Spacey Pre-Race Date!  

Fans planning on attending this weekend’s NHRA Northwest Nationals may want to consider heading in a bit early for a rather rare photo opportunity right downtown Seattle…

The landmark Seattle Space Needle will host the Jim Dunn Racing Grime Boss Dodge Stratus Funny Car and its driver Todd Lesenko this Thursday (from 1:00 – 2:00 PM).   Race fans will be able to meet Todd Lesenko and get autographs and pictures with him and the Grime Boss Funny Car at the Space Needle site.

The NHRA rookie Funny Car driver and Canadian resident, Lesenko, has been able check a few items off  his “to do list” this season by touring the United States with the NHRA Full Throttle Series and getting to race at many of the storied tracks that have made the sport of drag racing so popular.  Along the way he’s been able to travel to new destinations in theU.S., and visit special attractions like theEmpireStatebuilding inManhattanafter the nearbyEnglishtown,New Jerseyrace.   At the upcoming NHRA Northwest Nationals inSeattle, Lesenko will get to check another item off his list by visiting the famous Space Needle and having his Jim Dunn Racing, Grime Boss Funny Car on display at the same time. 


“My wife (Liz) and I have really enjoyed NHRA’s Western Swing, traveling from Denver to Sonoma, and now to Seattle these past three weeks, stopping to meet so many new fans along the way” said Lesenko.  “We had a blast signing autographs at the Mopar Big Block Party inColoradoprior to the Mile High Nationals, and answering fan questions at the Wine Country Winner’s Circle Q&A during theSonomarace weekend.  This week I am excited to have the Grime Boss Funny Car on display and participate in the NHRA event press conference at the Space Needle inSeattle.  This is fun stuff and provides great exposure for our sponsors like Grime Boss hand wipes, AGI a Uni-Select member in Canada, and Jerry’s Auto Supply here in the Seattle area.” 

In addition to his growing fan base in the U.S., Lesenko is also importing a fairly good sized crowd from Canada for the Seattle race, and has a ready-made local audience attending through Jerry’s Auto Supply stores in the area.  

“Whether it’s at my Fountain Tire Stores in Edmonton, or at any of the seven Jerry’s Auto Supply stores inEastern Washington, we share Uni-Select’s commitment to quality parts, fair prices, and excellent customer service,” he added. “I’m proud to have the great folks from Jerry’s Auto Supply as part of my team this weekend in Seattle.”   

Once the pre-race festivities have concluded, Lesenko’s focus will change when he climbs into the cockpit of the Grime Boss Funny Car beginning with the opening qualifying session on Friday, August 3 at Pacific Raceways in Kent.  He and his team hope to score their first NHRA national event victory in the Nitro Funny Car category there.  

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Posted by: Ryan Haas