“The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” – Colin R. Davis
Wrapping up the 2018 season is a bittersweet feeling for me. My third year of driving in the Top Alcohol Dragster class has been full of highs and lows, and although it is easy to dwell on the bad times, we have made big strides with our team this year, including 12 final-round appearances and seven wins.
I won my last race in Great Bend, Kansas, two weeks ago and it was such a good feeling going home with the win. I haven’t been in the final round since winning the Norwalk Nationals in July, and I was starting to get down in the dumps about not going rounds. We haven’t been to Great Bend in nearly 10 years but had to revisit the historic track for our rained-out regional race in Earlville, Iowa. My dad has won two races at Great Bend, so we knew that he would have a good handle on the track. What we didn’t expect was to be racing in 50-degree weather with a 20-mph wind and mist all weekend. The conditions were miserable – it was way too soon to be racing in cold weather especially at the beginning of fall. But, we managed to pull it off and got the win, as well as the track speed and time records with a 5.27 ET at 278 mph.