SHREVEPORT, La. - In 1998, Dale Brinsfield enjoyed one of his finest seasons of his drag racing career. It has been downhill ever since. The Greensboro, NC.-based driver has concluded that destiny is charging him a higher price for that success than he should have had to pay.
It has been a string of bad luck that Brinsfield absolutely contends was sent directly from Hades. He tries to shrug the misfortunes off and log them in his personal memoirs as a part of drag racing. However, he can't help but look around and see others more fortunate and not having to pay as steep of a price.
"I love drag racing, but I can tell you, if I had a time machine to go back in time to that time we crashed in Darlington in 1999, I'd sit out until I knew all of the gremlins were gone," Brinsfield explained, trying to make reason of his misfortunes since last season. "If there was a dictionary that had a word "no-luck", I'd be the picture beside it."
He continued, "I thought I wanted to retire and quit. But, I couldn't. I tried it and only lasted about a week or so. I tried to paint my car black and develop a new attitude, but it didn't work, either. I'm not a glutton for punishment, but I do believe our fortunes are going to turn around. As odd as it may seem, I do see that light at the end of the tunnel.
Brinsfield lost in the first round at Shreveport, but he scored somewhat of a personal victory in Friday's final qualifying session.
A $30 part kept Brinsfield from leaving the starting line on Thursday. A fuel solenoid malfunctioned that robbed the engine of fuel. Brinsfield failed to gain any luck in the second session. He was about to concede that it was business as usual.
Something wouldn't let him. His intuitions were right. Brinsfield made a great run in the final session with a 6.401/219.51 to end up in the ninth spot.
However, he lost in the first round to IHRA Pro Modified newcomer Andy Neyer.
Will that stop Brinsfield's determination?
"Nope," explained Brinsfield. "We'll be back in November to try and whip the gremlins again."