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
It's "Oh Canada" at Mission Raceway!
When I think of Canada, I picture white capped mountains, lush green valleys, wildlife galore, and peaceful tranquility. That was not the story over the weekend in Mission, B.C. Between the jet cars and the nitro burning machines, peaceful tranquility had to leave town!! I love racing at Mission. The town welcomes the racers and the race track. No noise abatements, just pure high horsepower racing action!
Once again I had the opportunity to race with my good friend Derek Snelson. The Warhawk and Warped Speed Funny Cars battled it out first, then Derek and I would get strapped to a pair of dragsters and go at it again! Derek drove the Black Rat for us and I kept my seat warm in the Devastator. The overflow capacity crowd Saturday night really gets me pumped up to put on the best show possible and the WSR team did just that! My thanks to Derek for herding the "Rat" down the quarter mile, and to the folks at Mission for making us feel so welcome.
We have the next two weekends off the track, (that translates as shop time) and then to the Season Closer at Woodburn. And if anybody just happens to be wandering around Louisiana the first weekend of October, come on out to State Capital Raceway in Baton Rouge and say howdy. Darin's good friend Roger Gustin invited us out for his Cajun jet show.
Have a great Labor Day Weekend, and we'll see ya at the races!
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