It had been two weeks since I had been to a racetrack and to say I was a little antsy would be an understatement. Friday, was the O'Reilly Auto Parts, Race Your Ride at Route 66. On the drive to the track, the weather looked a little iffy, but as I arrived at the track the weather cleared. Within a few minutes the clouds returned with a light mist. And just as quickly the clouds blew through and it was a beautiful night for racing! The car count was normal with some really nice nostalgic dragsters. Above is Bob King's 1956 Chevrolet Gasser that was built on the Velocity TV show, Garage Squad. Bob stated that the experience of working with the Garage Squad was one of the best times of his life. He stated, "I already won the lottery!" In addition to Bob's gasser, Rocky Ausec had the "Solid Rock", One Evil Mach 1, on track with a run of over 190 mph and ET of 7.15. I believe that is a record for the "Solid Rock".
Bob Malloy brought the Beedy & Malloy Nitro powered front end dragster driven by Dave Brown. In its second pass of the evening it went over 200 mph.
Bill Anderson had his Nostalgic Chevy Camaro Funny Car on track with some impressive passes.
And there was Mike Taylor with his Nostalgic front engine slingshot dragster.
Our NHRA Summit Racing JDRL racers were out testing for Sunday's race.
A cute story from the night, was when I saw the Churchill Motorsports Junior Modified War Wagon approach the line. This car is normally driven by Bobby Churchill. Then I saw the second Churchill War Wagon approaching. I was confused. I looked down at the driver of the first War Wagon and realized it was Ruby Zolper. Ruby is a Junior Sportsman driver. I then talked to her dad, Joe Zolper and he explained that Bobby's birthday gift to Ruby, was driving his Junior Modified car. Happy Birthday, Ruby!
In addition to the above, there were street cars and dragsters of all types. Here is sample of the rest.