Great story! We live 10 minutes from SIR, so it's considered our home track. I was living in San Diego at the time of the 64 car Seattle deal but went to the big funny car get togethers at Orange County. We would love to see some of those kinds of events back at SIR which is now called Pacific International Raceway. Portland International has a very limited 1/8th mile drag schedule.
Thanks again for the story...nice background information & pix.