Hello again blog readers!
After 9 races into the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season our Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots team is starting to find our stride and each race we are getting better. After the last 3 races that were all in a row our team is starting to feel more comfortable and we know it’s only a matter of time until we put our Funny Car in the Winner’s Circle again.
Recapping Atlanta we went there ready to go rounds and that we did. After a decent showing in qualifying we came out swinging and made it to the semifinals for the first time in a while. We were pleased with the performance as we packed up and headed to Topeka. Topeka is a special track for “Sweet Chuck” Terry Prososki and me. We both have been attending races there since we were young kids. In front of old friends and family you always want do well. We came out running good in qualifying ended up 4th one of our best qualifying efforts in a while.
Headed into race day we faced Chad Head and came up on the short end of a good side by side drag race. Even though it was a first round exit once again this year, we continue to learn and grow as a team.
We held our heads high, stayed motivated and we headed back to the shop for a quick day to grab some more parts and make our way to Englishtown. Going into Englishtown we knew we needed to run hard as the conditions were stellar to say the least.
We came out strong with a 4.09 and were pleased. We pushed the envelope through the rest of qualifying that was our best effort heading into race day. We had that pesky old man in John Force first round. It's always a major match-up racing him. Our team gets pumped up racing him whether it be first round, final round or even qualifying, we want to beat that car!
This time we had the upper hand after it was said and done. Running the not-so-favorite right lane first round we went right down the track for the win light. Pumped up and confident we went about our business in the pits in our normal manner.
For those who have been to the races you know our pit will always have a little music playing and now and then you will even see a few of the crew singing while servicing the car. That particular day was a Garth Brooks greatest hits kind of day. At one point in time the whole team was a singing together even Matt!
The second round we ran into our teammate Fast Jack Beckman and came up a little short. Our 4.12 losing to his 4.13, a tough one to lose. Even though we were done for the day, we had confidence again and knowing we have a whole lot of racing coming up we are hungry and motivated for a win.
Back to the shop we went and started preparing for 4 races in a row. We loaded up more rods and pistons, cylinder heads, engines, tires, freshening up the blower and clutch packs. Our team works very well together and diligently making sure the smallest of details are covered in our preparation. It's going be a very exciting and busy four weeks coming up.
The Mopar Express Lane/ Rocky Boots team is ready for the challenges and adventures we will face. Stay tuned and follow our progress. Thanks again for reading.