Bradshaw going blown at Bandimere MORRISON, Colo. - Defending Division 5 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Alan "QuickDraw" Bradshaw is playing a new card in his quest to defend his Championship at this weekend's NHRA Division 5 Lucas Oil Drag ...
Bradshaw going blown at Bandimere
MORRISON, Colo. - Defending Division 5 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Alan "QuickDraw" Bradshaw is playing a new card in his quest to defend his Championship at this weekend's NHRA Division 5 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Bandimere Speedway just outside of Denver. Bradshaw, who made the switch from blown alcohol to injected nitro this year, will bring out his Championship-winning blown car to capitalize on the blown alcohol combination's advantage in the high altitude of Denver.
Bradshaw, who is a practicing chiropractor in Odessa, Texas, feels the move is the best move strategically since the injected nitro cars traditionally struggle on 'The Mountain.' Bradshaw teamed up with Randy Meyer this year and currently leads Division 5 with Meyer's injected nitro dragster; he also won this event last year.
"We want to go back to a proven combination," said Bradshaw. "Its not to say that you can't make an A/Fuel car run on 'The Mountain', but if you have a wheel that's already rolling, why try to reinvent it? Our strategy to win the championship this year is to do whatever it takes, and I think having the availability of my old blown car gives us an advantage to do something like this. Since I still have the car for sale, it will be good to get out and advertise it as well."
"Don't get me wrong; this is a one race deal," Bradshaw added. "We're just doing this because the blown cars have the upper hand when you go in the extreme altitude like Denver. As soon as this is over, we'll put our efforts back on Randy's A/Fueler."
Bradshaw is quick to cite that this endeavor would not be possible without the help of his friends. In the span of three weeks, the car has went from bare chassis to race ready.
"None of this would be possible if it wasn't for the help from some good friends," stated Bradshaw. "We literally have parts from all over the country. Dave and Jaren Mott of Utah Chassis in Salt Lake City loaned me my old blower and fuel system they bought from me last year. Danny Smith of Smith Firestone in Altus, Okla., loaned me the rear end and brakes. Roger Beernaert loaned me clutch parts for this weekend, Randy Meyer loaned me valve train and ignition components and Billy Bybee loaned me an axle. Since many of these parts are right off this car, we should be able to dial the car right in to the old tune-up."
Qualifying begins on Friday for the alcohol cars, with two more sessions following on Saturday. Final eliminations will conclude the event on Sunday.