BYNUM IMPRESSES AT CHRR, BUT IS THERE SOMETHING ELSE ON THE HORIZON?
Matt Bynum, who works his 9-5 as the supercharger and ignition specialist for the DHL Funny Car driven by J.R. Todd, has a second home over in the NHRA's Heritage Series driving the Matthews Motorsports-owned Nitro Nick Camaro AA/FC. Sunday in Bakersfield at the California Hot Rod Hot Rod Reunion, he not only established a new speed record for the class at 263.05 miles per hour, but also drove his way to a runner-up finish, losing a tight race to Bobby Cottrell.
As impressive as Bynum's performances were in the series of yesteryear, he might have something bigger in the land of the here and now.
Recently, Bynum made some laps in the Lucas Oil-sponsored Toyota Funny Car for Del Worsham. He began the licensing process for the Big Show.
"It’s definitely all it’s cracked up to be," Bynam said. "It’s fast, really fast. You know, you hit the gas, and it’s about the same, and then as soon as you think it’s okay, it takes off. It’s really, really, really quick."
Bynum said the experience of driving an NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series car is something he's wanted to do for as long as he can remember.
"When you hit the gas, you just got to hang on," Bynam reiterated. "It’s just really, really fast. I was talking to Capps about it in Dallas, and he says, you kind of get a little bit of appreciation for it because you get time to enjoy it. Those things go so fast, and it’s over so quick, and it’s a hundred percent true. It just, it goes out there, and it takes off, and it starts pulling, and it doesn't quit."
One thing the experience wasn't for Bynum is intimidating.
"Not intimidating, it just humbles you a lot because they move around so quick," Bynum explained. "You know these [AA/FC cars], you can drive them all over the race track, and nothing bad happens. In that thing, it gets over, and it puts a hole out, it moves around, and it takes off. If you get it out of the groove, it’ll smoke the tires. These things, you can kind of get away with it a little bit."
Bynum gives credit where credit is due.
"I got to thank Nicky Boninfante because Nicky set that whole thing up, and Del, and Cory Lee and the whole group of guys for staying and helping," Bynum said. "I think we’re going to try and do it again here before the year is over, try and finish the license."