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RACE COVERAGE WITH RICHARD SMITH
It's Fox Hunt Time in Boise and Sacramento!
Not sure what happened over the winter - do we really know what race cars do when nobody is in the shop? Well I don’t know if selling two cars scared the remaining two straight, but the Warped Speed and the Incinerator are attacking the 2016 season with a whole new attitude!
The Foxhunt at Firebird Raceway in Boise is always a spectacular race to witness, and this year was no exception! We had an awesome time and even set a track record - 6.01 @ 266 MPH!! If I had known we were so close to the 5’s, I wouldn’t have eaten lunch that day so we would be just a little lighter!
I unloaded the “superstar” funny car at the shop and put the Incinerator in the trailer and off we went to the Foxhunt in Sacramento. Driving over the Lake Shasta bridge and noticing the thermometer at 90 degrees makes you think for a moment - a cool lake on a hot day or a track temperature that’s probably 30 degrees higher? Well I decided that since the dragster doesn’t float, I had better continue on to my original destination. The blown nostalgia cars at the track put water skiing a distant second place! What a show and the history of the event. And the Incinerator was not about to be outdone by its shop mate, so it went out and ran a 5.46 @ 292 MPH in the heat!
I’m going to let both cars sit in the shop for a couple of days and let them do whatever they do then we’re off to Spokane.
Hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable 4th of July. See ya at the races!
It's Nice to be Back After an Extra Long Winter!
Late fall - wintertime - early spring, subjects of well written songs and cozy books. For me it’s a long drawn out time to go without blazing down the quarter mile! Late spring finally came around this year but it was like having a birthday party and nobody showed up. Our first race, the Woodburn season opener got rained out.....really???? you kidding me???? I have been itching to get behind the wheel for what seems like an eternity. Yancey had the Warped Speed Funny Car in the staging lanes and I was in my favorite suit, when mother nature decided it was time for all of us to go home.
The very next weekend was the annual Dee Adams Memorial Race at Yakima. I was fortunate to be able to call Dee a friend. He was the founder of Renegade Raceways, and we talked many years before I was able to talk him into hosting a jet show. That race paid dividends as I was introduced to his family. He was a very fortunate man. Fellow jet car racer Derek Snelson has taken over the reins at Renegade, so the Warhawk and the Warped Speed lit up that peaceful valley. The Warped Speed went 272 MPH! I think she wanted out of the barn as badly as i did!!
We leave in a couple days for the Foxhunt at Boise. Thank you summer! What took ya so long to get here?
- Richard Smith
Warped Speed Racing is back for 2016!
The Warped Speed Racing Team is back by popular demand...literally! After what was to be the final event ever for the Warped Speed Team in Las Vegas, team owner Darin Bay began liquidating what was once one of the biggest jet car teams in the country. After selling two of the dragsters and the semi-truck he was down to the last two jet cars, the Warped Speed Funny Car and the popular Incinerator Dragster. Darin then began to have thoughts of what life would be like away from the exciting world of jet car racing.
Instead of selling the Warped Speed and the Incinerator there was a change of heart as Darin realized what was missing the last few years was the smaller more manageable team he once had without so many cars and distractions. So, Darin got the team back together including the primary driver Richard Smith. This was welcome news for each of the team members, track promoters and the fans who look forward to seeing the fire and thunder from the grandstands every summer.
This year the Warped Speed Team have events scheduled in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah and California. To see the complete schedule go here
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