Where Are They Now? Bruce McDowell

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                                                                                                                                       McDowell finished his Top Alcohol
                                                                                                                                       Dragster career with his Dreamliner
                                             Bruce McDowell’s first NHRA national event victory came at the 1984 Winternationals,      entry, which was inspired by Don Garlits’
                                             where he defeated Bill Barney in the Top Alcohol Dragster final.                          streamlined Top Fueler, which Garlits
                                                                                                                                       debuted and drove to victory at the 1986
                                            national records of 9.93 and 157.06               Though McDowell didn’t win any           Gatornationals. McDowell drove the
                                            mph in Pomona in early December                national events in 1985, he still           Dreamliner to victories in Phoenix in
                                            1960, making the car the first altered to      managed a fifth-place finish. He came       1987 and Seattle in 1988.
                                            run in the nine-second bracket.                back to win one major race in each of
           Yesterday                            McDowell began raising a family in
                                            the early 1960s, and he temporarily
                                                                                           the next three seasons with victories
                                                                                           in Denver in 1986, Phoenix in 1987,
                                                                                                                                          No. 6 out of approximately 50 cars
                                                                                                                                          that took part in the series. I still

B    ruce McDowell has had the good
     fortune of enjoying a drag racing
career that has been as lengthy as it
                                            retired from competition by selling the
                                            Fiat and relocating to San Diego. In
                                            the late 1970s, he began a new career
                                                                                           and Seattle in 1988, where he
                                                                                           defeated Johnson in the final.
                                                                                           McDowell also finished third and
                                                                                                                                          love driving, and this form of racing
                                                                                                                                          is a lot less expensive and is more
                                                                                                                                          like a hobby, which is very similar to
has been productive. Competing since        in sand drag competition, where he             fourth in the national standings in            what drag racing used to be. Win or
the late 1950s, he was one of the           drove both dragsters and Funny Cars.           1986 and 1987, respectively, and               lose, we all have a good time.
more dominant competitors in Top                “I ran at Riverside, Fontana, and          credited his crew — Bill Freeman, C.J.            “There are a lot of good memories
Alcohol Dragster                                               other sand drag             Nelson, and                                                        from my earlier
from 1984 to 1988                                              racing facilities. I        Bill Condit —                                                      racing days. I
and is still an                                                raced against the           for his                                                            remember seeing
active driver                                                  likes of Alan and           successful                                                         Brad Littlefield
competing in the                                               Blaine Johnson and          campaigns.                                                         when he was doing
nostalgia ranks.                                               Gary Scelzi, and in            McDowell                                                        his newsletter as a
   McDowell was                                                the early 1980s, all        basically ran                                                      kid, and now I see
raised in West                                                 of us decided to            out of his own                                                     
Description: McDowell later drove in Top Alcohol Dragster and recorded his first NHRA national event victory at the 1984 Winternationals with a final-round score over Bill Barney. Phil Burgess [current ND editor] used to spend a lot of time in our pit area at the races as well, said McDowell.
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