Noble: Alan Bradshaw preview

NOBLE, Okla. - NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver Alan Bradshaw has quickly went from being 'Alan Who?' to his competitors, to being recognized as one of the formidable threats in Federal Mogul Dragster. "Quick Draw" Bradshaw, as some have began...

NOBLE, Okla. - NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver Alan Bradshaw has quickly went from being 'Alan Who?' to his competitors, to being recognized as one of the formidable threats in Federal Mogul Dragster.

"Quick Draw" Bradshaw, as some have began to call him for his quick starting line reflexes, recently won his first NHRA event at the Division 5 meet in Denver, and will be looking for his second during this weekend's Division 4 closer at Thunder Valley Raceway Park just outside of Oklahoma City.

Bradshaw, who runs his own chiropractic practice in Odessa, Texas, when not at the racetrack, has caught the eyes of many with his nation-leading .432 (.400 is perfect) reaction time average. Most of Bradshaw's success has came in the high altitude conditions of Denver, where he reset the track speed record at 253 mph. He hopes to be able to turn his winning 'mountain' set up into a formidable sea-level tune-up this weekend.

"Coming off the win in Denver," said Bradshaw, "we are looking to try to parlay some of that momentum and technical knowledge we gained up on 'The Mountain,' and try to get it to parallel and relate to closer to sea-level conditions. Obviously, we have changed everything on the car except for the paint job, in getting it ready for sea-level type conditions. We hope to run well, and hopefully we will have a good showing."

Bradshaw, who has been as quick as 5.572 seconds this year, hopes to significantly improve that, as well, this weekend. With four out of the top five cars in the category to be in attendance, Bradshaw feels it will be necessary to step up just to be able to compete.

"Our goal is to get into the .40's," stated Bradshaw. "In Noble, thats a pretty good accomplishment for any car. We think mid to high 5.40's will be a very competitive piece. Rick Santos went a 5.42 here last year, and some other cars ran in the low .50's, so if we can get into the mid to high .40's at around 257 to 260 mph range, I think we'll be pretty competitive. If we can keep our game face on for three rounds on Sunday, I think we have a pretty good shot at doing well."

Qualifying begins on Friday for the Federal Mogul Dragsters, with two more sessions following on Saturday.  Final eliminations will conclude the event on Sunday.  Stay tuned to InsideFMRacing.com for the latest Federal Mogul Racing news.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Rick Santos , Alan Bradshaw