NHRA Northwest Division Summit ET Finals
These are just some examples of ingenuity and out-of-the-box thinking that goes on in grassroots drag racing.
When these people show up at one track and compete it becomes a happening.
It was interesting to listen to the racers who came from the higher elevations of Montana, Utah and Canada saying, “Wow, my car really picked up this weekend, with the good air here.” Conversely, those racers who came from the coast of Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia were heard to say, “The car doesn’t leave as hard and is three tenths slower than back home.”
So, in many instances it is leveling the playing field when it came to performances. The track was excellent all weekend long; both lanes were equal, allowing for some excellent racing. To the credit of the racers, there were no oil-downs on the racing surface and not one orange block was sacrificed to the drag strip gods.
If the Firebird team enjoyed any sort of home field advantage, veteran Super Pro racer Steve Reynolds best summarized it saying, “Our advantage is that we can feel the finish line, where everybody else is looking for it.”
That home field advantage paid dividends on Saturday’s Race of Champions, as Firebird took the Track Managers Cup, by just edging out the Warriors of Woodburn Dragway. The Race of Champions is designated for the six best racers in points for each team, in each class of Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and Bike/Sled.
In addition to the Track Managers Cup, for the racers it was the chance to run in the Big Show at the Auto Club World Finals at Pomona. Those who won in each class are sent to Pomona and run for a World Championship against winners from the other six divisions in the NHRA on the same weekend as the pros.