Glory Days Nostalgia Race at Maple Grove
August 23, 2015: Reading, PA
A perfect Sunday was on tap at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, PA. It was the make up date for the rained out Glory Days Nostalgia Race. This is the team’s favorite track and it felt good to finally have the Quarter Pounder name back at the track since the 1980’s when John Johnson, Crew Chief, ran his 2 front engine dragsters the original Quarter Pounders of Johnson Family Racing.
After a call to Maple Grove’s GM Lex Dudas we were given the green light to bring the car out to the event for a test and tune day. Good friend and car chief for both Glory Daze and the Quarter Pounder Rick Sturz and his sons, Ricky and Chase were on hand to help along with Snooky’s Vintage Apparel designer Scott Frymoyer.
After finding a wiring issue due to a steering box change earlier in the week we fired the car and took it up to tech to get our run card. After getting back to the pit driver Kevin Johnson suited up and the team headed for the lanes to make the first pass of the day. We lined up the car and hooked up the batteries. A squeeze of the throttle to open the blades for a quick squirt and we were ready to fire the blown big block Chevy on alcohol. After firing the body goes down and the party begins.
The burnout was short and aborted too early. Lining up to stage the car was not ready for a good launch due to the bad burnout. As expected the car was loose and up on the tire. Kevin pedaled it and once hooked it ran a 10 second pass at 156 mph.
Back to the pit to cool down and fuel up, pack the chutes and back to the lanes for a 2nd pass. After lining up and firing up Kevin rolled through the water and went right into a half-track burnout. Now we’re getting somewhere! Problem was that the car shut off right after the burnout. The starting line team came down and said we could re-fire the car. So we did and backed up for the run. After a dry hop Kevin staged the car and launching softly ran a 8.85 at 165 mph.