Denver: Alan Bradshaw wins

MORRISON, Colo. - After this weekend, NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver Alan Bradshaw and his team are firm believers that the third time is the charm. Bradshaw and his 'Back Attack' Racing Team finally picked up their first win at Bandimere ...

MORRISON, Colo. - After this weekend, NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver Alan Bradshaw and his team are firm believers that the third time is the charm. Bradshaw and his 'Back Attack' Racing Team finally picked up their first win at Bandimere Speedway, just outside of Denver, during this past weekend's NHRA Division 5 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series event their this past weekend, their third trip to the track this year.

Bradshaw, who is a chiropractor in Odessa, Texas, qualified his Blown Alcohol Dragster fourth in the eight car field with an elapsed time of 5.743 seconds at 250.23 mph. In the first round, he defeated his good friend Billy Bybee with a 5.674 at 253.61 mph, a new track mph record. Bradshaw's semifinal opponent was David Wells, who recently clinched his third Division 5 title at this event. Bradshaw, who holds the quickest reaction time average in the category (.432 avg., .400 is perfect), used his quick reacting skills to defeat Wells, by virtue of a .440 to .483 holeshot, and held on to win with a 5.795 at 226.54 mph to Wells' quicker-but-later 5.762 at 249.67 mph.

In the final, Bradshaw would meet up with the No. 3 qualifier, and current Division 7 leader, Mike Strasburg. Once again, Bradshaw gained the starting line advantage with a stellar .410 reaction time to Strasburg's .423, who went up in smoke at the hit of the throttle. Bradshaw 'cruised' to his first victory with a 5.701 at 251.86 mph.

"We started out with a sub-par run out of the trailer," said Bradshaw. "We tried to run the beadlock tires to try to pick up some ground and see if we could move forward. We didn't quite have the tune-up right, so we had to go back to 'plan A' with the liner tires. We ran two 5.74's in qualifying, in different weather conditions, so we pretty much had the car dialed in to run low 5.70's."

"When we went to run the first round on Sunday," continued Bradshaw, "just as we pulled out of the staging area, one of the liners equalized, so we had to throw the beadlocks on before we ran Bybee in the first round. We made a last minute tuning change to accommodate the beadlocks, and sure enough, we hit the nail on the head, and went a 5.67 at 253, a new track mph record, which made us pretty happy. In the next round we had Wells, and was hoping for another .60 pass, but the pilot bearing in the clutch came apart, then a rocker arm jumped off an intake push rod and made it kick the burst panels out (pressure relief devices) for a 5.79. David ran a 5.76, so luckily we were able to pull that one off by virtue of my reaction time."

With the damage to the engine and the clutch, the Back Attack Racing team was forced with the task of getting the car back together for the final in just 90 minutes. With the help of some other teams, Bradshaw and team were able to make the call.

"About the time all of the parts attrition was accounted for," stated Bradshaw, "Billy Bybee and his whole crew showed up to assist and the next thing I knew, there was Tom Conway and Bruce Bowler offering their assistance. Between about ten of us, including my great bunch of guys, those being my dad, Buddy, Randy Bell and Brit David, we managed to repair all necessary components in time for the final. If it hadn't been for these kind of great individuals, we couldn't have made the call. More importantly, I thank God for all that has and will be accomplished.  For if it weren't for Him, none of this would be possible."

"We had Strasburg in the final, and we knew that we were probably going to have to run a .60 something to beat him, but we were gun-shy after tearing up all that stuff in the semifinals. So, we went into the round with a fairly conservative tune-up, I had a .410 light to his .423, he smoked the tires off the line, and we were able to run a 5.70. We would have liked to have a 'photo-finish' drag race, but we'll take the win however it comes."

With the win, Bradshaw moved to fourth in Division 5 standings. The team's next race will be the Division 4 closer at Thunder Valley Motorsports Park in Noble, Okla., Oct. 12-14.

-ABR-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mike Strasburg , Alan Bradshaw , David Wells