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May.19.2015Drag School Beats Texas Storms!

photo 6Last week the state of Texas and the Houston area in particular were drenched by pounding rains for several consecutive days with accumulations of up to 10 inches of water in some areas.  But the Frank Hawley Drag Racing School students didn’t miss a run down the Royal Purple Raceway 1/4 mile in Baytown TX.

“We were running our race cars in perfectly dry conditions while it was raining 5 miles to the west in Houston,” said Hawley.  “I’ve seen conditions like that for a few hours however this went on for days.  Someone was definitely looking out for us.”

The school’s group of drivers ranged from locals, like Sherriff’s deputy Greg Brockett, photo 1to Gifford Hill whose friends Richard Hale and Lance Wells made the trip from Alaska.  The drivers completed an incredible 115 runs during the competition course and those results produced 18 newly licensed NHRA drivers!

In addition to the competition course others competed in the Dragster Adventure program which allows drivers to do some “side-by-side” dragster racing.  Kendall Levron from Houma, LA was the Challenge winner with Avery Smith from San Antonio, TX as runner-up!

“We had a special guest at the Adventure course,” said Hawley.  “Alex Russell, the son of former TAD racer Chris Russell was on hand. His dad Chris is the brother of the late T/F driver Darrell Russell.  Chris’s dad Burnell and his mom were also in attendance.  It was great to see the whole famphoto 1ily there cheering on the next generation driver,” continued Hawley.  “Alex made it to the semi-final round but the high light of the day had to be a special unplanned one run match race between Alex and his dad Chris.  Dad won!  It was a lot of fun for all of us.”

So with the Houston classes in the books the school is back in Gainesville this week for some Nostalgia Funny Car classes.

If this sounds like something you’d like to try, check out our classes coming up in Gainesville, Denver, St Louis, Norwalk, Reading, and Fontana.


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