Bits from the Pits presented by
DeJoria rebuilding after E-town tumble
t didn’t take long for Alexis DeJoria and the Tequila front-wheel sensor on our computer read that the car heartbreaking,” said DeJoria. “Missing the next couple
I Patron Top Alcohol Funny Car team to get to work
on a new race car after her incident in the sand trap at
was going 107 mph when the car transitioned from
asphalt to sand.”
races while our new car is being built will be tough.
Our plan is to do some testing at Maple Grove
the United Association NHRA SuperNationals in DeJoria and her team headed to S&W Race Cars in Raceway after the national event there and return for
Englishtown. DeJoria, whose car’s parachutes detached Pennsylvania immediately after the event to start work the [Mac Tools] U.S. Nationals in Indy.”
and had limited rear breaking because of oil, escaped on a new chassis that will feature a body currently being
the incident with only minor bruising, a testament to made at Hairy Glass. Learning from the incident, the
her race car, which suffered a destroyed front end and new car will feature separate parachute brackets that will
damaged back end. be mounted on the frame rather than the rear end. The
“The bracket that holds the parachutes is mounted new car will also feature a carbon-fiber braking system.
to the rear end, and we figure that the weld on the The incident was an unfortunate way to conclude a
right side broke when the chutes blossomed,” explained breakout weekend for DeJoria, who would have raced
DeJoria. “Then the bracket severed the chutes like a Jay Payne in the semifinals after running a career-best
knife. Oil from the rear end got on the rear brakes, 5.55 at 260 mph. “Not making it back for the next
which are steel, and made it even harder to stop. The round after having the weekend we were having was
Nostalgia heaven: The 8th at O’Reilly Raceway Park at California and attended
annual Musclecar Madness at Indianapolis. Richardson won two college and then went to work for the
the York Reunion presented by events and pocketed more than Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In 1959, resident has been keeping his Super
York Traditions Bank and GGS $20,000, defeating Mike Brumfield in Jackson designed the recirculating fuel- Comp skills sharp despite setbacks.
Technical Publications Services will be Thursday’s final and returning on metering valve (barrel valve), and a After damaging his engine on the
held July 10-11 at the York Expo Sunday to stop former Million Dollar year later, he designed the original dyno, Cultrera borrowed a Super Comp
Center and will include a Salute to race winner Troy Williams Jr. Jeremy three-port Bugcatcher injector hat. In rail owned by Gary Kaye from Kaye
Ford program among the action-packed York and Jeff Strickland also 1970, Jackson designed the dual idler Racing Products and drove it to a
festivities during the two-day event. collected big paychecks, winning the gear drive, and in 1996, he invented fourth-round finish in Englishtown.
The show will also feature an $20,000-to-win events on Friday and the pilot-operated slide valve, all of “I was extremely happy to make it
outstanding group of Chevrolet, AMC, Saturday, respectively. Strickland’s which are still in use today. Jackson is to Monday,” said Cultrera. “When I
and Mopar entries from throughout the Saturday win was especially survived by his wife, Pauline; daughter was warming up my car, I saw Peter
United States. A who’s who in drag impressive when he entered two cars and son-in-law, Sandy and Steve Biondo, David Rampy, Dan Fletcher,
racing will be in attendance and and reached the quarterfinals with Dalton; daughter, Nancy Anderson; and and all those guys drive by. I was
available for autographs and bench the second one. Scheduled to race three grandchildren, Mathew and pretty humbled to be racing with guys
racing, including Bill “Grumpy” himself, Strickland was forced to Julianne Dalton and Collin Anderson. like that with only a few cars left in
Jenkins, Wally Booth, Gordy Foust, Bob park one of his entries and eventually Donations in Jackson’s name can be each class.”
Tasca Sr., Sam Auxier Jr.