Top Fuel racer Scott Palmer will make his 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series debut this weekend at the O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by Castrol at Gateway Int'l Raceway, the first of at least a dozen races that the Missouri driver plans to attend this season.
The team, which will be campaigning a new Murf McKinney-built car, is based out of Marionville, Mo., making this a bit of a home race for the team, and Palmer is excited to get back out to the track.
“We couldn’t make it to Gateway last year because of the chassis update, and it was hard to miss. We’re only four hours from the track, so it’s a local race for me,” Palmer explained. “We’ve got a brand-new car and brand-new paint job. We’ve been cleaning and organizing all winter to make sure everything’s in order and looks good. We want to start the season off right.”
Palmer, a hockey fan, will be offering a personal salute to his homestate St. Louis Blues NHL team, flying the team's logo on his race car.
"The Blues made it to the playoffs, and even though they lost last week, they had a great season," he said. "Everyone on our team is a big hockey fan, and since St. Louis is home of the Blues, we wanted to wish them congratulations on their playoff finish. Hopefully we keep some of that momentum going for us!
"I have been really happy with our performance in the past two seasons, thanks to Rob Flynn, who gave me a tune-up," said Palmer. "I have been lucky with sponsors, and I have most of the same ones that have stuck with me. Having a group of small sponsors -- Superlifts, Marck Ind., Nitroplate, The Compound, Heckert Construction, Moritz Machine, and Wizards Warehouse -- has helped us through the bad economy. I also have to thank a few people besides sponsors who have made it possible for me to keep running a fuel car; without them it would not be possible, guys like Murf McKinney, Bill Miller, Rob Flynn, Johnny West, and all the crew guys from other teams that always give us a hand at the track.
"We're getting a late start but for a great reason," he added. "My son, Tyler, will be graduating high school May 17, and after that, we will get out to 12 or more events."