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NASA LANDS AT REDDING DRAG STRIP
September 13, 2008
Redding Drag Strip, Redding CA

Brought to you by:
Wolfgang International
www.wolfgangint.com
(530) 246-GANG

AGENDA SUMMARY
NASA is celebrating 10 years of VW Drag Racing at it’s finest. Our ever expanding drag racing division is once again taking our program to another venue. In co-operation with Wolfgang International, NASA will be hosting it’s first event at the Historic Redding Drag Strip. This special event will offer the riches rewards NASA has ever offered to the VW Drag Racing Enthusiast. Simple, Fun, and Exciting NASA offers a program for the novice to learn, with plenty of competition for the Pro.

Confirmed - Jerry Matsko/Jason Fuller & THE BATTLE BORN PRO MOD TEAM

Gates open at 8am.
$45.00 Racer Entry - $10.00 Spectator.
Free Over Night Camping Available
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Payouts
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Winner......................................................................$500.00
Runner Up.................................................................$300.00
Semi.........................................................................$150.00
Quarter Finals...............................................................$50.00
Best Light During Eliminations.........................................$50.00
Best Package Round One...............................................$25.00
Top Qualifier (based on reaction time in practice)............$25.00
Driver Raffle...................................................$Lot’s of Goodies$


More Information
www.nasavwdragracing.com and www.reddingdragstrip.com
NASA VW Drag Racing Office 916-952-6568.
 

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I'm there already, as far as I'm concerned. ;) The Warbird will be ready for battle, even if its Lil' Toot pulling engine duty.
 

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Dean N said:
its going to be a blast!


i MIGHT have something to play with by then too
No no no, Dean...... we're talking about race cars here, no need to let us in on your private business.

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Clint Ormosen said:
.....hmmmm...... wonder if I could make that?
You wonder IF you could make that? Uhhh, yeah, you could...... but you'll have to find a way to get those damn garage fairies to cooperate. Give Dan a call-- I understand he's quite connected with fairies, I'm sure he could help out.
 

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For Immediate Press Release

STEVE PHILLIPS - VW vs CHAD AXFORD - V8

This just in to the NASA Office....
Feature race for the upcoming "NASA Lands At Redding Dragstrip" race has been announced.
In the classic tradition of VW vs V8 match races, NASA has taken it to the next level.
This time around it's 8 second dragsters!
Steve Phillips, driver of the Wolfgang International VW Dragster has agreed to race Head's Up against
the very talented and one of drag racings rising stars Chad Axford in the Mellow Insanity Racing V8 Dragster.
This will be the first time in several years that their has been a best "2 out of 3" grudge race between VW and V8
powered machines.
Winner gets bragging rights and a ceremonial plaque celebrating this unique event.


Steve Phillips

[img= width=800 height=621]http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii101/BadDogRacing_2008/dragsterlanch1.jpg[/img]

Chad Axford

 

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BadDogRacing said:
Chad at recent points race

You know its cool to think I knew that kid when he was just about waist high, running around BOR with Sam, tearing things up and being kids. Someday, he is going to be racing for Force or The Snake and oh how proud we will be.
Good luck Chad and Mellow Insanity Racing.
 

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buggdude67 said:
You know its cool to think I knew that kid when he was just about waist high, running around BOR with Sam, tearing things up and being kids. Someday, he is going to be racing for Force or The Snake and oh how proud we will be.
Good luck Chad and Mellow Insanity Racing.
My dream job......working for Chad's team when he is that NHRA PRO in some Nitro car.
I've sponsored Chad from his very first Jr Dragster. I was there crewing with him when mom and dad were out of town and he went to his very first win. He has again invited me to crew with Mellow Insanity this weekend as he runs Fram/Autolite at Infineon.
Yeah, Chad has a focus and a direction. I hope he makes it Big in NHRA. And I hope to be along for the ride!
 

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BadDogRacing said:
STEVE PHILLIPS - VW vs CHAD AXFORD - V8

This just in to the NASA Office....
Feature race for the upcoming "NASA Lands At Redding Dragstrip" race has been announced.
In the classic tradition of VW vs V8 match races, NASA has taken it to the next level.
This time around it's 8 second dragsters!
Steve Phillips, driver of the Wolfgang International VW Dragster has agreed to race Head's Up against
the very talented and one of drag racings rising stars Chad Axford in the Mellow Insanity Racing V8 Dragster.
This will be the first time in several years that their has been a best "2 out of 3" grudge race between VW and V8
powered machines.
Winner gets bragging rights and a ceremonial plaque celebrating this unique event.


Steve Phillips

[img= width=800 height=621]http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii101/BadDogRacing_2008/dragsterlanch1.jpg[/img]

Chad Axford

I just came across some VW vs V8 pictures from Fremont, way back in the day. Don't remember which car one, but I do remember these type of races were very cool. Ghia vert vs Ford Maverick



 

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Most Race Teams will be staying at:

Motel 6 - Redding South #1371
I-5 at East Cypress Avenue
2385 Bechelli Lane
Phone 530-221-0562
Reservations 800-466-8356
 

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I'll probably be staying at Casa De' Deano or maybe at Hotel Jeff. The accomodations and service at Hotel Jeff are especially nice, 4 star.

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you know what, it just dawned on me but youll be hard pressed for parking with trailers there. ill double check but its even tough with a car.

there is a motel six by the red lion on hilltop that might accomodate you better.

you can camp at the track....

you guys can drop your trailers over at jeffs, johns, or steves house. they dont live to far away. jeff lives on a culdisac with tons of room and its safe so you can put a few trailers over there.

let me think a bit on in-expensive motel accomidations with parking.

ill dbl check on motel six at cypress for ya. the one on hilltop is right next to all major food chains.
 

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Thanks Dean!
When Lynn called to make the reservations she did ask about trailer parking. They assured her there was plenty of room.
It would be nice to confirm that.
 

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Scouting Report (rev 8/27/08)
This is a modified version of my scouting report from earlier in the year.
I hope some of the locals might be able to offer additional insight.



In order to finalize details for the upcoming NASA Race at Redding
Drag Strip, a road trip was made to get a first hand look at the
facility.
From Sacramento, the tow to Redding is an honest 3 hour haul.
Interstate 5 is straight and flat with many Cal-Trans rest areas
along the way. This along with many roadside businesses make for a
comfortable drive. The only elevation changes worth noting came at the
Red Bluff interchange which is roughly just 20 miles shy of Redding.
There are no real challenging grades to deal with. The scenery along
the way was picturesque with majestic Mt. Shasta appearing on the
horizon for the last half of the trip. Once out of Sacramento,
we found a couple of fun Rock-N-Roll/Oldies stations at 102.1 and 105.3
All things considered, the trip from Sac was effortless.

Track Facts
Redding Drag Strip is recognized as the oldest, continuously operated
NHRA sanctioned facility. A great deal of history has been recorded at
this location. Originally used as a WW2 refueling stop for US war birds in
route to battle, many anchoring sites still remain. The track is a small
grassroots, family-oriented business whose goal is to bring motorsports
to the community in a fun, safe and professional manner.
MythBusters chose The Redding Drag Strip as their test site in episode 87
"Myth Evolution", where they made several attempts to beat a speed camera.
If you can only be satisfied with amenities offered by a large corporately owned
racetrack, then Redding is not for you.
We met the staff who were very welcoming and professional. The track
owner and his wife are hands on people determined to continue to make
improvements and to keep the grounds clean and well maintained. We
were treated to a VIP tour of the facility. We walked the track and
other than the typical occasional cracks in the surface we did not
note any other imperfections. The surface appeared very straight and
smooth. No bumps, dips, or holes were noted. The track is old, but
very raceable. The track is lined on both sides with guard rails,
exits are on the left side. Timing score boards are old and dated and located
at the 1/8 mark. Win lights are very visible just beyond the finish
line.
Track Staff is well practiced and knowledgeable. I spent some time in
the tower talking with the computer/timing operator, I spoke with the
starter, and also made some friends talking with the local racers.



Elevation: 490’ above sea level

Length: 1/4 mile with 180’ concrete launch pad, full guardrails,
3,200’ shut down area.

Track Prep: Scraped, swept and liberally sprayed with V-P Lane Choice #5

Weather:
(typical) Spring/Fall - 50-70 degrees
Summer - 80-100 degrees
Redding holds the record for the warmest average daily temperatures
North of 40oN latitude anywhere in the world.

Corrected Altitudes:
Corrected altitude varies but is usually around 3000’ – 3,500’ above
sea level


Our visit was during the Grand Re-opening of the Redding
Drag Strip. Recent improvements include a new launch. Working over the
past two months, the staff tried getting the rubber build-up off, and
then polishing out the grooves. This effort has proven to be
unsuccessful. The concrete is old, cracked, and chipped out. Fresh
concrete was laid from the burnout box to 280 feet out.
In the creature comfort department, new bleachers were installed on the west
side of the track with blue prints for more still on the chalk board. The Scoring
Tower has been recently moved to an area just behind the water boxes.
The wind was blowing and the temp was chilly, unusual conditions for
this location. It's well known for it's hot temps and still air.
Similar to Sacramento, it can be "Melt your shoes HOT!" Shade is at a
minimum, be sure to bring your EZ-Up and plenty of hydrating
beverages. If you race Sac, you know what to expect. Camping is
available at the track and is free. Hotel/Motel lodging is located within
the Redding City limits, about 5 miles further up the interstate.
Test-N-Tune was scheduled for the weekend. Very reasonable for
$10.00 at the gate and another $30.00 for a tech card. You could have
hot lapped your way around the track. The new starting area was
thoroughly dragged and sprayed but was still considered very green and
in need of rubber. By Sunday, cars were starting to hook up. Local
racers mentioned that their 60 foot times were getting better. We watched many 9
second passes during our time at the track. We did not notice any cars
getting loose or moving around. Most of the racecars in the pits and staging area were
an even mix of Dragsters, quick Door Slammers, and in Redding they do
love their Trucks!
One of our own, Jeff Newcomb was out to do some testing in his Drag Ghia.

All things considered, Redding Drag Strip can be best described as
Simple, Modest, and Clean. There are no flush toilets (porta potties
only). No running water. Souvenir booth is temporarily closed.
It can be compared to an undeveloped campground....If you want a place
to go to to enjoy simple pleasures, in this case drag racing, you will
find it adequate. If you demand all the usual and modern creature comforts,
you will be disappointed. It's backpacking vs state of the art RV
comforts.

Rated on a scale of 1 to 10

Track Personnel 9.5
Starting Line to 60 foot 8.5
Drag Strip 8
Exits 5 (only 2 exits, one at 1/4 mile the other at the end of the guard rail)
Return Road 8
Pits 7 (well groomed gravel or dirt, paved pits are privately owned)
Track Prep 7
Scoreboards 5
Grandstands 7
Lighting 5
Track Vehicles
Ambulance 8
Staff Truck 9
Sweeper 6
Wreckers 7
Tractors 7
Port-O-Lets 8 (scored by Lynn. Adequate and clean)
Snack Shack 5 (Primarily a microwave kitchen. I had a Corndog, Lynn
had Nachos. Note....bring your own snacks)

Footnote:
Our visit was during a TNT session and not a busy event. There were no
oil downs or emergencies of any kind.
We have no notes to share on track clean up or safety safari response.
Based on our experience, NASA will finalize our plans and will soon
announce our race date at Redding. More info on Redding Drag Strip
can be found at www.reddingdragstrip.com
 
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