Bottom bulb bracket racing star Charlie Lockhart is in the DragChamp spotlight!
Kentucky-based racer Charlie Lockhart was introduced to drag racing by his father over 20 years ago. His dad purchased Charlie and his brother Wesley a junior dragster and the rest as they say is history.
I had the pleasure of meeting Charlie at a race recently. We didn’t have alot of time to catch up as Charlie and his wife were both double entered in the No-Box class.
Every time I looked up they were going down the race track. That night, Charlie took two entries to the semifinals before finally settling for runner up. I saw first hand just how talented of a racer this man is.
We caught up with Charlie after the race to learn a little more about his racing background and current racing operation. Enjoy our racer Q&A with Charlie Lockhart!
How did you get introduced to the sport?
Through my dad. He raced for two years before buying me and my brother a junior dragster.
Which class or classes do you compete in? Where do you normally race?
I mainly run Footbrake or No-box but at local points races I also run Sportsman and Top. Beacon Dragway in Paducah, Kentucky would be considered my home track. I also travel to several big bottom-bulb races throughout the year.
Tell us about your current race car.
I have two S-10’s and a Monza but lately my car of choice has been the ’75 Monza.
Please list your major racing accomplishments.
1998 Junior Dragster Track Champion
2013 Southern Footbrake Challenge $10K Main Event Winner
2014 Jackson Dragway Footbrake Track Champion
2018 Member of Dream Team Challenge Winner
What’s on your bucket list, future goals, what do you hope to achieve?
Become IHRA World Champion, win the $100K Footbrake Challenge in Bristol, and try to collect as many big checks as possible.
What is your favorite race car, and why?
The ’75 Monza because it always seems to bail me out.
Tell us what you do for a living?
I’m self-employed. I run a construction company that sells and erects steel buildings. I also raise tobacco with my family.
How do you support your racing, side hustle, sponsor, partner, etc.?
Although I have several great sponsors that help me out, most of my racing operation is self-funded.
Who do you hate to see in the other lane, and why?
My brother, Wesley Lockhart, because he is one of the best undiscovered talents out there.
What’s the hardest part of drag racing?
Staying focused for several hours in sometimes severe conditions.
What’s your most embarrassing moment in a race car?
Crashing at the 2010 NHRA Division 2 Finals at South Georgia Motorsports Park because my steering wheel came off.
What are you saying to yourself just before you stage the car?
What do you enjoy the most at the racetrack?
Win lights and winner’s circles.
Are you superstitious?
Do you love to win or hate to lose?
I think everyone loves to win and everyone hates to lose, but you have to win and lose with the same dignity and learn from your mistakes.
Which are you better at the starting line or the finish line?
I would say starting line.
What motivates you to continue racing?
The thrill of winning.
If money were no object, what would your racing operation look like? Car, trailer, class, race schedule, etc.
Very similar to what I have now. Maybe a little nicer motorhome and fresh paint on the cars.
How often do you use a practice tree?
What is your daily driver?
2018 Chevrolet Silverado.
Favorite movie or TV show?
Favorite music, artist?
Where do you spend the most time on the internet?
What is your favorite sport? Favorite team?
Besides racing, what do you do in your free time?
What are you really good at?
Making something work in a pinch.
Name one thing most people don’t know about you?
I’m really not a bad guy.
Would you rather hang out with a crowd or have a quiet evening at home?
Quiet evening at home.
What’s your favorite thing to eat?
Who would you like to thank, who helps you the most?
- Lucas Walker, Walker Racing Engines.
- Brandon Barrentine, BTE
- George & Willie Rupert, Rupert Carbs
- Bruce Browning, Hoosier Tire
- Bob Ferrel, Schaeffer’s Racing Oil
- Lee Norton, Racer Tees
Bubba Morrison for believing in me and introducing me to the world of big-money bracket racing.
Last, but not least, thanks to Mom and Dad for supporting me in the beginning and always pushing me to be the best at whatever I did. Mom left us in 2007, but Dad continues to race with and encourage me today.