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

Archives for the ‘Straight Talk’ Category

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 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 [...]



I Raced With The Best – September 2013

I Raced With the Best
I would like to begin this article with a quote from a November 1980 issue of National Dragster.  A racer is recapping his season after having won the World Championship.  This is his quote exactly as it was printed thirty-three years ago.
“The racing was tough at Ontario, but it is my [...]



It Was The Best Of Times – August 2013

IT WAS THE BEST OF TIMES …….
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” That quote is the beginning one of the most famous lines in English literature. Written by Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities” could be compared to the story of my life. Perhaps you can identify also. [...]



A Racer’s Reputation – July 2013

The sport of drag racing can truthfully boast of some rather flamboyant personalities.  Some “left their mark” in drag racing history by their after-hours partying while others have let their driving be their mark of distinction.  Some are remembered for their angry outbursts while others are the most calm, loving, caring individuals you could ever [...]