Bradshaw breaks record en route to runner-up finish. BAYTOWN, Texas - Defending NHRA Division 5 Top Alcohol Dragster driver Alan "QuickDraw" Bradshaw and Randy Meyer Racing finally realized their potential in a record-breaking runner-up finish...
Bradshaw breaks record en route to runner-up finish.
BAYTOWN, Texas - Defending NHRA Division 5 Top Alcohol Dragster driver Alan "QuickDraw" Bradshaw and Randy Meyer Racing finally realized their potential in a record-breaking runner-up finish during this past weekend's O'Reilly Spring Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park. In a rematch of last year's final here, Bradshaw squared off against Duane Shields, but gave Shields the easy win when he smoked the tires off the line.
Bradshaw, who is a practicing chiropractor in Odessa, Texas, when not racing, qualified Randy Meyer's Injected Nitro Dragster in the fourth position with a 5.342 second elapsed time at 266.85 mph. In round one, Bradshaw defeated Division 4 Champ Lee Callaway with a 5.281 at 258.47 mph. Bradshaw and Randy Meyer then fired a shot heard around the world with a sub-national record 5.194 at 274.11 mph to take out Division 5 rival David Wells in round two. The run was the third quickest run in the history of the class, only behind the 5.13 and 5.17 ran last year by the same car. In the semifinals, Bradshaw defeated the current No. 2 driver in national points, Morgan Lucas, who redlighted, with a 5.369 at 211.36 mph.
Bradshaw was then set to take on Shields in a rematch of last year's final. Unfortunately for Bradshaw, the South Texas sunshine had too much of an effect on the track to hold the Randy Meyer horsepower, and smoked the tires at the hit of the throttle. Despite coming one round short of victory, Bradshaw and Meyer are happy with the team's performance this weekend.
"Naturally, you always want to win," said Bradshaw. "But, being a 'bridesmaid' is better than a DNQ, so we can't complain. We finally got the car to run it's potential this weekend, and the results speak for themselves. Randy and I both knew the car had it in it from the start of this year, but at our first two races, little gremlins just jumped up and got us. The car ran incredible all weekend, and that 5.19 was as close to a perfect pass as we've had out of this car; it's never ran that much mph."
"The track just went away on us in the final," continued Bradshaw. "We certainly didn't expect it to go out there and smoke the tires in the final. We weren't trying to back up the record, we were just trying to get the car to go from point A to B and get the win. Winning races is what wins national championships, not national records. Nonetheless, we're still happy to make the final for our sponsors 1-888-CAR WRECK, MAR Leasing, Meyer Truck Center and Bradshaw Chiropractic Center"
Bradshaw and Meyer were also pleased to have a strong outing in memory of their crewmember Rick Meyer, who passed away last week.
"We dedicated this race to Rick," stated Bradshaw. "We had a moment of silence before the first round for him. I wish we could have won it for him, but we just came up one round short. It still feels good to make a good showing for him, though."
With a strong outing under their belt, Bradshaw is confident of their chances to enter the World Championship hunt.
"The performance of the car definitely has us pumped," commented Bradshaw. "But the car's consistency on Sunday is what wins races and championships, not big numbers. That's our main focus this year, and if we can make that happen every weekend, we have a good shot at the national title. We owe it to our sponsors and fans to give it all we've got, every pass, every race. That's exactly what we intend to do every time we roll through the gates, but you have to execute your intent before you can become a Champion."