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									                            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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