Carrier Boyz, Steve Graham to pursue 2005 Lucas Oil Super Stock Championship BRISTOL, Tenn. (January 19, 2005) -- Most fans of NHRA Championship Drag Racing are familiar with the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Top Fuel Dragster driven by Cory...
Carrier Boyz, Steve Graham to pursue 2005 Lucas Oil Super Stock Championship
BRISTOL, Tenn. (January 19, 2005) -- Most fans of NHRA Championship Drag Racing are familiar with the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Top Fuel Dragster driven by Cory McClenathan but, stealing a line from announcer and NHRA historian Bob Frey, did you know that Carrier Boyz Racing fields a second car?
That car, a Super Stock '67Chevy II, competes in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and is driven by Steve Graham, from Fulton, Ind.
Until this season, Graham, 33, has worked first then raced part-time. When not at the track, he works for Gaerte Engines in Rochester, Ind., building engines for World of Outlaw sprint cars, midgets and Silver Crown race cars.
Graham didn't get into racing until after his teen years. He built his first hot rod at age 22 and took it to the drag strip one time and was hooked. From there his passion for drag racing just grew.
Starting out bracket racing, his first win came at his local track about seven years ago. After winning several track championships at Bunker Hill Dragstrip in Indiana, he joined up with Brian Olson, who drove the Carrier Boyz Racing sportsman car in 2000-2002.
With Olson as crew chief, the pair has had considerable success with Graham behind the wheel in 2003 and 2004 in Super Stock, campaigning in SS/HA.
Running in Division 3, Graham finished third in the division in 2003. For 2004, he finished at the top, winning the Division 3 Super Stock Championship.
Graham finished No. 7 nationally in 2003 and No. 10 in 2004, winning last fall's Chicago event with an impressive showing, his first national event victory.
His performance at Route 66 Raceway on the first weekend in October can be classified as impressive, especially since the Jeg's All Stars from throughout the country were on hand. In six rounds of competition, his reaction times were amazing -- ranging from .006 to .024 -- and Graham ran right on his dial three times including the win in the final round.
For 2005, Graham will continue to work full-time, but this season he and Olson will pursue the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Super Stock Championship full-time carrying the colors of Autolite XP Xtreme Performance spark plugs.
"To be a sportsman racer and have a sponsor like Autolite gives you instant creditability among the other sportsman racers," said Graham. "Having the financial wherewithal to race on really makes a big difference.
"Also, a major marketing partner like Autolite attracts associate sponsors and to go after a championship you need help from a lot of companies -- small and large."
Graham's and Olson's quest for the 2005 Super Stock championship will begin with the Division 2 race in Orlando, Fla., in early March, followed by the Mac Tools Gatornationals at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway, March 17-20.
"Our goal is the Lucas Oil Super Stock Championship. To do that, we've got to get a good, early start this year," indicated Mark Carrier, who along with Brother Andy own and operate Carrier Boyz Racing. "We've got to win races; semifinals aren't good enough to win a championship. With Autolite XP, I think we have the opportunity to make an all-out assault on the championship."