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

Archives for the ‘Straight Talk’ Category

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 [...]



Stomp Out the Competition ! – June 2013

If you know anything about my love for cars at all, you will know I have a definite love for Mopars. From the first 1965 Plymouth Satellite which I picked up at the assembly line in Detroit, to the 1968 GTX, and down the line to the world famous 1970 Plymouth Road Runner, I have [...]



Drag Racing 101 – May 2013

Some things in life are easy and some are more difficult. With a smile on his face, a young racer once told me, “Drag racing is easy. All you need to do is cut a light and run your number,” meaning of course the driver’s selected dial-in. The smile told me that he knew it [...]



Do You Remember 1978? – April 2013

Do You Remember 1978?
Here we are, boys and girls, in the year 2013. This year will see the 35th running of the NHRA Division 6 ET Finals which, with the championship of 2012, Woodburn Dragstrip’s valiant racers have earned top honors fourteen times. It all began back in 1978 at Seattle International Raceway [...]



Where Are You Headed? – March 2013

Recently I heard a story which may or may not be true. Whether it is or whether it is not true, really does not matter, as the principle involved still applies to all racers and race fans. The story goes like this:
“Einstein was once traveling from Princeton on a train when the conductor
came [...]



I Think I Smell a Rat – February 2013

We have been hearing quite a bit of talk regarding guns lately, especially as it relates to the 2nd Amendment. Although the primary focus of the 2nd Amendment centers around the topic of defense, most of my experience with guns centers on the topic of hunting. [...]



From Sea Level To 10,000 Feet Above Sea Level – January 2013

My Trip to Maui
There is a mountain on the island of Maui named Mt Haleakala. If you enjoy mountain scenery and beautiful vistas of the ocean and other tropical islands in the distance, this might be a place you would love to visit. The mountain stands over 10,000 feet in elevation with [...]



How Do You Wear Your Helmet? – December 2012

Two days ago I made the drive up Nestucca River Road from Beaver to Blaine and the memories of my childhood flooded my mind. I passed at least 10 former dairy farms and remember the names of each family who labored tirelessly every day, dawn-to-dusk, milking their herd, because dairy cows must be attended [...]