Drag Illustrated Issue 168, May 2021 | Page 50


LASER FOCUSED : Dave Pierce , owner of the Ron Muenks-driven “ Purple Gorilla ” ‘ 68 Camaro , is intensely tuned in to the task at hand as he looks over the 959ci Reher-Morrison engine in the car tuned by his son , Jeff Pierce .
HOME TRACK HITTER : Melanie Sheets , a frequent competitor in PDRA Pro Jr . Dragster , hangs out in the GALOT Motorsports Park staging lanes with her Sound Station & Security-backed entry at the PDRA East Coast Nationals , her home race on the PDRA tour .
CHAMPIONSHIP CHASER : Second-generation racer Julie Nataas , who grew up in Sweden , stands alongside the nitro-injected A / Fuel dragster she drives out of the Randy Meyer Racing camp . She ’ s running a full schedule to pursue an NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster world championship to go with her 2019 North Central regional title .
A NEW MEYER IN TOWN : After running a handful of races for the last couple seasons , Rachel Meyer is racing full time for her father , Top Alcohol Dragster hero Randy Meyer . She ’ s driving the NTK A / Fuel dragster formerly driven by her sister , two-time world champion Megan Meyer .
‘ THE PUMPKIN ’ IS BACK : Perennial PDRA Pro Nitrous hitter Jay Cox prepares to strap into his Buck-powered Butner Construction “ Pumpkin ” ‘ 69 Camaro just hours before driving it to victory at the Doorslammer Derby .
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