Brittany Boltz returns after a short layoff with a new post in her blog series. This month she chronicles the racing success of her boyfriend Jimmy Daniels.
What do you do when you have an absolutely terrible racing season? You travel the east coast and watch your boyfriend turn on win lights.
If I said this season hasn’t been a huge disappointment for myself, I’d be lying through my teeth but I’ve been lucky enough to get to enjoy the excitement that follows Jimmy Daniels. When Gary from Drag Champ said “let’s do an article on Jimmy,” he offered to have someone else write it but who better for the job than a doting girlfriend?
Most people know Jimmy as the 4X Indy Dodge Hemi Challenge Champion. A lot of people aren’t aware that he also races two Chevy Camaro’s, one in Stock and the other in Super Stock. Most people also don’t know that he works with my father doing body work, restoring old cars, and building race cars.
Wrecked from the Start?
With a little bit of a slow start to the season, things got interesting when Jimmy was rear-ended in the Stocker in the staging lanes during the test session before the Division 1 points race at Numidia Dragway. He luckily was belted in the car with his HANS device secured and was physically fine.
At first glance, the car was damaged beyond repair for at least the rest of the weekend. As I mentioned in a previous post, racing family is second to none when you’re in need. A handful of people jumped at the opportunity to see if they could help us get the car race ready for Friday morning and we are forever grateful for the loyalty shown to us.
Although the entire situation was one serious drawn-out mess in the long run, we snapped off the cracked plastic, slapped some packing tape on the headlights and taillights, and yelled at anyone who attempted to open the passenger door unneccesarily since it’s slightly out of alignment.
This car was actually just repainted in 2016 by my father, Andy Boltz so we felt it was necessary to throw on a couple heavy-duty fabric band-aids from Walmart for safe-keeping. There was no giving up on defending the 2018 Division 1 Stock Championship at that point.
The Big Go!
Next up, the Big Go. For the 4th consecutive year, Jimmy was able to mow down the competition in the SS/AH Dodge Hemi Challenge. This year was one of the most challenging and hard-fought races in the past few years but Jimmy had a special guardian angel flying down the track with him this time.
Jimmy lost one of his biggest supporters in not only racing but in life this past January. If you ever stopped by the Daniels motorhome during the week spent at Indy, I’m sure you had a taste of Rita Daniels’ famous meatballs or banana cream pie. Trust me, nothing compares. While winning a 4th consecutive Hemi Challenge title was special in itself, it was even more special for Jimmy to dedicate it to his grandmother.
The Streak Continues at Epping
A few short days after returning home from Indy, we headed to Epping, New Hampshire to finish up the points race from Lebanon Valley, New York that was postponed in June.
After losing one round prior to postponement in Super Stock, Jimmy was still in the running for the Stock Wally in which he ultimately got the runner-up. Sunday of the same weekend, Jimmy got the W in the Super Stock Camaro for the actual Epping points race.
Rolling through October
Fast forward to October and the second most exciting race for the Hemi Class, the Dutch Classic at Maple Grove Raceway. Jimmy made his 2-1 winning record at the Dutch into a 3-1 record, hoisting up the big check once again.
The last Division 1 points race was supposed to be the last race of the season for us but when you’re in the Top 5 for Stock AND Super Stock in Division 1, you say screw it and go for the back to back championship.
So Close to a Double
Last year, points chasing took us to Oklahoma. Luckily this year we stayed a bit more “local” and headed to the NTK Carolina Nationals in Charlotte and then the Division 2 points race at Rockingham.
Jimmy nearly pulled off a double, winning Stock Eliminator and minutes later runnering-up in Super Stock Saturday night just after midnight due to impending Sunday weather that actually caused the pros to run Monday.
Personally, this season has taught me that luck is certainly a larger piece of the pie to winning drag races than I ever thought before. While luck was certainly on Jimmy’s side, his reaction times were precisely on point and the Camaro’s were both deadly consistent all weekend.
He averaged a .007 reaction time in Stock and a .004 reaction time in Super Stock, not including his worst light in the final.
All I have to say is the kid’s on fire and I’m just along for the celebration. While losing first and second round every weekend for a whole season is most definitely for the birds, I wouldn’t want to do anything else besides be his starting line biotch.
About the Author: After growing up around drag racing, Brittany Boltz began racing Jr. dragsters at 13. Just six years later she took over her father’s Super Stock Firebird. Brittany currently races her 1991 Firebird in NHRA Division 1 Super Stock. In addition to her racing efforts, Brittany is a Certified Pharmacy Technician and also operates Platinum Promotional Products.
For the 2019 season, Brittany will represent sponsors Cam D Machine Shop, Mickey Thompson Tires, Lupo’s Dynamic Converters and Transmissions, VP Racing Fuel, Daniels Racing, Biondo Racing Products, and Odyssey Batteries.
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