Driving Todd Odom's Scott Johnsontuned A/Fuel Dragster, Guest and his Tigerflow team weathered the constantly changing conditions at Route 66 Raceway for their first national event win and just the second for Guest in NHRA competition. Guest, a former bracket racer who won the Division 4 Top Dragster championship in 2008 in his first season of NHRA competition, made his Top Alcohol Dragster debut in Brainerd last August driving Tom Conway's A/Fueler and competed in four races before teaming with Odom prior to the Las Vegas race last October.
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER — 13th annual United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Miller Welders, June 3-6, Chicago Guest weathers storms for first win by Steve Waldron Monroe Guest (left) celebrated his first national event win after narrowly defeating first- time finalist Jared Dreher, 5.48 to 5.49 (above). Guest, near lane, who shook the tires early, A n endless succession of rainstorms put a damper on the United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Chicago, but for Monroe Guest, it won by 14-thousandths of a second. this A/Fuel thing,’ so I made a deal with him to drive all year.” aggressive enough from about 400 feet on that I was able to run him down.” After qualifying in the No. 5 spot with a was an ideal weekend. Driving Guest’s final-round 5.36, Guest ran a 5.29 against Darren Todd Odom’s Scott Johnson- appearance in Chicago was Nicholson’s 5.35 in round one, then dodged a tuned A/Fuel Dragster, Guest his third straight and fourth bullet in round two against JEGS Allstars winner and his Tigerflow team in six races this season. Jim Whiteley, who was ahead when he dropped weathered the constantly Runner-up at the Gainesville a valve at about 1,000 feet. Guest ran another changing conditions at Route 66 divisional, Guest went to the 5.29 in the semifinals against Reichert, who Raceway for their first national final in Houston, where he smoked the tires almost immediately. event win and just the second lost to four-time defending “We knew Reichert was going to try to run a for Guest in NHRA competition. national champion Bill high .20, maybe even a mid-.20, so we threw a “It’s like when I won my very Reichert, and followed with lot at it, and it held,” said Guest. “With the first Wally in Memphis,” said Guest, referring a runner-up at the Dallas divisional before finally weather conditions changing so much, we were to his Top Dragster victory at the Division 4 closing the deal in Chicago against first-time changing the main jet constantly, and in the race in 2008. “It’s an experience you can’t finalist Jared Dreher. second round, we just didn’t get it lean enough, describe. To win a national event, especially “The track and weather conditions were and it dropped four holes. But we had it lean in such a tough class, is a feeling that you changing by the minute, and we were trying to enough for the third round.” just can’t put into words.” keep the car tame,” said Guest. “We found an Driving his family’s VP Fuels-sponsored Guest, a former bracket racer who won the aggressive timing curve that seemed to work A/Fueler, Dreher qualified 14th with a 5.51 and Division 4 Top Dragster championship in 2008 for this track, and we hit it right every time ran 5.49, 5.46, and 5.53 in respective victories in his first season of NHRA competition, made except for the [final]. It went out about 80 feet over Mike Manners, Ken Perry, and Shawn his Top Alcohol Dragster debut in Brainerd last and shook, and I had to pedal it. Luckily, it was Cowie, all of whom had problems. True to form, August driving Tom Conway’s A/Fueler and competed in four races before teaming with Odom prior to the Las Vegas race last October. “I was sponsoring Brandon Lewis’ A/Fuel car last year, and I just really liked the smell and sound of nitro, so I decided to call Tom Conway and license in one,” said Guest, co-owner of Tigerflow Systems, a packaged plumbing system manufacturer based in Dallas. “I made a deal with him last year to run Brainerd, Charlotte, and Dallas. After that, I made a deal A tenth better on the Tree, Dreher ran a 5.53 in his with Todd Odom to drive in Vegas and Pomona. semifinal race against Shawn Cowie, who banged the Sometime after Pomona, I said, ‘You know blower on the big end and slowed to a 5.73. what? I think I’m going to travel the circuit with 62 National DRAGSTER (Above) Guest beat JEGS Allstars winner Jim Whiteley in round two with a cylinder-dropping No. 1 qualifier Duane Shields, far
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