Leicester: J.R. Todd review

LEICESTER, NY - J.R. Todd knows that paying ones dues is a part of drag racing. However, dropping a first round match at the IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals hosted by New York International Raceway in Leicester, NY., only makes his next...

LEICESTER, NY - J.R. Todd knows that paying ones dues is a part of drag racing. However, dropping a first round match at the IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals hosted by New York International Raceway in Leicester, NY., only makes his next outing an eagerly awaited outing. The freshman Top Fuel driver from Lawrenceburg, Ind., fell short against Clay Millican in the opening stanza.

Todd, an 18-year old, who holds the honor of being the quickest and fastest African-American in drag racing, thinks that running Top Fuel is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

"This is a tremendous adrenaline rush," smiled Todd, who graduated from the junior dragster ranks. "The winning will come in time. I'm a patient person and I've always been taught that good things come to those who wait."

Todd entered eliminations as the fifth seeded entry and was paired opposite Millican, who drives the stealthsponsor.com entry.

Millican won the battle of starting line reactions and that provided him with enough of an advantage to reach the finish line first with a 4.945/296.63. Todd never gave up and recorded a respectable 4.968/295.27.

"It was a tight one against Clay," explained Todd. "He got me on the line and that's my fault. Sometimes you're the quicker one and sometimes you're not. I don't go out there to race and expect to win. I am like any other driver out there. I am at the mercy of fate."

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Series Drag
Drivers Clay Millican , J.R. Todd