Categories for Pacific Raceway News

Saying goodbye to a longtime friend…

January 20, 2018

This week the racing and auto enthusiast world lost a friend.  Tom Armstrong (Issaquah, WA) was more than just a racer an d car collector.  Tom, a retired packaging executive, was also known for his savvy business-mind, philanthropic way of life, and mentorship to many. As lifetime members of the Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiast (SOVREN) Tom and Susan raced for years at Pacific Raceways in their ‘77 big-block Greenwood Corvette, ’63 Z06 Corvette, ’63 Split-Window Corvette, ’70 Webster CanAm, ‘68 Camaro Z28, ’69 Lola T-162, ’66 GT40, and the ’63 Corvette Grand Sport, one of only 5 ever made.  Having had opportunities to race at other tracks as well, Tom has gone side-by-side with names such as Vic & Christi Edelbrock, Bobby Unser, and more.  One such race was early in Tom’s racing history, the 1986 Rainier Vintage Classic race at the Tacoma Dome here in Washington, a race that has not been duplicated since.  Tom also participated twice in the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England, a prestigious invitation-only hill climb, founded by Lord March, Duke of Richmond. Tom was also a lifetime founding member of the SOVREN Guild, an organization that worked with SOVREN Race Club to... View Article

Track Improvements to Follow Project Occupancy

January 5, 2018

(KENT, Wash) – Pacific Raceways’ new development project of 205,000 square feet of garage space will lead to $2 million of improvements to the iconic multi-purpose race track.  The building project, which has been submitted to King County, is in the review phase with an anticipated construction date of this summer. “We have some significant improvements planned once we get half of the garage space leased,” said Jason Fiorito, Pacific Raceways president.  Improvements include repaving the road course and drag strip, rebuilding the permanent restrooms and a host of other facility-wide upgrades including electrical hookups in the paddock/pits. “Everyone from racers to fans will benefit from the improvements,” he added. The building project will provide racers, car enthusiasts, innovation companies and businesses an opportunity for garages and shops that are adjacent to the raceway.  Garage space ranges from 1,000 – 40,000 square feet. For additional information on leasing space, contact Pacific Raceways at (253) 639-5927. More About Pacific Raceways Pacific Raceways is the largest motorsports complex in the northwest featuring an NHRA championship drag strip; legendary 2.25-mile, 10-turn road course; ProFormance Racing School; Pacific Grand Prix karting track and a regional motocross facility.  Pacific Raceways, which opened in 1960, operates... View Article

2018 NHRA NW Nationals Ticket Info

January 3, 2018

(KENT, Wash) — Ticket renewals begin on January 25 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. Ticket purchasers to last year’s NHRA Northwest Nationals, who bought their tickets in advance and not during day-of sales, are eligible to participate in the ticket renewal program.  They will be contact by mail by the NHRA prior to January 25.  Like previous years, the renewal incentive will be VIP Parking. The change in the timeline for ticketing this year is due to a change in ticketing companies.  In 2018, Paciolan will be handling the ticketing for the NW Nationals.   Here’s the ticketing timeline for the 31st Annual NHRA Northwest Nationals: Jan. 25 – Renewals Begin March 8 – Renewals End March 21 – Upgrade and Relocation for Renewals March 22 – Public On-Sale Begins For additional information on ticketing, you can call Pacific Raceways at (253) 639-5927.  

Building Project Filed with County

December 22, 2017

(KENT, Wash) – Pacific Raceways’ submittal to build 200,000 square feet of garage and commercial shop space has been accepted by King County.  The raceway received a Notice of Complete Application yesterday from the county clearing the way for the review process to begin. The notice by the county starts the time period for permit processing specified in King County Code.  Earlier this month, the raceway and its consultants provided the county with necessary studies on impacts of the project as well as drawings of the buildings that will house personal garages and commercial shop space, including space for Pacific Innovation Center, said Jason Fiorito, Pacific Raceways president. “King County now begins the review and analysis of our completed package,” said Fiorito.  “If everything happens according to schedule, we should begin construction in the summer.” The initial phase of the project will take place on the south end of Lot “C” – a 40-acre grass field on the north side of the race track.  “We have been committed to working with our neighbors on this project and will continue to accommodate their concerns,” said Fiorito.  “It’s important that we do this the right way.” The raceway has commitments for about... View Article

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