What Happens in Las Vegas Goes World Wide!
The WSR team struck gold in the silver state at the NHRA national event in Las Vegas. Friday night's run between the Incinerator and Devastator received major air time on ESPN. Everyone was a TV star for a few minutes! And the race cars were feeling their stardom too, they performed like rockstars showing off with a 290 MPH side by side pass.
The saturday night run was not aired...thank goodness....as Darin and I decided to set the world on fire for the last run of 2014. Both of us attacked the Devastator with a “ go or blow “ tune up, and well....she bucked like a stubborn mule! The Incinerator on the other hand, being tuned by Mother Nature ( cooler air )ran 294 MPH! Who knows more...Nature or Darin and I?
As we bring the 2014 season to a close, I reflect on victories and defeats, trials and tribulations, challenges answered, and mostly, the great people this sport allows us to come in contact with!
From the entire WSR team, we wish you all a great winter and holiday season
Watch the Warped Speed Jet Dragsters got some maga TV coverage on ESPN during the NHRA Toyota Nationals Click Here to Watch it!
Warped Speed vs. the Blue Max and More!
There is nothing better for an old roadie than going from one race directly to another. I do not know if two races in a row qualify as being on tour, but for this old roadie, it certainly does!
First stop on the tour was Rocky Mountain Raceways in Salt Lake City. The jets were booked in alongside a division race. I have not seen so many cars since the U.S. Nationals! Mother Nature let us all take Saturday off so she could spread some moisture around. So come Sunday it was on! The Incinerator and Devastator were once again locked together - both running low 5.70s @ 281 MPH. The last pass had a major electrical storm passing over, so with our fire show competing with natures lightening show, the fans were getting their fill. Towing back to the pits, nature must have felt she lost, so she dumped a monsoon on us!
Monday morning the truck hit the road for Cajun country - Baton Rouge Louisiana. I have to say that I have had a lot of good times racing jet cars, but at this race, we paired-up the Warped Speed Jet Funny Car with the legendary Blue Max Nitro Funny Car, and it was one of the most thrilling races ever! When the tree came down, I hit he burner and the Max hit the loud pedal. It was the coolest sound I have ever heard!! I could hear those ponies and smell the nitro, and to top it off, I got to do it twice!!! In between these runs, we ran the Devastator and Incinerator, posting low 5.20s at nearly 300 mph.
Now, back to the shop for a little maintenance then on to Las Vegas for the TOYOTA NHRA NATIONALS. See ya at the races! Richard Smith
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