Top Fuel legend Chris “the Greek” Karamesines will have some good racing company at this weekend’s NHRA Four-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods as his granddaughter, Krista Baldwin, a 22-year-old Top Alcohol Dragster rookie, will also be competing at the event in the Top Alcohol dragster class.
Baldwin will be making her second NHRA national event appearance this season in Anthony Dicero’s Nitro University/McLeod Racing A/Fuel Dragster. Baldwin made her debut at the season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals, where she qualified No. 7 with a strong 5.26 second at 274 mph. She wants to keep the momentum going as she faces a stout 26-car field this weekend.
Baldwin admits that she is nervous with her grandfather at the track with her, but she knows that they are both there to run their own race. It has been 15 years since Karamesines and Krista’s late father, former Top Fuel racer Bobby Baldwin, have raced at the same event.
In addition to primary support from McLeod Racing, Mooresville –based USA Performance Parts will be this week’s McLeod “Dealer of the Race.” The Nitro University entry is also sponsored by CP Carrillo, TBM Brakes, Lucas Oil, Manley, Clevite, Protect the Harvest, Boninfante, HK's Bar and Grill, PXP Racewear, and Apple Girl Art.