BRACKET RACING NEWS
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Now in our 19th season of providing PIR Bracket Racing news and information!
The focus of this site will remain as it has been for the past eighteen – as a source to keep you updated on the Bracket Racing program at PIR. I'll leave the street legal races, import races, etc. up to someone else. While this remains a volunteer deal, as with all previous seasons, I’ll do my best to post the race results and current point standings within 24 hours of receiving them.
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Note to those who are new here. The italicized and quoted word(s) in the news updates are the weekly Booster Club bonus 50/50 ticket words. When the Booster Club volunteers come around selling 50/50 tickets, work that word into a sentence and receive a bonus ticket!
Motorcycle needed for the
PIR display at the
The final King of The Track race is tonight with the winner going home with a “Wally” and some cash thanks to Dabney’s Alignment and Brakes, the NWDRA, JD Enterprises, Labor Union 737, Heriford Racing (Jimmy Heriford) and Jolly Restaurants! The Number One qualifier will receive a cash prize as well as product from Pepsi and the winner in Lettie’s Losers will receive a bonus payout thanks to the Labors Union Local 737!
Mark your calendar for the PIRD awards banquet on Jan. 4 at Warehouse 23 in Vancouver. Look for your invitation.
Important team picnic message. Please let Ken or Lettie know by Sunday if you are or if you are not going to make it to the picnic (see filer / info below) this Tuesday (Sept. 24).
This week the winners in S/P, Pro, SM and Motorcycle will receive a bonus payout thanks to the NWDRA and the Labor Union 737! Runner ups will receive a gift certificate from Jolly Restaurants, Number One qualifiers will receive a cash payout as well as product from Pepsi, and the winner in Lettie’s Losers will receive an additional payout from the Labor Union 737!
The winner of the annual 50/50 drawing has still not come forward. If you have a white ticket number 484999, $309.00 awaits you! If lucky person still has not come forward by the end of the year banquet, the money will go to the booster club. So check your car, truck, the “staging lanes” or wherever you think you may have left it!
For those planning on attending the party (flier below), please let Lettie or Ken know ASAP as they will need a head count before the event.
The annual Masterman Report:
Both Friday and Saturday ran late, and I headed back to the motel with the tired toddler both days...
But here is the rest:
After 12 long years trying to win a team title and beating everyone at a far-away altitude track, what could follow it up? That's right. Winning a second title in a row at a sea-level track. Back to back. Need I say more?
The team title was quite simply the result of teamwork. Matt Keilman won in Pro on Sunday/Monday's race, which got him a second back to back trip to Pomona as a result of the wild card drawing. Nice effort, young man! The team title happened not by a bunch of hero performances, but by a solid effort by everyone. A round or two or three (more in several cases) by a lot of folks and the points added up. By the semi finals, team Pir was up by three points and had three racers left in, Logan and Ty in juniors, and Matty in Pro. Woodburn was right behind and had two racers still in. The two juniors bowed out that round, as did one of Woodburn's two remaining players. As soon as Matt staged for his single, we were a lock!
The lead went back and forth quite a few times throughout the event. Fairly early on, it was clear there were two teams mixing it up for the top spot. It felt really good last year on hostile territory with unfamiliar conditions and short five players. Winning this year is a different type of satisfaction. Level playing field, sea level conditions, and a team full except for junior street. We don't race during the day, and we don't race quarter mile. Yet we came home with the big Wally 😎
There were other individual performances worthy of notes on Friday and Saturday, but I don't have details of who went how far. I had a tired toddler to get to bed. I can share than Shannan Gaynor was still in the gambler race when the rain came and the pot was split. On Saturday, I believe Dan Kirwan won the dash for cash race. I apologize for any omissions from those two days. On a personal note, after seven straight years of trying, I finally won a round in ROC in an automatic car! Yay me!
There were plenty of rain delays, strange incidents on the track, and more timing system issues than anyone cares to even remember. But the event was completed and we came out on top! I hope everyone is ready to play hard next season as well. We now have a back-to-back to defend. Feels good, doesn't it? Long road trip again next year (scheduled for Spokane, but it isn't confirmed just yet), so plan ahead to make the journey! If anyone doesn't believe in team Pir now, then they just haven't been paying attention 😉 We will never be the home team, but I would say we have proven that we're at home anywhere we go. Be a part of the championship team!
Providing a bonus payout in SP, Pro, SM and Motorcycle, this week’s “sponsors” are Gary Ericksen as well as the Labor Union 737! Runner ups will receive a gift certificate from Jolly Restaurants, the winner in Lettie’s Losers will receive a $50 bonus thanks to the Labor Union 737 and Pepsi will be providing a cash bonus as well as products to the Number One qualifiers!
Congrats to everyone on Team PIR for winning the Division 6 Championship for the ninth time!
Congratulations also go to Matt Kielman for winning the wild card spot in Pro – earning him (another) trip to Pomona for the National Bracket Finals! Check back for John Masterman’s annual ET Finals report coming soon!
I have not heard from Lettie this week regarding the weekly sponsors as well as the Booster Club word of the week. “Nine” would seem like an appropriately good word though….
Busy day – I’m going to take the lazy way out and just copy & paste what Lettie sent me this week (via Ken Green):
Team Meeting Wednesday night at 7:00pm RAIN or SHINE. All Team Members plan to attend.
Reminder to everyone that this Friday, 8/23, is the Perfect Light Race. Wear your Perfect Light T-Shirts, Gates open at 5:30pm, Time Runs until 7pm, drawing for Ladders At 7:00pm, 1st Round 7:15.
Special Thank-You's to the following during Regular Points Races:
Kevin Bromley for $100 bonus for Perfect Light
Shane Molinari, S&T Trucking, for Super Pro Payouts
Richard and Dawn Dietrich, Deitrich Trucking for Pro Payouts
Barry Sheasgreen, NW Refinishing, Sportsman Bonus Payouts
Kevin Bromley, Kripner Paining, for Motorcycle Bonus Payouts
The special Word this week is "engine", don't blow-it!!
$100 Sponser Jesse Debartolo, Rose Garage Door, $25 to all winners.
Runner-up Robert Jackson Jr., Jolly Restaurants, $20 Gift Certificate.
4200 Sponsor Labors Union Local #737 $50 to Winners, all 4 classes.
Lettie Losers Sponsor, Labors Union Local #737 $50 to Winner
To our 2018 Division 6 Champions, best of luck in Seattle
As I’m sure everybody knows, tomorrow (Aug. 14) is the final regular season points night. It is also the deadline for letting Pete, Cindy or Lettie know if you are or are not racing at the Team Race in Seattle. There may or may not be a Team Meeting tomorrow night (if there is, it will be held at the usual time just before “eliminations” at the base of the tower). There will also be sign up sheets in the tower for the usual needed items for the Team Race (dinner, etc., etc.). There are a few remaining rooms at the motel (see info below), but the deadline for the group rate is Friday Aug. 16. On this last night of points, the winners in S/P, Pro, SM and Motorcycle will receive a bonus payout from Enviro-Clean (Frank Clanton), as well as from the Labor Union 737!
Runner ups will receive a
gift certificate to Jolly
Restaurants compliments of Robert Jackson, Jr. The winner in Lettie’s Losers will receive an
additional $50 thanks to the Labor Union 737
and the Number One Qualifiers will receive a gift from the
Important note to Team Racers: As of this writing, the motel only has six rooms left. The area is extremely busy that weekend and optional motels are not available anywhere close, so book your reservations ASAP! The number to call is 253-804-9999 (not the 800 number) you must let them know you are part of the Portland International Raceway group to qualify for the special rate ($124.00 night - $139.37 with tax – I don’t know if that’s for a “single”, double or just what) from 8/28 thru 8/31 (can add 9-1 if desired). The motel is La Quinta Inns & Suites located at 225 6th St SE in Auburn, WA.
Along the lines of the Team Race, it is strongly suggested that you have an ETI done before the race – see Pete to schedule a time. Also make sure your NHRA numbers will be current at the time of the event.
This weeks winners will
receive an additional bonus payout thanks to Alan Lint, as well as from the Labor Union 737, runner ups will receive a
gift certificate from Jolly
Restaurants! The winner in Letties
Losers will receive a $50 bonus from the Labor
Union 737 and the Number One qualifiers will receive a gift from the
Lettie is still fighting the headaches, but wanted to thank her racing family for all of their support. She hopes to be back before the Team Race.
While I usually will have “rain out” posted in the results section within a few minutes of receiving notification, but for those who don’t know, you can receive text notifications of rain outs by signing up HERE.
Winners this week in SP, Pro,
SM and Motorcycle will receive a bonus payout thanks to Walker Racing, as well
as from the Labor Union #737, and the
runner ups will receive a gift certificate from Jolly Restaurants! The Labor
Union #737 will once again be adding to the payout in Letties Losers and
Team Race Motel info:
La Quinta Inns & Suites 225 6th Street SE, Auburn, WA 253.804.9999
Must call hotel direct for this rate, no booking on-line or 800 Number!!
Reservation under Portland International Raceway
$124 / Night ($139.37 w/ Tax) Dates: 8/28 through 8/31. Can add 9/01, if desired.
Cancellation 72 hour prior to arrival to prevent any charges!!
Free Breakfast, Free Parking, Indoor Pool & Hot Tub, Pet Friendly
Note to 2019 PIR Team members: See Ken Green tonight regarding motel reservations or call Lettie ASAP at 503-644-5707.
Updated flier (with more payout!) for the “Wally” race on Thursday.
Thanks to “sponsors” Bud’s Auto Wrecking
and the Labor Union #737, winners in SP,
Pro, SM and Motorcycle will receive a bonus payout and the runner ups will
receive a gift certificate from Jolly
Restaurants! The Labor Union #737 will again be adding to
the winner’s pot in Letties Losers and the
Winners this week in SP, Pro, SM and Motorcycle will receive a bonus from Walker Racing as well as from Labor Union #737! Runner up in all four categories will receive a gift certificate from Jolly Restaurants, the winner in Lettie’s Losers will receive a $50 bonus from the Labor Union 737. Number One qualifiers (best “reaction time” + closest to dial) will receive a gift from the NAPA Distribution Center! Note on the #1 qualifier gift, please make sure to come to the tower to receive your gift!
Remember next week is the Double Header – Wednesday night as well as the (non points) 4th of July event. Tell your friends – Be there!
This week’s winners in SP,
Pro, SM and motorcycle will receive a bonus payout from Charlie Dickinson and
the Labor Union #737! Runner ups from Jolly Restaurants, number one
qualifiers from the
Lettie wishes to pass along her thanks to all who have called – she is doing better, but still stuck at home for the time being. She hopes to be back soon! She wanted to remind everyone to check their “slicks” – she doesn’t want to hear of any crashes due to worn out ones! And speaking of Lettie, the NWDRA and Andy Tabor have setup a Go Fund Me site to help with her medical expenses. You can check it out / donate HERE.
First the important news. I just got off the phone with Lettie, she’s at home now and doing well. She wanted me to pass along a big thanks to everyone for their love, support and concern. She hopes to be back at the track soon. But until then, she wanted to remind everyone who is planning on racing at the Finals to make sure all of your safety equipment, etc. is up to date as well as your NHRA membership. More Team Race info to come.
This week’s winners in SP,
Pro, SM and Motorcycle will receive a bonus payout thanks to Tabor Family
Racing and the Labor Union #737, and the
runner ups will receive a bonus from Jolly
Restaurants! The Labor Union #737 will also be adding a
bonus to the pot in Lettie’s Losers and the
For those non-regular PIR
racers, please note that there is a 103db limit and “mufflers” are required for all bracket races at PIR including the
special July 4th race. For those
racing this Wednesday night, please welcome two new sponsors! Dabney’s Alignment & Brake
as well as The Labor Union 737! Both will be providing bonus payouts this
week to the winners in S/P, Pro, SM and Motorcycle! Runner ups will receive a bonus from Jolly Restaurants, the Labor Union 737 will (also) be providing a
bonus to the winner in Lettie’s Losers and the
This week’s winners in S/P,
Pro and SM will receive the carryover payout from last weeks rain out courtesy
of Raymond Rippe in addition to the bonus payout this week in S/P, Pro, SM and
Motorcycle thanks to Jeff Cross! Runner
ups will receive a bonus payout from Jolly
Restaurants, Lettie’s Losers from the NWDRA
and the Number One qualifiers thanks to the
When the 50/50 Booster Club
folks come around on this Wednesday, you might want to tell them about your
latest “time slip”. Payouts will receive a boost this week thanks
to Raymond Rippe (winners) and from Jolly
Restaurants (runner ups), Letties Losers from the NWDRA and Number One qualifiers from the
Winners this week will
receive a bonus payout thanks to Shannan Gaynor, runner ups from Jolly Restaurants, Lettie’s Losers
from Gaynor’s Automotive, and number one
qualifiers from the
While there is no payout in
the “Trophy Class”, winners this week
in SP, Pro, SM and Motorcycle will receive a bonus payout from Heaton Family
Racing, the runner ups from Jolly
Restaurants, Lettie’s Losers from Gaynor’s
Automotive and the Number One qualifiers from
The winners this week will
receive a bonus payout thanks to Guild Family Racing, runner ups from Jolly Restaurants, Letties Losers
from Gaynor’s Automotive and the top
Evidently, some of you are still not completely filling out your tech cards – if you want to be on the “ladder” for eliminations, be sure your card is completely filled out (especially Name, address, phone, NHRA member number and NHRA number)!
Winners this week in SP, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycle will receive a bonus payout thanks to John Speelman, runner ups from Jolly Restaurants, the winner in Lettie’s Losers from Gaynor’s Automotive and the top qualifiers will receive a gift from the NAPA distribution center! Plus the usual bonus payouts (SP – Shane Molinari, Pro – Richard Dietrich, Sportsman – Barry Sheasgreen and Motorcycle from Kevin Bromley), Perfect light shirts from Gresham Transmission and perfect lights during eliminations from Kevin Bromley. Now if that isn’t enough to knock your “helmet” off, I don’t know what is!
Hello PIR User Groups and Supporters!
Once again we are fortunate to have Mark Matthias, owner of the Beaches restaurants, offering Friends of PIR (FOPIR -- the 501c3 that helps support and promote Portland International Raceway) a Cash Back Day! Mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 9 that all food and drink is eligible for 50% of the bill being donated to FOPIR. Enjoy great food and drink at either of the two Beaches restaurants and be sure to tell your server you are there for FOPIR!
1. Go to either the PDX airport or Beaches Restaurants ALL OPEN HOURS on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (See info below on the two restaurants).
2. Tell your server of food or beverage you are dining in support of Friends of PIR. (FOPIR)
3. 50% of the bill will then be given to FOPIR.
Below is a flyer. Please copy and share in your stores, shops, organizational newsletters, Facebook, websites and of course; tell a friend. Let’s all work together and support FOPIR and their mission to keep PIR thriving!
PDX Main Terminal – Arrival level on the north side pre-security
Hours on Feb. 8: 5:00 am –
1919 SE Columbia River Dr.
Hours on Feb. 8:
Gresham Transmission will be awarding T-shirts for any perfect light and Kevin Bromley will award $100 for any perfect light during eliminations! As will be the case all season long, the winners in Super Pro will receive a bonus payout thanks to Shane Molinari, Pro, thanks to Richard Dietrich, Sportsman, thanks to Barry Sheasgreen and in Motorcycle thanks to Kevin Bromley! While perhaps somewhat lax in the past, this year it is required that you completely fill out your “tech card”. Cards not fully filled out this year will not be accepted at tech.
The Trophy / Novice class has been in the works for a year or so, but thanks to Cliff’s Classic Chevrolet, it will be a part of the regular Wed. night program on designated nights!
Don’t forget, “points” start this Wednesday (Mar. 20)! To begin the season, the NWDRA will be paying a bonus to the winners, Jolly Restaurants to the runner ups and Gaynor’s Automotive to the winner in Letties Losers. There will also be additional bonus payouts to Super Pro thanks to Shane Molinari, Pro from Richard Dietrich, Sportsman from Barry Sheasgreen and Motorcycle from Kevin Bromley!
Gresham Transmission is back for 2019 with perfect light T-Shirts, and this year Kevin Bromley will be adding a bonus for perfect lights during eliminations! The NAPA Distribution Center is also back on board with bonuses for the number one qualifier in SP, Pro, SM and Motorcycle!
Still waiting - I’ll post the 2019 updates (Racers Handbook, info on the new trophy class, etc.) just as soon as I receive them…..
Don’t forget – the Racers Meeting is this Friday (Mar. 1). Lots of exciting pre-season stuff! Be there! Time and location details below.
Pre season racers meeting Friday March 1st, 6:30pm – 9:30pm at the Historic Kenton Firehouse (8105 N Brandon Ave Portland 97217). That’s all I have about this meeting – details to come (?).
I just received the 2019 schedule and it is now posted.
Click HERE for the 2019 Points / Team sign up sheet.
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For 2019 points signup sheets and more, please