Sunday, June 20, 2010

Duck Tape Racing continues winning ways

This career season has continued to look favorably upon Duck Tape Racing. Over the June 12-13 weekend, the Duck Tape Volare made its presence felt at a special double-header at South Georgia Motorsports Park, near Valdosta, GA. With both the Southern Stock/Super Stock Association and Scotty Richardson's No-Box Series on hand for two days of racing, I had the opportunity to compete in four races in a single weekend. Things got off to a great start with a visit to the winner's circle in the first S/SS race, where the Duck Tape Volare got the "W" over Super Stocker Richard Mace. Mace avenged himself shortly thereafter when we rematched in the 2nd round of the first No-Box race. I made the finals of the second S/SS race as well, but fell to Super Stock driver Brien Radley by .003 seconds, despite a dead-on run. I came right back around to get knocked out in the quarter-finals of the second No-Box race, where my .026 light and perfect 7.050 (7.05 dial) was no match for the .017 package executed by Brendan George.
With a win and a runner-up out of the two races, I now lead the points in the Southern Stock/Super Stock Association. (Sorry for not having this update out last week. I was hoping to have winner's circle photos to include, but the Association's computer crashed... I'll forward it along if they get it recovered!)
On Saturday, June 19, we swapped cars on the trailer, and took the four-cylinder front wheel drive Turismo to Pageland Dragway in Pageland, SC, so that my wife Jill and I could both race. They allowed us to double-enter the car, with Jill competing in the Hot Rod Trophy eliminator, and me in Modified. After seven rounds of tough competition, including the points leader as well as three former track champions, the Duck Tape Turismo found its way to the winner's circle in Modified! It was only the ninth start for me in the car since it was rebuilt by Billy Nees Race Cars last summer. Although the car had sat on the "injured reserve" list for eight years, it was still very special as it marked the first win for the car since taking back-to-back wins at Beaver Springs Dragway in 2000. Pictures of Jill driving the car attached.
The last two weekends make for 8 wins out of 10 final round appearances for the season, bringing the career total up to 224 final rounds (154 wins).
Attached are some screenshots from among the three times that the Duck Tape Volare has been featured on TV this year, including coverage of the Stock wins at the IHRA Nitro Jam events at both Palm Beach and Rockingham (SPEED Channel), and also from the introduction segment of the K&N Spring Fling 20's which aired on Fox Sports Net (also available online at
In other big media coverage news, we have made the cover of Drag Review Magazine for the second time this year. We are one of four teams featured on the cover of the latest issue (available online at Print copies will be hitting mailboxes later this week) Race coverage inside can be found on pp 30, 35, and 44. (As usual, sorry for the little bit wild-eyed and skewed smile in the winner's circle pics... still have a little leftover effects from the Bell's Palsy. Well, we'll take the bad with the good!)
Tip o' the cap to Terry Knott for scoring both a Semi and a Runner-up over the weekend at Pittsburgh Raceway Park, as well as John Fisher who won K/SA Class Eliminations and advanced to the 5th round of the main event at the NHRA National Event at Bristol Dragway.
This coming weekend, we'll be at Dunn-Benson Dragstrip for the IHRA Summit Pro-Am Tour on Saturday, June 26.
Thanks as always to Duck Tape brand duct tape, Mickey Thompson, CAM2 Blue Blood Racing Oil, K&N Filters, Bradley Auto Parts, Bearden Oil - Sunoco, FINISHED,, Sloan Racing Engines, Billy Nees Race Cars, Macy Motorsports, Staging Light Graphics, Stephen Beard, Matt Zapp, Terry Knott, and Jill Beard.

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