BRACKET RACING NEWS
Welcome to the unofficial (but pretty much official)
Now in our 18th season of providing PIR Bracket Racing news and information!
The focus of this site will remain as it has been for the past seventeen – 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.
As always, 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:
Note to those who are new here. The italicized and quoted word(s) in the 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!
The 2018 PIRD awards banquet dinner will
be held on
Booth reservations / vendor information, call Lettie 503-644-5707.
Congratulations to Matt Kielman for taking home the 2018 PIR King of The Track Wally last night!
Joining Matt in the Winner’s Circle is father Greg Kielman who won the Cash Bash!
Due to a paving project, this Wednesday night (9-26) will be the KOTT final (and the last bracket race of the 2018 season). The “winner” will receive a bonus payout thanks to Jeff Cross, Heriford Family Racing, Gresham Transmission and Theo “The Tesla” Pozzy. Pepsi is back with a $50 bonus to the Number One Qualifier in each category. For those interested, there will also be a gamblers race / cash bash as well as Lettie’s Losers (sponsored by Gaynor’s Automotive).
Check back for information regarding the year end PIRD banquet.
This week’s winners in SP, Pro, SM and Motorcycle will receive a bonus payout thanks to Dietrich Family Racing, the runner ups in SP, Pro and SM will receive a bonus from Jolly Restaurants and the winner in Lettie’s Losers will receive a bonus thanks to Gaynor’s Automotive! The Number One qualifier in all four categories will receive a $50 bonus from Pepsi!
Thanks to Jeff Cross, the Heriford family and Gresham Transmission, the KOTT bonus payout is currently at $900! If you would like to add to that purse, see Lettie.
With it getting dark so much sooner these days, don’t forget to have a “tail light” on when the track lights are on.
The annual John Masterman ET Bracket Finals Race Report:
Oh, where to begin!
In the day and age of live streaming, this will be old news to many, but here's the rundown from one person's perspective:
We gathered up everyone that was eligible and interested in making a 400 mile trip to Firebird Raceway. Our little 1/8 mile track that runs at night went into the bear's cave, and certainly let them know we were there!
Friday's gambler race set the tone for the weekend. Mixed results for many, with payouts for a few. And then there was Sportsman bracket. With six cars remaining, four were from team Portland. The remaining three were all ours as well. THe final came down to Shannon vs. Shannon, with O'Leary taking the win over Gaynor. It was dark by then, and it felt an awful lot like Wednesday night at home 😊
On to the Race of Champions. Sportsman made a VERY solid showing. OF the last eight cars, four were ours. The bummer was that all four fell over the next two rounds, but they knew we were there again. Pro bracket was yet another taste of Wednesday racing in the dark. Would you think any different than another race at PIR if I said that Matt Kielman and Gregg Heriford met in the Prop bracket final? This time it was to determine who would be the Division 6 champion and get to go to Pomona to try for a world title. Good clean race, and Matty K came out on the winning end. Lettie was a wreck already, and it was only Saturday.
And then there was Sunday. We knew up front where our strengths were, as we only had four SP entries. The day began with Sportsman. They all took the pork chop and ran with it. Quite a lead was built through round one of SM and Pro. That lead kept shrinking through SP, but when the numbers settled after that first round we were up by one, and 3 of 4 SP racers made it through! The other big tracks were heavy in SP, so to be ahead after the full cycle was the best news I had heard in years at the finals. They took a bit of a beating in SP.
There were many round wins by many PIR racers. A notable about the PIR spirit and skill that I observed: In round two, the ROC winner went down to a PIR racer. Ray Rippe beat the newly crowned champ in his tow vehicle. Go truck! That refusal to go quietly carried on throughout eliminations. Our lead that was once 12 points began shrinking as time went by. But we all held strong. Cooper Chun won in Jr Street. The bike/sled final was yet another PIR lockout: Don Vandehey vs. Mark Canty. Mark ended up on the winning end, and PIR scored three more points from the semis on. Nice! Scott New, the Firebird track boss, groaned louder and louder over the PA as the possibility of his troops catching us slowly went away. I (Masterman) had my best showing at the finals in 24 years (half a lifetime for those doing the math), and bowed out in the semifinals right after it was announced that PIR locked up the title for the first time in twelve LONG years. Oh sure, I'd have loved to go a couple rounds farther, but the bigger picture is that team PIR won the title!!!!!!!! And on Firebird's home turf, no less. Four of Firebird's previous championships were won on their home turf. TO say they're a tough bunch over there is an understatement. Feels good, I must say.
As always, I hit the highlights that I knew about. For a rare change of pace at the finals, I was racing rather than observing or talking, so I am sure I missed many notable happenings during eliminations. I apologize for any oversight ;)
And lastly: GO team PIR!!!
Team race report to come, but in the meantime, congratulations to Ava Glenn for receiving the Best Appearing Jr. Dragster award, to Friday Gamblers race winners Logan Scrivner (Jr. Thunder), Cooper Chun (Jr. Street), Shannon O’Leary - Sportsman (over Shannan Gaynor), Cooper Chun for his win on Sunday in Jr. Street, Mark Canty for his win (over Don Vandehey) on Sunday in Motorcycle and big time congrats to Matt Kielman in another all Portland final against Gregg Heriford for the ROC Pro Bracket win! And of course congratulations to all 2018 PIR Team members for their efforts toward winning the overall Track Championship! Nice job everybody!
Round two of the KOTT returns this Wednesday night with the NWDRA paying out a bonus to the winners in SP, Pro, SM and Motorcycle, Jolly Restaurants to the runner ups in SP, Pro and SM and Gaynor’ Automotive in Letties Losers! “Sponsors” are still being sought to add to the final pot in the KOTT – see Lettie for details.
This week’s winners in SP, Pro, SM and Motorcycle will receive a bonus payout thanks to MKS Racing, runner ups in SP, Pro and SM will receive a gift certificate from Jolly Restaurants, the NAPA Distribution Center will provide a gift to the Number One qualifiers in SP, Pro, SM and Motorcycle and Gaynor’s Automotive will be adding to the payout in Letties Losers.
If you have qualified for the Gresham “Transmission” Perfect Light Race, be sure to wear your shirt this Friday night for your chance at the $1000 payout! Thanks to John Floyd, Jr. and Harry Cole, this is always a cool deal and a lot of fun so even if you didn’t qualify this year (last date to have qualified was Aug 15), come check it out this Friday night!
I probably don’t need to remind anyone that this Wednesday is the last night of regular season “points” – thanks to Rose City Garage Doors there will be a bonus payout to the winners in SP, Pro, SM and Motorcycle, Jolly Restaurants will be providing a gift card to the runner ups in SP, Pro and SM, the NAPA Distribution Center will be providing a gift to the number one qualifiers in SP, Pro SM and Motorcycle and Gaynor’s Automotive will be adding to the payout in Letties Losers. There will be a quick team meeting before first round – if you haven’t already, you will need to let Pete or Lettie know by that time if you will be attending the Finals.
Sometime between now and the Team Race, there will be a team meeting (held at the base of the tower, just before “eliminations”) so be listening to the PA for specifics. Winners this week in SP, Pro, SM and Motorcycle will receive a bonus payout from the NWDRA, runner ups in SP, Pro and SM will receive a gift certificate from Jolly Restaurants, number one qualifiers in SP, Pro SM and Motorcycle will receive a gift from the NAPA Distribution Center and the winner in Lettie’s Losers will receive a bonus payout thanks to Gaynor’s Automotive!
If you’re needing new “slicks” before the Bracket Finals, perhaps the bonus payout in SP, Pro, SM and motorcycle thanks to Dietrich Family Racing will help toward that cause. Runner ups in SP, Pro and SM will receive a gift certificate from Jolly Restaurants and the number one qualifiers in SP, Pro, SM and Motorcycle will receive a gift from the NAPA distribution center. The winner in Lettie’s losers will receive a bonus payout thanks to Gaynor’s Automotive. Bracket Finals notes, team motel reservations will need to be made no later than the first week of August. Rooms will not be held after that. Also, please be sure to let Lettie, Pete or Cindy know (one way or the other) if you are planning on attending.
Just a reminder, with the Portland Vintage Racing Festival happening this weekend, there will be no bracket racing on Wednesday night. If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, I would highly encourage you to come check out the festival. There are always all kinds of cool vintage race cars to check out. For example:
In addition to the vintage race cars, the West Coast Trans-Am series makes a return to PIR – you really need to come to this event!
Winners in S/P, Pro, SM and motorcycle will receive a bonus payout thanks to Kevin Bromley, runner ups in S/P, Pro and SM will receive a bonus from Jolly Restaurants, number one qualifiers will receive a gift courtesy of the NAPA Distribution Center, and the winner in Lettie’s Losers will receive a bonus from Gaynor’s Automotive! Gates open at 4:00, “time trials” begin approx. 4:30 – be there!
Winner’s pictures from the All Access Challenge courtesy of Carol Brown.
Motorcycle winner and King of The 4th winner Kevin Bromley.
Gary Ericksen Super Pro.
Richard Potter Pro.
Peter Oliviero Sportsman.
Cooper Chun Jr. Dragster Lightning.
Ryan Dick Jr. Dragster Thunder.
A big thank you goes out to all the sponsors who helped make the 2018 NHRA All Access Challenge a success!
Bonus payout sponsors for this Wednesday are MKS Racing (S/P, Pro, SM and Motorcycle), Jolly Restaurants (S/P, Pro and SM), Gaynor’s Automotive (Lettie’s Losers) and the NAPA Distribution Center (Number One qualifiers in S/P, Pro, SM and Motorcycle). When the 50/50 crew comes around this week, ask them to fill your “helmet” with tickets!
Not only is this Wednesday an NHRA All Access Challenge “Wally” race, there are bonus, bonus payouts! See the flier below for details!
Just a reminder from the tower, even if you have a “single”, be sure to be in the lanes when your class is called. Winners this week in S/P, Pro, SM and Motorcycle will receive a bonus payout from the NWDRA and the runner ups in S/P, Pro and SM will receive a bonus from Jolly Restaurants. The NAPA Distribution Center will once again be providing a gift to the number one qualifiers in S/P, Pro, SM and Motorcycle.
Lettie mentioned to me the other day that a lot of you have been asking where I've been so I thought I'd better give a personal update. After having a very disappointing (and discouraging) 2017 season, and with some work needed to be done to the car before returning to the track, I thought I'd wait for warmer weather before doing so and hopefully by then my mindset would be more optimistic. Unfortunately, before either of those two factors changed, the Myasthenia Gravis has returned. So far it is only ocular (double vision) but I'm remaining hopeful that with the adjustments to my meds, I will improve before it gets a chance to spread to my hands, arms and legs again (limiting my ability to walk – or even stand up for that matter). But with this disorder, improvements don't happen quickly and I seem to get worse before getting better, so it will likely be a while before you see me back in the "staging lanes" again.
For the last two of you who are in the lanes this Wednesday night, the winners in SP, Pro, SM and Motorcycle will receive a bonus from Rose City Garage Doors and the runner ups in SP, Pro and SM will receive a bonus from Jolly Restaurants. The NAPA Distribution Center will once again award the number one qualifiers in SP, Pro SM and Motorcycle with a gift. Letties Losers is still seeking a sponsor. See Lettie for ET Finals motel information (limited rooms are available, so don't wait!).
If you are planning on racing at the ET Bracket Finals this year, please get your ETI certification before the event. Sign up in the tower. Also, make certain your NHRA membership and car number will be current for the event. Hotel and other Finals info coming.
The Booster Club is seeking out any old ET Finals event shirts which will be made into a quilt to be raffled off. See Lettie if you have anything to contribute. Along the lines of the Booster Club, when they come around this week, they may be interested in any kind of “burnout” tips you may care to share.
Winners this week in S/P, Pro, SM and Motorcycle will receive a bonus pay out thanks to Kevin Bromley, runner ups in S/P, Pro and SM will receive a bonus from Jolly Restaurants, number one qualifiers in S/P, Pro, SM and Motorcycle will receive a gift from the NAPA Distrubution Center.
This week’s winners in S/P, Pro, SM and Motorcycle will receive a bonus payout thanks to B&J Excavating, runner ups in S/P, Pro and SM will receive a bonus from Jolly Restaurants and the NAPA Distribution Center will provide a gift to the number one qualifiers in S/P, Pro, SM and Motorcycle. Thanks to D&E Auto Care for stepping up with last weeks bonus in Letties Losers. For racers new to PIR, please note the “ladders” are always posted on the door of the tower.
Just a reminder to all Super/Pro racers, as per 2018 rules, “dial ins” must be on both sides of your car. Winners in S/P, Pro, SM and Motorcycle will receive a bonus payout thanks to Guild Family Racing, runner ups in S/P, Pro and SM will receive a bonus payout from Jolly Restaurants and the number one qualifiers in S/P, Pro, SM and Motorcycle will receive a gift from the NAPA Distribution Center!
With yesterday marking the 70th anniversary of the Vanport flood, for a little history of Vanport and PIR, check out the History section of this site.
Thanks to D & E Auto Care for the bonus payout last week in Lettie’s Losers. Lettie is still looking for a sponsor for this week. If you need new “tires”, perhaps the bonus payout this week from Dietrich Family Racing to the winners in S/P, Pro, SM and Motorcycle will help toward their purchase. Runner ups in S/P, Pro and SM will receive a bonus from Jolly Restaurants and the NAPA distribution center will again provide a gift to the number one qualifiers!
This week’s winners in S/P, Pro and Motorcycle will receive a bonus payout thanks to John Nelson and the runner ups in S/P, Pro and SM will receive a bonus payout from Jolly Restaurants. Number one qualifiers in S/P, Pro, SM and Motorcycle will receive a bonus gift from the NAPA distribution center and the winner of Lettie’s Losers will receive a bonus from Jeff and Karen Hall. When you reinstall your wheels, the tech dept. sends a friendly reminder to recheck the torque of your “lug nuts” after a few passes.
In order to qualify for the NHRA Be A Winner, Be A Member contest, you need to completely fill out your “tech card” each and every week. The NHRA will reject any submission without all the information.
Thanks to the NWDRA, this week’s winners in S/P, Pro, SM and Motorcycle will receive a bonus payout. Runner ups in S/P, Pro and SM will receive a bonus from Jolly Restaurants! Additionally, the NAPA Distribution Center will be providing a gift to the Number One qualifier in all four classes!
And thanks go to D & E Auto Care for sponsoring Lettie’s Losers last week!
If you are having issues with meeting the decibel limit, perhaps this Wednesday’s bonus payouts from Kevin Bromley and Jolly Restaurants will help provide the funds for a new set of “mufflers”.
Thanks to Mike O’Leary / O’Leary Family Racing, there will be a bonus payout to the winners this Wednesday in S/Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycle! When the Booster Club comes around this week, they may be interested in your “time slip”, so be prepared to talk about it.
The NWDRA invites you to attend the NWDRA Classic this Sunday (April 29) at Woodburn – gates open at . Bonus payouts in S/Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycle!
Thanks to the guys at Gresham Transmission, the “perfect light” program is back for 2018! Bonus payouts this week comes from the Heriford Families!
Weather permitting, the first points race of the season is Wednesday (3-21)! Among other things, make sure your “seat belts” are up to date! Lettie is still in need of an assistant for the weekly Booster Club raffle. If you can help on a temporary basis or for the entire season, Lettie would love to hear from you (503-644-5707)! Weekly sponsors are also still needed – this week’s bonus payout sponsor is John Speelman Racing!
The Official 2018 PIR Racers Handbook has been added to the Info section. Be sure to take a few minutes to read it before the season starts.
Pull tabs update from Cliff Waldron:
As many of you know I have been on a mission over the past several years collecting aluminum can pull tabs. These tabs are donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and SW Washington. Every year, thousands of families travel to Portland and Bend to get the best medical care possible for their seriously ill or injured child. And for more than 30 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities have offered these families comfort, support, and a beautiful place to stay just moments away from their child’s bedside. Last year the RMH welcomed 1,825 families for a total of 17,917 nights at their three Oregon Houses, hosting 2,861 children across the state. And since opening their doors, they have provided a “home away from home” for more than 35,000 families.
There are so many people who helped collect these tabs, including the Rt 26 Cruisers Car Club; Portland International Raceway (Wednesday Night Drags); NHRA Division Six Tracks, my swap meet pals, customers, lots of family and friends and yes, sometimes, complete strangers who look at me a little strange when I ask them for their pull tabs.
So Saturday my friend Bill Ritchey and I loaded up the collection that has been accumulating for the last couple of years and headed for the donation site. All said and done we filled six 55 gallon drums full!!!!
Start saving those tabs now to be included in the next run.
2018 schedule clarification; March 21, 25 and 28 ARE points races. Some questions have been asked regarding the July 4th race. Now titled by the NHRA as the “All Access & Jr Dragster Challenge” this is the same format as the previous “National Dragster Challenge” races. It IS a points race with Wallys to the winners and a slightly higher entry fee. Specific details to come as we get closer to the date.
As per your input and interest, the 2018 racer’s meeting is a go!
DRAG RACER’S MEETING
WHEN: Friday, March 2, 2018
WHERE: Kenton Neighborhood Firehouse
WHAT: 2018 Drag Racer Meeting
7:00-7:15 Welcome & Introductions
7:15-7:30 Survey Results
7:30-7:40 Track Prep process
7:40-7:50 Team Race
7:50-7:55 Creation of email list
7:55-8:10 Help with Operations on Race Nights
· Track ops positions available
· Help with 50/50
8:10-8:25 SuperPro Dial In on cars, staging lane procedures, car number legibility
8:25-8:35 Sponsorship Update
8:35-8:40 Quick discussion regarding available Food Service
8:40-8:50 2018 Pricing, payouts
8:50-9:00 Year End Banquet options
9:00- ? Q&A
FOOD & DRINK: We will have soft drinks, water and snacks.
If you missed William Anthony’s “Time
Slip” presentation (from his Wednesday night bracket racing article in Portland
Monthly), here’s another chance! William
has been asked by the
While we’re waiting for the full 2018 racer info update, I have included a couple of useful links in the General Info section.
If you are racing for points in 2018, please take a moment to register for points before the season begins. Click HERE for a printable (pdf) form.
Happy 2018 everybody! Updates coming soon!
NWDRA Swap Meet time! $10 admission and free parking!