People love an adrenaline rush, which is why we watch extreme sports and go bulk shopping. Go big with this GrouponLive deal to see the O'Reilly Auto Parts 25th Annual NHRA Northwest Nationals drag-racing event at Pacific Raceways in Kent on Friday, August 3, at 9 a.m. Gates open at 7 a.m. For $36, you get a VIP package (a $71 total value), which includes the following:
- A general-admission ticket (a $41 value)
- A T-shirt that is exclusive to the event (a $30 value)
Surrounded by towering evergreens and the looming shadows of Mount Rainier, Pacific Raceway's quarter-mile track has felt the screeching rubber of such famed drag racers as Jerry Ruth and Gordie Bonin. On August 3, the National Hot Rod Association barrels into the stadium for three days of high-speed high jinks. Among the drivers, Tony Schumacher and Larry Dixon will test their machines' mettle and their own reflexes as they face off on the strip, power-steering fluid coursing through their veins.
When Dan Fiorito Sr. opened Pacific Raceways in 1960, he wanted to create a safe environment for auto racing. That simple wish lead to the founding of a site that would eventually become one of the largest outdoor spectator venues in the state. Mario Andretti, Al Unser, and Jerry "The King" Ruth all foot-pedaled their way around the tracks, and the crowds flocked to watch them.
Decades later, the raceway continues to welcome thousands of fans as they watch regional and national races featuring renowned drivers. The quarter-mile drag strip remains a main attraction, hosting weekly races as well as a junior dragster series. The 2.25-mile, SCCA-approved road course, with its challenging nine-turn circuit, makes it an ideal location for year-round competition. In between scheduled events, regional law-enforcement agencies and high-performance driving schools—such as ProFormance Racing School—use the course to practice maneuvers.