The Fast Lane: A new beginning at Brainerd

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I always want the bad news first, but the good news is that our Quaker State Team is in the points lead in the Countdown to the Championship. The bad news is we lost to the same guy in the last two final rounds. I'm really good at putting things into perspective, and overall they were a couple of good races. It felt like a déjà vu of the Seattle race. We have also secured a spot in the Countdown to 1 with three races to go (Brainerd, Reading and Indy). Hopefully we will end up on top when all is said and done.

Night Under Fire

While we had two weeks "off" before arriving in Minnesota, we didn't exactly take a break. We entered the Norwalk match race along with my brother Cruz and six other quality competitive teams on Saturday, August 1. The match race was put on at the Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park by the Bader family. It was pretty exciting for the 35,000 plus race fans who came out to see a funny car show, and probably one of the best fireworks show you're ever going to see.

My Boy Turns a Year-Old

My youngest son, Benecio, is turning a year old and I'll be racing on his real birthday. So we improvised and threw a birthday party for him just before my trip. There are differences between myself and my wife, where I would keep it very simple and go to the grocery store and get him a cake, she orders a nice decorated cake, and a small cake shaped like a bear that he can dig into. It was funny watching him eat it. We feel so fortunate that his health has improved, and he is doing much better with his minor breathing condition. If you have children, be a good parent. It's really one of the most important things in life.


As we head to the land of 10,000 lakes, once again in my career I find myself venturing off into unchartered waters. My crew chief and assistant crew chief of six years are no longer a part of my racing team. I have put into place an interim backup plan that provides some confidence going into the weekend. This would be a major adjustment for any team, so I really have to call on my experience and knowledge that I've acquired in all my years in the sport of drag racing. In this life nothing lasts forever, and I do feel some excitement. I feel prepared for this new journey. Once again in my career it's not easy to see what's around the corner, but I believe that with fortitude and good leadership we will work through these new challenges. It will be interesting telling you about it next time.

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