18 year old Dalton Lummus of China, Texas is in the DragChamp spotlight this week. Dalton is a talented young bracket racer that recently moved from a successful career in juniors to the big cars.
The transition didn’t keep him out of the winners circle as Dalton has continued his winning ways in his beautiful Chevy II. After originally focusing on the No Box class, he recently added a delay box and now spends most of his time in the Box class.
To learn more about Dalton Lummus, see the Q&A listed below.
How long have you been racing?
I started running Jr.’s in 2010 so 10 years.
How did you get introduced into racing?
My parents. A guy my Dad worked with got him to start coming to the race track and bracket racing our Monte Carlo a few years before I was born. At that time my Dad still drove the Monte Carlo to work and it slowly became a full-time race car and we still race it today.
Which class or classes do you compete in? Where do you normally race?
I normally run No Box but I’m starting to run Box and I think I like it better than No Box. We race at Houston Raceway Park, Evadale Raceway, and Pine Valley Raceway. We also run some bigger money bracket races that are close to home.
Tell us about your current race car.
1966 Black Chevy II, 421 small block with a power glide.
Major racing accomplishments:
- 2010 Jr. Rookie of the Year at Houston Raceway Park
- 2012 Evadale Raceway Jr Track Champion
- 2014 Pine Valley Raceway Jr Track Champion
- 2016 Royal Purple Raceway Jr Advanced Champion
- 2016 NHRA Division 4 Inaugural Jr Street Champion
- 2017 Evadale Raceway Jr Track Champion
- 2017 IHRA Division 4 Jr Champion
- 2017 IHRA Qualified for the World Finals
- 2018 IHRA Inaugural Sportsman Spectacular Jr Champion
- 2018 Inaugural High 5 Energy Champion
- 2018 Pine Valley Raceway Jr Track Champion
- 2019 Finished 9th in the IHRA World Finals
- 2018 Houston Raceway Park Driver of the Year
- 2018 NHRA Division 4 High School Runner Up
What’s on your bucket list?
I want to run some big money races as often as possible and win a few too. I want my name to be known within the bracket racing community.
What is your favorite race car, and why?
I love the car I have now, I think this year Chevy II is my all time favorite body style. I also like this car because it’s not a fiberglass and lexan car, it’s all steel and glass except the Hardwood hood.
What you do for a living?
Right now I’m in between working a summer job and starting college at Lamar Institute of Technology in Beaumont Texas, I’m going for process operations.
How do you support your racing?
I pay for entry fees, race fuel and diesel out of money I’ve won from racing or out of my personal money from my job. I also have a sponsor that helps me out, Rhymes Industrial Filtration (Butch Rhymes).
Who do you hate to see in the other lane and why?
I really don’t fear many people, I treat every racer in the other lane the same. There are a few that I don’t like running though. In No Box it would have to be Jay Robinson and Jake Howard. In Top there are to many to list that I wouldn’t want to race but I’ll give them all a hell of a race.
What’s the hardest part of drag racing?
For me it’s dealing with defeat when I lose a race I could’ve easily won.
What are you saying to yourself just before you stage the car?
I don’t really think or say anything once I roll into the water box. I just focus on what I need to do, nothing else crosses my mind.
What do you enjoy most at the racetrack?
First and foremost is the racing, trying to put my car in the winner circle. Also the people you meet along the way and see every weekend.
Are you superstitious?
I have a routine for every pass and I don’t break that routine.
Do you love to win or hate to lose?
Definitely hate to lose.
Which are you better at the starting line or finish line?
It depends on what class and what car is in the other lane. In No Box I feel like I’m better on the finish line then starting line. In Box I feel like I can be good on both unless I have a dragster then I’d have to say I’m better on the starting line. It’s hard to drive the top end against a dragster with a 30-40 mph difference.
What motivates you to continue racing?
The glory of winning. I normally say that this sport isn’t fun until you put it in the winner circle or win some good money, lol.
If money were no object, what would you racing operation look like?
I would still have the Chevy II but I would have it completely redone, repainted, rewired, with all the best of the best parts.
I would probably get a nice 4 link dragster, maybe a Mullis or American, with all the best parts as well. No big fancy motorhome, just a nice 34ft Intech aluminum trailer or a Gold Rush and a dually to get it all there.
If money were no object then I’d hit as many big money bracket races as I could.
What is your daily driver?
2005 Dodge 2500 diesel
Favorite movie or TV show?
Smoky and the Bandit
Texas Country/Red Dirt
Where do you spend the most time on the internet?
Facebook or Instagram
What is you favorite sport? Favorite team?
College football, Oklahoma Sooners
Besides racing what do you do in your free time?
Not a whole lot but during the off season I deer hunt.
What’s your favorite place to eat?
Any Mexican restaurant
Who would you like to thank, who helps you the most?
The Lord first he’s the reason all this is possible.
My parents for everything they do for me, they raised me right. They give me an awesome car to race, Dad keeps the car running good and I get to throw my money at it and have all the fun.
I have to thank my sponsor too, Rhymes Industrial Filtration.