Branch looking for two in a row in Dallas ENNIS, Texas - Former three-time NHRA Division 4 Top Alcohol Funny Car Champion Tate Branch will be looking to stay perfect in Division 4 competition this year during this weekend's Lucas Oil Drag Racing...
Branch looking for two in a row in Dallas
ENNIS, Texas - Former three-time NHRA Division 4 Top Alcohol Funny Car Champion Tate Branch will be looking to stay perfect in Division 4 competition this year during this weekend's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at the famed Texas Motorplex just south of Dallas. Branch opened the year with a win in the Bar's Leaks Repair-It/ Branch-Etterman Racing Camaro, and would love to make it two-in-a-row this weekend.
Branch, from Artesia, N.M., is certifiably 'hot' coming into the race. He not only enters the race with one divisional win under his belt, but is fresh off a runner-up finish at the SummitRacing.com Nationals in Las Vegas. Armed with what they call the 'Big Mo' in football, Branch and team hope to keep their momentum going this weekend.
"We want to keep things going this weekend," said Branch. "I also want to put that redlight in the Vegas final behind me as well, and give the field something else to talk about. We're all pretty excited; the hot rod is running pretty well right now. But first things first, we have to go out there on Friday and qualify. Making a strong run out of the trailer is a pretty big priority to us."
Currently third in national points and first in Division 4 points, Branch and team realize this is only one more step in a long battle ahead.
"I'm sure it's going to be a long tough battle this year in Division 4," stated Branch. "Jackie [Stidham] and the guys over there are real tough, and they can show up and win any race. Then you got guys like Richard McClain, Kebin Kinsley and Jimmy Jones all coming on strong of late, it's going to be a real dogfight all year long."
Qualifying begins on Friday for the alcohol cars with one qualifier, followed by two more sessions on Saturday. Final eliminations will conclude the event on Sunday. Stay tuned to InsideTopAlcohol.com for the latest news in alcohol racing.