Flav-R-Pac NHRA NW Nationals Recap from Pacific Raceways

July 24, 2023Ramon Jones

This weekend in Kent, Washington at Pacific Raceways the NHRA NW Nationals drew fans from all over the region. The stop is part of a three leg West coast stent for the series. 12 classes took to the drag strip including to compete in a knockout stage fashion until winners were crowned on Sunday. The winners from the NHRA NW Nationals were as follows

Steve TorrenceTop Fuel
Tim WilkersonFunny Car
Gaige HerreraPro Stock Motorcycle
Jackie FrickeTop Alcohol Dragster
Doug GordonTop Alcohol Funny Car
Joseph ArrowsmithCompetition Eliminator
Justin LambStock Eliminator
Garrett SidesSuper Comp
Paul NeroSuper Gas
Brian McGinnisSuper Street
Thomas BayerTop Dragster
Ty GaynorJdrl Shootout

TopFuel winner Steve Torrence stated the following to NHRA after his return to winning ways at Pacific Raceways, “

“I feel like we’re getting some momentum going at just the right time. We’re getting that race car back that we had in years past. I don’t think [the car] is as good as it can be, but it’s definitely moving in the right direction,” stated Torrence. Torrence had gone 17 straight events without a win prior to this weekend.

“I’ve been in these situations on both sides of the spectrum, where you dominate the entire first half of the season or first two thirds of the season and you go into the last six [races] and falter [as he did in 2017] or you go into the last six and win them all [as he did a year later] or you just win by a couple points or whatever. But yeah, it’s a good time to peak; it’s a good time to start getting ready for the Countdown.”

Torrence continued, “I’ve got my head in the game, the car’s where it needs to be, and we have that confidence. It’s like going fishing and you catch something every time you throw that lure out there. You’re like that lure is gonna catch a fish every time. That’s how you feel when you go in to race day with that confidence.”

For more about the NHRA NW National event check out the official press release here: NHRA NW Regional Press Release.