BRACKET RACING NEWS
Welcome to the unofficial (but pretty much official)
Now in our 20th season of providing PIR Bracket Racing news and information!
The focus of this site will remain as it has been for the past 19 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.
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 news 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!
Best wishes to Adam Lint for his run at the National Championship this weekend!
This Wednesday the 2020 King of the Track “champion” will be crowned. Thanks to sponsors NWDRA, Dabney’s Alignment & Brake, Dayspring Auto & Trailers and JD Enterprises, there will also be a bonus payout!
Team racers, if you still have not picked up your Summit goodies, please make arrangements with Lettie (503-644-5707) to do so.
An additional sponsor has been added - Dayspring Auto & Trailers (Troy Snelling) will also be adding to the bonus payout this week!
Team members who did not receive their Summit stuff in Boise, you can pick it up at the track or give Lettie a call to make arrangements. This week’s bonus payout will come from Rose City Garage Doors (Jesse DeBartolo)! After a week off from the air quality issues, things return to normal this week (all previous COVID-19 restrictions in place and “mufflers” are of course still required).
Due to air quality issues, the city of Portland has an emergency order out – consequently, there will be no racing this Wed. night (Sept. 16). We’ll see how things go for next week….
As hoped for, here is the annual Masterman Report from the ET Finals:
Everyone was set to have the bracket finals at Woodburn this year. A nice short drive, fewer expenses, and fewer logistics to sort out. Then some silly virus came along, and we all wondered if there would BE a 2020 season at all. Shortly after it finally began in July, the unsurprising happened: The bracket finals were moved to the only track in the division that could hold them, Firebird Raceway in Eagle, Idaho. Something about the ridiculous policies of the OR and WA governors, but don't get me started on that.
Mere days after the race was moved, the recruiting effort began. We had two titles in a row, no WAY we go down without the best fight we can fight! Racers continued to come out each week. Other racers came out of the woodwork to run enough races to be eligible. Second race vehicles were signed up. The team effort was well under way!
For the record, team PIR was six members short of the 62 racer entry maximum. Four juniors and one junior street, and we ended up with one late scratch out of the main 50. That felt like a win all by itself!
The team's pit area was a bit of hodge-podge, as we were not assigned enough spaces for our racers. Maybe they figured we wouldn't have enough. Silly them.
Thursday and Friday were rather calm, and not that noteworthy after what has happened in recent years. Nobody broke anything major, and nobody won in the gambler races Friday. But there were plenty of rounds won by PIR racers. Anyone that paid attention knew we were there.
Saturday was the Race of Champions. The usual players ran into some struggles. We were not without representatives in the late rounds! Second generation racer Adam Lint surprised quite a few folks, and came out on the winning end of Sportsman bracket! He got himself an invitation to Las Vegas for the world championships! Way to go, Adam! Steven Popa, jr was also in the semifinals in sportsman. In Pro bracket, Jesse DeBartolo worked his way through all the competitors but one. Two of the five entries in super pro were no-box pro vehicles, and they both won at least one round. Another indication that the average PIR racer doesn't suck.
And along came Sunday. The main event. There were the traditional race cars and trucks. There were tow rigs. There were other second cars. There was even a rented uhaul pickup (no joke)! Whatever it takes! Question our sanity, but never our dedication. The team was short in super pro, but made up for it in sportsman entries. After round one of SM, there were 14 points scored for team Portland. Most tracks don't even have 14 total entries in that bracket. Whatever it takes!
The neat part of the team race is the team aspect. Hero performances alone don't win the team title. Total group effort is what it takes, and that is what we all put out there. Points came from everywhere, especially in places you might not expect. Some fell early, and some were rewarded for scratching and clawing just to be there. Yes, the Uhaul pickup was in round two! Tow rigs won. Regulars won. The points total was in our favor as the day progressed. It got closer and closer. Better to be chased than chasing, I say! It went back. And Forth. And back. And ahead. And then a three way tie for the lead. And then we were a point ahead. Ty Gaynor winning in Thunder was the last straw. Bremerton and Firebird could no longer catch us. After Ty won in his final round, the tally was in: Portland 73 points. Bremerton and Firebird 71 points. THREE IN A ROW! It required an average contribution of 1.3 round wins per team member to get there. It could have so easily swung the other way, but apparently it was meant to go our way yet again.
We were hungry before winning in 2018. On very hostile turf, no less. The home team is extremely tough to beat in Boise. We were congratulated, but brushed off. Then Seattle 2019 happened. Back to sea level, and we still came out on top. Here comes 2020: The most screwed up season in my time doing this, and on extremely hostile territory yet again. We got enough people there, and things went our way yet again. First run of three in a row for team PIR. Ten total titles now. The hunger is there more than ever. It's just different. We all want to win again next year because we know we can. We know what it tastes like, and want more.
If you don't believe in team PIR now, you aren't watching the same races I am. I hear there has even been a bounty put on us by a competing track operator. Best. Compliment. Ever.
Congratulations, champs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's an honor to be a part of the crew.
Congratulations to Team Portland “winners” of the 2020 NHRA ET Bracket finals! Hopefully we’ll have an annual Masterman Report to post soon!
The winners in S/P, Pro, SM and Motorcycle this week will receive a bonus payout thanks to Heaton Family Racing!
Best of luck to all team PIR racers headed to Boise – Kick Some Butt!!
The Perfect Light Race has been cancelled for this year – the first King of The Track race takes its place on August 26. There will also be a team meeting this Wed (7:00 base of the tower). All team members please attend! If you are not racing in the KOTT series, let them know at the front gate that you are there for the team meeting. If you have any questions about the team race, feel free to call Lettie (503-644-5707). She asked that everybody be sure to check your “seat belt” date codes before heading to Boise! Wed. Sept. 2 is a ¼ mile Test & Tune night for those who wish to get some ¼ mile practice before the Team Race.
There will be a Novice Trophy Class (the only one for 2020) on Wed. Sept. 9th - $10.00 entry fee.
This week’s winners in S/P, Pro, SM and Motorcycle will receive a bonus payout thanks to Rose City Garage Doors (Jesse DeBartolo) and the runner ups will receive a bonus thanks to Dayspring Auto & Trailers (Troy Snelling)!
Just a reminder, this Wednesday (Aug. 19) is the deadline for motel reservations for the Team Race. It is also the deadline for confirming if you will or will not be participating in the Team Race. Along the lines of the Team Race, Div. 6 has drawn the wild card for Super Pro!
Even if you are getting ready to make a “single”, be sure to purchase a 50/50 ticket or five as part of the money will go toward the Team Race.
Check here regularly for Team Race updates. Along the lines of the Team Race, now would be a good time to check your “slicks” and if needed, get new ones ordered right away. The winners this week in S/P, Pro, SM and Motorcycle will receive a bonus payout thanks to Mike Nicholson and Masterwire!
When the 50/50 people come around this Wednesday, you might want to have a chat with them about your “helmet”. And when you see Don Vandehey, be sure to thank him for the bonus payout this week!
Don’t forget, this Sunday (Aug 2) is the “Wally” race! Bonus payouts sponsored by the NWDRA, Jimmy Heriford, Tabor Family Racing and Labor Union Local 737! Gates open at 9 am – for more details, see the flier below. Lettie is still looking for a sponsor for Letties Losers for this event as well as for regular Wednesday nights – see her if you would like to help!
On this day in 1978:
Team Hotel info (from Ken Green/Lettie). When booking, they must first tell them the dates. A Racer only needs to book the dates they want within the dates, not all of the dates. Must book before August 19th (if canceling, must cancel 7 days prior to arrival).
Team Motel (Meridian, Idaho) Sept 2 – 7
Hampton Inn and Suites - 208-887-3600
875 S Allen St, Meridian, ID 83642 (Exit 46 off I-84).
Group Code: Portland Woodburn Madras
Room choice 2 queens or 1 king. For Rate – See Lettie or Ken.
Winners this week can thank Mike Brooks for the bonus payout!
Lastly for now is a friendly reminder from PIR to keep “burnouts” in the designated area only.
Lettie is looking for sponsors for the Wally Race (see flier below) as well as for Lettie’s Losers. If you can help, please see her at the track or call her at 503-644-5707. Just a reminder regarding the Wally Race, just like current Wednesday nights, all virus rules and regulations are in place including no “spectators”. This week’s bonus payout sponsor is Labor Union Local 737. Watch here for more updates regarding the Team Race info (hotel, etc.). It has been confirmed that there will be a Bob Comeau dinner in Boise, so be thinking about what you can bring.
With the sudden change of location for the ET Finals, there are plenty of logistics to be worked out in a short period of time. If you are planning on participating, please let Lettie or Ted Carlston know your thoughts as soon as you can. Tonight’s sponsor is Allan Lint – be sure to thank him for the bonus payouts. And of course “facemasks” are still required at all times at PIR.
The 2020 Div. 6 ET Bracket Finals have been moved from Woodburn to Boise. For more info, click HERE. Along the lines of event changes, the postponed NHRA.TV and Jr. Dragster Challenge has been rescheduled for August 2nd. More details to come.
This week’s sponsor is John Nelson. Lettie is still looking for weekly sponsors as well as a sponsor for Lettie’s Losers. See her if you can help. Thanks again the the NWDRA for sponsoring last week’s race. Please remember to practice social distancing when looking at the “ladder” thanks!
Lettie is looking for weekly ($100) sponsors for the regular “points” season and beyond. If you are interested, see her when the 50/50 Booster Club comes around or give her a call at 503-644-5707. The sponsor for this week is the NWDRA.
Just got the official word: “ We are a go for next Wednesday (July 1) to be the points opener”. If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to read the rules and regulations regarding COVID19 as how it relates to Wednesday nights. Click HERE for the pdf (scroll to the lower part of the document for the more relevant info as it applies to Wednesday nights.
Be sure to read ALL of the information in the link posted on the 22nd.
Face coverings must be worn at all times by attendees except when driving their race cars
There will be drinks and minimal snacks like hot dogs, pretzels and chips at the Fast Track Cafe
We are a go for ET Test and Tune Wednesday June 24. Gate opens
IMPORTANT! Be sure to read the full rules and regulations listed HERE.
By now I would assume everybody has signed up for the Friends of PIR newsletter, but if you haven’t, I would highly encourage you to do so. It’s free and can be done by clicking HERE.
Some encouraging news – updates as soon as I receive!
The latest update – Wednesday nights are postponed until at least June 10.
The race postponement has been extended until at least May 13. Updates as they come in.
Due to the forecast for rain, possible snow and low temperatures, the Sunday’s Test & Tune has been cancelled. And if you haven’t already heard, the Roadster Show has been cancelled. While there is a possibility of rescheduling, the Swap Meet has been cancelled/postponed.
The 2020 points season begins next Wednesday! Be sure to check back here for the 50/50 word. A big thanks goes out to Cliff Waldron for all of his hard work putting together the PIR display at the Portland Roadster Show coming up next weekend (March 20-22 at the Expo Center) check it out!
March 6, 2020
We’re back!! I have been assured that I will be receiving information in a timely manner this year, so the site will continue!