Warming up the Battery Extender car
Hello again everyone and greetings from sunny California! I usually travel back to sweet home Chicago after the races but not this week. I’m writing this from beautiful Discovery Bay, California where I am for a few days of R&R before heading up to Seattle for the final leg of NHRA’s Western Swing.
Let’s get started with all the details from Sonoma. First of all, how about those NHRA fans? If you’re reading this and you were one of the loyal fans packed in the stands at Sonoma Raceway this weekend, we thank you. What a great turnout.
Our teams had a pretty solid qualifying effort overall but we were left with a first round race against teammates. We never want to see our DSR teams face each other in the first round and unfortunately that happened this weekend. Antron Brown, who has five wins this season, was paired against Spencer Massey for the opening round of Sunday’s eliminations. Antron had the higher qualified car but Spencer and the Battery Extender team made their best run of the weekend and got the round win. Spencer has 18 round wins this season with 13 of those wins coming from the bottom half of the qualifying field. It just goes to show that it doesn’t matter where you qualify, just as long as you do!
I like to think that I brought the Battery Extender team a little extra luck after I warmed up their car on Saturday. It’s truly an incredible experience and it was the second full warm-up I got to do in their car. And this time my mom, Sarah, was there to see it. She wasn’t very excited about me doing it earlier this year but now that she has seen it, she’s much more comfortable with it. As long as I don’t drive one at least!
It was a tough day for the DSR teams as we weren’t able to get any of our cars in the winner’s circle this weekend so we are looking to close the Western Swing with a strong outing in Seattle. Matt Hagan his Mopar team got the win there last year and their car seems to have turned the corner and is running strong. Hopefully we can close the swing with a double-up!
On Thursday before Sonoma, I had all of my parents together for an amazing dinner at Café LaHaye in Sonoma. My dad Jon and stepmother Diane joined Don, my mom and I out in Sonoma for a fun weekend. We had a great dinner and then my dad and Diane joined us at the track on Sunday for race day. It was so great to have them out!
Another special guest I got to see out at Sonoma this weekend was former NAPA crew chief and NHRA legend Ed “Ace” McCulloch. The Ace is now retired from drag racing and lives near Fresno and came out to watch all of his DSR friends and his son, Jason, who is a crew chief over at the Al-Anabi team. Ace still keeps up with the NHRA world and watches on ESPN3 every weekend so it was cool to have him out with us this weekend.
Now I have to share some exciting news with you! Last week, I became a homeowner after closing on a condo in downtown Chicago. I’m so excited to start a new adventure and look forward to learning the ropes at Schumacher Electric. While it won’t keep me from the races and my work with DSR, I’m excited to learn the business side of things from Don. I couldn’t have a better teacher!
While here in Discovery Bay, I’m hanging out with one of my best friends, Alex Baca Medina. Her dad is former NHRA racer David Baca so I’ve known her a long time and it’s great to get to spend some time with her out here on the left coast. I (attempted) to learn how to wake surf on the Delta… it was a big challenge and I may or may not have wiped out in the process. It was a lot of fun though. We are spending a couple of days catching up and relaxing before I travel to Seattle on Wednesday.
Most of our teams spent Monday at Sonoma Raceway servicing before they travel up to Seattle for the last leg of the Swing. I think some of them plan to stop on the way up for some fun in the sun so I hope they get to do that, our hard-working teams are the best and the deserve it!
That’s all the news I have for now, so I’ll catch up with you all after Seattle. As always, thanks for reading!