Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Grubb Racing Team going with status quo for upcoming Quick 32 Sportsman Series

Few changes for big-block powered Cavalier after successful 2010 season

PINE RIVER, ONTARIO (April 20, 2011) – After running a season with a new engine in their 2004 Chevy Cavalier Top Sportsman entry, Grubb Racing is only making some minor changes for the upcoming Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts of drag racing.

"We feel pretty good about the upcoming year," said team driver Darrin Grubb. "We're not doing too much new on the car, just a little freshening."

The team placed seventh in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series Championship Point Award Series in 2010, highlighted with a Top Sportsman division win and a Series event win at Cayuga during the Canadian Nitro Nationals. The team always qualified for the field during the season, and also made some first, second, and semi round appearances. Grubb said it was important for the team to run consistent.

"Consistency is our main focus," he explained. "We want to go rounds rather than go fast."

Powering the Cavalier is a Chevrolet 706-cubic inch Par Racing Engine, coupled to a Hutch's Transmission Service two-speed Powerglide, which all sits in a Chris Duncan Race Cars product.

The fuel system is provided by George Rupert of Rupert's Racing Products, which Grubb said has been an important factor to the team's success.

"We would not be where we are today without George and his help," he said.

Mike Dennis is crew chief on the team, along with Marvin and Barb Grubb. The team has been racing for about 20 years.

Sponsors on the team include Marvin's Automotive Service Ltd., Pennzoil, Hutch's Transmission Service, Ideal Supply, Chris Duncan Race Cars, Foris Signs and Par Racing Engines, and Grubb wanted to tip his hat to the sponsors.

"We're very grateful for the involvement of our sponsors," he said. "They have been awesome."

Grubb said the team will be ready for the opening round of the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, the Victoria Day Weekend Challenge May 20-22 at the Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park.

And he said the team enjoys racing in the series.

"Everybody gets along great," he said. "Bruce (Mehlenbacher, Director of Operations for the Quick 32 Sportsman Series) and his officials do a wonderful job of putting on these races. It has been a lot of fun."