BRACKET RACING NEWS
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Send your positive vibes in a southerly direction this Sunday for Kevin Bromley as
he takes on the other Division champions in his quest for a National Championship!
I’ll post results as soon as I hear something.
Major congratulations to Greg Kielman for winning the 2009 Division 6
championship in Stock Eliminator!
Honorable mention goes to Jim Glenn
for a second place finish in Divisional standings in
King Of The Track series finals are set for next Wednesday night.
King Of The Track series points are now listed in the Results section.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2009
Congratulations to Race of Champions winners Kevin Bromley in Motorcycle and to Meghan Molinari for her win in Jr. Thunder! And of course to all Team PIR members for finishing third overall in the Division!
As you may know, the Sport Compact class will be competing at the Team Race this weekend. Since SC is contested at PIR on Friday nights – rather than Wednesday nights, some of you might not have had the chance to meet your fellow racers. That being the case, let me take this opportunity to introduce you to your teammates!
PHOTO: Carol Brown
Congratulations to the National Dragster Challenge and NWDRA Payday in the Park winners!
Jim Glenn – Electronics
Pat Figini – Non Electronics
Race for Wally Plaques
Portland International Raceway Dragstrip
Entry $25.00 Gen. Admit $5.00
( I-5, Exit 306B ) (503) 823 –7223
Final points listing has been updated to include Sport Compact.
AUGUST 21, 2009
P.I.R. Team Pot Luck Dinner ’09
Open to all P.I.R. Team Members and their families, Enjoy great food and entertaining bench racing.
Time: Friday September 4th Following Racing Time Trials
Team Members we need your help to bring the following.
Additional Items Needed:
Chefs to barbecue
Please check-in to Lettie (503.644.5707) so we don’t have any overage on any items.
Portland International Raceway Dragstrip
Gates Open 4pm Qualifying and time trials run from 4pm to
Gamblers Race 2 Classes* Entry * Electronic $60 * Non-Electronic $ 50 (Race for an NHRA Wally each class )
General Admission Adults $ 5.00
I-5 Exit 306-B info 503.823.RACE
AUGUST 17, 2009.
As you may have noticed, I have recently added some more new pics to the Picture pages, and I will be adding more soon. In addition to Carol’s offer, another of our track photographers, Jerry Roseburrough has offered the use of his pics on this site as well! If you would like me to post one of his pics here, just go to his site, select your favorite shot of your car and send it to ME. As with Carol’s, when submitting Jerry’s pics, be sure to let me know he was the photographer so I can give him credit.
Get ready for the National Open! Remember, this event is open to ALL bracket classes!
AUGUST 13, 2009.
Couple of things. First, with the final points race of the year now behind us, let me take this opportunity to congratulate all of the 2009 PIR Track Champions!
Super/Pro: Jim Glenn
Pro: Scott Lang
PHOTO: Carol Brown
Sportsman: Bob MacMillan
Motorcycle: Kevin Bromley
High School: Mike George
Jr. Dragster Lightning: Ken Lang
Jr. Dragster Thunder: Alyssa Madison
The final 2009 points standings are now listed in the Results section. As always, if you have any questions regarding points, please contact Pete. The final points listings have a yellow line in each category. The names listed in the yellow line and above are the racers who have qualified for the 2009 Division 6 Team Race. Racers who are racing for Team PIR will need to attend the Team Race meeting next Wednesday night (August 19) which will be held in the grandstands or at the base of the tower at 7:00 (rain or shine).
Believe it or not, I have actually updated part of the photo pages! While I still need to add a few and replace a few, the Super/Pro section is almost up to date! I’ll be working on the other sections in the next week or so.
The Picture page updates are in the works! While I have taken some new pics myself and have received a few submissions, I’m still hoping that you the points racers will submit your favorite shot. To that end, Carol Brown has graciously offered the use of any of her pictures! Just go to her site, select the picture you like best and send it to ME. When submitting pictures, please use the subject ‘PIR picture’ and be sure to let me know who the photographer was so I can give them credit. Please note (other than Carol’s), I cannot post copyrighted pictures without written permission from the photographer.
JULY 23, 2009
Okay, I knew the Pictures section had been lacking in updates for a few years, but when it was pointed out to me last night that there is a picture of Adam Tabor in a Junior Dragster still on the site, I suppose it’s time I do something! For the past two or three seasons, I have requested that you the (points) racers submit your photos and I would post them. Even though people have been asking about when that section was going to get updated, very few racers actually submitted pictures.
No promises as to how soon or even if I will get to everybody, but now that I have a better camera, I will see what I can do about some updates. That said, my request remains – if you have a picture, just send it to ME and I will post it!
Congrats to long time PIR racer Gary Ericksen for winning
Super Street (for the second time) at the Northwest Nationals!!
Two in a row! Pro Bracket racers had better look out – Greg Kielman is on a roll!
Congrats Greg for your win at the Lucas Oil Series race in Spokane on June 14th!!
Jr. Dragster schedule change. Three more races have been added to the 2009 PIR
schedule – June 24, July 8 and 22.
Congrats to Greg Kielman for his win in Stock Eliminator at the Lucas Oil Series race
in Mission on May 24th!!
Looking for a really cool ’41 Willys? Long time PIR racer Mark Saxe has decided to sell
his beautiful example. It is currently setup in “gasser” style, but he has all the parts to
convert it back to an A-arm car.
For further information, contact Mark at 503-313-6687
It was 35 years ago today that I bought this 1967 Olds!
Back then it was yellow, all stock and had been hit hard in the rear.
While I do still own the car, unfortunately I will not be racing it tonight – but
perhaps I will later in the season if a good sponsor comes along…….
WEDNESDAY, WEDNESDAY, WEDNESDAY!!!
Weather permitting of course, this Wednesday night (March 25) will mark the beginning of the 2009 Bracket Racing season. As always, if the weather looks questionable, call the track (503-823-7223) before making the drive out there. Rain out or not, don’t forget the next scheduled bracket race is this Sunday (March 29). See the schedule page for details. Along the lines of the schedule page, I have recently updated it with the race dates for High School as well as for the National Dragster Challenge and the Jr. Dragster Challenge. Please note for 2009, the Sport Compact series will be run on Friday nights. Check the PIR site for dates and details.
SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!
Unfortunately looking at the forecast it looks more like Rain, Rain, Rain for the 2009 PIR Bracket Racing Season Opener, but with fingers crossed, hopefully the rain will hold off until Monday. If it looks iffy Sunday morning, call the track (503-823-7223) for the official word.
The 2009 Bracket Racing schedule is now posted. See the schedule page for details. The dates for High School and Sport Compact races are still being fine tuned – check back soon. I’ll also post the dates for the National Dragster Challenge and for the Jr. Dragster Challenge as soon as they are established.
In order to maintain a consistent race program throughout the season, please note the two Sunday races in March are now 1/8th mile events.
I’ve also updated the General Info section with a 2009 points signup sheet and more.
The Racers Network website is up and running! Through the efforts of Kathy Corey, Lori Weber, Carol Brown and others, a website and forum has been created to assist local racers who are feeling the pinch of the current economy. If you are currently looking for a job, have a job opening, are looking for a place to sell things or would like to post a link to your business, be sure to check out the Drag Racers Network
While there are still some vendor spaces available for the 33rd Annual NWDRA Swap Meet, the final date to mail in your application has come and gone. If you are interested in a booth or if you need any further information, please contact the swap meet committee at the phone or email listings below.
Time again for the NWDRA Hi-Performance Automotive Swap Meet! Please note the new location for the meet. If you’ve got some stuff taking up space in your garage, this would be a perfect opportunity to turn it into cash! For a vendor registration form, click HERE. If you’d like an event flier to help promote the meet, click HERE.
JANUARY 15, 2009
For those who were unable to attend the service for Jean on Tuesday might be interested in visiting her online memorial HERE
I’m afraid I have some sad news to report. Jean Pettit passed away this past Monday. Jean of course was the wife of long time PIR racer Rick and mother of PIR racers Scott and Frank. I’m sure many of you will also remember her from working the ticket booth at the NWDRA swap meet or from helping at the Team Races or from other race activities she helped with.
Cards and letters can be sent to Rick at 1127 SE 213th Gresham OR 97030.
For those able to attend, the funeral service will be held on Tuesday Jan. 13th at 2:00 pm at
Bateman Carroll in downtown Gresham (520 W Powell Blvd. Gresham OR 97030).
First, let me take this opportunity to wish everybody a Happy 2009! It seems hard to believe that this is the ninth year of this site, but here we are – back for another round!
As with all previous years, all racers who are planning on running for points in the upcoming season are encouraged to submit any updates (new car, class, new sponsors, etc., etc.). Just send them to ME and I'll post them here in the News section. When submitting, please use the subject "Racer Update" and if possible, please try to keep the photo sizes under 300KB - and in jpeg format.