DragCoverage.com has decided to republish this interview with (2) time Million Dollar Race Winner, Gary Williams. This article has been selected as the “2012 Article of the Year.”
DragCoverage.com Publisher TJ Pruitt had the opportunity to speak with the Great American $50,000 Bracket Race Winner, Gary Williams. “G-Dub” is the only driver in the history of this sport to win (2) Million Dollar Races and (4) $50,000 Bracket Races. These big dollar victories are only a fraction of the races that Williams has won.
So, how does it feel to win two 50 Grand races back to back?
G-Dub: “It’s unreal. I still can’t believe that I won the first $50,000 race earlier this year and now a second 50-grander soon after. I guess I must be living right.”
What were your thoughts going into this weekend?
G-Dub: You always think that you are there to win but I also knew that my luck would run out eventually; especially after winning the first “50″ earlier this year.
Ok, so you’re staged up in the final round of a $50,000 race. What is on your mind?
G-Dub: Just like any other race, I don’t want to make a mistake. I want to be as close to perfect as I can without going red. The only thing that I do differently in bigger races is double check everything. I make sure that the car is in low gear and then double check things like the delay box. Other than that, I try not to do anything different than any other lap down the racetrack. I try to treat every race the same, even the golf cart races.
Race every race the same, rather you’re running for a soda pop or a Million Dollars.
Do you know Troy Williams Jr?
G-Dub: I think I know him. I think we are like related.
Do you race Troy any different than any other competitor?
G-Dub: Definitely. Troy and I actually had a really good race at the “50″ Saturday. He was perfect (.000) on the tree and I was .001. I happened to be in the faster car and was able to see everything a little better. He went under (broke out) just a little more than I did.
Troy and I are usually pretty good on the tree when we race. We would rather turn it red running each other than anyone else. So, we set up tight on the tree and then go for it. We setup perfect and try to kick each other’s tail.
Was this 50k final any different than the two finals rounds in the Million?
G-Dub: I was more nervous in my first ever 50 grand final than any final. From that point on, I was ok. I just want to win. The only thing that I hate in life is losing. The competitive spirit always makes you want to win.
You do realize that you are the only driver in the history of this sport to win TWO million dollar races. What does this mean to you?
G-Dub: You know, someone mentioned to me the other day that I had won (2) Million Dollar Races and (4) 50 Grand Races. I have never won a world championship but it feels pretty dang good. I don’t think anyone has accomplished this. There is a lot of catching up to do.
What would you do if you were not racing?
G-Dub: Building race cars and hauling cars like I am doing now. It takes a lot more than my driving, with a horseshoe on my back, to win races. It takes the people around you like my brother, who has a competitive background and attitude, to win races. It also takes good people like Phantom Race Cars, the Selogy Brothers, Mike Bloomfield, and Mitchell Clary. And I can’t forget my Mom, Dad, Son, Mickey Thompson Tires, Moser, Auto Meter, Quick Fuel, Jerron Settles, and FTI.
It takes these guys to stay in the driver’s seat. This weekend I had three entries as opposed to one. I ran the truck in no-box and the Overkill Motorsports Dragster and the Phantom in the 50. It takes a lot of laps down the racetrack, like this past weekend, to stay competitive.
What’s in your CD Player Right Now?
G-Dub: Actually I don’t have a CD Player in my truck. So, I’m changing stations as fast as I change area codes. I’m usually listening to Country music, Rap, and metal; pretty much anything. Well, everything but Techno. I can’t sing Techno that well.
What do you say to racers like myself who want to get to the next level in racing?
G-Dub: The biggest thing is keep working on your car even when you think it is perfect. Always pay attention to what’s going on around you. Sit in the stands and watch your competitors. Pay attention to the racers that are winning. Know your competitors and what they are doing so that you’re not caught off guard in the other lane. Race every race the same, like it’s the Million Dollar race or a $100 race. Every win light gives you moral like you can win anything.
Try to win them all and the big races will start to feel like little races.
Gary, I really appreciate your time. Congrats again on your win.
G-Dub: Oh TJ, don’t forget – I won the golf cart race on Saturday night, too. I won the 50 on Saturday, the Golf cart race that night, and the $7,500 race on Sunday but the Golf Cart race was by far the most fun.
I hate I missed it. What races are you planning to attend next?
G-Dub: I’m going to a Memorial Race for Bob Louden, Mikey Bloomfield’s Grandfather, on the 29th – 30th and then The Million.
Again, I appreciate your time, Gary. Take it easy man.
G-Dub: Thanks, TJ. I really appreciate this.
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