LAS VEGAS 5/8/13 - In
drag racing, heat is the great equalizer. When the weather is cool
and overcast, the fastest (i.e. well-funded) racer tends to win. But
when the track is slimy, greasy, and slick, that's when the skill of
the driver comes into play. No matter the setup, when it's hot and
humid, it takes a real shoe to get to the finish line first.
At the recent MagnaFuel PSCA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas
Motor Speedway, Pacific Street Car Association veteran Artis
Houston, a competitor in the Mickey Thompson Wild Street class,
added to what has been an amazing year when he qualified No. 1 and
set the class ET and Speed Records (4.952/148.69) on his way to the
victory in the heat of the Nevada desert.
Houston was elated to hear the news, especially given the highs and
lows of the last couple of seasons.
"I am very excited to hear this
news, especially considering the up and down journey of success and
disappointment over the last few years," he said. "I want to
personally thank John Calvert, Joe Rivera, Ross Pistons, Pettis
Performance, BES Racing Heads, Induction Solutions, SCE Gaskets,
Dave at MPG, Mark at Hot Rod Performance, TRZ, Gil at SpeedWire,
Phil at PMR RaceCars, All the folks at Mickey Thompson Tires, Mike's Transmissions, Mark Washington, Mark Menscer and Eric
Mitchell. Without these individuals pushing me forward and providing
the best parts in drag racing, none of this would be possible."
Houston was also quick to recognize the staff of the PSCA for their
efforts in providing drag racers with a safe and competitive series
in which to race. "Thank you, PSCA, for giving us a great place to
race and I look forward to continued progress and accomplishments."
PSCA President Mel Roth may not have been as excited about the
weekend as Houston, but it was close. "We love seeing guys like
Artis break records and have weekends like this," Roth said. "It may
not be me going down the track, but when I see racers reach these
milestones in their careers, I'm happy for them and proud of them.
Plus, when racers are able to set records in those kind of
temperatures, it's a huge day for both the driver and the fans."
Next up for the PSCA is the MagnaFuel Rocky Mountain Summer Series
at the legendary Bandimere Raceway June 1-2 as part of the legendary
drag strip's 55th anniversary. For more information, click
HERE. Sponsors for the RMSS include MagnaFuel, OnTrack
Performance, Overkill Race Cars LLC, Mickey Thompson Tires, Chris
Alston's Chassisworks, Paint by Krusty, Precision Designs, AOS,
Vortech Superchargers, Calvert Racing, Santa Fe Sand & Gravel,
Goodyear, Ross Racing Pistons, and Fire Detection Services.
Contingency sponsors for the 2013 season can be found at
PSCARacing.com and at the sanction's official page on Facebook,
Fans of the Pacific Street Car Association can find updates and
photos of PSCA racers and events by checking out PSCARacing.com,
Twitter.com/PSCARacing, and Facebook.com/PSCARacing. Videos of PSCA
drag racing action can be found at YouTube.com/PSCARacing.
Racers and fans can also visit the PSCA's official page on
Facebook to find photos, stories, and videos of the best drag
racing in the country!
Get PSCA Stuff: Represent the Pacific Street Car
Association and West Coast drag racing by visiting our online store! The
official PSCA store has everything for fans and racers of all ages,
including hats, shirts, DVDs, and more at huge discounts. Click
HERE to start shopping!
About the Pacific Street Car Association:
In its 14th season, the Pacific Street Car Association, based
in Las Vegas, has been a staple of West Coast drag racing since its
inception. With six heads-up classes, four bracket classes, and two
index classes, the PSCA provides some of the best racing in the country
for both fans and racers. The PSCA season is capped off by its Street
Car Super Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, now in its