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 STLBlues.net & Gator Go To The Races

Gator at the NHRA racesThanks to the National Hot Rod Assn (NHRA), I was able to interview a couple of racers at the recent NHRA Tour Stop just outside of St Louis in Mid-June. The premise of this visit to the races was to build a relationship between the drivers, and hopefully NHRA as a sanctioning body, and the Blues. Many of the drivers and crew are from the Delta. Some lost homes and businesses in the hurricanes of ’05 and so they can appreciate the blues first hand. Sadly none of these were available for interview on record. Many quickly expressed their fondness for the delta and its music including Zydeco.

I was able to meet with the actual POINTS LEADER of the Nitro burning Funny Car Division, Ron Capps. Capps, from California, is a fan of good music. He likes hard rock but also the BB King, Eric Clapton Blues. We talked about how NASCAR has “adopted” country as its musical theme and Ron was warm to the suggestion of the Blues becoming the Music of NHRA.

POINTS LEADER of the Nitro burning Funny Car Division, Ron CappsI am building a base, hopefully, to promote this idea further and so I will be contacting the offices of NHRA in Compton, CA, to see if they have any interest in perusing this.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Pro Drag Racing it is a multi-million dollar sport with sponsors familiar to us all including our local friends at AB Brewery who now have the longest sponsor relationship in all of motor sports with Kenny Bernstein (longer than STP and Richard Petty in NASCAR). So the potential is there to do something to promote the music and the sport. Hopefully I will have more to report later. Here’s a shot of Ron Capps and his Funny Car.

Later - Gator

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