Hentges wins first NHRA final at Pacific Raceways


Sports editor

Federal Way drag racer Mark Hentges did something that he hadn’t done before in his 17-year career — he won a National Hot Rod Racing Associaiton (NHRA) race on his hometown track.

Hentges drove his Power Punch dragster to a victory at Pacific Raceways (formerly Seattle International Raceway) in Kent last weekend. He won the Top Alcohol Dragster Class at the NHRA Northwest Division 6 race.

“It was great to get this monkey off our backs and take the hometown win,” Hentges said. “We had lots of family and friends at the event, and to win on Fathers Day with my dad in the stands even made it more special.”

Hentges outran Gary Anderson of Anaheim, Calif., in the final. He was also the top qualifier for the event by making the quarter-mile track in 5.442 seconds at 257.53 miles per hour.

Hentges has been driving dragsters since 1976 and has spent the last nine years in the competitive Top Alcohol Division.

Last year, Hentges finished up in sixth place in the national championship points standings and third in the Northwest Division. His most successful season came in 2001, when he was the national championship runnerup and won the Northwest Division title after winning three national races and five divisional races. He also won the Northwest Division championship in 2000.

Hentges racing is a family affair. Lezlee Hentges, Mark’s wife, is also the team manager.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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