Brody Quick is back for another story in his Racer Blog series. This week Brody is still lucky but maybe not for the reason you’d expect!
Things heated up for myself and the racecar this summer as we found success at several different racetracks across the southeast and Butterbean was a perfect 3-3 in final round appearances this year. In hopes of continuing to get lucky I headed to Huntsville Dragway For the 2 Day No Delay event to end August and try to start September on a good note.
This was the first “big money” bottom bulb race that Huntsville had seen in some time as Todd Berry and John Burleson decided to put up $5,000 and $2,500 on the bottom and pay $1,500 both days in Super Pro. Sticking to my roots I decided to play it safe and leave the delay box in the car.
Saturday went per usual as I found myself exiting fourth round. There is just something about that round on Saturday that I can’t seem to overcome. Sunday however I did find a string of luck. I honestly haven’t let go as inconsistent as I did that Sunday in quite some time but found myself in my second final round in as many weeks.
My luck ran out as my .022 reaction time left me ineligible while Mark Taylor proceeded to lay down .012 dead-on zero to pick up the win in the lane beside me.
I did stick around for the final pass of the weekend as my good friends Mitchell Reaves and Seth Lancaster squared off in the Footbrake final where “Spellcaster” captured another big check. #NextGenTTF!
Any of the Great American Bracket Race events are some that I mark on the calendar every year. Memphis has been good to me and I always have a good time there. Hunter and I only managed to take home a few small checks on the weekend as we bailed out every day foruth or fifth round.
Riding on the coat tails of a good few weeks span, Whitehead and I decided to wheel up to U.S. 43 Dragway in Ethridge, TN for a single day five grander. After a few time trials Hunter came back from a pass and said the car just wouldn’t pull itself.
It seemed as though we trashed the converter and with no spare parts we made an early exit out of the gate to head home. After pulling the car into the shop I closed the door to hear a “clank” noise under the car.
As lucky as I had thought the previous few weeks had been, this would prove to be the luckiest. When I shut the door the front bracket that attaches the diagonal bar on the rear end finished breaking and fell off into the floor. Disaster avoided, whew!
I had already cut a deal with Chris Weaver to run my entry at the Fall Fling $500k earlier in the season when I was struggling and with Butterbean down it worked out well. Bristol was a blast per usual and although we didn’t get a piece of the large prize at stake I made sure to wear my red sweatshirt in the winner circle pictures to stand out.
With no luck in Bristol I rode up to Huntsville to double with Whitehead in Shannon Walker’s Camaro the next day. We both struggled as I lost on a double breakout and Hunter turned it a few thou red third round. But we had a big week ahead as Hunter’s motor was back and we were going to put his car back together to get ready for the last few months of the season.
After a few long nights in the shop and a lot of small kinks out of the way we had “Witchfoot’s” Camaro running late Friday night.
He tested it at Baileyton Dragstrip’s last official weekend for the year and I ran his Dad, Phillip’s, 7.60 S-10. Slow door cars are extremely fun and if you’ve never had the opportunity to drive one, try it because you won’t regret it! The Camaro performed well and I lost on a breakout run with 14 cars left in Pro.
With Whitehead’s car running Hunter and I will double it for the rest of the year as I get an early start on some winter maintenance on Butterbean. It is time for the motor and transmission to be freshened, I purchased a new FTI converter and different ring gear and pinion with a lower gear set to make the car leave with the wheels a little higher in the air next year.
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 Gen Facebook page where details he and his friends racing adventures.