Medlock Getting It Done With Less in Outlaw 8.5

Originally posted on DragIllustrated.com Nov. 18, 2018. Standing next to his lime green 2013 Mustang in the staging lanes, Brad Medlock cuts an interesting image. A fireplug of a man whose calloused paws swallowed mine when we shook hands, his soft Arkansas drawl sometimes gets lost in the sounds of an active drag race. It’s … Continue reading Medlock Getting It Done With Less in Outlaw 8.5

DI 30 Under 30 2017: Austin Williams

(Originally published at DragIllustrated.com 10/2/18) Raised by a mother and father who both raced, Austin Williams began his career behind the wheel at age eight, racing Jr. Dragsters. Once he moved to the big cars, he started winning races and titles and has never looked back. The 2014 NHRA Stock world champion finished this season … Continue reading DI 30 Under 30 2017: Austin Williams

Losing Sucks, Especially at Indy

(Originally appeared at DragIllustrated.com Sept. 17, 2018) You know that feeling when your favorite NHRA racer is having an incredible weekend and then loses in the first round on Sunday? Sucks, right? Let me tell you, it sucks even more in E1 on Monday of US Nationals weekend. I know because it happened to me. … Continue reading Losing Sucks, Especially at Indy

Zizzo: I’m Not the Giant Killer, I’m the Giant

(Originally appeared at DragIllustrated.com Sept. 2, 2018) The Rust-Oleum Rocket is on jack stands. The supercharger is on a table next to the car. Most of the livery is off, the engine in pieces. Crew members, seemingly at random, zip around the pit, adding a part here, tweaking a belt there. It’s chaos with the … Continue reading Zizzo: I’m Not the Giant Killer, I’m the Giant

Worsham Sees Promise in New Three-Parachute Concept

Originally published at DragIllustrated.com March 4, 2018. A couple years ago, a discussion broke out in the media center at an NHRA National event. Doesn’t it seem as though parachutes on the nitro cars are shredding upon deployment more lately? Like, a lot more? It appears as though we weren’t the only ones paying attention. Former NHRA … Continue reading Worsham Sees Promise in New Three-Parachute Concept

Amanda Busick Dishes on Drag Racing Reporting Experience

(Originally run in the 2017 Drag Illustrated HOTTEST issue, also posted at DragIllustrated.com Jan. 29, 2018) Like watching a child open gifts on Christmas, there is a similar joy when watching one become a drag racing fan. Many of the stats and milestones you, as a learned steward of the sport, take for granted create … Continue reading Amanda Busick Dishes on Drag Racing Reporting Experience

Is Drag Racing Facing a Nitrous Shortage?

(Originally appeared at DragIllustrated.com 2/3/17) Last August, an explosion at the Airgas plant in Cantonment, Fla., killed an employee, Jesse Graham Folmer, and forced the facility to shut down. While there are two other Airgas locations within North America, the production of nitrous oxide has slowed to the point of creating a shortage in the … Continue reading Is Drag Racing Facing a Nitrous Shortage?

“Big Chief” Dishes on NHRA-legal Shakedown Runs

(This story first appeared at DragIllustrated.com Aug. 27, 2016.) It was after midnight at Gateway Motorsports Park and a crowd was forming around the small trailer and pop-up forming the pit of Justin “Big Chief” Shearer. The star of the Discovery Channels’ hit reality television show Street Outlaws had just made his last pass of the night, … Continue reading “Big Chief” Dishes on NHRA-legal Shakedown Runs