NHRA Northwest Division Summit ET Finals

NHRA Northwest Division Summit ET Finals

No cookie cutter cars here

It is safe to say that at the highest levels of drag racing in the professional ranks of the Big Show -- and not being disparaging -- that the cars really do all look alike. Some might even say “cookie cutter”.


The Labor Day weekend NHRA Northwest Division had its annual Summit Racing Equipment ET Finals. Sixteen track teams from the Northwest Division made the journey to Eagle, Idaho, and Firebird Raceway. There were some very dedicated racers driving as many as eighteen hours one-way to make the trip to Idaho and represent their respective tracks.


Each team is limited to 60 cars from each track. Not every track brought that many racers, however; in many cases it is quality over quantity. Winning is the most important thing.

For the Race of Champions held on Saturday, each team brings the top six from each of the four classes of Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and Bike/Sled. This is where the prestige comes into play as the winner in each of the four classes gets to compete as part of the NHRA Auto Club World Finals at Pomona, Calif., in a special class run off during eliminations on Sunday.


In addition, points for each round win during eliminations are awarded to the winning team and the team with the most points at the end of the day on Saturday wins the Track Managers Cup.


Also on Sunday there is another race that is open to all team members and, once again, points are awarded for each round win. The team with the most points wins.


What makes this race so interesting and entertaining is that it is the real grassroots of drag racing, where ingenuity and gumption are just as important as a fat check book. But it doesn’t hurt to have a fluffy check book. (That is a Gabriel Iglesias reference.)


You will not see the staging lanes filled with twenty similar looking Camaros all in a row.