This week DragChamp brings you a Guest Blog from Southeast bracket racer Brody Quick. Brody grew up racing with his Dad and hoped in a Jr. Dragster at the age of seven. Success quickly followed as he won two track championships and two Eastern Conference team finals.
Follow along as Brody highlights his racing exploits.
The Drought is Over
As stated in my last blog, I had plans to make major mechanical changes to Butterbean, but for some reason I decided to put it off for a few more weeks to see if I could change my mindset and luck.
Many of my friends refer to me as the guy who stands in everyone else’s winner circle picture. Finally, that changed. Other than the 2018 Dream Team Challenge, my final round appearances have been slim and always end up with me taking home the runner-up.
I rolled into Lassiter Mountain Dragway for the second weekend of the month following a rain out at their previous event. I was tired and ready to go home from the point I arrived.
But as luck would have it, I managed to string together several good laps, got lucky when I needed to, and ended up breaking my streak of standing in every other person’s dance floor picture by standing in my own.
It was a relief to break through and win one. Andrew Lindamood also took home a win over family member Jed Pennington in the Footbrake category.
For the following day after my win I figured I would try my luck at Huntsville Dragway for a single day $5k. All I could muster was getting both my entries down to 32 cars before bowing out of the race.
Any time you race with Danny Weaver, you can expect the unexpected. Weaver and Hunter Whitehead doubled another friend’s car and had both entries going in to the round of 16 cars when the brake pedal went to the floor.
After realizing that the right rear caliper was locked up we managed to release the bleeder screw. I pinched off the back brake lines with a pair of vice grips, and zip tied it to the rear end housing. Danny and Hunter both lost that round and we headed home. It seemed like my luck was gone in a flash.
Hunters First Big Check
Whitehead and I had plans to take Hunter’s Camaro to Holly Springs, MS the next weekend for Team Flatbill Promotion’s Mississippi Madness event. But on Tuesday before leaving, Hunter started his car to load it up and the motor came apart in the shop, better there than at the track I guess.
So we decided to take Butterbean. I let go terrible the entire weekend and the car was phenomenal. “Witchfoot” started off the day with three back to back to back .000 reaction times. He carried that momentum all the way to the final where his .008 dead-on with a 2 took out Chad Sandlin’s .011 dead 9 run in the final round of the first $10k of the weekend.
To say I was excited would be an understatement. Whitehead took his picture, grabbed his check, and headed to Walmart to buy a cheap phone to get him through the weekend as his had crashed the night before.
Maybe not having that distraction was the key to his success. Shout out to Sandlin, who made more runs than anyone at the track that weekend and made it deep into the money rounds every day.
Mississippi Madness Winners
Troy Poindexter had one heck of a showing also as he won the $5k gambler race and $15k main event Saturday. J.R. Barclay took home the final win of the weekend on Sundays race as Diamond Dallas Page took home second place following his father’s (Troy Page) runner-up in the gambler race in that same dragster.
Turn of Events
After collecting two wins in two weeks, I think it will be best to leave Butterbean alone. The car is flat out nasty, in a good way. Though I have no major racing plans for the month of July other than local racing, I’m sure that I will find at least one big event to attend.
About the author: Brody Quick has been involved in drag racing his entire life. His first ride came at the age of 7 in a Jr. dragster. After a successful Jr. career, Brody took the wheel of “Butterbean”, his family’s ’67 Camaro. Aside from bracket racing in the Southeast, Brody operates the Next GenFacebook page where details he and his friends racing adventures.