The quartet of John Force Racing drivers as well as two-time Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals champion Ashley Force Hood and Laurie Force were featured guests on Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family show this past Monday.
The drivers including 16-time Funny Car champion John Force, 2009 Funny Car champion Robert Hight, and back-to-back rookies of the year Courtney Force (2012) and Brittany Force (2013) talked about being a racing family and the excitement of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series as well as some of their favorite moments on and off the track.
Rogers & Cowan, the team’s LA-based publicity firm, booked the Forces on Home & Family and integrated them into the entire program. The group also raced Traxxas radio controlled Funny Cars along with guest John Ratzenberger, well known as Cliff Clavin from the long running sitcom Cheers and the voice of numerous characters for Pixar Animation. The show aired on Monday, Dec. 2; links for the show are available below.
Luke Bogacki is still trying to convince himself it’s real. He’s done the math, and he knows that he’s clinched the 2013 NHRA Lucas Oil Super Comp championship. His friends have offered congratulations. NHRA officials have called to confirm that he will represent them as their champion. He wants to believe it, but the gravity of it all just isn’t sinking in.
Growing up in a racing family, he’s dreamed of this moment for as long as he can remember. And he’s come close before, painfully close, to realizing that dream. In 2010 he triumphantly won his final Super Comp event to take the national lead on a tie-breaker; only to watch Gary Stinnett overtake him by less than one round at the final Lucas Oil Series event of the season. Just last year, Bogacki made the trek from his Southern Illinois home to Las Vegas, NV in pursuit of the crown. There, he needed to make the final round of the event to win the title, but fell a few rounds short of eventual champion Alan Kenny.
“I don’t know how many sheets of paper I’ve wasted since September scribbling out who had a chance to catch me and what they had to do,” laughed Bogacki, who has led the national standings since late June. “Between NHRA and IHRA I think I’ve displayed every top 10 number except the one everyone wants. After a while you get conditioned to thinking it’s just not meant to be. I kept watching the standings and waiting for someone to get hot and pull the rug out from under me.”
Racers did get hot. Ray Miller III made a strong run at the title, but will likely finish 2nd. Kyle Cultrera enjoyed a stellar season and made the battle for the title interesting deep into October, but Bogacki’s 676 point score; likely the highest of any sportsman competitor this season, proved too much to overcome.
Bogacki started his season inauspiciously, with back-to-back first round losses at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, CA and Arizona Nationals in Phoenix, AZ. He salvaged his trip to the west coast with a pair of solid divisional performances: a runner-up finish at the Phoenix Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, and a fourth round loss in Las Vegas (where he also won Super Gas). He then took 2 months away from the tour surrounding the birth of his firstborn son, Gary. When he hit the road again in late May, the new father caught fire.
Following a third round defeat at the Atlanta Lucas Oil Division Series event, Luke drove to his first Super Comp victory of the season in early June at Chicago’s Route 66 Raceway. A week later, he took runner-up honors at the LODRS event in Cordova, IL. He entered the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, OH as the points leader, and won that event to put a stranglehold on the championship that he would not relinquish. Bogacki finished his points ledger with a quarterfinal showing at the Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, MN and another runner-up at the divisional level, this time in Bowling Green, KY. As the season neared conclusion, Bogacki also added a pair of runner-up finishes at the national level in his Super Gas Corvette, at the AAA Texas Nationals in Dallas and the AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals near St. Louis.
When asked to pinpoint the difference between his championship season and his past near misses, Bogacki offered little explanation. “I’ve been asking myself the same question. It’s easy to chalk it up to luck or good fortune. And I’ll be the first to admit that I found myself in the right place at the right time a lot this year. But I’ve always been one to want a tangible explanation – something with a little more substance than pure luck. The only thing I can say is that I feel like I’ve raced smarter this year than in years past. I always thought of myself as a really good driver, and I was dependent on my ability; but these days I don’t get to race nearly as much as I did five or ten years ago. I don’t know that I’m necessarily worse behind the wheel; but I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not as sharp. That realization really allowed me to put more faith in my car, which has been better than its driver by far, and to keep things pretty simple from a driving standpoint. I feel like I’m a better racer because of it.”
Bogacki points to his 2013 American Race Cars dragster as the biggest key to his success. The 240” American Chassis is outfitted with a 632 cubic inch Huntsville Engine & Performance powerplant that features a BRODIX aluminum block and new SR20 cylinder heads. The motor includes Wiseco Pistons, a Crane Cam and lifters, Jesel belt drive and rocker arms, Milodon oiling system, and Hedman Hedders featuring Nitroplate coating. The engine is lubricated by Lucas Oil products, protected by a K&N Wrench Off oil filter, and surrounded by a J&J Performance Engine Diaper. The combination is topped by an APD carburetor and fuel system that transfers Renegade 116+ Racing Fuel through Earl’s Ano-Tuff fittings and line. The engine, capable of low 7-second elapsed times, is reigned into the 8.90 Super Comp index thanks to a Dedenbear Throttle Stop and K&R Performance Engineering Pro-Cube delay box and throttle stop timer.
Bogacki monitors all critical functions of the machine thanks to Auto Meter’s Multi-Function Data Logger. His combination also features Moser Axles and brakes, an Ohlins shock, BTE “Top Dragster” transmission and converter, Mickey Thompson Tires and Wheels, a B&M shifter, paint design and application from Todd’s Extreme Paint, as well as products from Dixie Racing Products, Nitrous Express, ISC Racer’s Tape, and JEGS. Bogacki also recognized the staff at Charlie Stewart Race Cars, who built his Super Gas Corvette.
Although he admits he hasn’t completely come to grips with the title of world champion, Bogacki’s experience in the sport helps him put his dream season into perspective.
“It’s kind of surreal, to be honest. I grew up watching guys like Tommy Phillips and Scotty and Edmond Richardson race at our local track. They’ve all had great success in Super Comp and they found a way to make a living driving sportsman race cars. That opened my eyes; and for as long as I can remember that’s all I wanted to do. I used to sit in my room as a kid; most kids were playing video games. I had a practice tree set up, and index cards with the names of racers on the front, and a list of their reaction times from National Dragster on the back. I’d run rounds, races, seasons against those flash cards for hours at a time. I bet I won 100 world championships on that practice tree! It’s just hard to believe it’s come true in real life.”
Bogacki thanked his wife, Jessica and their son Gary for their unwavering support. He also wished to recognize his team’s major marketing partners: ThisIsBracketRacing.com and the Motor City Hot Rod and Racing Expo, as well as associate partners K&N Engineering, Tinsley Drilling & Company, C.A.R.S. Protection Plus, Advanced Product Design (APD), JEGS, Mickey Thompson Tires and Wheels, Bill Taylor Enterprises (BTE), and Product Development Group (makers of AirTek Pressure Systems and Flo-Fast pumps).]]>
Day 1 Winner: Jake Woodring
Article and Photos by TJ Pruitt
(Nashville, TN) — Over 500 racers invaded Montgomery Motorsports Park for the 18th Annual CARS Million Dollar Bracket Race but there was one hot rod in particular that caught the publisher’s eye; Jason Lynch’s CARS Protection Plus Sonoma.
This bumper-dragging truck is immaculate from the front to the rear and is pretty quick, considering that it weights over 3,200 lbs.
Lynch said “I’m not exactly sure what it is, but I fell in love with it and was fortunate to get it. The guy I bought it from built it for footbrake and that’s all it was used for, up until I bought it. I then installed a box (delay box) and started running super-pro.”
“I am probably going to let my daughter drive it some but I am having too much fun with it. I don’t know when she will get to drive.”
“I’ve ran it a couple of times, but this weekend (CARS Million Dollar Race) was the first time with this motor. We ended up installing an MSD Grid System during the race to help tame it down on the starting line.”
“I think it will be a fun truck and I thank CARS Protection Plus for this opportunity.”
Make/Model: 1994 GMC Sonoma
Chassis: Back-halfed, built by B&B in Nashville, TN. Lynch said “I didn’t know much about about them until now, but they are just outside of Nashville, TN. They are known for building Super Stockers. It was blue already, so I was fortunate that it already matched the rest of the CARS Protection Plus stable.”
Weight: 3,200 lbs
Engine: 434 sbc, Brodix 18 degree heads, 16:1 Compression
Fuel System: Quickfuel 1050 Carburetor
Drivetrain: Moser 9″ Rear End (all 40 Spline), Abruzzi Transmission and Converter
Interior: Factory seats, roll-up/down windows
Wheels/Tires: 16″ Weld Wheels (V-Series), Hoosier Tires
Elapsed Time: 6.00′s in the 1/8th Mile, when it doesn’t try to flip over.
Special Thanks to: CARS Protection Plus, Abruzzi, Quick Fuel, Moser, Weld Wheels, and DRE Diapers.
This beautiful hotrod is already turning on win lights. In fact, Lynch and Mia Tedesco both marched to the quarter-finals of Sunday’s 20-grander at the CARS Million Dollar Race.
Lookout for this bumper-dragging truck at the strip and be sure to let the CARS Protection Plus team know that you saw it on DragCoverage.com.
Video below by Robert May
“Man, we’re having fun; everything but the sweet 16,” said Force. “I felt 16 after I won, but I don’t want to end my career at 16. I want to end it at 17 at least, so I’m going to be around for a while. You’re stuck with me because I truly do love it. The truth is if I ever had to win, this is a pretty good time to win because [sponsorship] deals need to be made next year, and I’ll be the champ while we’re making those deals. I love the job. I live in the gym. There ain’t nothing wrong with me. Nobody said you’ve got to quit racing. I’m going to keep doing it because it’s what I like to do. Doctor gave me a clean bill of health a few weeks ago.
“I wanted to prove I could still race. My wife said to me, ‘If you’d quit sitting on the end of the bed whining about [how you] can’t believe all this stuff is going and just get out there and win, winning fixes everything.’ It got my head right to go win; that’s what you’re paid to do. I’m good. I’m young enough to race, and nobody loves it more than me, and I’m the 16-time champ.”
Though he was able to record a semifinal finish in Phoenix, for the most part, Force’s season got off to a pretty slow start. He was on the trailer after the first round in Pomona, Gainesville, Las Vegas, and Charlotte. That had him sitting outside the top 10 in points, where he remained until Topeka. After a series of second-round exits, Force broke through for his first win in Bristol. That was the start of an incredible four-race run that included runner-up finishes at the next two races, in Epping and Chicago, and two No. 1 starts.
Prior to the Western Swing, Force elected to swap crews with teammate Robert Hight, who was struggling to stay in the top 10, sending Mike Neff over to Hight and bringing Jimmy Prock over to Force. On their first outing together, Force and Prock were sidelined in round one, but one race later, in Sonoma, Force was runner-up. Force finished the regular season with just a couple more round-wins, and he entered the playoffs fourth in the points.
Force’s start to the playoffs was a little quiet with him exiting in round two in Charlotte, but he has had the hot hand ever since, advancing to the final in all four of the next events. He was the runner-up in Dallas, then recorded three straight wins, in St. Louis, Reading, and Las Vegas.]]>
John Force outran his daughter Courtney in the final round and claimed an NHRA-record 16th world championship in Funny Car on Sunday at the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle), Antron Brown (Top Fuel), and Shane Gray (Pro Stock) also were winners at the fifth of six playoff races in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship. Smith claimed his second career world championship with the victory as well.
In winning his third straight race, John Force went 4.062 seconds at 310.63 mph in his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang to drive away from his daughter’s Traxxas Mustang, which finished in 4.085 at 319.22. It was Force’s fourth victory this season and 138th in his career.
“I’d like to scream and say, ‘Gee, it was me,’ but the truth is [crew chief] Jimmy Prock and the team he’s got around him is unbelievable,” Force said. “It’s a team effort, and if there’s anything that I’ve ever done right in my life, it’s been the team effort. That’s what I’m really proud of, holding together when it looked like we were falling apart.”
Force beat Gary Densham, Del Worsham, and Alexis DeJoria to reach the final round. The win, his fourth in Las Vegas, also wrapped up an all-around memorable weekend for Force, who was the No. 1 qualifier, broke the track e.t. record, and claimed yet another world championship in his storied career.
“We’ve been having a lot of fun, and I’m going to be around a while because I truly love it,” Force said. “Sometimes luck just gets on your side, and we’ve been fortunate these past three races.”
In winning the Pro Stock Motorcycle race, Smith joined Force on the world champion’s podium to celebrate his second career title. He powered his Viper Motorcycle Co. Buell to a final-round run of 6.991 at 192.08 to beat Jerry Savoie, who went 7.050 at 190.19 on his Savoie’s Alligator Farm Suzuki. Smith, who has won the last three races, claimed his fourth win this season and 17th in his career en route to clinching the championship crown. His father, Rickie, also won the world championship in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series this season.
“This team has been awesome,” Smith said. “What else can you ask for? With me winning the championship and Dad winning the Pro Mod championship, it’s been great. I don’t want to sound too confident, but we’ve almost been unstoppable. We’ve been to 10 finals since Epping and have six wins. Those are amazing numbers for our team.”
Smith, who qualified fourth, went 6.979 at 192.17 to start eliminations with a win against Andrew Hines and followed it up with round-wins against LE Tonglet and Shawn Gann to reach the final round. Smith, who won for the first time in Las Vegas, also won the world championship in 2007.
“It’s pretty elite company to do that,” Smith said of his second championship title. “We pulled this off, and it’s just great.”
Brown, the defending world champion in Top Fuel, moved to second in the points standings by powering his Matco Tools dragster to a run of 3.782 at 324.51 in the final round against Clay Millican, who went 3.822 at 322.50 in his Parts Plus dragster. Brown claimed his fourth victory this season and 25th in his career and trails points leader Shawn Langdon by 102 points heading into the final event.
“We struggled in the middle of this year, but what I’m proud of the most is the way we just kept our heads down and never gave up,” Brown said. “We just put our head down and worked harder. We just kept on digging.”
Langdon, who was the No. 1 qualifier, lost to Millican in the semifinals but still holds a commanding lead in the points race in his Al-Anabi Racing dragster. Brown, who beat Bob Vandergriff Jr., Tony Schumacher, and Brandon Bernstein to reach the final round, knows it will take something special at the final event in Pomona to earn a second straight championship.
“It’s not over until it’s over,” Brown said. “We’re going to give it everything we’ve got. We’re going to try and go for those qualifying points and qualify in the top half. Our team knows that we’ve been losing some crucial qualifying points, and in Pomona, that’s what we’ve got to go for, and we’ve got to take it one round at a time and give it everything we’ve got.”
Pro Stock’s Gray picked up his first win in more than two years and third of his career with a holeshot victory against V. Gaines. Gray, who moved to fourth in points, posted a winning time of 6.699 at 206.89 in his Gray Motorsports Chevy Camaro, and his quicker .032 reaction time overcame Gaines’ quicker, but losing Kendall Oil Dodge Avenger, which finished in 6.698 at 207.46.
“The team needed a day like this,” Gray said. “I got a big boost of confidence today, and it’s amazing what winning will do. It lets you know that you are still capable of doing this, and anytime you can win a round on a holeshot, I think you’ve done something special.”
Jeg Coughlin Jr. extended his points lead in Pro Stock by advancing to the semifinals before falling to Gaines. He now holds a 71-point lead over second-place Jason Line. Mike Edwards is 80 points back in third, and Gray trails Coughlin by 84 points.
“I’m looking forward to Pomona now,” Gray said. “I think we’ll be even tougher now. These cars are getting more and more difficult to run and the driver is so important now. The Countdown escalates everyone’s performance two notches.”
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will conclude its 2013 season Nov. 7-10 with the Auto Club NHRA Finals at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California.
Troy Coughlin picked up his second win of the 2013 season in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series at the NHRA Toyota Nationals. The race is the final in 2013 for NHRA’s popular 250-mph doorslammer touring series.
Coughlin, the 2012 world champion in the class, also earned his fourth career NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series victory by taking his turbo-powered JEGS.com Chevy Corvette past Danny Rowe in the final round with a run of 5.913 seconds at 248.34 mph. Rowe and his supercharged Agave Underground Tequila Camaro went 5.975 at 242.63 in the championship round.
It topped off a strong display in eliminations for Coughlin, who finished second in the points standings. After qualifying No. 2 with a 5.922 at 245.99, Coughlin claimed a victory in the first round over Dan Stevenson by going 5.918 at 245.72 on Saturday.
Coughlin’s Sunday started with a weekend-best pass of 5.889 at 246.75 to move into the semifinals, where he knocked off Mike Knowles with a run of 5.902 at 247.29.
Rickie Smith claimed his first NHRA Pro Mod Series world championship, having clinched the world title heading into the event at Las Vegas.
Matt Smith, near lane, clinched the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle championship following his final-round win over Jerry Savoie in Las Vegas.
Shane Gray, far lane, became the eighth different Pro Stock winner this season following his 6.699 to 6.698 holeshot victory against V. Gaines’ Dodge in the final round. Gray moved to fourth place in the Mello Yello standings following the win.
John Force, near lane, locked up his 16th world championship when he bested daughter Courtney in a thrilling Funny Car final, 4.06 to 4.08.
Antron Brown, far lane, powered to his second straight 3.78-second run to win the Top Fuel final and deny Clay Millican his first victory in the class. Millican ran a game 3.82 in his runner-up effort.
The NHRA Toyota Nationals winners, from left, Shane Gray, Matt Smith, Antron Brown, and John Force.
Mello Yello’s Al Rondon, left, and NHRA’s Tom Compton congratulated Matt Smith and John Force after clinching their respective world championships.
Winning a world championship in your own car, that is one thing.
Winning in someone else’s car, that is an entirely different animal.
With issues arising in his own car just one week prior to the Summit World Finals in Memphis, Lillington, North Carolina’s Tim Lucas was left with one option and one option only – find another car or miss the Summit SuperSeries championship race. While a number of different options existed for Lucas, at the end of the day there was only one car he wanted to drive with so much on the line, the tried and true Chevrolet Nova of longtime IHRA racer Donald Webb.
Having built the engine for Webb’s car himself, Lucas knew a thing or two about one of the winningest rides in the south. Now, with over $10,000, a brand new dragster and much more on the line, Lucas was ready to wield the familiar yet not-quite-his-own car through four rounds of competition against the best Top ET racers from across North America.
“This whole weekend was done on borrowed equipment,” Lucas said with a laugh. “I hurt my car the week before so I asked Donald if I could borrow his car. I also borrowed my bosses truck because I didn’t want to bring my motorhome over the mountains and I got to work.
“Having built the motor in Donald’s car, I have been behind the wheel before and I know a little bit about it. But to race a different car with so much on the line, it was a bit overwhelming.”
Three days, roughly a dozen passes and four exciting rounds later, Lucas crossed the finish line a world champion, by far the biggest win in his 28 year racing career.
“This is all just unbelievable. The good Lord was riding with me, my family is here with me, all of my friends got to watch me win, it is just a dream come true,” Lucas said. “Coming into this weekend everyone has been telling me that they had a good feeling about the race, but you never actually picture yourself winning. To be standing here right now, I am just at a loss for words. It is just super.”
Lucas’ road to the championship went through racers representing tracks up and down the east coast ending with a showdown longtime racer Don Boulware from Irving, Texas. With the championship on the line, Boulware showed his stuff in the final with a perfect .000 reaction time to Lucas’ .016 light, but Lucas made up that ground on the top end with a brilliant 10.132 second run at 128.27 miles per hour on a 10.12 dial, while Boulware ran a 7.442 on a 7.41 at 175.82 mph.
Top ET Final – Tim Lucas (near) vs. Don Boulware
“In the final I pulled some out of the box. I knew what the car was going to do and he told me what kind of light he had cut so I pulled a few out and then when I pulled into the water box, I popped them back in,” Lucas said. “I decided to stay with what has been working and I am glad I did. I nailed it at the line and went on to win. I was nervous earlier in the day, but by the final I had convinced myself that it was just another race, even though I knew that was far from the truth.”
Lucas also had wins over Chris Butcher, Eric Boyd and Brad Perkins to reach the final, while Boulware had wins over Kevin Thorp, Dale Smith and Alan Glatt.
Lucas had an unusual path to the finals, getting beat off the line first in each of his first three rounds. He surrendered starting line advantages to Butcher (.015 to .031), Boyd (.007 to .015) and Perkins (.005 to .013), but managed to win each of those matchups.
“On Thursday we made some time runs and I was killing the tree. But by Friday is just lost it,” Lucas said. “I simply couldn’t find the tree and I don’t know what happened, but we were able to overcome it and pull out the win regardless.”
With the win Lucas gets a lucrative prize package that includes $10,000 from Summit Racing Equipment, a brand new dragster courtesy of Maddox Race Cars with a Trick Flow big block Ford engine and a Trick Flow livery done by Imagine That Custom Paint. He also receives an Aruba vacation, a gold and silver card, championship Ironman, ring and more.
“You know it is funny, we were parked beside that Summit dragster all weekend and one day there were some boys playing ball beside of it and I told my wife those boys better not hit my car,” Lucas said. “I just really think IHRA, Summit and everyone that is involved with this program have done a super job for the bracket guys. There are a lot of bracket guys that would love to run the circuit who can’t afford it and this program makes it possible.
“I really want to thank Donald and Cathy Webb, my wife, Ray Willard and everyone that is here helping me this weekend. I also want to thank IHRA, Summit and everyone that helped build this car. Summit has made a dream come true for me.”
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 22) MAVTV/ProtectTheHarvest.com rider Adam Arana will carry a little extra knowledge with him to the NHRA Toyota Nationals this weekend at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
That's because Arana, a rookie in Pro Stock Motorcycle, spoke with four-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. recently. The conversation was about the mental game, something in which Coughlin excels.
“I talked to him about staging procedures and a way to keep calm on the line,” Arana said. “We talked about not overthinking it because when you're thinking on the line, you're not reacting. It takes longer to think than it does to react.”
Coughlin is regarded as one of the best drivers to ever compete in NHRA and is notorious for his starting-line excellence. Arana hopes to take the knowledge to heart and apply it to his riding.
“He was giving me tips on how to limit possible things to think about,” Arana said. “I can focus on one thing and just react to that, instead of thinking of multiple things on my mind.
“He told me his mental procedure, and I think that's going to help out.”
Arana is the front-runner for the Auto Club Road to the Future Award as NHRA's top rookie, but he has struggled recently on the starting line. Turning that around is important to Arana because he is heading into the final two races of 2013 that could determine the rookie award.
“It's going to be tight,” Arana said. “I know I need to go rounds. (Funny Car driver) Chad Head is killing it now. It's going to be a close one, so I definitely need to go rounds in Vegas.”
Arana has one No. 1 qualifier and one final-round appearance and had a 7-7 round record before the recent downturn. He knows a solid performance in Vegas and at the season finale in Pomona, Calif., will go a long way in the rookie race.
“It's kind of stressful,” Arana said. “I'm going to try not to think about it.”
One area where Arana won't have to think about is the safety features of The Strip. He'll be racing there for the first time, but father Hector Sr. and brother Hector Jr. have given him plenty of positive information about the track.
“They tell me it's a good, safe track,” Arana said. “It has plenty of stopping distance and goes uphill. There's not really a lot to worry about from a safety standpoint in Vegas. They told me it's a nice track and pretty quick, too.”
Bruno Massel, the reigning NHRA Comp national champion, will make his debut in Pro Stock at the Auto Club NHRA Finals. Massel will wheel the Protect the Harvest Chevy Camaro usually driven by Steve Kent, who has a prior engagement. Massel tested the car in St. Louis and will also gets laps at Royal Purple Raceway prior to his debut. “I have to admit it was a bit humbling at first because the staging procedure is different than what I’m used to with my turbo cars,” Massel said. “The foot and hand motions are the complete opposite. It hasn’t come naturally, and I’m still having to think as I do it every step of the way, but I think it will get more fluid and less mechanical with more laps.”]]>
Grand Junction, CO. –Pro Modified Team Owner/Driver, Mike Knowles, has decided to get a jump on the 2014 season by bringing in NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster standout, Brandon Booher, as a consultant. Booher, who tunes and drives the worlds quickest and fastest converter equipped drag racing vehicle, will join the team prior to the 13th annual Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas, NV.
“Billy and Tim (McAmis) have been progressing with our combination all year. We’ve made some really impressive runs but, we just need that little push to get us where we need to be and hopefully that’s what I hope Brandon will bring. He seems to have a better hold on what a converter car needs than just about anyone out there. I’m hoping that by the time we leave Vegas we have a good direction in place for 2014,” said Mike Knowles.
“From what I know, Mike and his guys have a very good handle on their set up and just need a fresh set of eyes to put them over the top. This team has the best of everything including a dedicated owner and a driven crew. Those things along with all the right parts should help make my job a little easier. I’m just grateful to be a small part of what Mike has built and would like nothing more than to see him come out of that car with a smile after every run,” said Brandon Booher.