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 ten 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.  No promises, but I’ll try to keep the picture pages up to date this year.

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



DECEMBER 31, 2010


I’d like to take a moment to wish a Happy New Year to all my PIR friends!

It was really nice to return to racing again this past season after being

out of  





DECEMBER 21, 2010


Congratulations to all 2010 Portland International Raceway track champions!



Super/Pro: Dave Sattem




Pro: Gene Bergstrom




Sportsman: John Nelson




Motorcycle: Mark Canty



High School: Nick Schillereff




Jr. Dragster Lightning: Tyler Dietrich




Jr. Dragster Thunder: Jonah Bettger




Sport Compact: Brett Schroeder



2010 Portland International Raceway Special Awards:


Track Spirit:


                                      Lettie Hilles

                                      Cora Madison

                                      Kim Bettger



Most Improved  – Anthony Steinmeyer  &  Ed Peters


Driver  of the year – Dave Sattem


Sportsman  Award  – Ken Green  &  Mike Pliska





OCTOBER 26, 2010






OCTOBER 18, 2010

2010 PIR Bracket Racers Awards Banquet December 5th.

For more info and reservation form, click HERE




OCTOBER 14, 2010

Congratulations to Jeff Staley – the 2010 King of the Track!







SEPTEMBER 30, 2010


Team Portland Celebration -- Mission Success

Thursday, October 14th, 6:30pm @ Race Track


RSVP Team Member and Family Count or Regrets,  Required by Oct 7th!!!

Call 503.644.5707 or edio@clear.net


Mission Team Members only please, Non-Team Members are welcome to participate at the Track Banquet, contact Pete.


This is rain K or shineJ


Booster Club Providing:      Chicken

Track Providing:                   Place, Dessert

What to bring:            Side Dish - Salad/Appetizer, for sharing

                                      Your Beverage




Help needed with      Tables – Contact Lettie 503.644.5707

                             Lights  – Contact Ken    edio@clear.net



SEPTEMBER 27, 2010

2010 King of the Track series points are now listed in the RESULTS section.



SEPTEMBER 21, 2010

As many of you are probably aware, longtime PIR racer Ron Anderson was involved in a serious accident a few weeks ago.  While Ron is currently doing better, he has had a few setbacks along the way and still has a long way to go with his recovery. To help Ron and Gayl through this difficult time, the hat was passed around at Mission with racers from all over the division making donations.  If you can help, donations will continue to be accepted at the PIR tower through the end of the season.




Remember, (weather permitting) tonight is the first race of the King of the Track points series.



Although host track Mission Raceway emerged as the overall winner of this years Bracket Finals, Team Portland finished a very respectable second place with several Portland drivers taking major victories along the way.



Mike Nicholson was the winner in Super Pro defeating Danny Wargnier of Team Woodburn in the final.




In Sportsman, John Floyd, Jr. took out Derrick Jackson of Team Woodburn for the win.




Gordon Cady, Jr. became the NHRA Division Six Sportsman champion when he won the Race of Champions on Saturday!


Although I’ve always heard good things about Mission Raceway Park, this past weekend was my first time racing there.  I can now say everything I’ve ever heard is true.  It truly is a very nice track with very nice people running it.  Other than that little red light issue, I had a great time up there!






(Check back later today/tonight for a Team Race update)


Congrats to three more PIR racers for their Sunday wins at the National Open!




Pro winner Charlie Dickinson



Motorcycle winner Don DePeel



Jr. Thunder winner Ruby Hosking


Thanks to Carol Brown for the pictures!



AUGUST 31, 2010

Some important tips / information from Mr. Masterman regarding the Team Race.

If you think you might be using your wireless phone while in Canada, be sure to check with your provider regarding international roaming charges etc., they can be very expensive!  You may also need them to activate the phone for international use before you go.  Since there are currently some freeway construction projects in the Seattle area, it would probably be a good idea to check the WSDOT website as well as the WSDOT I5 construction website before you head that way.   Some additional I5 construction info can be found HERE.  John also sent me a map from Sumas to the motel – click HERE  for the map/directions.


Thanks John!  If anybody else has any tips/info to pass along, let ME know and I’ll post it here.



AUGUST 30, 2011

Congrats to regular PIR racers Dave Smythe and Greg Kielman for their wins at

the National Open last Saturday!



Super Street winner Dave Smythe. 



Stock winner Greg Kielman picked up his second Wally in less than a week!




AUGUST 26, 2010


Congrats to the National Dragster Challenge winners:



In Electronics, Richard Dietrich defeated Mike Nicholson.



In Non-electronics, it was Greg Kielman over Gordon Cady, Jr.


Thanks to Carol Brown for the pictures!





AUGUST 20, 2010








AUGUST 17, 2010

I’m sure I don’t need to remind anyone that points end tomorrow night, but if you haven’t taken a look at the points battles going on in each category, I would suggest taking a moment to do so.  One or two points gained or lost tomorrow night will in some cases determine 2010 track champions as well as slots in the Race of Champions race at the finals.  No pressure there……   One thing for sure, there will be some exciting racing going on tomorrow night!



AUGUST 13, 2010


Some Team Race update info from Lettie:



    !!! Reminder !!!

Please check this website daily for any late breaking Team news.



Hotel Room deadline to receive the PIR Rate is tonight, 8/13, at Midnight.  After this time, the rates go way up!!


If for some reason you are not able to go and must cancel your reservation, you can cancel up to August 26th without any charges.  Cancelation on August 26th or after will be charged for 1 night.




Mandatory Team Meeting (Rain or Shine), Wednesday, August 25th about 7:00 pm at the base of the tower.  Come prepared to sign-up for the Friday Night Team Potluck Dinner.


The following are especially needed:            BBQ’s, Tables, Canopies


Anyone who is planning to go and has NOT YET informed Lettie, contact her ASAP!!  There is still room on the team for anyone that wants to go.


After signing up for the team, if for any reason you are not able to go, please contact Lettie, again ASAP!! 



JULY 29, 2010

Those planning on racing at the team race will want to be sure to take full advantage of the contingency awards available. Click HERE for participating manufactures and products.  Remember to be eligible for contingency awards, you must have the proper stickers in place for the entire race.  And of course, the use of their product.  Note some manufactures require product registration with them prior to the race in order to be eligible – contact each manufacture for details.



JULY 26, 2010 


Lettie would like to update racers that are looking for hotel
Our team block of rooms will be held until August 1st.
Their immediate attention is needed!!!!!
If Racers need rooms, please book immediately.  We would like to release
unused rooms so others will be able to find accommodation.
Interest has been low, but I do not want any Team PIR Members without a
Thanks for you help
Lettie (as dictated to Ken)




JULY 22, 2010


More Team Race info:


2010 NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Finals

Northwest Division ET Finals

September 2-3-4-5, 2010

Mission Raceway Park – Mission, British Columbia

Hear the PA on 91.5 FM


Competitor Information



Entry fees:            ALL U.S. FUNDS

Test and Tune (Thursday)                             $40

                               Car & Driver (Weekend)                       $85

                               Car & Driver – High School                  $30

                               Car & Driver – Jr. Dragster                   $30

                               Crew (Full Event)                                  $30

                               Crew (Sat-Sun only)                                             $25

                               Children 6-12                                                       $5 (5 & under free)

                               Camping (Event)                                    Free with entry


Event Schedule

Wednesday, September 1

Parking &                                              1 – 7 PM

Tech Inspection (priority to ETI)


Thursday, September 2

Gates open                                            8 a.m.

Tech open                                             9 a.m.

Test and Tune                                        12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Team Captain Meeting           5:30 p.m.


Friday, September 3

Gates open                                            8 a.m.

Tech open                                             8 a.m.

Time Trials                                            9 a.m.

Gambler Race                                       Begins after 1st time trial

Team Captain Meeting           30 minutes after conclusion of racing


Saturday, September 4

Gates open                                            7:30 a.m.

Tech open                                             7:45 a.m.

Time Trials                                            8:30 a.m.

Race of Champions                1 p.m.


Sunday, September 5

Gates open                                            8 a.m.

Eliminations                                           8:30 a.m.


Racers may leave trailers overnight on Sunday.  Race will continue to Monday if necessary.  If the Race of Champions is rained out, it will be run following the completion of Sunday’s event.  The only exception is that Jr. Dragster and High School will run on Sunday.  In that case, High School racers may only run one car in one class on Sunday, and must use an additional vehicle if they want to run High School and Pro or Sportsman.


Team Structure

·        Each participating track is allowed to bring 48 entries, regardless of class, in addition to 2 High School, 2 Sport Compact and 4 Jr. Dragster competitors. 

·        All team members must have competed in a minimum of three Summit events (in any class) at the track they will be representing at this event.

·        Racers in the Race of Champions (Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and Motorcycle) must have competed in at least 50% of the Summit events (in any class) at the track they will be representing.


Team Designators

A – Lost Creek                      B – Bremerton                                       C – Coos Bay                        D – Madras

F – Firebird                                           H – Medicine Hat                   J – Champion

K – Saskatchewan                 L – Lewistown                       M – Mission                           N – Spokane

P – Portland                                          Q – Lakeview                                        R – Renegade                        S – Pacific

W – Woodburn                      Y – Yellowstone                    Z – Walla Walla


Event Categories

Super Pro                              7.00 – 11.99, electronics allowed

Pro                                        9.00 – 13.99, no electronics

Sportsman                              12.80 – slower, no electronics

Bike/Sled                7.00 – slower, no electronics

Sport Compact       7.50 – slower, no electronics

High School                           11.00 – slower, no electronics

Jr. Lightning                            Ages 13 and Older

Jr. Thunder                             Ages 8 to 12


Run order for Time Trials

Friday – Sportsman, Sport Compact, High School, Jr. Thunder, Jr. Lightning, Pro, Bike/Sled, Super Pro

Saturday – Sportsman, Sport Compact, High School, Jr. Thunder, Jr. Lightning, Pro, Bike/Sled, Super Pro


We will make our best effort to give every racer two time trials on Friday and one on Saturday.  If the need arises, we will have a special session Saturday morning for the Race of Champions participants, and then fill in between ROC rounds with the remainder of competitors.


Pairings and Lane Assignments

·                    All classes will be called to the lanes in sessions.  Each team will be assigned specific lanes and sessions throughout the event.  From those assignments, a random draw will be made to pair the lanes for each elimination round.

·                    The driver in each class with the best reaction time during the first time run on Saturday will earn the potential bye for first round on Sunday.  During subsequent rounds, the best winning reaction time will have earned the potential bye for the following round.  For the Race of Champions, the first round bye will be based on a random draw, with the best reaction time earning the bye in following rounds.

·                    Lane choice will be done by a coin toss at the head of the lanes.


Team Captains

Each team is allowed up to four (4) team captains.  Team captains will handle any and all problems or discrepancies that one of their competitors may encounter.  Only one team captain will be allowed in the tower at any one time.  Any disputes must be brought to the event director by a team captain.  Division Director will rule on an issues and have final say on such.


Summit Series Decals

Each competitor will be required to run the series decal for the duration of eliminations.  Those not having the decal will not earn points for team or be eligible for any prizes or awards.

Contingency Decals

The NHRA Trailer will have a very limited supply of these.  All racers are encouraged to have and/or get decals from the manufacturer prior to the event.  Decals must be on vehicle for duration of eliminations.  The contingency verification will take place after the race, but will be checked against photos from earlier rounds to see that decals were in place.


ET Finals Rules and Regulations

·         All classes, with the exception of Bike/Sled, will be run on a five-tenth full tree with optional staging. 

·        Deep staging will be allowed, but it may not be written on the vehicle, nor will the starter make any changes to the starting procedure for those deep staging.  Those deep staging assume all risk and must get in first as Autostart will be on for ALL categories. 

·        Bike/Sled will run on a split tree.  Racers wanting a Pro Tree must put a P at the end of their                                     dial (i.e. 9.00P) 

·        CrossTalk will be used in Super Pro only.  Racers not wanting CrossTalk need to place an “N” at the end of their dial-in (i.e. 9.00N).

·        No passengers will be allowed in any vehicle during time trials or competition.

·        Dial-ins and numbers must be on the front, left side, and rear windows

·        Shoe polished numbers are only allowed in Sportsman, Sport Compact and High School.

·        Dial-ins must be displayed prior to leaving the head of staging lanes and entering the ready area, and may not be altered beyond that point unless OK’d by the event director.

·        Once a driver pre-stages their vehicle, they have accepted the posted dial-ins on the scoreboard.

·        Excessive braking may be grounds for disqualification.  Starter and/or Event Director will have final say on issuing a warning or an expulsion.  If a warning is issued, any subsequent infraction will be grounds for immediate disqualification.

·        Any racer or crew member found to be under the influence of alcohol or other substances, during racing hours, will be immediately excused from the event and the facility.

·        All tech cards must be filled in completely and legibly, being sure to indicate your team name or designator at the TOP of the tech card.

·        Team designator must be displayed on the passenger side lower portion of the windshield.  They should also be displayed on the left side and back of the vehicle.

·        To compete at the Summit E.T. Finals a racer must have competed at a minimum of 3 Summit events (in any class) at the track they will be representing.

·        Racers may only compete for one team at the Finals.

·        Penalties will be enforced should one team vandalize another team’s pit decorations.


Pit Vehicles

Team captains are responsible for policing their team’s pit vehicles for improper use and no motorized pit vehicles are allowed from sunset until 1 hour prior to racing resuming the following day.  All riders must be licensed and a minimum of 16 years of age.


Pit Areas

Each team will be designated a specific pit area.  We ask that all participants curtail any noisy activities at 10:00 p.m. on any night.  Please also be respectful of the facility and use trash cans to dispose of any trash prior to leaving the facility.


National Dragster Team Spirit Award

This prestigious award will be given to the team that displays the best spirit based on these factors:

Pit area organization and decorations, overall conduct and sportsmanship in all areas of the facility, team display and support in the grandstands.  Award winner will be decided by the NHRA Certification Team.




Special Awards

Will be given to the Best Appearing Vehicle in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Sled/Bike, and Jr. Dragster.  Best Engineered and Best Appearing Crew will each be awarded to one racer on Sunday.  The award recipients will be decided by the NHRA Certification Team.


High School Eliminator

Open to any student that has attended high school during the 2010 calendar year.  A Complimentary competition number will be provided for these participants.  High School racers will also be able to enter either Pro or Sportsman on Sunday, but those competing on Sunday must purchase a NHRA competition number and membership.  No Motorcycles or electronics allowed.  If Saturday’s race is rained out, High School will be contested on Sunday.  If that happens, High School competitors can only run one class with one car, and must race a separate vehicle in Pro or Sportsman. 


Jr. Dragster

Time Trials and eliminations will be conducted on Friday and Saturday at this event.  Jr. Dragster drivers are eligible to make runs during the test and tune on Thursday.  Each track may send up to four drivers.  Racers will be split into Lightning and Thunder classes based on age.  A driver who started the season as a 12-year-old but turned 13 during the season can run in Thunder but cannot dial quicker than 8.90. If Saturday is rained out, Jr. Dragster will run on Sunday. There will be a bonus race for Jr. Dragster competitors on Friday afternoon.


Team Championship/Track Manager’s Challenge

Each participating track will be awarded one (1) point per round won in the four contested classes.  The team with the highest point total will be crowned the Northwest Division Team Champions.  Track Manager’s Challenge will award one point per round won on Saturday in all seven classes.


Race of Champions

Each track may send up to four representatives in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and Sled/Bike.  The winners of this race will be eligible to attend the NHRA Finals and compete for the Summit Racing Series National Championship.


ROC Purse                           Super Pro                              Pro                         Sportsman                              Sled/Bike

Winner                                   $4500*                   $4300*   $3900*                   $3900*

Runner up                                  500                                        400                         200                                        200

Semi finals                                  100                                          75                           50                                          50

*includes $3500 bonus for attending the National Championship event


Event Purse (Sunday)         

Winner                                   $3000                                    $2500                     $1000                                   $1000

Runner up                                1500                                      1250                          500                                        500

Semi finals                                  700                                        500                          150                                        100

Quarter finals                              150                                        125                            85


Sport Compact

Each track can send two racers to compete in Sport Compact.  The winner will receive a NHRA Wally and jacket.  Purse: Win-$400, R/U-$200, Semi (if 17+ entries) $50.



Restricted Area

The only people allowed in the restricted area are: NHRA employees, track employees, racers in their cars, and crew members who are with the car on the track.  No mascots or extra people allowed.





Class Changes, Multiple Entries, Multiple Drivers

If you need to change from one class to another, please notify the tower.  During each day, each car can only have one driver, and each car can only compete in one class.  A possible exception to this is when a High School racer shares a car with a parent.  In that case, the parent or student (not both) can run time trials on Friday, the student would compete in High School on Saturday, and the parent would compete on Sunday.  Under no circumstances can a car make multiple runs in a time trial session, regardless of who is driving.  Drivers are allowed to compete in multiple classes provided they have a separate car for each class.


NHRA Membership Required

All competitors must be NHRA members in order to participate.  All competitors must also have a NHRA competition number.


Mission Raceway Amenities

Mission offers a full service facility complete with multiple food & beverage outlets, walk-in souvenir stores, modern restrooms and such, including showers on-site at the raceway.


Mission Radio

Hear the PA on 91.5 FM.


More information on this event can be found at:








JULY 16, 2010

Thanks to Ken Green for the following Team Race information:








US Passport Info




You will need an original copy of your birth certificate

Plan 6 – 8 weeks to receive Passport once paperwork submitted



Entering Canada






Team Hotel Information


Best Western Regency Inn & Conference Centre
32110 Marshall Road. Abbotsford, BC
1-800-771-3077 ext 121 or 604-512-1064



More hotel info (pdf format) click HERE



Things to do in Abbotsford Area







JULY 15, 2010

Team Race Sponsors needed!  With all the rainouts earlier this season, the 50/50 coffer is really low this year.  As you know, the 50/50 fund helps pay for PIR racers entry fees to the Team Race as well as for food, beverages, etc., etc. at the race.  Whether an individual sponsorship or business sponsorship, we need your help!  See Lettie at the track on Wednesdays or send ME an email and I’ll pass it along to her.   




JUNE 2, 2010

I really can’t believe I’m posting “Rain-Out” yet again.   By this date in 2001, only two races were rained out and nine were run.  This year only two out of nine races have been run.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate next week…..



APRIL 2, 2010

As I’m sure many of you are aware, certain safety products manufactured prior to 2008 by Impact Racing have recently been decertified by the SFI. For updates on this continuing issue, check the SFI website for details.    



MARCH 23, 2010


*IMPORTANT UPDATE* Jr. Dragster points begin on April 14 NOT this Sunday as listed below. I apologize for any confusion.



MARCH 22, 2010


SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!  This Sunday (March 28th) at Portland International Raceway, the 2010 bracket racing season begins!   Points start in all categories (including Jr.)  Be there!


JANUARY 14, 2010

With the racing season just around the corner, you’ll be sure to want to attend the NWDRA Hi-Performance Automotive Swap Meet!




JANUARY 7, 2010


WOW!  It’s hard to believe we are in the tenth year of this deal, but here we are! 

Before we get round ten started, let me first take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year!  And what better way to start the new year than with a party!  The 2009 PIR Awards Banquet will be held on January 24th. If you would like to attend, you will need to submit the reservation form with payment no later than January 18th. If you have any questions regarding the banquet, send your questions to Pete, if you have any problems printing the form, just let ME know.


More 2010 news coming soon!




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