Friday, November 23, 2007

Lucas, Todd, Radke & Graham NHRA do Baja 1000

Quarter-Milers Complete Baja 1000

Morgan Lucas and J.R. Todd weren't the only quarter-milers running the legendary SCORE Tecate Baja 1000 offroad. Funny Car driver Wyatt Radke, brother/crew chief Scott "Scoots" Graham, and some fellow former crewman not only raced in the fabled event but completed the 1,296-miles course with five driver/co-driver changes and only one flat tire in their Team RGR-EMPI-MooreParts 1/2 1600 racer.

"Basically we're all drag racers," said Radke. "Me, Scoots, Tommy Faust [Jerry Toliver's clutch guy, who only had a week from being on the road finishing at Pomona to heading for Baja], and Scott Hall, Rick Warren and Jeff Diebolt -- all former Bobby Baldwin crew guys and racers.

"We really impressed a lot of people. We prepared the car entirely ourselves, using a lot of our drag racing and sand rail knowledge in plumbing, welding, securing components, etc. The car even has a five-pound Coldfire fire bottle in it to make me feel at home.

"We did NO pre running, we went down there green: six rookies finished the second longest race in SCORE history, all drag racers and now off-road racers. We had a Wally Parks decal on the hood to signify our roots and a lot of our sponsors are carryovers from the drag race years as well. You can read the whole story and see more pictures on our website."

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