Woodburn Dragstrip
7730 Hwy. 219
Woodburn, Oregon

Archives for the ‘Straight Talk’ Category

Learning by Experience – December 2017

I heard you bought a car on eBay and need to have it shipped across the country.  Maybe you are considering using a professional vehicle transport company.  Let me tell you.  This, in itself, is an education.  And just as in many of life’s events, we can learn by reading about it, hearing about it, […]

The Most Important Three Rounds of His Life – November 2014

It is the biggest three rounds of racing in a bracket racer’s career!  I am referring to the three rounds of competition at the NHRA National ET Finals to be held at the Auto Club Finals at Pomona Raceway the second weekend in November.  Winning these three rounds and being crowned National Champion is the […]

Memories Are Made of This – September/October 2014

Dean Martin’s biggest hit was atop the Billboard charts for six weeks in 1956 and was covered by the Everly Brothers in 1960.  You can google them on You-Tube and listen to these songs still today.  Most of the readers of this column will not remember those years.  You may not even remember 1978, the […]

Things you Should Not Say to a Woodburn Racer – August, 2014

There is one more points race remaining in the 2014 Sunoco Race Fuels Championship ET Series at Woodburn Dragstrip.  It does not take much knowledge of the Northwest Racing Community to know that the team from Woodburn Dragstrip has the best record of any in NHRA Division 6.  In fact, the team has more wins […]

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 […]