Woodburn Dragstrip
7730 Hwy. 219
Woodburn, Oregon
503-982-4461

Archives for the ‘Straight Talk’ Category

I Have a Question – July, 2014

Here is a question for you.  “What did you do for fun as a kid?”  For me, let me just say, I did not play soccer.  Of course, soccer had not become the popular sport that it now is when I was in school.  However, when I was introduced to that sport in college, I [...]



It’s a Matter of Timing – June, 2014

Have you ever considered how important the timing is in determining the winner or loser of a drag race?  For example, on Sunday in round one, I dialed 18.45 and ran 18.47 to take the win, even though my opponent had “treed me” but broke out by .06.  I knew I had been lucky and [...]



Would you like an M&M? — May 2014

I remember the first time I ate an M&M. When it comes to candy, chocolate is just about as good as it can get.  Of course, I recognize that my opinion may not be in agreement with everyone else in the world.  However, that is my opinion and I am sticking to it.  When you [...]



Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2014 — April 2014

Did I ever tell you about the time when I was serving as a counselor at a summer camp in Colorado?  I was a counselor in one of the cabins at Rocky Mountain Camp just south of Divide, Colorado.  If you look on a map, you will see that it is located south of Denver [...]



The First Step — March 2014

There is a story about a lady named Martha Berry.  As a former school teacher, any story having to do with children really perks my interest.  Probably that is why I love to see the drivers of the junior dragsters at their events at Woodburn Dragstrip and throughout the Northwest Division.  Meanwhile, back to the [...]



Fasten Your Seat Belt – February 2014

Let me take you back in time, about 60 years.  It was 1954.  Life in the country of rural Tillamook County was so much more peaceful and quiet than life is today. 
It was about 8:30 in the morning and I was just getting ready to walk the .2 mile to school.  I was in 6th [...]



Now You Know the Rest of the Story – January 2014

One thing about being raised on a dairy farm is the fact that the cows needed to be milked every morning and every night. During the day, the cows would be out in the pasture, so when the evening milking time would come, the cows would need to be rounded up and moved into the [...]



What Do You Want for Christmas? – December 2013

What do you want for Christmas? It is a common question this time of year. I really could use a car hoist, but I suppose that is a little too much to ask from my lovely wife. So I tell her, “I can always use socks and handkerchiefs,” and that is what I will receive [...]



Better check your ‘Tude Dude! – November 2013

“Better check your  ‘tude, dude.”   Well, that’s not an exact quote from my father,  but the meaning is the same.  Dad and Mom raised four sons on a dairy farm in south Tillamook County, near the Oregon Coast.  It was a seven-day-a-week, 365 days-per-year job with no vacations.  The cows needed to be milked morning [...]



It was Driver Error – October 2013

Many of you know that I entered competition in the Sportsman Class at Woodburn Dragstrip during the 2013 Sunoco Race Fuels ET Series.  I entered fourteen events driving my 2001 Hyundai.  Winning a total of nine rounds during the season earned me an 11th place finish in the standings.  I would have loved to have [...]