Wednesday after qualifying at the NHRA U.S. Nationals is completed, if you’re a drag racer, means one thing – good eating.
On opposite ends of the Lucas Oil Raceway Park two major meals attracted a large number of connoisseurs.
On the sportsman side of the pits, Weldon Motorsports, with the help of company rep Chuck Westcott, hosts their traditional Racer Appreciation BBQ.
Nine-to-five, Lydia Bohm spends the lion’s share of her day marketing and directing the company’s promotions. On this day she takes on a different kind of role.
She was serving up heaping helpings of ribs, chicken and baked beans to a line of almost 1,000 racers.
“In the past four years we’ve done this, we’ve had between 400 – 600 people,” Bohm explained. “This year we prepared for 1000. We are almost out of food at this point. This has been a great turnout.”
As the Weldon BBQ draws to a close, a massive pizza party kicks off on the professional side within Funny Car racer Bob Tasca III’s hospitality area.
Tasca, along with Ford Racing, treats the Ford customers and fans to a massive pizza party.
“We started this about four years ago with the objective of getting the Ford racers together to thank them,” Tasca explained. “We wanted to let them know how much we appreciate what they do at the track and in the community. I am very proud this has turned into a standing room only event.”
“This is a great opportunity to spend time with the sportsman racers, thank them and get their feedback,” added Jesse Kershaw of Ford Racing.
And judging by the eats on Wednesday few racers should have a hard time making weight on Thursday.
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