Alberta TAD Team Heads to Chi-Town
Greg Hunter and the ExactAir/Kenny Gilmour Motorsports Top Alcohol Dragster team are in for one of the toughest TAD races in the country, the Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago……
The centrally located track and prestigious Jegs Allstars race-within-a-race attract the top cars from around the U.S. and Canada. Greg hopes to be one of the sixteen cars racing on Saturday night.
“We’re going to have to run in the 5.3s in order to qualify well here. After running in Denver at the regional, we’re confident in our car. Now we have a baseline tune-up that we can use to build on and hopefully go a little quicker,” said Hunter.
The former alcohol funny car driver is enjoying his first season in a “long car”. Under the watchful eye of team owner and crew chief Kenny Gilmour, Hunter has earned two round wins in just his first few races.
“I’m really happy with the season so far,” Hunter says. ”Obviously we’re trying to take it to the next level by going deeper into eliminations or even winning a race. If we have a good showing in Chicago, I think we might look at adding a few more races. We want to have a really strong finish in national and regional points at the end of the year.”
Competing with the best cars from every corner of the country can add a lot of pressure to the already stressful job of driving a 260 mph race car. Greg faced off with the heavy hitter Jim Whiteley at his last race in Denver. The pressure got to him that time, turning on the red light. With that experience out of the way, Greg feels ready to take on the big dogs.
“It’s such a thrill to be out here competing with these guys. It felt good to get that race with Jim out of the way. So much was going through my mind, knowing who was in the other lane. Hopefully we get to race some of those guys this weekend so I can redeem myself,” claimed the ExactAir-supported driver.
Greg Hunter and his team of talented mechanics on the Kenny Gilmour Motorsports team are looking forward to a long weekend of racing. Alcohol cars get two qualifying sessions on Friday, one more on Saturday, with first round of eliminations following on Saturday afternoon. If all goes as Hunter hopes for, they’ll still be in on Sunday for second round.
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Greg Hunter and Kenny Gilmour Motorsports partner with some of the finest companies in their industries, including ExactAir Compliance Systems, Omega 2000 Cribbing, Goodyear Tire, NGK Spark Plugs, Lucas Oil, Dark Side Racing, Oasis Emission Consultants, Mopac Auto Supply, Rock Bit Industries, GRP Connecting Rods, Winberg Crankshafts, National Transmission, Paron Paint & Body, Mechanix Wear, Berube Custom Tanks, Peter Vaughn Custom Glass, Koolsville Golf Carts & Accessories, VP Fuels USA, and Top Gun Coatings.
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Posted by: Nate Van Wagen - Photo courtesy of: Steve Carlton