BRACKET RACING NEWS
Welcome to the unofficial (but pretty much official)
The focus of this site will remain as it has been for the past fourteen 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 post the race results and current point standings within 24 hours of receiving them. I will also continue to submit the weekly race results to National Dragster.
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:
The first representative meeting will be taking place this Saturday morning. If you have any thoughts or ideas that you would like shared at this meeting and have not already passed them along to your class representative, please do so before this Saturday. Your reps are: Super/Pro: Greg Rollin, Pro: John Masterman, Sportsman: Ken Green and Motorcycle: Mark Canty. I don’t have a contact email for Mark, so feel free to send them to me. If anybody would prefer their input be kept anonymous, be sure to state so in your email – you can be assured your request will be honored.
I received a very saddening and heartbreaking email from Jake Vandehey (son of Jay, great nephew of Don) last Friday night. Jake wrote:
“We had a real tragedy today,
my uncle Don's garage/shop went up in flames due to a welding accident, and his
For the Oregonian article (and more pictures), click HERE.
Losing your race vehicle and all your support equipment is very likely every racer’s biggest fear. I feel just awful about this tragedy – my heart truly goes out to Don and Jay. I’ll post any updates, fundraisers, etc. as they come in.
Banquet pics coming soon….
Update to the Kyle Comeau Holiday
For a printable version of this flier (pdf format), click HERE
Reminder to all 2014 Team members, your banquet forms are due back no later than November 28. If you are planning on attending, please let Pete know ASAP as it would really help those doing the planning.
There will be a table at the banquet
for any toys you would like to donate to the Kyle Comeau Holiday
For a printable version of this flier (to post at your work, etc.) click HERE
The 2014 PIR Bracket Racing awards banquet will be held on Sunday, December 14 at
the Airport Shilo Inn (
I have some sad news to report. Steve Smith passed away this last Tuesday of a heart attack. Many of you will recognize Steve as one of the Booster Club volunteers. Some of the long time racers will remember Steve’s cool lime green Coronet with the very low to the ground stance that he ran in Pro.
PHOTO: Johnny B
There will be a service held for
The 2014 Mel Bresaw Memorial King of the Track Series final came down to Steve Laskowske vs Jimmy Heriford.
With the Wally going to Steve Laskowske. Congrats Steve on another KOTT victory!
(Carol Brown pictures)
Thank you Carol Brown for this nice remembrance poster.
The final race of the 2014 Mel Bresaw Memorial King of the Track series takes place tomorrow night. This is The Big One with the highest payout for a bracket race ever held at PIR! The winner will receive not only a minimum of $2,100, but also an NHRA “Wally”! Guaranteed to be an exciting event, I highly encourage everybody to show up!
Depending on turnout, the regular four classes will be run or they will be combined as a cash bash. Letties Loveable Losers will also be available to all first round runner ups (sponsored by Tabor’s Automotive). While there will be (1/4 mile) Street Legal events held on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th of this month, this will be the last bracket race of 2014.
(I’m bummed I won’t be able to attend this)
Service for Bob Comeau:
There will be a full mass
on October 6th at (Rosary at ) at
There will be a Celebration
of Life at the Comeau shop (
If you have any pictures you would like to share, to be included in the slideshow, please email to email@example.com
As I’m sure most of you have heard, Bob Comeau lost his battle with cancer yesterday. I don’t do well at writing these things so I hope everyone will please understand if I don’t. I’ll post any info regarding a service just as soon as I hear anything.
Hopefully Mother Nature will be cooperative tomorrow night for the final qualifying race of the 2014 Mel Bresaw Memorial King of the Track Series. All bonus payout sponsors (Schroeder and Sons Electric, the NWDRA and Tabor’s Automotive) will carry over from last week. In the event of another rain out (we can’t race in the rain on “slicks”), the next race will the (guaranteed to be exciting) final on Oct. 1.
Even though we got rained out last night, that doesn’t mean we didn’t have a fun time. It was Bill and Joetta Heard’s 50th anniversary! Congrats to you both! I’m just sorry I didn’t have my real camera with me.
The votes have been cast and the results are in. Greg Rollin is the Super/Pro representative, John Masterman the Pro representative, Ken Green the Sportsman rep and Mark Canty the Motorcycle rep. If you have any thoughts, ideas or suggestions on how to improve the bracket racing experience at PIR, please bring them to your respective class representative. Your input will then be shared and discussed at several meetings with Pete this winter. I haven’t talked with Mark yet, but John, Ken and myself would prefer your input be in the form of e-mail. I’ll post Mark’s contact info as soon as I have a chance to chat with him.
The fourth points/qualifying race of the 2014 Mel Bresaw Memorial King of the Track series will be sponsored by Schroeder Electric (winners), the NWDRA (runner ups) and Tabor’s Automotive for Lettie’s Loveable Losers bracket. Track management would like to remind all competitors that “excessive braking” is grounds for disqualification.
SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
This week’s bonus payout sponsors are Odyssey Batteries for the winners, NWDRA for the runner ups and Tabor’s Automotive for the Second Chance bracket. Thank you all for your support!
And speaking of sponsors, the pot just keeps getting richer for the 2014 Mel Bresaw Memorial King of The Track series! In addition to the bonus payout that Jeff Cross and Nick Bresaw have already generously put up, Gary Coe and City Sprint Delivery Service have joined in bringing the total to $2100! Tomorrow night is race #3 of the 5 race series – it’s not too late to come out and try to qualify for the highest payout that I can recall for a PIR Wednesday night bracket race!
Team members – be sure to talk with Lettie this Wednesday night.
Oh, and just because I can’t come up with a clever way to work the words “Time Slip” into a sentence here, doesn’t mean you’re off the hook when the booster club comes around tomorrow night. Make ‘em laugh – you might even get an extra ticket!
Bracket Finals wrap-up by John Masterman:
After another long, fun weekend of the
bracket finals, here's your rundown from one of your Team Portland racers:
The weather was mostly nice, the racing was good, and the event finished on
I know I’ve said this is strictly a brackets site, but since this event is being put on by David Chun, Jr. I thought I could make an exception to my rule.
In the past I’ve kept any kind of a Team Race report to a minimum (and I’m sticking with tradition again this year!), because by the time I get the chance to post anything (hate it when that work thing gets in the way), I’m sure most everybody already knows how we did. What might get missed in the Facebook posts, texts and such however, is a big thank you to all the behind the scenes people who help make this such a fun event for all the participants. For the Friday night dinner, a big thanks goes out to the Tabor and Chun families and to Tony Schroeder for the Saturday night taco feed. For keeping things running smoothly, it couldn’t have been done without the help of the Dietrich family, Josh and Michelle Fuerstenberg, Brenden Staley, Jeff Hall, Jack Russell and of course our team captain Lettie Hilles – thank you all for your help! Speaking of volunteers who help make this a great event, below are some shots from Carol Brown.
Race of Champions Jr. Lightning winner Adam Lint.
Sunday Team Race Super/Pro winner Steve Laskowske.
Team winner circle shot.
Best Appearing Sportsman Car: Dawn Dietrich
Check Carol’s website for more event pictures (give her a week or so to get everything processed and posted as I’m sure she has a ton to work on!).
To squelch any rumors, the 2015 Team
Race will held at “Firebird
Tonight is the second night of the Mel Bresaw Memorial King of the Track Series. Tonight’s sponsors are S&J Automotive (Scott and Frank Pettit) for a bonus payout to the winners, the NWDRA to the runner ups and Tabor’s Automotive to the Second Chance (Letties Losers) bracket.
First things first before we get to the race report. For those not at the race, you may not know that due to a 99% and a 70% blocked artery, our fearless leader Pete ended up spending several days at St. Vincent Hospital instead of at the track. The good news is with some new hardware, he is now at home and expected to make a full recovery! We hope you can get back to work soon Pete!
A very nice and thoughtful gesture by the Fuerstenbergs were these stickers honoring Bob – who for the first time in years (if ever), missed the race. If you would like to visit Bob, he is at a home care facility located at 12809 SE Angus Street in Vancouver 98683-3813. 360-885-1081. We definitely missed you Bob – you are in all of our hearts and minds.
Pictures and race report coming soon….
Woodburn has posted the parking/pit map. While our location is perhaps better than we were anticipating, I see they are punishing us by putting us directly across from the Jr. Dragsters! No offence intended toward the Jr. racers, but I’m sure even some of them will admit those things can sometimes be (obnoxiously) loud!
AUGUST 26, 2014
As of 2:00 this afternoon, still no pit/parking maps to be found. If anybody needs anything posted here, I’ll be able to do so until around 1:00 Wednesday afternoon. Some phone numbers should you need them: Lettie 503-644-5707, Pete (cell) 503-740-6357. Lastly for now, large ice chest are needed. Please bring to the team gathering area.
In an effort to reduce some of the congestion in the tower on Wednesday nights as well as give the racers a chance to voice their thoughts, we are going to put together a committee to meet with Pete two or three times before next season where thoughts, ideas and concerns will be shared and discussed. A representative will be elected by their fellow racers in each of the four categories (S/P, Pro Sportsman and Motorcycle) who will take their constituents thoughts to these meetings. These representative positions will be voted on by ballot at the team race (as well as the option for each person to opt out of the nomination should they so choose).
A really cool addition has been made to the Mel Bresaw Memorial King of the Track Series! Mel’s son Nick, who used to live and race here, heard about Jeff’s generous sponsorship, and decided to match Jeff’s $800 prize to the winner! Is that cool or what! From Nick: “I enjoy being a part of this to help keep my fathers memory alive. Even though I do not live in Oregon any longer many of your local Wednesday night racers are like family to me.” If you missed the first of the five qualifying races last night, it’s not at all too late to enter the series (there is no fee to do so if you are already signed up for PIR points). Think about it – a Wally and $1600 bucks to win! Why would you not come out and play! Round two happens on Sept. 3. Be there!
Although the regular (points) season is now over, that doesn’t mean racing is over - the King of the Track mini points series begins this Wednesday! The format for the KOTT will be the same as previous years – after five races, the top six points earners in each category will all run off until there is one car (or motorcycle) left – the King of the Track. For 2014 there is an added bonus. Not only will the winner receive an NHRA Wally, they will also receive an $800 bonus payout! This generous sponsorship comes from Jeff Cross who is dedicating the series to his friend and long time racer Mel Bresaw. A racing accident took Mel’s life in 1999. In honor of Mel, the KOTT will be titled “The Mel Bresaw Memorial King of the Track Series”.
The NWDRA will be posting a $25 bonus to the winners in all categories this week, Tabor’s Automotive will again sponsor Lettie’s Loveable Losers and Columbia Pest Control will be posting a $100 bonus to the motorcycle winner!
If you are a Team Portland racer, don’t forget there is a mandatory “team meeting” this Wednesday night at 7:00 at the base of the tower.
Final 2014 points are posted. Congratulations to all the track champions, to those who made the top four, to those who made the top six (ROC) and to all those who made it onto Team Portland!
2014 NHRA Division 6 ET Bracket Finals competitor information HERE.
Please remember to be eligible to participate, all drivers are required to have a current NHRA membership and license/competition number prior to the event. Check your expiration dates and if you are not currently a member and do not have a current NHRA license/competition number, contact the NHRA asap!
AUGUST 11, 2014
Not only is this Wednesday the final points night of the year, it’s also the last of the Big Buck Wednesday races for 2014. It sure would be nice to see S&T Trucking, Hazel Dell Muffler and Dietrich Trucking back next year. Even if you weren’t one of the lucky recipients of this generous program, please be sure to thank Shane, Len and Richard for what they did for Portland racers this season. A big thanks also goes out the NWDRA for posting a cash bonus to the runner ups this season and to Tabor’s Automotive for the bonus payout in the Second Chance/Lettie’s Loveable Losers bracket!
Along the lines of sponsors, Lettie is still looking for weekly ($100) sponsors for the upcoming King of The Track series.
If you are racing for Team
As is always the case, this last night of points offers up all kinds of different possible scenarios and outcomes in each category. Not only can there be some shuffling in the top four spots, but also for the all important top six “Race of Champions” spots as well as for that last spot on the team – or getting bumped out of any of those spots! It will be a fun and exciting night!
AUGUST 4, 2014
Big Bucks Wednesdays return this week thanks to S&T Truck Repair, Hazel Dell Muffler and Dietrich Trucking! As always, the NWDRA will be paying a bonus to the runner up in S/P, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycle. Tabor’s Automotive will be paying a bonus in Second Chance (“Letties Loveable Losers”).
Be sure to let the powers that be know your intentions for the Team Race as soon as possible. You can also come up to the tower anytime before, during or after “eliminations” to sign up for the Friday night dinner as well as for general help needed during the Team Race.
AUGUST 1, 2014
Flashback Friday! From 1978:
JULY 28, 2014
Because of the rain out last week, all of the sponsors and bonus payouts will be carried over to this week. Just because I can’t come up with a clever way to incorporate the words “break out” into this paragraph, doesn’t give you an excuse for not doing so when the Booster Club 50/50 people come around tomorrow night! Make ‘em laugh – you might even get an extra ticket or two!
JULY 21, 2014
This week’s winners in S/P, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycle will receive a bonus payout thanks to Steve’s Precision Machine – the Motorcycle winner will receive yet an additional bonus payout thanks to Columbia Pest Control! Runner ups will receive bonus payouts from the NWDRA and thanks to Tabor’s Automotive, there will be a bonus payout in the Second Chance (aka Letties Loveable Losers) bracket!
Just a reminder, please print your “dial in” clearly and legibly so it can be easily read by the tower. Also don’t forget it is the drivers responsibility to check the reader board before staging.
There will be a Team meeting held this Wednesday – time TBA.
JULY 14, 2014
Damn I hate it when I catch my spelling errors a week after I’ve posted something…. Anyway, this Wednesday night will be the last of the Big Buck Wednesday nights for the month of July. Many thanks as always to S&T Truck Repair, Hazel Dell Muffler and Dietrich Trucking for the bonus payouts to the winners in S/P ($250), Pro ($150), Sportsman ($100) and Motorcycle ($50)! If you make it to the final but lose with a “red light” (or whatever), thanks to both Cruisin The Gut and the NWDRA, each will award the runner ups with an additional $25.00 for a $50 bonus in the above categories! Lettie’s Loveable Losers (Second Chance Bracket) is once again sponsored by Tabor’s Automotive. Speaking of which, there are still spots open for the Racers Row at the Cruisin The Gut – see any one of the Tabor family for more details.
JULY 7, 2014
Congratulations to all the National Dragster Challenge winners!
Super/Pro: Charlie Dietrich
Pro: Gregg Heriford
Sportsman: George Churilla
Motorcycle: Don DePeel
Jr. Dragster Lightning: Brandon Marcheski
Jr. Dragster Thunder: Dylan Hough
Thanks to Carol Brown for all the pictures!
Don’t forget, this Wednesday (July 9) is yet another Big Bucks Wednesday brought to us by S&T Truck Repair, Hazel Dell Muffler and Dietrich Trucking. Runner ups this week will receive a bonus $25 from the NWDRA as well as an additional $25 bonus from Cruisin The Gut! Speaking of Cruisin The Gut, they are still looking for cars for the Racers Row display. Please see Lettie for more information. And speaking of Lettie, Lettie’s Losers (2nd Chance Bracket) will once again be sponsored by Tabors Automotive. Thanks to all of our sponsors for another great “Payout” at PIR!!
JUNE 30, 2014
Thanks to Bud’s Auto Wrecking (Brian Overturf) and Electro Pac (Mike Francis), there will be an additional $25 payout to the winners in S/P, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycle this week. And thanks to Columbia Pest Control, there will be an additional $100 payout to the winner in Motorcycle! Cruisin The Gut is back this week with a $25 bonus to the runner ups in the above categories and as always, the NWDRA will also be posting a $25 bonus for the runner ups as well!
Special thanks to Josh and Michelle Fuerstenberg for all their work organizing the Spirit Mountain bus trip! Due to the success of the trip, another is planned for the fall – stay tuned for details.
Weekly ($100) sponsors are needed for August and September. If you, your company, your employer, etc. would like to step up, please see Lettie.
Please note the racer entry fees have changed for the “National Dragster Challenge” this week – see the flier below for details.
JUNE 23, 2014 (Updated 6-25)
We would like to thank this week’s sponsors Electro Pac (Mike Francis) and Cruisin The Gut for both posting an additional $25 bonus to the winners in S/P, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycle! Columbia Pest Control has stepped up again, and will be awarding a $100 bonus to the winner in Motorcycle! As always, thanks to the NWDRA for the bonus to the runner ups in those categories and to Tabor Automotive for sponsoring the Second Chance/Cash Bash bracket (aka Lettie’s Loveable Losers). Also thanks to B&J Excavating (S/P) and to Columbia Pest Control (Motorcycle) for their bonus payouts last week!
Phil Medina of Crusin The Gut is looking for race cars to add to Racers Row at their upcoming event. If you would like to display your car, please check with folks in the tower for more info.
And as with every Wednesday night, many thanks to the folks at Gresham Transmission for providing the Perfect Light T-Shirts to those who post a perfect “Reaction Time”!
JUNE 17, 2014
Thanks again to Dietrich Trucking, S&T Truck Repair, tomorrow night is another Big Bucks Wednesday race with an additional bonus payout of $250 going to the Super Pro winner, $150 to the Pro winner, $100 to Sportsman and $50 to the motorcycle winner! As always, the NWDRA will be paying an additional $25.00 bonus to the runner up in each of those categories.
Just another reminder to completely fill out your “Tech Card”.
There are still seats available for the Spirit Mountain bus trip/fund raiser coming up on Saturday the 21st. See flier below for additional information.
JUNE 9, 2014 (Updated)
This week is another Big Bucks Wednesday night sponsored by S&T Truck Repair, Hazel Dell Muffler and Dietrich Trucking. For the next two Big Bucks Wednesdays, B&J Excavating (Bill and Joetta Heard) will be rewarding the runner up in Super Pro with a $100 bonus. This is in addition to the $25 R/U bonus provided by the NWDRA!
For those who weren’t aware, Mark Wigginton will be retiring this year. So if you’ve always wanted to manage a race track, here is the opportunity! Details HERE.
There are still seats available for the Spirit Mountain Team Fundraiser.
For more info about the trip, contact Michelle or Josh at the numbers listed, or ask Lettie about the “PIR Spirit Mountain Bus Trip” when she comes around with 50-50 tickets.
Due to last weeks rain out, the bonus from MURCAD will carry over to this week. We also have a new sponsor joining us this week. Columbia Pest Control will be paying a bonus to the Motorcycle winner! This week begins the Beaches Cruise-In. On a personal note, I think it would be great if just $1 from each of the cruise-ins “Entry Fee” went toward our payout and/or to the Booster Club.
This week’s sponsor is MURCAD Racing (Gordon Cady, Jr. and wife Susan Murphy) and as usual, the NWDRA will be paying an additional bonus to the second place finishers in S/P, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycle! If you have any interest in being a weekly sponsor, please see Lettie or the “Track Manager”.
Thanks to S&T Truck Repair, Hazel Dell Muffler and Dietrich Trucking, tomorrow night is another Big Bucks Wednesday! $250 bonus payout in S/P, $150 in Pro, $100 in Sportsman and $50 in Motorcycle – remember, this is in addition to the regular payout! Help spread the word – feel free to post this flier on your Facebook, etc. page. Speaking of the word and bonuses, you’ll want to work the word “throttle” into the conversation when the 50-50 crew comes around tomorrow night. Just to follow up on the post below, in order to be eligible for the NHRA Be a Member, Be a Winner contest, all of your NHRA info must be filled out on your tech card. So please take the few minutes it takes to completely fill out your card.
A friendly reminder to everybody to completely fill out your tech cards! I need your vehicle information when I submit our results to National Dragster. And Pete needs all your NHRA member info when he submits the info to the NHRA for the Be a Winner, Be a Member contest. As I’ve threatened before, I just might start making up vehicle info if you don’t include it on your card! Do you really want your car listed as a 55 Hudson Hornet in the National Dragster? Your motorcycle as a Vespa? I thought not. Please make sure your card is completely filled out when you hand it to Mike at “Tech Inspection”.
Thanks to the support of S&T Truck Repair, Hazel Dell Muffler and Dietrich Trucking, this Wednesday is another Big Bucks Wednesday payout night!
1980 Oregon Open / Rose Festival flier.
Thanks to the support of Dean DeGrande and D&E Auto Care, there will be an additional $25.00 payout to this week’s winners in S/P, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycle! And as with every week, thanks to the NWDRA, an additional $25.00 goes to the runner up in each of those categories as well!
Don’t forget, thanks to Harry Cole and John Floyd, Jr. of Gresham Transmission, perfect light t-shirts are awarded again this year. Cut a perfect light – go to the tower and get your free shirt!
If you’re looking for a last minute Mother’s Day gift, scarves are still available for $15.00. For more info, see Lettie when she comes around with 50 – 50 tickets during “time trials”.
The Booster Club would like to remind everybody that the Big Bucks Wednesday “Bonus Payout” from April 16 will be carried over for this week’s race.
I normally don’t post personal stuff here, but I thought I’d make an exception on this particular day.
It was 40 years ago today that I bought my 67 Olds!
Yes, this is the same car that I race in Super Pro. But in 1974 it was
all stock and and as you can see, yellow and had been hit hard in the rear.
I paid $260 for it.
Remember to bring your red points card with you when going through tech.
The booster club would like to remind everyone this week to be sure to check their “Tire Pressure”.
Weather permitting, the S&T Truck Repair, Hazel Dell Muffler and Dietrich Trucking
Big Bucks Wednesday race series returns tomorrow night! Remember, in the event of a
rain out, the additional payout will carry over to next week. When Lettie and the booster
club people come around tomorrow night, be sure to tell them about your “plug wires”.
Speaking of Lettie, she still has an opening for a nightly event sponsorship ($100.00).
And along the lines of sponsorship, a big thanks goes to the NWDRA for the additional
payout for runner up in all categories!
It’s looking like Mother Nature is going to cooperate this Wednesday. Which
means not only will it be the first points race of 2014, but also the first night
of the Big Bucks Wednesdays series!
As noted on the flier below, in the event that Mother Nature changes her mind and
the race is rained out, the Big Bucks payout will carry over to the next race.
The Secret Word also returns this week. For bonus ticket(s), work the words
“oil pressure” into a sentence when the booster club 50/50 raffle volunteers come around.
Along the lines of the booster club and its volunteers, assistance is desperately needed
this year. If you – or if you know someone who can assist with the weekly ticket sales,
please see Lettie. And speaking of the booster club, weekly sponsors are still
needed. Remember, the proceeds from the 50/50 raffle and the weekly sponsorship
are what allows the booster club to help with our entry fees for the Team Race as well
as the end of the year banquet. For sponsorship information, please see Lettie or
call her at 503-644-5707.
Some pics from Carol Brown from the State Championship Race.
Super Pro winner Brian Overturf.
Pro winner Andy Tabor.
Sportsman winner Harry Cole.
Jr. Dragster winner Adam Robinson.
Just a reminder if it wasn’t clear in the schedule, Sunday March 30th is a points race.
At this point, the weather forecasters are calling for sunshine for the rescheduled, rescheduled
2013 State Championship race! Let’s hope it finally happens this time!
Many of you may remember Bev Jarvis and her husband Joe who raced a Ford Fairmont
in S/P in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. While I don’t have any specific details, it is with sadness that
report that Bev recently passed away.
Thanks to Carol Brown for the memorial poster.
Happy New Year to everybody and welcome back to the PIR Bracket site for round 14!
Okay, two of my goals for this site for 2013 (to update the photo and crew pages) didn’t
happen, but perhaps with your help, at least the picture pages can be updated this season.
But this will require your help! As always, as long as you are signed up for points,
please feel free to submit a picture and I’ll post it. Carol Brown has always been
gracious in allowing the use of her pictures here – if you don’t see one on her site, check
with her as she very likely has one you can submit. With any submission, please let me
know who the photographer was so I can give them credit.
Email them to the address at the top of this page.
Please note I cannot post copyrighted pictures.
Another area of the site in desperate need of an update is the Crew section.
As soon as our fearless leader gets me names and pictures of the 2014 crew,
I’ll post them.