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On the Run with Del Cox Jr. COMPLETE RACE SCHEDULES driver of the RG Industries A/Fuel Dragster AND TICKETS AVAILABLE AT T op Alcohol Dragster is my life now. I’ve been driving Curt Schendel’s A/Fuel Dragster for five races, and I already have a for sale sign on three Top Dragsters, a Top Sportsman car, and a trailer. I have to say that things are going well. I’m in the top five in Division 7 in the A/Fuel car, and Val Torres Jr. is tied for second in our Top Sportsman car. As much as I wanted to drive the Top Sportsman car, I knew that A/Fuel is where I wanted to be, so I put 100 percent into pursuing it. It all started when I was 10 years old, and my family got me into Jr. drag racing. I had a great time starting out with the help of my dad, Del Sr., who is no longer with us. I was fortunate enough to win the 1997 NHRA O’Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League championship in Denver before moving on to the big cars. It doesn’t seem like I’ve been driving a big car for that long, but it’s been almost 10 years now. I’ve been racing naturally aspirated dragsters on the West Coast for a while now, and the classes in Division 7 have allowed me to go faster and faster. I ran in Super Eliminator, which has a 7.90 index, and got to be in some pretty close points battles. I tied for first for the division title in 2004 but lost the tiebreaker to Terry White. We got involved with the Top Dragster and Top Sportsman classes, which have been a lot of fun. I was able to win the Pacific Division championship after a hard-fought points battle with Rod Hartzell that NOVEMBER 13-16 came down to the last race of the year. “The first time I hit the throttle, it was like getting socked in the chest.” My goal for a while was to get behind the wheel of an A/Fuel Dragster. They are the fastest naturally aspirated race cars in the sport, and going fast without 800.884.NHRA a blower has always been my thing. I talked to Curt Schendel about driving his car for more than a year before I finally got a chance to try it. It was kind of a luck-of-the-draw deal after their old driver moved on to form his own Top Alcohol Funny Car team, and things didn’t work out with their new guy. Curt
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