Monday, October 14, 2013

Goodguys Team Reflects on "Hell" of a Year

Pleasanton, CA - As the 2013 drag racing season winds down, the Goodguys Racing Team led by driver and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association CEO Marc Meadors had some time to reflect on a whirlwind year. The team was able to accomplish a series of milestones in their 4th season together racing the supercharged “Pure Hell 2” ’69 Camaro Pro Mod – painted as a tribute to Rich Guasco’s legendary Pure Hell fuel altered roadster.

With Meadors at the wheel, the team made it to the final round of all 7 races they entered, winning 3 straight events during the summer. It was also a year of extreme performances, with Meadors clicking off a career-best 5.759 quarter-mile elapsed time as well as a career best quarter-mile speed of 252.66mph. Along the way, Meadors participated in and won the quickest side-by-side Pro Modified race in drag racing history defeating Mike Maggio at Sears Point Raceway in the spring (5.759 to his 5.778). Numerous track records were recorded (including a 5.915 @ 246.10 MPH in the oxygen-starved altitude of Firebird Raceway in Boise, ID). The 7 final round appearances and 3 event wins delivered their first-ever points championship in the popular West Coast Outlaw Pro Mod series.

The team’s success dates back to the 1990s, when Meadors, racing with his brother Marty found success right off the bat behind the wheel of his silver, carbureted ‘69 Camaro. Named as one of Hot Rod Magazine’s Top 10 Fastest Street Cars in the world at the time, Meadors honed his driving skills and along with increased performance, a new Tim McAmis race car and the history—laden Pure Hell mystique, Meadors has become one of the most successful drag racers in the United States.

This weekend, the big, bad & blown Camaro heads south to Auto Club Famoso Raceway north of Bakersfield to take on the competition at the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion. “Looking back on the season, we couldn’t have scripted a better scenario,” Meadors said. “We took on and beat a number of the quickest and fastest Pro Mod’s in the West. When you lock horns with the likes of Dan Nickelson, Mike Maggio, Rod Burbage, Dan Myers/Don Carter Motorsports, Renteria Brothers and John Scialpi, you’d best be ready to rock & roll. My dedicated crew members Jason Bunker, Danny Miller, Billy Fereira and Greg Lee made it look easy and made me look good. These guys are 100% dedicated to this effort and the results speak for themselves. Our sponsors Red Line Oil, Neal Chance Converters, Fiber Optic Supply, Andy’s T Shirts, DMPE, JRi Shocks, Tim McAmis Race Cars, Billet Specialties and Speedway Motors give us the best equipment available without which we couldn’t compete at this level. Above all however, I’d like to thank my mom & dad, Gary and Marilyn Meadors for building the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association and giving me the opportunity to continue their dream while at the same time doing what I love – race down the quarter mile.”

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