Written by Randy Curtis
Photo’s Kenny Siegler and Randy Curtis
Shannon Morgans Redemption 4.0
Texas Original no-prep race
at Kennedale’s “Texas Raceway“
Shannon’s race was scheduled for November. Due to the inclement weather it was moved to January 2, 2016.
Cars were arriving on New Years’ Day. You could feel the excitement. There were a few races set up for that night. The air was cold.
This is published on a Magazine that probably most of you don’t know much about Drag Racing. Recently Discovery Channel did a show about Street racers in the Oklahoma area. It’s called, “Street Outlaws”. In a short, this show became very popular. The premise of this is where you run on an area that is not prepared like the normal Drag Strips. The cars use a chemical that gives the tires grip. A common brand is “VHT”. A newer version has arrived known as “TrackBite”
PJ1 TrackBite, formerly known as VHT TrackBite or simply VHT, is a custom formulated resin, typically black in color, used in drag racing to either increase the traction of a car’s tires or as a sealer for newly ground and/or resurfaced race tracks. It stays sticky for weeks, has fire-retardant properties and is hydrophobic. It is generally sprayed onto the track from either a 55-gallon (208-liter) drum or 1 gallon, 2.5 liter and 15 liter plastic jug. It has been used in professional racing since 1972. With the help of Trackbite, a normal street surface can be prepped so well a drag car can lift the front wheels off the ground.
It can also be sprayed from specialized VHT spraying tanks. The TrackBite that the NHRA uses, commercial “VHT TRACKBITE CONCENTRATE” is yellowish in color and per NHRA regulations is diluted with methanol for optimum effect. Trackbite contains nopetroleum distillates and is biodegradable when dry.
The compound originated as a high temperature coating made for NASA by the Sperex Corporation. VHT, a brand owned by Sperex, began offering it for sale commercially. It was taken up by drag racers, and Sperex soon began producing formulations specially made for the sport. Sperex was purchased in 1989 by businessman P. J. Harvey and is now part of PJH Brands. Source Wikipedia
On a normal race track, TrackBite is sprayed on the complete surface of the track and the shutdown area to help with traction while braking.
The Street Racing is a surface with normal conditions that is not treated with any chemical. It takes talent to set up a high HP car to get down this area without spinning its’ tires. To give fans this kind of excitement, the track will not prepare its’ surface as it normally would on a race day. This is where the “No-Prep” came from.
Shannon has put on three of these races. This being the forth. This racing has grown in popularity over the past few years and this was no disappointment.
By Race Day the place was packed. It was an exciting day. Then a mishap with Spencer Johnson aka “Cornbread” got out of shape and rolled his car.
Thankfully, Spencer walked away from this accident. The day went well after this.
The results are as follows;
True Street Winner
True Street Runner Up
Small Tire Winner
Small Tire Runner Up
No Leg Craig
Second Chance Small Tire Winner
Second Chance Small Tire Runner Up
Big Tire Winner
Big Tire Runner Up
Big Tire Outlaw Winner
James Finney “Birdman”
Big Tire Outlaw Runner Up
Special Thanks to Kenny Siegler for the Photos