“The bad thing about this sport is that the only thing that limits you is your wallet. We’d all have a top fuel car if we could afford one.”Sometime in the early to mid ‘80s my dad, his friend Dennis, Dennis’ son Denny and myself, all attended The Summer Nationals at KCIR. That event ignited the eternal flame within me that burns for all things hot rod and drag racing. Watching Don Garlits and Shirley Muldowney race top fuel dragsters and seeing Don “The Snake” Prudhomme fly through the traps in The Pepsi Challenger gave me a thrill like nothing I had ever experienced before. Gene Snow won in top fuel at that race. I’ll never forget the ground shaking rumble that accompanied every car in the pits and down the track. I got to witness the legends of drag racing live and in person
As a car enthusiast who loves anything and everything that rolls on rubber, I have a great interest in all types of racing. As a young child my dad would take me to Kansas City International Raceway (KCIR) to watch test and tunes and grudge nights. In 2011, the owners sold the track and it ceased operation—I’ll refrain from any rants about the politics involved—but it represents my early exposure to hot rodding, car culture and drag racing. Those nights at the drag strip gave me my earliest taste of how cars mean more than generic transportation.