Gordon Boven is in this week’s DragChamp Racer Spotlight. Learn all about this DragChamp Pro Member in his spotlight below!
BOISE, ID- Gordon Boven’s drag racing journey started when he was just 15 years old, and it all began thanks to his mom who introduced him to sport. He mostly races in Super Pro and Super Street in and around the state of Idaho and he considers Firebird Raceway as his home track.
Read all about him below!
Gordon got serious about getting back into racing around 2000. At that point, he had decided to just race locally around his home state. He started out racing in Super Street and, after a few years, decided to hit the road and travel a bit to some races. It all paid off in 2007 when he clinched his first championship.
Even though he has always stayed competitive in Super Street, Gordon had been talking about trying his hand at big money bracket racing for quite some time. After winning the championship in 2021, he finally got the chance to check off a couple of races from his bucket list. Of course one was the Big Go, and the other was the Summer Fling.
Confident in his skills, Gordon believes he’s got what it takes to hang with the big dogs at these events. He just needs to show up and prove it to himself.
His Race Car- “Gray Turd”
Starting life as a 1972 Barracuda, it’s now one of the baddest Cudas in the country. Gordon calls it the “Gray Turd,” and it’s got a special place in his heart – maybe even more than most people, lol.
He got this car at the age of 12 years old. Bob Lewis did the chassis work back in the late 90s. Under the hood, it’s got a 598 SR20 headed MCR (Mike Coltrin Racing) engine, and the transmission was done by John at Final Round. It runs 5.50s like it’s nothing and pushes past 150 mph in Super Street.
Gordon’s got quite the racing resume under his belt. He has clinched the Division 6 S/ST Championship multiple times and is a multi Nightfire race winner. Plus, he also earned the title of Halloween Classic Grand Champion and picked up a Fling runner-up.
What’s on your bucket list, future goals, what do you hope to achieve?
I want to race more big money races. You can’t win if your not there.
What is your favorite race car, and why?
Of course I’m going to pick the Cuda. Everything good in my life came from owning that car. My wife, kids, friends and Bodyshop are all a direct result of that car.
Who has made the biggest impact on your racing success?
I’ve been fortunate to have a friendship with most of the who’s who in racing. And many have given me great advice or helped with parts and or setup. But obviously Mike Coltrin has done the most for me by far.
Who do you look up to in the sport?
Everyone that gets behind the wheel with a smile on. If your doing what you love, you probably realize you are lucky to be there.
Tell us what you do for a living?
I own a bodyshop called CW Collision Repair.
How do you support your racing, side hustle, sponsor, partner, etc.?
I’ve always been self funded. If you want it bad enough you’ll find a way.
Who do you hate to see in the other lane, and why?
Someone that has never won a Wally. I’ve lost 6 or 7 Wallys to first time winners.
What’s the hardest part of drag racing?
Staying concentrated. We have a tremendous amount of stress on us. There’s a reason why the pits are full of passed out racers in lawn chairs. Everything from getting the cars ready, paying for everything, traveling and of course parking. (Don’t get me started on parking)
What’s your most embarrassing moment in a race car?
Just about everything I do in a racecar is embarrassing.
What are you saying to yourself just before you stage the car?
Do your job, clear your head, focus and react.
What do you enjoy the most at the racetrack?
The people. I like to say we go and hang out with friends and every now and then we win a race.
Are you superstitious? If so, what are they?
Years ago we got way out of hand with all that. It started to effect everything. So we agreed to stop the nonsense. I’m not going to be the guy wearing underwear from 79.
Do you love to win or hate to lose?
I love to win. Losing is going to happen. Buck up and do better next time. Which are you better at the starting line or the finish line? For sure in the last few years the finish line.
What motivates you to continue racing?
I have more races to win.
If money were no object, what would your racing operation look like? Car, trailer, class, race schedule, etc.
Motorhome/stacker, at least 4 dragsters and big money racing. I would love to give some racers the opportunity to travel and see if they have what it takes.
How often do you use a practice tree?
Not very often. I sometimes wonder if this is my downfall.
What is your daily driver?
2022 2500 Denali.
Favorite movie or TV show?
Curse of Oak Island.
Favorite music, artist?
Lol, rap mostly.
Where do you spend the most time on the internet?
What is your favorite sport? Favorite team?
Dragracing and Mike Salinas. I talk to him in vegas and he is amazingly down to earth.
Besides racing, what do you do in your free time?
Golf and fly fishing.
What are you really good at?
Making people laugh.
Name one thing most people don’t know about you?
I never pay less then 20 bucks for a glass of lemonade. If your out there as a kid I’m going to support your efforts.
Would you rather hang out with a crowd or have a quiet evening at home?
Both have there place.
What’s your favorite thing to eat? Individual item, meal, or restaurant?
Ribeye steaks and potatoes.
What is a piece of advice you’d give to an aspiring racer?
Luck is when opportunity meets preparation. Put in the work and you’ll be rewarded.
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