Chris Demke Joliet preview

DEMKE ON A MISSION THIS WEEKEND Joliet, Ill- The Jerry Maddern Racing Top Alcohol Dragster team is on their way to Chicago. They have a full tank of gas, its dark, they're wearing sunglasses and they will 'hit it' this weekend at the NHRA ...

DEMKE ON A MISSION THIS WEEKEND

Joliet, Ill- The Jerry Maddern Racing Top Alcohol Dragster team is on their way to Chicago. They have a full tank of gas, its dark, they're wearing sunglasses and they will 'hit it' this weekend at the NHRA United Association Route 66 Nationals held in Joliet, Illinois.

Needless to say, the fun loving Peen-Rite sponsored team intends to be 'on top of their game' this weekend during a very special event for the Sunland, CA based group.

"Chicago is a huge deal for us," said driver Chris Demke, who along with his wife Arlette celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary on Wednesday. "This race is unique, as we have earned the right to compete not only in the National Event on a very fast track, but also the Jeg's All-Star race held on Saturday."

Demke is confident with the weather and track conditions they are forecasting for this weekend, the Jerry Maddern tuned dragster can return to 5.20 elapsed time zone they ran earlier this season. He also knows the competition will be just as quick. "We gathered some great run data this past weekend in Topeka, however Route 66 raceway is historically a very fast track," stated Demke. "I think we can plug in our Pomona tune-up and be ready to race up against a great field of competition."

Demke will not be the only 'person' on board his 260 mile per hour dragster in Chicago. Second grader Katie Rogers' 'Fast Stanley' from Grand Rapids, MI, who has ridden this season with Jack Beckman, Mike Edwards, Jeff Arend, Tim Wilkerson and even Ed 'the Outlaw' Jones, will be Demke's co-pilot. "I am looking forward to having 'Fast Stanley' hang out with the Circus Clowns this weekend," Demke said. "The Flat Stanley project (www.flatstanley.com) is a great teaching tool for children and anything we can do to help teach children the fine art of letter writing is a positive."

The Flat Stanley project founder, Dr. Dale Hubert is also very happy with the NHRA community embracing the project he began in 1995. "Even after all these years I'm amazed at the way people open their hearts to the little flat guy," stated Dr. Hubert.

Demke, Fast Stanley and the Maddern Racing team will have three attempts to qualify for this weekend's event beginning on Friday at 12:30pm. The second session is scheduled to begin at 4:30pm. A final qualifying session will be held Saturday morning at 10:00 am.

-credit: cdPR

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tim Wilkerson , Jack Beckman , Jeff Arend , Mike Edwards