BREAKING RECORDS . . .
The Iowa landscape is a sea of corn fields as far as the eye could see and somewhere in between is a small 3-mile-long City of Oskaloosa; a charming town with its historic beauty and a feeling of patriotism. The City Square is the heart of this quaint little town and is home to their historic Bandstand. With the Fourth of July holiday, just days away the bandstand occupied the City Square with beautiful music including God Bless the USA. I felt as though I had magically transported back in time or jumped into our Department 56 scene from under our Christmas tree.
After exploring, we made it to Eddyville Raceway Park, a family owned 1/8th mile track. Friday Night, Sarah and her QOD Jet met Mick McCormick with his “Miss Elle” Jet dragster at the starting line. Sarah left the line with a .033 RT and crossed the 1/8thmile in 3.68 seconds at 210MPH – setting a new ET Track Record but just 2 MPH short of the speed track record. Knowing we were in the market to break records, we entered Saturday more determined than ever!
The anticipation for attending this particular event was sparked when they released their flyer listing the pro line up as well as the special guest: “Big Daddy” Don Garlits. I always thought the legend Big Daddy would be someone that I would only read about or hear stories about; never could I have imagined being featured on the same flyer at the same event with him. Seeing his name with my name on the same event poster I must admit was very cool. So, across from my pit form sat the Legend himself, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits.
Bob Unkefer led the pre-race ceremonies and driver intros on Saturday afternoon on the starting line. I took a moment to look around and I found myself in a sea of drivers and crew members from Fuel Altered Cars, Nostalgic Funny Cars, and Nitro Bikes – as well as Don Garlits and Ron Colsn (See photo above). Intro’s wrapped up with drivers flinging T-shirts and Frisbees into the packed and enthusiastic crowd. It was time to see if we could break records. I left the starting line first and crossed the finish line at 3.68 seconds again but at 217 MPH – breaking the existing track MPH record. Coming back to the pits our neighbor Bazz Young the driver of the Down Under Thunder Nostalgic Funny car was cranking out some George Thorogood tunes – pumping up the crowd and me! For the final round of the night I officially set the new Jet Track Record in 3.64 seconds at 219MPH in the 1/8th mile.
This may be the first record I have personally set, but it certainly will not be the last! We are onto the next event, Night of Thunder at National Trail Raceway in Columbus Ohio – Satruday July 8th.
Quick turnaround time this week as we get ready to head to Raceway Park in New Jersey on Wednesday Night (July 19th) for their 42nd Annual P.C. Richard & Sons Night of Thrills! This event is where it all started for me, so it is always exciting to have the honor of attending this event as the driver of The Queen of Diamonds. If you are in the Tri-State area (NY/NJ/CT) this is as close to home as it gets so call out of work – do what you have to do to come hang with all of Hanna Motorsports this Wednesday Night and see me take on the Beast from the East!