Alan Prusiensky considers himself just a bracket racer from New Jersey who loves to race.
He's also always been a Dodge guy and Prusiesnky is determined to make that work in Pro Stock.
In a current Pro Stock world dominated by Chevy Camaros, including defending and back-to-back world champ Erica Enders, Prusiesnky has ventured down a different path.
His two-car team will continue to drive a pair of Dodge Darts and both will be Dodge through and through this year, as Prusiesnky has opted to use Dodge Hemi engines in each car. Prusiesnky and teammate Mike Callahan are optimistic they can have success with that set-up at this weekend's season-opening 52nd annual AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals in Gainesville, seeing impressive progress over the winter.
"I've always raced Dodges, whether it was bracket racing or racing Top Sportsman," Prusiesnky said. "There are so many great Dodge fans out there and they're so passionate. I was into Darrell Alderman and those guys, and the Dodge stuff is really good. All the stuff I have is good, quality stuff. We worked hard on it over the winter, found some more horsepower and we're improving every week. I love racing and I love working on this thing."
It's that passion that has kept Prusiensky in a Pro Stock career that's now entering a seventh season.
That's far longer than Prusiesnky would have ever expected, but it's a love of the class that has kept him going. He found a way to compete at all 10 races last year and though Prusiesnky didn't have the year he had hoped for, he remains optimistic for 2021.
His off-season consisted of 12-hour days working to find four quality engines for the two cars, stockpiling parts to try and be competitive in a strong Pro Stock field, one that includes 21 cars this weekend in Gainesville.
"We're going to impress some people, I'm pretty confident of that. Where we were two years ago to today, I couldn't have imagined the difference," Prusiensky said. "Getting two cars to run fast is going to be a major task and we're still not where we need to be, but I'm not going to stop working until both cars are running well."
It's a total family operation for Prusiensky and his team maintains a sportsman feel to it. He loved competing in bracket racing and Top Sportsman racing in the New Jersey area, and Prusiensky brought that mindset to Pro Stock, a class where success doesn't come easy but hard work is often rewarded.
His wife, Christine, handles and builds the transmission for both cars, while his daughter, Natalie, works on the back half of the car among a multitude of duties.
Prusiensky, meanwhile, does all of the tuning and driving. It's an arduous task all the way around, but Prusiensky isn't backing down. Success in a Hemi-powered Dodge would be huge for the team and the class, and Prusiensky won't stop until he finds it.
"I've always liked the challenge of Pro Stock and I just love the class," Prusiesnky said. "It can be frustrating at times, but we're going to keep working hard. We're going to do the best we can. I'm just a bracket racer who loves racing and loves working on this car. We've improved so much, the car is better and we're getting a better feel for everything.
"The second-best motor has to be as good as our first motor. It's getting closer, but it can get even better. I'm excited to see what we can do."