Woodburn Dragstrip
7730 Hwy. 219
Woodburn, Oregon

Archives for the ‘Straight Talk’ Category

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 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 […]