2009 PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

 BRACKET RACING NEWS 

Welcome to the unofficial (but pretty much official) Portland International Raceway Bracket Racing site! The focus of this site will remain as it has been for the past nine years – 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 keep the race results and current point standings posted within 24 hours of receiving them.  I will also continue to submit the weekly race results to National Dragster.  As for the picture pages, I’m still deciding what to do with them…..

If you have any information, news, comments or concerns regarding Bracket Racing at Portland International Raceway that you would like to have posted here, just send an e-mail to:

Greg Rollin

(greg@supercarsunlimited.com)

DECEMBER 18, 2009

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 13, 2009

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.

 

NOVEMBER 10, 2009

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 Super Street!

 

 

OCTOBER 9, 2009

King Of The Track series finals are set for next Wednesday night.

 

SEPTEMBER 25, 2009

 

King Of The Track series points are now listed in the Results section. 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 18, 2009  

 

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 8, 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! 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 3, 2009

 

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

Bernd Arndt

 

Brett Schroeder

 

 

AUGUST 28, 2009

 

Congratulations to the National Dragster Challenge and NWDRA Payday in the Park winners!

 

 

 

Jim Glenn – Electronics

 

 

 

Pat Figini – Non Electronics

 

 

 

AUGUST 25, 2009

 

 

NOTICE

Race for Wally Plaques

Portland International Raceway Dragstrip

 

August 26, 2009

Gates Open 4pm

 

Entry $25.00     Gen. Admit $5.00    

 

( I-5, Exit 306B ) (503) 823 –7223

www.portlandraceway.com

 

 

 

 

AUGUST 24, 2009

 

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.

 

Salads

Relish Trays

Desserts

Pop

Water

Chips

Condiments

 

Additional Items Needed:

 

Barbecues

Chefs to barbecue

Coolers

Canopies

 

Please check-in to Lettie (503.644.5707) so we don’t have any overage on any items.

 

 

AUGUST 20, 2009

 

 

Portland International Raceway Dragstrip

August 26, 2009

Gates Open 4pm Qualifying and time trials run from 4pm to 7pm

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).

 

 

AUGUST 7, 2009

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. 

 

JULY 29, 2009

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!

 

 

JULY 21, 2009

Congrats to long time PIR racer Gary Ericksen for winning

Super Street (for the second time) at the Northwest Nationals!!

 

 

JUNE 16, 2009

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.

 

 

MAY 28, 2009

Congrats to Greg Kielman for his win in Stock Eliminator at the Lucas Oil Series race

in Mission on May 24th!!

 

 

MAY 11, 2009

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

 

 

 

APRIL 22, 2009

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…….

 

 

 

MARCH 24, 2009

 

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.

 

 

MARCH 13, 2009

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.

 

 

FEBRUARY 16, 2009

 

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.

 

 

FEBRUARY 6, 2009

 

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

 

 

FEBRUARY 5, 2009

 

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.

 

 

JANUARY 16, 2009

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

 

 

JANUARY 7, 2009

 

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).

 

 

JANUARY 5, 2009

 

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.

 

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