summit Racing Series ET Finals, which will be contested Labor Day weekend in Woodburn, Ore. In addition to the 13-race series at Pacific Raceways, K&D Autowerks will sponsor a first-ever Junior Invitational Race with a guaranteed payout on Sept. 10 at the Kent track. The Jr. Dragsters are raced by kids ages 5 to 17.  They compete on an eighth-mile track in three classes, which are defined by age groups:  Storm, Thunder and Lightning.  This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League.  The dragsters go as fast as 85 mph and as quick as 7.90 seconds in the eighth-mile using a five-horsepower, single-cylinder engine, though younger age groups are restricted to slower times and speeds. The NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League has shown impressive growth... View Article