This weekend August 3rd – 5th will see the National Hot Rod Association roll into Pacific Raceways for the 31st Annual CatSpot Northwest Nationals. This is the 16th stop in the 24 Race season for the NHRA. Two weeks earlier they started in Denver, and last weekend was the 2nd leg of the “Swing” in Sonoma.
The points chase is heating up as the Pro drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Top Fuel Harley take aim at the Championship in each class at the end of the season. Drivers such as Greg Anderson, Jeg Coughlin Jr., Erica Enders, Tanner Gray and the others in Pro Stock. Then in Funny Car the likes of Courtney Force, Jack Beckman, Tommy Johnson Jr., and others will be lighting up the track.
Then not to be forgotten are the drivers in Top Fuel such as Steve Torrence, Leah Pritchett, Brittany Force, Tony Schumacher and the rest of the Top Fuel class, all getting ready to take on the premier drag strip of the Northwest. In addition there will be the Sportsman drivers and crews from in and around the Northwest, Canada and all across the country, looking to obtain the coveted “Wally” in their respective classes. They will be competing in Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, and Competition Eliminator. Also there will be Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car.
There will also be the Manufacturers Midway, the Nitro Mall, autograph session, the NHRA Guided Walking Tour, Nitro School hosted by Scott Palmer and Alan Reinhart, and on Sunday morning the Seal Master Track Walk. Gates open at 8:30 AM, with racing starting at 9:15 AM. The Pro classes will be qualifying on Friday and Saturday, with eliminations beginning Sunday after the pre-race ceremonies.
Tickets are available by calling Pacific Raceways Office at (253) 639-5927. This is the race that everyone waits for each year, as the thunder of the NHRA comes to Pacific Raceways. This is three intense days of “ground pounding” action of the National Hot Rod Association and one weekend you do not want to miss.
This is not the end of the season, as there is more to come in 2018. To get more information on the rest of the schedule then check out www.pacificraceways.com. I’ll be there, will you?