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Monday, April 30, 2012

Wandering to the Baytown “Royal Purple” race track-Part 1

Yep, I made my yearly trek to the Top Fuel Drag Races and got there and got back in one piece.  I must be getting old because when I got home and ate supper, I had trouble staying awake to watch it on TV.  In case you ever want to watch them, they are on ESPN and I believe there will be another one next week.  Usually they have two weeks between races.  Anyway, I am going to show you some pictures that I took when I first got there.  Getting in is easy, they remove the toll from the toll road and close the road in front of the racetrack for one way traffic only.  They direct you into this huge parking area and I was anxious to get into the race area that I forgot to count the rows to where I parked.  No problem, I found it; was only a couple of rows off, but spotted it.  Of course it took a lot longer to get out of the parking lot than getting in

I always go out to the pit area and walk through and get up close and personal with the cars, pit crews, and drivers.  I will show you some pictures I took in the pit area today and tomorrow I will post the ones I took of the race.  This first picture is of the winning top fuel dragster, but I didn’t know it at the time; I can’t see into the future.  Morgan Lucas drove his Geico car to the win and a big trophy and lots of money.

Of course what would a drag race be without John Force and all his drivers and cars?  One of his drivers, Mike Neff, won the top fuel funny car race.  Here are the pits of John and his son-in-law, Robert Height:
And just a little bit further in is John’s other racing daughter, Courtney.  Ashley took leave to raise her new baby and Courtney is filling in for her and doing a great job.
If you don’t think this is a big event, here is a picture of just one of many streets lined with pit crews.  I would bet that there are more people associated with the cars than the amount of paying spectators.  This huge “city” should have disappeared by now.
Another top fuel dragster:
Here is Ron Caps letting a spectator get her picture taken with him.  He is a friendly fellow and came in runner up.
Here is the Kalitta team getting their car ready for the first race:
And here is my wife’s favorite driver, Greg Anderson who drives a Pro-Stock car.  The Pro-Stock cars run the full quarter mile, whereas the top fuel cars only run 1000 feet.
There are a lot of neat cars sitting around and this is one of many:
OK, that is enough for today.  Will show you some race pictures tomorrow.  You all have a great day now, you hear? 


  1. what a day! been there done that. 1st time we saw a funny car was way back about 1960 in San Antonio, at the drag races there.

  2. Things have changed since then, they now go very close to 300 mph in 1000 feet and have 8000 hp. Unbelievable.

  3. Boy howdy, sure wish I could have been there. It's been too many years since I've been to a race. But that's my fault. All the new faces, names and rules have changed to where I don't know nuttin bout drag rac'n no more. Would love to make one last run down the strip....even in "that jeep".
    Can't wait till tomorrows photos.

    1. BB, check the schedule on www.nhra.com - They will be in Georgia next week, aren't you heading that way? If i had known you could have used one of my seats, I will show you a picture of it tomorrow.

  4. Sounds like you had a good time, and that's the main thing...right?

    I love that last picture of the hot rod!

  5. HJ, that was a neat car, probably the neatest there, of course I didn't look every where. To see it all you would miss the racing.