Comp All-Star Brogdon to make the move to Pro Stock in a Dodge Stratus HOUSTON (Oct. 2) -- Competition Eliminator All-Star Rodger Brogdon of Houston will make the move to Pro Stock in 2007 behind the wheel of a David Nickens-powered Dodge...
Comp All-Star Brogdon to make the move to Pro Stock in a Dodge Stratus
HOUSTON (Oct. 2) -- Competition Eliminator All-Star Rodger Brogdon of Houston will make the move to Pro Stock in 2007 behind the wheel of a David Nickens-powered Dodge Stratus R/T. Brogdon will be leasing a motor from Enders Racing and will share data with driver Erica Enders, however the two teams will remain separate entities. Brogdon's team will run all 23 national events.
"This is the next natural step in my driving career," Brogdon said. "I believe most Comp racers would make the jump to Pro Stock if they had the finances to do it. We're going to aggressively pursue some sponsors and give this thing a champion-level effort."
Following a runner-up finish in the national points one year ago, Brogdon is currently 12th in this year's rankings despite running a limited schedule as he tends to his new custom homebuilding business. He still leads the Division 4 points by a comfortable margin after winning the last two Div. 4 championships in his class. A regular fixture on the Jeg's All-Star team, Brogdon also is tied for the lead in those standings.
"I've been at this 20-something years although we didn't get serious about it until maybe six, seven years ago," Brogdon said. "We've learned a lot as racers and we've learned a lot about the business of drag racing. I've said from the start I would only make this move if the situation was right and we could provide our sponsors with a nice return on their investment. With the help of Gregg Enders and Enders Racing we have put together a package that will allow us to reach that goal.
"I've been fortunate enough to have success in the private sector and my background is in marketing. I've studied the business side of NHRA drag racing extensively and I feel I know what it takes to get a sponsor and then keep them happy year after year. I know the return that can be expected because I've had my own company name on my racecars over the years. By applying the proper business formula, this can be a perfect fit for the right sponsor."
The 45-year-old Brogdon has been in the roofing business for most of his adult life. He has owned and operated RoofTec in Tomball, Texas, since 1993. This past year, the married father of two opened Lauren Tyler Homes, a residential home building company building homes in the $300,000 to $750,000 price range. The company name is derived from the middle names of Brogdon and wife Cherie's two children, Rachel and Logan.
On the racetrack, Brogdon has been an unqualified success, winning two national events and eight divisional trophies. He briefly competed as a professional in the Pro Stock Truck class before it was eliminated.