Date(s) - August 1-14 - August 3-14
27th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals
Elevation: 280 feet
; 800-884-NHRA (6472); 253-639-5927
Radio Frequency: 540 AM
After stops in Colorado and California, the Western Swing concludes at scenic Pacific Raceways. One of the tour’s most breathtaking environments, the facility is parked in the shadow of majestic Mount Rainier and surrounded by towering trees that add more than beauty at the first stop on the Western Swing: They emit tons of power-enhancing oxygen to feed the appetites of the high-horsepower machines, resulting in prime performances.
2011 recap: Tim Wilkerson claimed his third straight Funny Car victory at this event and improved his position in the battle to make the rapidly approaching Countdown to the Championship. While Wilkerson was collecting his first NHRA 60th Anniversary-edition pewter Wally of the season, Del Worsham banked his sixth in Top Fuel and Jason Line his fourth in Pro Stock this season after again beating his teammate Greg Anderson.
How to Get There: The track is 10 miles east of Interstate 5 on Highway 18. From I-5, use Exit 142A (Auburn exit) and travel east 10 miles on Highway 18, following the signs to the track. From other points, use Highway 18 and exit SE 304th Street or SE 312th Street.
Visitor Information: Pacific Raceways, 253-639-5927; Auburn Chamber of Commerce, 253-833-0700; Kent Chamber of Commerce, 253-854-1770; Seattle-King County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 206-461-5800