Idaho’s first Funny Car was the “Gentle Ben” Cuda of Ron McDowell, right, and Jerry Taylor, pictured. Although the car has long moved on to greener pastures, it’s pretty cool seeing Jerry Taylor come out to the track to crew chief for this daughter Melissa LaPrath. Considering his roots date back to the opening of Firebird in 1968, it’s really something having him still actively involved in the racing scene nearly four and a half decades later.