been busy since our championship weekend in Pomona
back in early November. Seems like we’ve been
going to one party after another. My wife Pam and
I spent a day and night with our Pro Stock friends,
the Humphries clan, and they had us a big party up
there, and invited their whole family over. Virginia,
Walter, Justin and Gina had a big get-together at
Justin & Gina’s house in Frederick, Md.
Following that, the Chamber of Commerce in my hometown
of Greeneville, Tenn., had a big function last week,
and invited all the businesses that are part of the
organization to come out and help honor our championship
run. I think half of Greeneville was there! That was
huge deal, with a huge turnout.
Then last Sunday I was Grand Marshal for a local Greeneville
parade, and earlier this week Dad and I were presented
with an honor by the town of Greeneville at a city
meeting. So the J&J Racing team has definitely
been getting some local recognition. The reaction
from my hometown has been amazing. The entire region
— the county of Greene, the city of Greeneville,
all the people who live here — has really embraced
our team and our championship season. It’s been
a dream come true.
I also managed to get some hunting in with a bunch
of friends. It used to be an annual excursion, but
I hadn’t been able to join the boys in recent
years. This year I was able to reunite with the gang,
and we went deer hunting in the mountains near my
home in Tennessee, and had a great time. The boys
gave me a plaque with photos honoring our recent championship,
and it made up for the fact that we got skunked —
no one bagged a thing! Oh well —maybe next year.
Of course, it’s also time to go back to work.
I’m already feeling the pressure to continue
our success next year. I’m the type of person,
I’m not going to dwell on what we’ve accomplished;
I’m more worried now about what we’re
expected to accomplish moving forward. We have to
get to work and make sure we maintain that championship
level of performance. That being said, the championship
trophy now sits in my office — and I only look
at it about ten times a day!
With our recently announced deal with Jeg Coughlin
Jr. and his team, we are starting to get that set
up. Jeg’s car and crew were at our shop last
week and have been there this week, and we’re
getting everything fitted in Jeg’s car. We’re
actually going testing in Bradenton next week for
It’s an exciting deal. Jeggy is a class act,
and his whole organization is a class act. We’re
awful big on the family aspect of racing, as he is.
We’re going to try to set this thing up as a
two-car, open-pit area type atmosphere. It’s
not just us two, of course, as Vincent Nobile will
also run with Mopar/J&J Racing HEMI power. Hopefully,
we’ll have three Mopar cars in the top-five
every run down the track, duking it out for wins and
the 2013 championship.
Holiday-wise, we visited family on Thanksgiving. We
were able to split up the family parties so we didn’t
have to eat three times in one day! We spent Thanksgiving
Day with my daughters and Pam’s family, and
then on Saturday we went to my mom & dad’s
and hung with my side of the family. It’s great
— there’s always a lot of turkey, and
you gain about five pounds.
We’re squeezing in a wedding between the holidays
— Pam and I are actually in Houston today to
help our friends get hitched, Richie Stevens and Erica
Enders. Pam and I are both standing up in the wedding,
and we’re honored to help them celebrate their
big day. We have a festive house to return to —
my mom gave a bunch of pictures of us at the track,
even pictures from when Dad and I used to race in
the Sportsman class, to the lady who helps us on our
Christmas decorations for our home. She gave our Christmas
tree a nice “Mopar” blue theme, and trimmed
it with the photos, Mopar hats and copies of Mopar
Magazine. Very cool! We’ll be staying home in
Greeneville for a country Christmas, and we’ll
soak in the remainder of what’s been a magical
year for us. We have been truly blessed in 2012!
18th - A dream Come True.
years is a pretty long time. That’s how long
we’ve been racing a Mopar-powered Pro Stock
car and after all of the blood, sweat and tears we
are finally able to say we are NHRA Pro Stock World
Champions. That has a pretty nice ring to it, doesn’t
it? It’s been such a long and extended battle
and to finally reach this pinnacle is beyond words.
I can’t really even describe it, but I’ll
We always thought we could do this and this year we
learned how to win, and that was the main ingredient
we had been missing. It’s magical when you learn
how to win and I guess you could call it a dream season.
It feels awesome. To do this with my dad and this
entire team is such an amazing feeling.
Heading into Pomona, I was more nervous than I think
I have ever been going into an event. I knew that
all we needed to do was just qualify for the race
and we would clinch the championship, but I kept thinking
of every scenario possible that might pop up. When
qualifying was complete on Saturday at Pomona and
our Mopar Dodge Avenger was in the show, we knew that
we were officially the champions. But this team is
so competitive and so focused that we really wanted
to win to put an exclamation point on the season.
By winning the last race of the season you give yourself
some momentum going into the off-season and the following
season, and we were able to do that at Pomona. That
was the first win for us at Pomona and that’s
a place I’ve had on my “bucket list”
of tracks that I wanted to win at for quite a while.
The racing was actually the easy and relaxing part,
as next came the banquet and having to make “The
Speech.” It was a day full of nerves leading
up to that. There were a lot of butterflies in my
stomach and emotions from everybody. It was a fun
day, but it was also a very, very stressful day. It
ended up being a very touching evening at the banquet,
as I had dad up on stage with me. I also got to introduce
our entire crew and family members, as well as many
of the partners of this team. It was very touching
for me and something I’ll cherish for the rest
of my life.
Everyone on the team is on cloud nine right now. To
see all of your hard work all year turn into a championship
is pretty special. The crew is very proud of that
and I am extremely proud of them. They worked their
tails off day in and day out, whether we were at the
track, at the shop or testing. To be honest, the crew
is already thinking about next season and what we
can do to be even stronger than we were this year.
That’s the type of dedication it takes to be
successful in a class as competitive as Pro Stock.
We approached this season in a totally different way
than we ever have in the past. We had an analytical
and scientific-type approach to how we did things.
We made better decisions and that really paid off.
I stressed consistency all year, and we really had
that after the first couple of races. We made a few
mistakes early in the season and went testing and
figured out how to not make those mistakes again.
It was a total team approach in decision making and
that way of thinking really paid dividends.
I really couldn’t have asked for a much better
season. The racer and competitor in me says we should
have probably won a couple more races, but to set
career highs in wins (7), No. 1 Qualifiers (10) and
round wins (55) was pretty amazing.
Earlier this week, our friends at Bristol Dragway,
Wes and Lori, had a luncheon to celebrate the title
with us. They did an awesome job with it. Bristol
is such a great partner around the area and have done
a lot for us over the years and we’ve done a
lot for them as well. They had television and radio
stations and newspapers out there and we did a lot
of interviews with the media. The spread they had
for everyone to eat was great and everyone enjoyed
that. They also presented me with a couple of plaques
and a really nice picture to commemorate the championship.
It was so kind of them to host that event and do all
of that for us.
Even though the season is over, we are busy as ever.
This weekend our backup car will be on display up
in Baltimore at a Chrysler Group LLC Fleet event.
I’ll be there on Saturday signing autographs
and greeting folks. When I get back from that, it
will be Thanksgiving week and we’ll spend some
good, quality time with our family.
I’m also working on something big to reward
the team for all of their hard work. Then before we
know it, it will be time to go and test. Not too much
R&R for the team or me, and that’s a good
problem to have, being in demand and busy. That means
we did something right this season.
It’s been a great ride this year and the perfect
way to help wrap up the Mopar 75th anniversary celebration.
It’s definitely an honor to have Mopar on the
side of our race car and I thank them from the bottom
or my heart for all that they do for our J&J Racing
team. Thanks to all of the fans as well for their
continued encouragement and support.
Now that we have one title, our goal is to get another.
We’re already working hard toward that goal
and look forward to defending this year’s title
in 2013. Pomona will be here before we know it.
4th - The Waiting is the Hardest Part.
you are battling for a championship and are the
points leader, you really don’t want to see
any downtime, especially when you have momentum
like we have. But we had a little break after the
NHRA event at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa.,
before Las Vegas and also have a weekend off now
before we head to Pomona next week.
My wife Pam and I spent some time the weekend after
Reading at our vacation spot in Sanibel, Fla. We
had our friends Erica Enders and Richie Stevens
come down and join us. We hung out at the beach
and also visited Key West. It was a great time as
always at Sanibel and great to spend time with Erica
and Richie. They are dear friends to us.
After that, I went back home to Greeneville and
took in a few of my grandsons’ football games
and played a few rounds of golf. I always have to
make it to a few football games of some sort during
the fall. The break was nice and really helped clear
my mind, but I was ready to get right back at it
and continue our fight to bring home our first-ever
NHRA Pro Stock championship. We took our Dodge Avenger
testing for a few days in Las Vegas, about a week
before the actual race, to make sure we were prepared.
Prior to the race in Las Vegas we got to have a
little fun. During the NHRA Press Conference Erica
Enders and I rode the Big Shot ride at the Stratosphere
and that was quite a rush. When we are in Las Vegas,
I always have to make it over to Lawry’s as
well and have some prime rib. We got to meet a lot
of fans as always in Las Vegas, and it’s such
a great atmosphere out there.
Come race time, the testing the weekend before definitely
paid off. Anytime you can test at a track you’re
getting ready to race at, that just pays dividends
for the team and the crew chief. In qualifying for
Vegas we had the quickest car in three of four rounds,
earning us a bunch of crucial bonus points and also
the No. 2 spot on the starting grid. Every point
we get now is a step toward the championship, and
those 11 markers were 11 more big steps to the title.
To start off Sunday eliminations at Vegas, we took
the win over a fellow Mopar Dodge driver, Deric
Kramer, to set up yet another Mopar vs. Mopar battle,
this time with Jeg Coughlin Jr. It’s always
a tough battle with Jeggie and we were able to come
out on the winning end.
In the final round it was me and my teammate Vincent
Nobile, in another all-Mopar match-up. Vincent did
me a huge favor in the semifinals by taking out
Jason Line, who is second in the points and our
closest competitor. Jason lost to Vincent on a red-light
foul, and I’m sure the fact that Vince is
quick off the starting line helped that to happen.
It was the second Vegas race this year with Vincent
and me in the final, and just as we did in the spring
race, our Mopar Dodge Avenger took the win.
There’s a bunch of facts and stats behind
the victory: it’s our sixth win of the season,
15th of my career, and 35th final round appearance
ever. But the biggest stat is the 126-point lead
in the standings we will take to the season-finale
in Pomona. All we really have to do is qualify,
and the Mopar/J&J Racing team can celebrate
our first Pro Stock championship.
the race in Las Vegas, I stayed a few extra days
and attended the SEMA show where I got to see a
lot of the new and exciting products that Mopar
has in the pipeline. I also was able to spend some
good, quality time with the Mopar executives and
many of the other people who are instrumental to
the success of our race team.
We’ve preached consistency all year and we’ll
continue that heading into Pomona. My crew is doing
an awesome job, and to have a cushion in the points
lead is great, but I want to go to the final race
and close it out with a win. For my dad and me,
it will be a dream come true to celebrate that championship.
We’ve done it all from our little race shop
in Greeneville, along with a bunch of help from
Mopar. To work side-by-side with my dad for 17 years,
and to be so close to accomplishing a championship
with him is something special. Pomona here we come!
11th - It’s Been a Wild Ride.
it’s been a wild ride the last few weeks, with
six straight weekends of racing. You really see what
you’re made of in these kinds of situations,
and the Mopar Dodge Avenger crew came through the
six-week gauntlet in awesome shape. We enter the last
two races of the season at Vegas and Pomona with an
82-point lead in the standings.
Since I last checked in, we scored
a runner-up finish at St. Louis. The venue was back
in action after a one-year layoff, and it was great
to return. The whole St. Louis area was fired up
to have drag racing back, and there were great crowds.
St. Louis has always been one of my favorite venues,
and I love the city, which is very nice and clean.
My wife Pam and I, along with our good friend Erica
Enders, went to a St. Louis Cardinals game at Busch
Stadium on Saturday night, before eliminations.
Awesome stadium with a great design, and a great
Come Sunday at St. Louis, it was
a bit crazy. Against my teammate Vincent Nobile,
we both had trouble and had to get off the gas.
I was able to get back under control and then beat
Vincent to the finish line. We made it to the finals,
where we raced Erica for the second weekend in a
row. This time she took the win, but it was a good
event overall for the Mopar/J&J Racing team,
as we left with a 109-point lead.
Next up was the NHRA Reading event,
and while I can’t say we got the result we
were hoping for, we still have a good size lead
with two events left in the Countdown. I made it
to the quarterfinals where I lost to Dave Connolly,
but even though I didn’t win, the Dodge boys
had my back! V. Gaines, another Mopar Pro Stocker
and great guy, ended up winning the whole event.
I was very glad for V., and also glad he took out
Jason Line, who is second in points. Jeg Coughlin
Jr., another Dodge boy, took out Erica, who was
in third-place, so that was also a big assist. Aside
from the help it gave us in the standings, it’s
always great to see our fellow Mopar Dodge drivers
Just yesterday, Pam and I, along
with my mom and dad, went to a Dining in the Dark
event in Charlotte to help raise funds for the Foundation
Fighting Blindness. Very cool event for a good cause,
with folks like Kasey Kahne, Mike Helton and Richard
Childress also in attendance. Now with a break before
Vegas, Pam and I are finally going to get some R&R
at our second home down in Sanibel, Fla., this week.
We haven’t been to our house down there in
about eight weeks or so. Erica and Richie Stevens
will join us, and it’ll be great to chill
and enjoy down time.
Vegas will still be on my mind,
though. We won there in the spring and have excellent
notes. The Mopar Dodge Avenger team is close to
our goal of a first Pro Stock title, but there’s
still a lot of work to do, as all those folks behind
us right now are great competitors and want the
same thing as us. We look forward to the challenge!
27th - It’s a Full-on Countdown.
NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs are in
full swing, and we are already one-third of the way
through the six races. We had just about the best
start we could have asked for in the Countdown. We
made it to the final round at Charlotte and left there
with the lead in the standings. Last weekend in Dallas,
we were fastest in each of the four qualifying sessions
and then won the event. That was my first-ever win
during the Countdown, so that’s one I’ll
It was a picture perfect weekend
really. We started out with a couple of decent runs
on Friday and were on top, and ran much better on
Saturday and remained up there and got all of those
little qualifying points, which is really important
here in the playoffs. We had to overcome some jitters
after the first round on Sunday, as we weren’t
the quickest car, nor were we in the second round.
We were able to pick it up in the semifinals and
had a good Mopar vs. Mopar match-up with my teammate
Vincent Nobile. We got the car sorted out at just
the right time. When everyone else was going south,
we started going north. We were the quickest car
in the last two runs on Sunday and that’s
what you always want.
We had a little bit of fun after
the win, “riding” the car to Victory
Lane. Since we were in Texas and each got a cowboy
hat for winning, I climbed on my Mopar Dodge Avenger,
and that HEMI is a bull to ride. I just wanted to
ride it out there and let everyone else see. Everyone
really seemed to get a kick out of that, and it
helps take the edge off a bit. Someone who has won
a bunch of championships called me before the playoffs
and told me to just relax, have fun and enjoy it,
and that’s what we’re trying to do.
Even though it’s stressful and there is some
pressure that comes with the territory we are in,
we can still kick back and have some fun from time-to-time.
Going back to before Dallas, we
flew to New Orleans after the Charlotte race for
a business convention and spent three days there.
We were able to brush up on some items for my Greeneville
Oil & Petroleum operations back home and had
a chance to visit with some people that we do business
with as well. It was a productive few days and should
help us with a few things going forward.
While we were in New Orleans, Richie
Stevens and Erica Enders, who live there, took us
out on the French Quarter and to some of their favorite
places. We did a little sightseeing and went out
on the bayou, and I even got to hold a baby gator
and saw some much big gators in the water. It was
good to spend some time with Richie and Erica. Pam
and I are going to be in their wedding in a few
months and they are very special people and great
friends to us.
Normally I get to Dallas a day early
and play in the Greg Morris Memorial Golf Tournament,
but this year due to being at the business convention
in New Orleans, I wasn’t able to make it over
in time. I sure hated to miss it, but I’ll
definitely try to make it next year. From what I’ve
heard, it was a great event as always this year
and they helped raise quite a bit of money. Greg
was a former track worker at the Dallas Motorplex,
who lost a battle with cancer, and the golf outing
benefits his daughter Heather, who also lost her
mother a few years ago to a car accident.
This week we’re headed to
St. Louis for the first time in a couple of seasons.
St. Louis can be a very tricky track if the weather
is hot and the rubber does not adhere to the starting
line. We seem to excel under those circumstances,
though, and that’s always been a pretty good
track for us. I’ve never won there but I’ve
had a couple of runner-ups. It’s where my
crew chief Mark Ingersoll and my clutch guy Mike
Gott are from. They’ll have a lot of family
and friends there and be able to visit with them,
which is always great.
St. Louis is an awesome city. The
hotel we stay at has a casino, and I always like
to go down there and try my hand at a few games.
There are a lot of nice places to eat in the area,
and I just always enjoy going there. I can’t
wait to climb back in my Mopar Dodge Avenger. I
wish the race would have been the day after we left
Dallas, but it’s good this week for the crew
to get home for a few days to see their wives and
families, after all the traveling we’ve done
lately. Come St. Louis this weekend, we’ll
be locked and loaded and ready to go as the Countdown
13th - From the ‘Big Go’ to Go Time.
sure flies, especially when you’re having fun.
Last weekend marked the 17th time in my career that
I was part of the “Big Go” — the
U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. It still seems just
like yesterday that I made my first trip to Indy in
a Mopar-powered Pro Stock car. The U.S. Nationals
also marked the end of the regular season and it’s
now go time for our J&J Racing team, and I couldn’t
be more excited, as we chase our first Pro Stock title.
It may have taken two weekends,
but we were finally able to complete the U.S. Nationals
last weekend, and this time around Mother Nature
cooperated. I just love going to Indy. We always
have a chance to go downtown and eat at St. Elmo’s,
the Capital Grille and also Mo’s, which has
amazing steaks. Downtown Indy is so awesome and
I enjoy every minute we get to spend there. It’s
definitely one of my favorite races of the year,
and is always a thrill for me. It was a little different
this year with the race being pushed into a second
weekend by rain, but it was still a great event
and a lot of the fans were able to stick around
all week or come back for Saturday and Sunday.
Unfortunately, the weekend didn’t
quite end like we were hoping for. We kind of gave
one away in my opinion, and it’s obviously
disappointing. As a driver, I just made a mistake
while staging the car, that’s all there is
to it. This is the first time in a long time that
I haven’t made it to the semifinals in Indy.
Better it happened there rather than this week in
Charlotte during the opening race of the Countdown
to the Championship playoffs. I always try to make
a positive out of a negative.
We didn’t run quite as good
as we should have during qualifying, but we picked
it up on Sunday during eliminations and had the
fastest car in both of the rounds we ran. I think
we have the car back to where it was during previous
races. We found a few things after qualifying that
were a little bit off and we corrected those. Knowing
that makes us all feel good going into the Countdown.
We’ve been testing everything
we can think of to get this car perfect heading
into the Countdown, and we’ll continue to
do whatever it takes. We have great engines in our
HEMI powerplants and a great car in our Mopar Dodge
Avenger. We just need to tune the driver up a little
Being in the No. 1 spot to open
the Countdown, we received 20 bonus points and have
a 30 point lead, which basically puts us a round-and-a-half
ahead of the field. We’ll be shooting to get
the extra points that are on the line during each
qualifying session. Those points are huge during
the Countdown with how tight the field is in Pro
Stock. Every point matters. If we can do what we’ve
done the last six or eight races and continue to
get those extra points in qualifying it will really
We need to go down to Charlotte
this week hitting on all eight cylinders with everything,
including the driver, and I believe we’ll
do that. It’s going to be a knock out, drag
out battle till the end of the year. There are about
five cars that have a legitimate shot at this thing
and will be scratching and pawing at it. It’s
going to come down to who does the best job in all
facets of their program both on and off the track.
We’re ready and looking forward to it. We
are relaxed going into the Countdown, which I believe
is important, and we are going to have fun with
Like I’ve said to a lot of
people this year, we just need to continue to be
consistent and stay focused. We’re going to
take it round-by-round over the next six races,
whether it’s in qualifying or eliminations.
I can’t wait to get to Charlotte this week
and get after it. Our goal all year has been to
deliver a Pro Stock championship to our friends
at Mopar for their 75th Anniversary and that challenge
12th - Riding the Wave.
this sport, there are usually far more lows than there
are highs, so we are certainly making the most of
this amazing wave we are riding this season and enjoying
every minute of it. To be leading the points, have
four wins and nine No. 1 Qualifier awards at this
point of the season, is pretty unbelievable. I’ve
been stressing consistency all year and it’s
definitely paying off right now, as our Mopar Dodge
Avenger is very, very fast.
We began the Western Swing a few
weeks ago, with my favorite event of the year, the
Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.
We’ve have had a lot of success there over
the years. It’s a busy week when we are in
Denver, but a very fun and rewarding one as well.
It all starts with the Mopar Big Block Party on
Thursday before the event, which is a great time.
We get to meet a lot of fans that we only see once
a year, and it’s amazing how passionate they
are about the Mopar brand. Another fun part of the
Big Block Party is that many of the executives from
Mopar are there, and we are able to visit with them
as well in a nice, relaxed setting.
Winning the Mopar Mile-High NHRA
Nationals during Mopar’s 75th Anniversary
year was pretty cool. That ranks right up there
as one of the most memorable wins of my career.
To be able to give our friends at Mopar the Wally
from that event to put in their trophy case in Auburn
Hills, Mich., was very special. A lot of people
have asked me what makes us so good in Denver, and
I am a firm believer that practice makes perfect.
We’ve tested a lot there, including the week
before the event this year. We had a really good
three-day test session and learned a lot that helped
us during the event itself.
Sonoma was next up for us and we
were fast again there, and had the quickest pass
every time we took to the track on our way to the
win on Sunday. When the car is that fast, it makes
you confident that you can win, and it also helps
me to settle down a little bit.
Every mark we are setting now is
a career-high. The whole team is on cloud nine in
one way, but we are also focused and cautious not
to let that hinder our consistency and our plans
for the remainder of the year. We have two races
until the Countdown and our plan is more of the
same. We want to be the fastest car down the track
every single run, qualify No. 1 and put ourselves
in a position to win the race. We have the car to
do it in our Mopar Dodge Avenger, the power with
our Mopar HEMI engines and the crew as well.
After our win in Denver, we kind
of put celebrating off for a bit, because we had
to ship an engine back home to work on it. Pam and
I also headed back to Tennessee after that, so we
just had a couple of days before heading back out
west. After Sonoma, when we came back home, some
of the local people who didn’t get to come
to the races out west had a party for us. It definitely
feels great to get to come home to something like
This weekend will be a nice relaxing
one here at home. Pam has a ‘honey-do’
list for me, so hopefully I can get caught up on
some of that. I can’t wait to get up to Brainerd
and back in the Mopar Dodge Avenger next week, as
we shoot for our fifth win and try to extend our
4th - Weathering a Couple of Storms.
and rain have been following me for the last couple
of weeks it seems. The weekend after Bristol, Pam
and I headed down to Sanibel, Fla., for what was supposed
to be just be a one-day trip to pick out some tile
for the pool we are redoing, but we ended up staying
a couple of days, as we got stuck in the tropical
storm that came through and couldn’t get out.
It rained about six inches in 24 hours and there was
flooding and three or four power outages. We stayed
in for about 48 hours and just relaxed with a book
on the couch. We made it home on Monday, and I stayed
until Thursday, before heading up to Chicago —
where it also rained again.
We picked up right where we left
off at Bristol on Friday at Chicago, as we took
the top spot in qualifying and held it all the way
through all four rounds on the clock. Our Mopar
Dodge Avenger is just amazing right now, and we
are coming to expect every time we hit the track
to have low E.T. and collect all those bonus points,
which we were able to do each day at Chicago. I
have a good feeling right now, as does everyone
on our team.
It’s awesome that we have
been the No. 1 Qualifier five times already this
year, especially in a class as close and tough as
Pro Stock. It gives you a lot of confidence when
you are the top qualifier. You can work on some
new things to make you even faster or you can keep
that base set-up, which you already know is the
fastest. You have a little bit of a cushion and
some leeway to work on things.
We had a rain delay on Sunday, so
eliminations started a bit later than originally
scheduled. In the meantime, I watched Tiger Woods
play some golf on television. I had my motorhome
right next to the trailer at the track, so I went
in there and relaxed and just tried to get my mind
off everything. In situations like that, I usually
will watch some golf or a NASCAR race if one is
on, and that helps me relax and be ready for when
we get back on the track.
We were very fast on Sunday, and
unfortunately didn’t quite have the results
we were hoping for. It was all my fault on that
one. I didn’t do the staging correctly. I
got in too deep on the stage bulb by mistake, and
was just scared to death I was going to red light.
Whenever you think anything when you’re staging,
you are usually beat. That was all driver error.
That’s the first one I’ve made in a
few years, so I’ll chalk that one up as a
mistake and move on.
This week we have the K&N Horsepower
Challenge at Norwalk, Ohio, and that is always one
of my favorite events of the year. I’ve won
it once, and really want to win it again. You have
to be physically and mentally in tip-top shape to
be in contention in a special event like that. I’ll
work out a couple of days this week at the gym,
and also relax a couple of days. The main thing
is to just have fun. When I’m at Norwalk,
I’ll look up at the stands and think how lucky
I am to get to be here and how lucky we are to be
running as good as we are. We’ll go in there
with the eye of the tiger, and try to double up
with a win in the K&N Horsepower Challenge and
a win on Sunday.
Our Mopar Dodge Avenger is on a
rail right now, and our Mopar HEMI engines are putting
out some amazing horsepower. The crew if working
hard and doing a fantastic job and now it’s
up to the driver to do his job each time he gets
in the car. I can’t wait to get to Norwalk,
and we’ll give it everything we got all weekend
week is always a special one for us, since that’s
our home race. I’ve been wanting to win at Bristol
for a long, long time and just about got one last
weekend on Father’s Day.
While the drive from the shop to
Bristol is the shortest one we make all season,
the days leading up to the Thunder Valley Nationals
are some of the busiest of the year. We have the
chance to entertain family, friends and employees
at the track, which is always enjoyable. A lot of
effort goes into the behind-the-scenes details for
Bristol, especially making sure you have enough
tickets for everyone. It’s all worth it though,
because you are paying people back who support you
all year. It’s a lot of fun for the people
that follow us to get to come out to the track and
see firsthand what we do.
One of the highlights off the track
during Bristol week is getting to hit the links
for the Speedway Children’s Charities golf
outing. They had another great turnout this year
and a picture-perfect day as well. It’s always
a special event, as Speedway Children’s Charities
helps so many unfortunate kids and does such great
work. On the course, we didn’t do too bad.
I think we shot about a 12-under par. While we weren’t
quite in first-place, we had a ton of fun and helped
a fantastic cause.
At the track, we started the weekend
off as the No. 1 Qualifier in our Mopar Dodge Avenger,
and got to do a few extra media interviews thanks
to that. Anytime you can do good at Bristol, it’s
awesome. We’re just tickled to death to do
well there, and to qualify No. 1 three straight
times there is a victory to dad (Roy Johnson) and
the Mopar HEMI engines he builds. Vincent (Nobile)
and I were first and second for a couple of the
rounds. We had a good strong performance in qualifying
there, as we have for most of the season.
We made a really nice run in the
final and did everything correct. It just wasn’t
our day to win. We made some history by finishing
in a dead heat, but unfortunately we were on the
wrong side of it. We had a great day and weekend
for that matter, it just wasn’t meant to be.
You can’t get mad about it. We gave it everything
we had and any other day that would have been a
win. Mike Edwards did a great job as well, and my
hat’s off to him and his team.
Racing on Father’s Day is
always special, especially since my dad is at the
track with us each week. I had a lot of people come
up to me over the course of the weekend that don’t
have fathers anymore and they say how fortunate
I am to have my father at the track with me and
to savor every minute of it, and I certainly do.
To be able to see him doing what he loves is very
This week I’ve gotten to enjoy
the beautiful weather we are having here in Tennessee,
and came down to the lake with the grandkids and
some friends for a couple of days of tubing and
fishing and just having fun. I’m headed home
tonight, and Pam and I are flying down on Saturday
morning to Florida to spend the weekend in Sanibel.
Next week we’ll go up to Chicago
with our Mopar Dodge Avenger and try to pick up
where we left off at Bristol. Our goal is to be
the fastest car every round in qualifying, open
eliminations from that No. 1 position, and then
win the race. We have a lot of momentum right now
and it feels really good.
31st - Two Great Weekends.
after a win are always my favorite ones to write.
We picked up our second victory of the season in our
Mopar Dodge Avenger at Topeka on May 20 and also gained
some ground in the standings on the two drivers currently
ahead of us.
You can’t have much better
of a weekend than we had at Topeka, unless you set
the national record and get those 20 points. We
were the No. 1 Qualifier, set a new track speed
record, set a new track elapsed time record and
won the final on Sunday. We were very consistent
all weekend and everyone was calm and did their
jobs. In the final, we knew it was going to be a
real hard race against Greg Anderson, and we came
out on the winning end.
It really means a lot to our entire
J&J Racing team to have two wins this early
in the season. I’ve never done that before.
We definitely want to get four or five wins under
our belt this year. Hopefully we can pick up another
one or two more before the Countdown and then a
couple during the Countdown. That’s what our
goal is and we definately have the package and personnel
to accomplish that.
Before Topeka we did some testing
in St. Louis and that really paid big dividends.
The conditions were very stable and that allows
you to try a number of different things. We were
able to go through six or eight different scenarios
of chassis set-up and things like that, and we really
gained some valuable data and learned quite a bit
that should help us throughout the rest of the season,
especially during the Countdown.
We had a chance to visit with a
lot of fans during a Fan Fest in Topeka on the Thursday
before the event. The whole town of Topeka really
gets behind the race and comes out. It was a great
event and they plan on doing it each year, so they
certainly have a good foundation to build on. Anytime
we can introduce more people to our sport and get
them to come out to the track is exciting.
This past weekend, we had a great
Memorial Day, as Pam and I went to Sanibel, Fla.,
to relax a little bit and enjoy the great weather.
Pam’s mother and brother visited for the first
time this week. They’ll stay through the coming
weekend with Pam, while I head up to Englishtown
to race. We are really enjoying our home there in
Sanibel, along with all of the sights and sounds.
I’ve been able to do a fair
amount of fishing down here as well this year. I
caught the biggest redfish I’ve ever seen
the other day, so that was a lot of fun. My buddy
Kevin, who has been doing some work on our house,
invited me fishing. It’s nice to know someone
down here with a boat who loves to fish. He’s
a huge race fan as well and keeps up with us on
that end too. I’ve had him out to a couple
of races already this year and he’s had me
out on the water fishing a few times.
I’m headed up to Englishtown
tomorrow and I can’t wait to get there. That’s
one of my favorite tracks. We’ve done well
there and if the weather doesn’t get us, it
should be a great weekend. I’ve been watching
the weather up there every day and hopefully the
rain and storms move out. We feel real good right
now and have plenty of confidence in our Mopar Dodge
Avenger with how well we’ve been running.
the fans, we would not get to do what we do. I’ve
been pretty fortunate to have gained a very loyal
following over the years, and being associated with
Mopar has certainly helped, as Mopar fans are some
of the most passionate in all of racing. With the
technology that is available nowadays via email, Facebook
and Twitter, we’re able to interact and stay
connected with more fans than ever.
A fan that I’ve known since
my early days in Pro Stock has been Sarah Blumhardt
from the Dallas area. I recently received a photo
of Sarah when I first met her in 1996 at her school,
while she was in first grade. Sarah’s dad
had gotten in touch with me and asked if I would
come to the school for a “show and tell”
day. Through the years, her family has come to the
track in Dallas when we are there. They’ve
cooked us dinner at the track and had us over at
their house. Sarah raced a Junior Dragster for a
number of years and even has driven Super Gas and
Super Comp cars. Right now she is in college and
concentrating on that, so she doesn’t have
a race car, but her dad said she is dying to get
back in a car. It’s pretty neat to have fans
that have been with you since the early days and
still come out to the track and cheer for you.
We’ll have a chance to hopefully
make some new fans this week, as there will be a
Fan Fest in Topeka on Thursday night. The track
organized a Fan Fest in the past, then it went away
for a bit, and now it’s coming back. I’m
glad it’s back, because that gives us a chance
to meet and greet people and try to get them to
come out to the race track and see what NHRA racing
is all about.
Looking back since the last time
I blogged, we raced at Atlanta and reached the semifinals,
while turning the fastest speed and lowest elapsed
time of the weekend in the first round. That was
the second straight weekend we had the fastest speed.
Every race we’re getting more consistent and
learning a few more things that will make us even
faster as the season goes on. I’m very happy
with our Mopar Dodge Avenger right now and we have
just a few small bugs we are trying to work out.
We are third in points, which is great, and that’s
a testament to my whole J&J Racing crew and
how hard they work day in and day out.
In Atlanta we stayed pretty close
to the track and focused on the task at-hand. I
did have a chance to go eat some very good prime
rib though. Everyone knows how much I enjoy prime
rib, so anytime I have a chance to visit somewhere
that traditionally has good prime rib, I have to
stop. Last weekend was Mother’s Day and we
had an awesome time. My mom was over and my wife
Pam’s mom and her grandmother as well. We
took everyone to the lake in Newport, Tenn., which
is right near our hometown of Greeneville. We were
planning a boat ride, but it rained, so we couldn’t
do that. It was great getting to have our families
together and just being able to relax and enjoy
We headed out early for this week’s
event at Topeka and made a stop in St. Louis on
the way to do some testing on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Our main goal is to just keep honing in. We aren’t
chasing anything big, just the little bitty glitches,
trying to catch and fix what bit us at Atlanta.
We want to make sure that next time we are in that
situation we know what to do.
At Topeka this weekend, we have
to be consistent and qualify in the top-two or three
cars. Then it’s up to the driver to go out
on Sunday and do his job. If we can do all of that,
then we can pick up another win in our Mopar Dodge
4th - Fishing, Golfing and Racing.
is certainly my favorite hobby, but recently I had
a chance to do a little fishing while down in Sanibel,
Fla., and had a great time out on the water. My wife
Pam and I took some of our friends from Greeneville,
Tenn. down to Sanibel and spent five quality days
We caught a bunch of redfish and
I even got a snook, though I had to throw that one
back, because they’re not in season right
now. I also hooked a 20-pound stingray, but we cut
it loose before it got to the boat. At the end of
the day, we cleaned the redfish, took them home
and grilled and ate them. Nothing is better than
eating fresh fish that you’ve just caught.
It was a great time as always in Sanibel. We are
really enjoying our vacation house down there.
I left Sanibel on Thursday morning
to fly to Houston and played in the Darrell Russell
Memorial Golf Tournament that afternoon with fellow
Mopar driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. and his crew. That
was a fun outing, as all of the charity golf tournaments
usually are. Jeg is a pretty good golfer. He gave
me a little competition, and we’ll have to
play head-to-head sometime. I didn’t realize
he was as good as he is. We both enjoyed it a lot.
The Darrell Russell Tournament is for a really good
cause, and everyone involved does a great job.
On Thursday night I had a chance
to visit one of one of my best friends growing up,
Brian Combs, who lives in Houston now. He took me
to Chinatown there and we went to a restaurant where
we ate using chop sticks. That was quite an experience
and it was a lot of fun getting to see Brian and
spend some time with him.
We had a pretty good weekend on
the track in Houston. I would have liked to have
been in the final against our teammate Vincent Nobile,
but at least one of us was in the final and picked
up a win for Mopar. Going rounds and having our
Mopar HEMI engines in the final round is certainly
a great accomplishment. It’s a really good
feeling for Dad (Roy Johnson) and the engine guys,
and it shows that all of their hard work and dedication
is paying off. Our engines have the consistency
and reliability to help us run at the front of the
field. My Mopar Dodge Avenger has been very consistent
as well. If we can keep it going, we’ll be
someone to contend with week in and week out.
Following Houston, we brought everything
home this week and worked on it. Vincent lost an
engine in the semifinals and we had to swap in a
new one in his Avenger before the final run, so
we brought that engine home and had to rub on it
a little bit. We have all the engines up to snuff
and we’ll go into Atlanta on a high note.
Every single run we’ll try to be consistent
and get from point A to B and build on it every
round. Hopefully on Sunday, we’ll be the fastest
car there every single round, like we were last
week. I’ve won at Atlanta before and that
track is very special to me, as it used to be our
home track before Bristol, so it would be great
to pick up another win there in our Mopar Dodge
Avenger this weekend.
18th - Home Away from Home.
will always be home, but Florida is quickly becoming
a home away from home for my wife Pam and I. Last
time I blogged, we were down in Sanibel, Fla. and
we are getting ready to head back this weekend. It’s
such a beautiful place and we really enjoy our new
house. After Las Vegas, we were able to spend a full
week in Sanibel and had a great time. We went out
on the boat for a day, went to a birthday party and
had some company as well. It was just an awesome time.
The weather was perfect and we were able to celebrate
my Las Vegas win a little as well.
The week in Florida went by fast
and it was time to head home to Greeneville on Saturday
night for Easter. We got up early to go to church
on Sunday and then had our family over for the whole
day. It was great to have everyone in the same place
and get to spend time together.
Following Easter, it was time to
climb back in my Mopar Dodge Avenger for the NHRA
4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte. That is a very challenging
event in a number of ways. As a driver, you have
to really get focused and change how you’re
used to doing things, especially at the starting
line. The level of concentration that it takes is
amazing. Every single driver screws up at least
once during the weekend. Whether it’s looking
at the wrong bulb on the tree or having something
crazy happen, everyone gets bitten at least once.
Several of those instances happened in all three
classes over the weekend. Fortunately, nothing like
that happened to us on Sunday.
We started the weekend very strong
and came pretty close to topping the charts in qualifying
and ended up second on Saturday. Dad and the engine
guys are making great power with these Mopar HEMI
engines that we run. My crew chief, Mark Ingersoll
and our team engineer, Jim Yates, have our Mopar
sorted out and it’s very fast right now. We
have a great package right now. We had one of the
two cars to beat at Charlotte and just didn’t
get the job done. We made a boo-boo in the second
round and shook the tires.
We stayed over in Charlotte on Monday
to test and worked through a few of the issues we
were having. We had a little blip in the car that
we wanted to figure out and what we learned testing
will benefit us when we go back to Charlotte in
the fall, as well as at all the tracks we are going
to the rest of the season. Everyone on the crew
is working so hard right now and doing such an amazing
After a couple of days home this
week, we’ll head back down to Sanibel on Friday.
We will be taking some of our friends from Greeneville
with us, and it will be their first time down there,
so we’ll do our best to help them get the
full Sanibel experience. I think they’ll have
a great time and will want to go back again for
I’ll fly from Florida to Houston
next Thursday, as I’ll be playing in the Darrell
Russell Memorial Golf Tournament with the Mopar/JEGS
team later that day. I’m really looking forward
to that. I’ve golfed a couple of times since
the surgery on my right bicep last fall and I’m
getting the hang of it back, but my swing and game
are still not quite where they need to be. I’ll
get to play a little more now, so I’ll get
back to where I was in time.
Speaking of my surgery, it’s
been a while since I’ve given an update on
my arm. The doctors say it will probably take a
year to fully heal, so it’s probably 80 percent
right now. I can work out with it and do just about
anything I did before. I just have to make sure
to not fall on it or yank any super heavy weights
or anything like that, which could tear it back
After some R&R this weekend,
we’ll put our game face back on and head to
Houston, as we look for our second win of the season
in our Mopar Dodge Avenger.
4th 2012 - A Complete
always feels great to write a blog after a win, and
words can’t describe how happy we were to have
an all-Mopar final against Vincent Nobile in Las Vegas.
Our Mopar Dodge Avenger has felt amazing this year
and we’ve been fast every single race and were
able to put a complete weekend together at Las Vegas.
To win early in the season shows
that our consistency is coming together and we are
hitting our marks. It meant a lot to Dad and the
engine guys to have both cars in the final. They
can stick their chests out a little bit. It’s
great they are able to do that and it’s fun
to see, because that means we were able to beat
up on the competition. We feel like we are on top
of our game right now and I can’t wait to
get back in the car at Charlotte. I wish it was
tomorrow to be honest.
When I am in Las Vegas, I always
have to make a trip or two to Lawry’s. That
is my favorite place in the entire world to eat.
They have the best rare prime rib and that’s
what I ordered as always. While we were pretty focused
on the task at hand at the race track, we were able
to get out a little bit and play a few games while
in Las Vegas.
We had to put our victory celebration
on hold for a day, since we all had 6 a.m. flights
on Monday morning after the race. Pam and I headed
from Las Vegas to our new house in Florida, and
were able to get out with some of our friends on
Monday night and enjoy the win.
The week before Las Vegas, Pam and
I went on a cruise in the Caribbean which was absolutely
awesome. The ship we were on was amazing and all
the places we went and saw were just incredible.
We stopped three times and were able to get off
the ship, in Nassau, St. Martin and St. Thomas.
We went to the beach in St. Martin. In St. Thomas
and Nassau we cruised around the streets and checked
out the shops and everything. The food on the whole
trip was great. In St. Martin, we found a place
at the marina called the Tropicana Restaurant that
we had been told about it and it was awesome. The
food on the ship was amazing as well. We had a lot
of lobster and crab legs. I just loved every bit
of it. It was a relaxing and really fun cruise.
Just before that trip, I went up
to Illinois for Buddy Ingersoll’s funeral.
I’m glad I was able to make it there to remember
and honor him, as well as spend time with Mark and
their whole family. Buddy had been sick for a long
time, so it was more a blessing than you’d
think. He was a great man and did so much for the
sport and will be truly missed.
We are going to stay down here in
Florida though Saturday this week and then head
back to Tennessee on Saturday night to spend Easter
with the family, which will be nice. Then it will
be time to get ready for Charlotte and like I said,
I can’t wait to climb back in my Mopar Dodge
Avenger and see if we if we can get our second straight
18th 2012 - New House
and New Career-Best ET.
the last time I’ve blogged, Pam and I have closed
on a house on Sanibel Island in Florida, and I also
recorded a new career-best elapsed time at Gainesville.
We headed down to Florida a little early to get some
R&R before the NHRA Gatornationals and ended up
doing some early spring cleaning at the new house
settling into the house, I headed up to Bradenton
to test, and while I was at the track, Pam was cleaning
out cabinets and washing and getting everything together
and in place. I had a few things to do around the
house as well. It was my job to get all the bicycle
tires pumped up, so we could do some riding and also
I had to change the batteries in the golf cart to
make sure it was ready to run. We spent a lot of time
getting the house ready to utilize, and we look forward
to spending time there when we can.
nice thing about testing at Bradenton is it’s
proximity to Sanibel Island. I drove back and forth
each day and was able to sleep in our new bed at night.
We spent three quality days testing at Bradenton and
were very happy with how things went. Mark Ingersoll,
my crew chief and Jim Yates, our team engineer worked
on a number of things during the test, and we left
there with a very fast race car. We showed what our
Mopar Dodge Avenger was capable of at Gainesville
by locking up the No. 1 Qualifying position.
knew we were going to be fast at Gainesville. We had
made a run at Bradenton in similar conditions to what
we had at Gainesville, and that test run was a 6.49-second
pass. We knew when we left the pits at Bradenton that
we could run a 6.48, if we did a couple of things
just a little better. We ended up running a 6.486,
which was a new career-best E.T. for me. I kind of
called it, in an interview with Alan Reinhart from
NHRA. He asked me before the run what number we could
put up and I told him a .48, and we were able to go
out there and run it. Anytime you can qualify No.
1 in Pro Stock is a big achievement.
didn’t have the Sunday we were hoping for at
Gainesville. We definitely made a boo-boo going into
the first round. We were too conservative with the
car and I was too conservative as a driver. You can
always take away things from a weekend like that and
turn it into something good that will help you and
motivate you down the road. I said to my crew, let’s
put this little boo-boo in our databank and move on.
That’s been my thing all year, is that we have
to do away with the boo-boos. We’ll put it behind
us and the rest of the year will be positive.
will be a somber trip up to Illinois tomorrow for
Mark’s father, Buddy Ingersoll’s funeral.
Buddy passed away last weekend following a long struggle
with pulmonary fibrosis. He was a great driver and
ambassador for drag racing for many, many years. He’ll
certainly be missed.
Sunday, Pam and I will be leaving for a six-day cruise
of the Caribbean. We are going with some friends and
I’m really excited for it. We’ll have
a great time and enjoy the weather and all the sights
and sounds. It will be good to relax a bit, and then
we’ll begin getting focused for Las Vegas. We
have a very fast Mopar Dodge Avenger right now and
we’ve done well in Las Vegas in the past, so
we are looking forward to heading out there.
22nd 2012 - Back in
sure am glad the season is here and we are back racing
again. It was a very different off-season after having
my bicep surgery and not being able to test until
right before Pomona.
I’m happy to report that my
arm is doing great. I am tickled with how well it
has healed. There is no swelling or soreness or
anything. My doctor wants me to be careful for about
a year or so, and not do anything that could re-aggravate
it. I feel great shifting and driving while in my
Mopar Dodge Avenger. I continue to work out every
day, doing a lot of stretching and exercises for
range of motion.
Before heading to Pomona to start
the season, we made a stop in Las Vegas, so I could
do some testing and shake off the rust and get the
feel of the car back again. It took a run or two
to get the feel of everything back. My shifting
points were a little erratic in the first test run,
but by the second one, I felt right back at home
in the car. I’m very happy that everything
healed so well and I am back at full strength.
At Pomona in the season opener we
were pretty fast right out of the box in qualifying
and showed some consistency. We made some good runs,
just not great runs. Right now with how close the
competition is in Pro Stock, you need to make great
runs every time you hit the track. We reached the
quarterfinals, which gave us something to build
on to start the year.
Phoenix, we were not happy at all
with our performance there. We were not as fast
as we wanted to be in qualifying and burned the
clutch up on the first run on Sunday. A first-round
loss always makes you that much more hungry and
motivated next time you get in the car, especially
early in the season when you’re looking to
I was pretty focused on the racing
at Pomona and Phoenix, so I really didn’t
do much away from the track. I did have a chance
in Phoenix to go to Shula’s Steakhouse. They
have some of the best rare prime rib I’ve
ever had, so I made sure to make it over there to
partake in that.
We are going to test in Bradenton,
(Fla.) on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before the
NHRA Gatornationals, try to improve on what we have
and go to Gainesville with our guns firing. We have
a great team here at J&J Racing. Mark Ingersoll
(crew chief) and Jim Yates (Team Engineer) work
great together, sharing ideas, and that makes us
very strong. We are confident in our decision-making
process and the strategy we have used so far this
year. Mark and Jim really got to know each other
over the off-season and are able to communicate
pretty easily. Our goal is to be the fastest car
on the property at each race and the whole team
is certainly working hard to achieve that goal this
Our Mopar Dodge Avenger is pretty
close to where we want it to be right now, but we
are not in the top two or three yet, and that’s
our goal. We’re not satisfied with being fourth,
fifth or sixth. We want and expect to be in the
top two or three and to be fast every Sunday.
With a couple of weekends off, there
is plenty to get done before we head to Florida.
The crew will go through the engines and everything
on the car, while I’ll have a chance to get
my feet on the ground and get caught up on things
in the office. I’ll be spending time with
my daughters and grandkids and just enjoy a little
time away from the track. We are going to go to
Florida a few days early for some R&R before
we test at Bradenton and then head to Gainesville.
I can’t wait to get to Gainesville and climb
back in our Mopar Dodge Avenger and go after our
first win of the year.
19th 2012 - Almost
it’s pretty chilly back home in Tennessee right
now and in a lot of the country, we are down here
in sunny Florida at Bradenton doing some more testing,
as we prepare our Mopar Dodge Avenger for the 2012
Pro Stock season.
I get into the testing, I just want to mention what
a great holiday season I had. We spent Christmas at
home and had all the family over. There was plenty
of good food and it was great to visit with a lot
of people and just enjoy the time. For New Year’s,
my wife Pam and I went to Sanibel Island in Florida.
We had a great time down there and it was an amazing
place to ring in the New Year. With the season almost
here, it was nice to slip away for a little R&R
and enjoy some nice warm weather as well.
arm is feeling pretty good right now, after my recent
surgery. I started rehab a couple of weeks ago and
am able to lift some weights with it now and continue
to get it stretched back out. I have five exercises
that I do every day. It’s getting better and
better, and I just have to be careful with it for
a few more weeks, not to overextend it or do anything
that could cause any damage to it.
week is the second time we have tested so far this
off-season. The first test session before the holidays
went really well. We had both of our cars at that
test, with Richie Stevens doing the driving. We had
a number of scenarios we wanted to work on and things
we wanted to learn, and we came away with a lot of
good information that we took back to the shop.
this test session, we brought just one car and Richie
is driving again, as I continue to heal up. We’ve
made about 12 runs so far and will finish by putting
in a few more. We’ll take what we learned with
a couple of different engines and combine it all into
our race engine and get everything freshened up and
ready to head west. We want to be at the top of our
game right out of the box at Pomona.
definitely been different watching the testing and
not being in the car. It’s been a great experience
to watch the crew and see what they do behind the
scenes. Those are things I never really get to see
when I am in the car and focused on driving and it
has been pretty interesting. We’ll test once
more before the season starts. On the way to Pomona
we’ll stop in Las Vegas for a day or two there,
so I’ll get a chance to be back in our Mopar
Dodge Avenger and test out my arm and get back into
a rhythm for Pomona. I can’t wait for the season
to get started, as we look to build on the strong
ending we had to last season. Just a few more weeks
and it will be time to race!