With the second half of the season opening last week at Friday Night Drags, the CB Insulation racing team took full advantage of the points reset to make a strong statement.
Locust Grove’s Danny Mason wheeled his 1968 Chevrolet to victory in the Truck Advanced division. The bright yellow Chevy, with the name “Nuclear Banana” emblazoned on the sides, has been fast all season long. Winning his fifth race of the season, Mason is picking up where he left off in the first half. Even more impressive is that all five of the wins have come in consecutive weeks.
Possibly gaining more notoriety was the win by Mason’s teammate in the Pro division. Hampton’s Rusty Adams raced a 1985 Chevrolet S10 to victory in the finals in a popular upset, Adams’ first victory of the season. The S10 had been a work in progress. The team had to replace a broken transmission, as well as some head gasket work. The head work appears to have brought the truck up to speed at just the right time. With points resetting for the second half, Adams will lead the division standings heading into week twelve.
And while Mason’s truck appears fast off the trailer each week, it has been a gradual progression to get where he is now.
“It’s been about two or three years in the making,” says Mason. “We tried different scenarios and got the kinks and bugs worked out of it. Now it’s doing what we thought it would do. I’ve got a big block motor, and it’s almost 1,000 horsepower without nitrous. All the races are straight off the motor. I don’t know what it will really do. If you don’t have to use it, don’t use it.”
Mason has already earned his spot in the Truck Advanced championship match race on August 19 with his first half points championship.
Like many small businesses, CB Insulation is a family organization. The racing arm of the company is just the same. Matt Carden, whose son Austin races at the speedway, says racing was one way the family could spend time together.
“My mother-in-law and father-in-law own the business,” says Carden. “It’s a family-knit organization. We all enjoy racing, but my son [Austin, 12] got us started about four years ago. He saw a Junior Dragster and fell in love. So we did that four about three years and then we all decided to do it. So my father-in-law decided to buy some vehicles last year.”
Mason is also an in-law and runs the day-to-day operations of the business. Adams, who drove the S10 to the win last week, is a family friend. Mason says that truck is being prepped for his 15-year old son, Jacob, who will race it next season.
While the business focuses more on industrial and large business work instead of residential, the advertising on the vehicles have peaked fans curiosity, and have called the office to see if the company could help them in their needs. They always bring a large crowd with them, as well. The relationships made in the garage have also been good for business, as Mason does work with the businesses of fellow drivers Tony Morse and David Harbin on various projects.
The team fields four vehicles, each one in a different division: Mason’s 1968 Chevrolet in the Truck Advanced division, Carden’s 1968 Chevrolet Camaro with a 406 in the Super Pro division, the 1985 Chevrolet S10 with a 406 in the Pro division, and Carden’s son’s Junior Dragster. All vehicles are owned by the business, with the exception of the Junior Dragster, which is still sponsored by CB Insulation.
Once bitten by the racing bug, you are hooked. And the success the team has had this year has only fed a growing addiction. Carden has plans to up the engine size in the Camaro during the off-season, to gain more power and be more competitive. And as a father of a racer, it’s only natural to want to keep up. After all, Austin’s Junior Dragster can hit speeds near 102 miles an hour, making him competitive with full-size vehicles in higher classes. But it is the winning that keeps them coming back.
“It’s awesome,” says Carden. “It feels like we are the John Forces of Atlanta Motor Speedway. We come down and everything has CB Insulation on it, and the best thing is we’re winning races. We’ve won every event but the Super Pro, but we just bring that car down there for the show.”
“On any given night, we bring at least 40 or more people with us to watch us race,” says Mason. “We try to bring as many as we can.
“We use it as a family deal. My wife, son, in-laws, nephews, we’re all into it. And [AMS] being the closest track around, we’re going to come down every week and just go with it. There are some fast trucks out there, and the fastest vehicle doesn’t always win it. I’m going to go out there and try to do what I can do with it.”
For a listing of updated points standings, click on this link
Kid’s Power Wheel Races is This Week’s Intermission Entertainment
Always a crowd favorite each summer at Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Friday Night Drags and MCR Safety Show-N-Shine, this week’s intermission will feature the Power Wheel races for kids. Kids will race each other with their vehicles on the ball field, next to pit lane. Even the parents get involved, with some families working on their rides to improve the performance. All participants must wear a helmet.
With family-friendly activities that everyone can be a part of, Friday Night Drags and MCR Safety Show-N-Shine is a full evening of family fun and at a great bargain.
Hot Rods are MCR Safety Show-N-Shine Special Class This Week
Each week, there is a featured class during MCR Safety Show-N-Shine, with special awards given to a select group of vehicles. This week’s special MCR Safety Show-N-Shine class is the Tuner Revolution. Featuring new era car graphics, lights and more, spectators are encouraged to bring out the shined up Tuners and compete for awards in the MCR Safety Show-N-Shine.
And don’t forget that all MCR Safety Show-N-Shine winners are eligible to show their vehicles off on the fronstretch of Atlanta Motor Speedway in a special car show during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500, Labor Day Weekend at AMS. With large car counts week in and week out, it is not too late to bring your vehicle out and compete for an MCR Safety Show-N-Shine trophy.
The 2011 Friday Night Drags season will run on Friday nights through Aug. 19. MCR Safety Show-N-Shine car show judging begins at 6:00 p.m. and practice drag runs begin at 6:15 p.m. Grandstand gates open at 6:30 p.m. with the drag eliminations starting at 9:09 p.m.
All racers ages 16 and 17 must have a fully-executed minor’s release form on file at the speedway prior to competition and forms are available at the Speedway or at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com. Competitors must wear a DOT-approved helmet and have operational seat belts in their vehicle and pass a pre-race safety inspection.
Entry to drag race or for the MCR Safety Show-N-Shine is $20 or competitors can enter both for $30. Spectator admission is only $8 and exterior parking is free, while infield parking is $20.
For more information about Friday Night Drags and Atlanta Motor Speedway, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.