Pres Bill Bader was hanging around the just
completed NHRA national event at Las Vegas.
No clue to what drag racing's "Big Bill" was
doing in Vegas at an NHRA event, but the fact
that Nitro Harley was being contested at that
race may have been the reason. . . . Retired
driver Shirley Muldowney also graced the premises
at the Vegas track. . . . ESPN personality and
bracket racer extraordinaire, Bret Kepner can
be seen most Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Gateway
International Raceway or "The Swamp" as old
timers call it hangin', bangin' and slangin'
with the boys. (Zak
Hawthorne photo) [4-8-2004]
'LEGAL STREET' RETURNS TO
Over 20 years ago, then-St. Louis International Raceway track manager
Bret Kepner organized the first ever qualified-field, heads-up street-
legal drags at the Madison, Illinois track. Now, heads-up qualifying on
DOT tires has returned thanks again to Kepner and Gateway Int'l Raceway
dragstrip track manager Reggie Luter, whose extremely successful
Tuesday night street car program will host the new Street Car Shootout
weekly. Opening night, (April 6), featured 255 cars (!) and a 16-car
bump spot of 12.472. The program, sponsored by longtime St. Louis
racers Dwayne Rall and Rob Gibbons to promote their new Southside City
Speed Shop, offered each qualifier a "Fastest Street Car" decal and
trophies for the finalists.
Dave Odenahl's brutal "no juice" late-model Camaro ran as quick as
10.38/130 and took the first win of the season over Andy Wilhoit's St.
Louis Mustang, christening the new show with a Ford-vs-Chevy finale. (Photo by Mr.
FIRST FOUR-SECOND PASS
It's hard to believe, but 16 years ago on April
9, 1988 at a little track just outside of Ennis,
TX called the Texas Motorplex, Texas A&M grad
and Top Fuel legend Eddie Hill, with the help
of crew chief Fuzzy Carter, broke drag racing's
fabled four-second barrier at the then-IHRA
track. (Track owner Billy Meyer also then owned
the IHRA.) In the Agent's mind it was one of
the great moments in drag racing history. (Photo
by Jeff Burk) [4-8-2004]