ROB HUNNICUTT COMES FULL CIRCLE WITH STRUTMASTERS-BACKED PRO NITROUS DEAL FOR 2021
Acquiring his first major sponsor since the move to racing on four wheels, the man known as “Superman” believes he just landed a little closer to hoisting a winner’s trophy in Professional Drag Racing Association competition.
Pro Nitrous driver Rob Hunnicutt announced he will be carrying the colors of Strutmasters.com on his Ford Mustang for the 2021 season.
“I am so excited to have Strutmasters.com on my car this year,” said Hunnicutt, owner of a glass company near his hometown of Hughesville, MD. “I believe this is going to get my team over the hump this year for our first PDRA event win.”
Hunnicutt joins a decorated list of drivers and riders with Strutmasters.com decals on their machines this season, including NHRA Top Fuel winner and 2020 series Rookie of the Year Justin Ashley; NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle winner Scotty Pollacheck; PDRA Extreme Pro Stock champion Johnny Pluchino; and rising motorcycle star Dystany Spurlock.
“We had a lot of good drivers in the fold for this season, but we didn’t have Superman,” said Strutmasters founder Chip Lofton. “It was too good of an opportunity for us to pass up. Hopefully, we can help him get his first victory in the PDRA series. It’s an excellent series and I enjoy going to all of the races I can.”
“I saw first hand how much of a boost Mr. Lofton and Strutmasters gave to the Pluchino team in PDRA,” Hunnicutt said. “Chip just has a knack for giving a few teams that little extra they need to get to the next level. I am hoping our deal with Strutmasters will do the same for me.”
Hunnicutt has come full circle in the sport, starting in a 1967 Camaro at age 15 at nearby Budds Creek, then carving out a niche for more than 20 years as a multi-time national event winner in various levels of motorcycle drag racing.
“I always dreamed of running at this level in a Pro Mod or something similar, but I still love hopping on the motorcycles,” said Hunnicutt. “I will be racing bikes in the 4.60 Index and Top Sportsman classes this year.
"But obviously, our primary focus will be getting Strutmasters.com their first victory with us on the Mustang.”
Hunnicutt said he plans to run “the entire PDRA series” (eight events) and “as long as our engines and transmissions hold up,” other events near his home state -- the Shakedown at E-town, The Yellow Bullet Nationals, and some Northeast Outlaw Series events.
Hesitant to share details, Hunnicutt indicated his crew and support vendors have “found a few things in our car and engine that should really move us up the ladder in qualifying this year.”
“Make no mistake about it, Jim Halsey is on top of his game right now in the Pro Nitrous deal,” Hunnicutt said. “He’s has been running 3.60s in the eighth-mile and we were messing around with 3.80s and 3.90s. But I think we will be much more competitive this year. In fact, I think we will run good enough to get our first win.”