As most will agree, it’s never easy losing a family member. On Saturday, December 29, 2012, we lost a real pioneer from within the world of racing. Clayton Roy Steen passed away at the age of 72. Roy, as he was known to most everyone, was the grandfather of current Junior Dragster track champion Alex, and his younger brother Chandler (who was the Division 6 champion of the Jr. Thunder class in 2011). Not someone who ever wanted to be in the spotlight, Roy is pictured above, far right, from a winner’s circle photo of Alex at the 2009 Mopar Championships. Reigning originally from southern California, Roy was a part of all the early drag racing scenes, which included events at San Fernando to San Gabriel, Bakersfield to Lion’s and all points in between. You couldn’t keep him away from attending and participating at racing meets. He was an original member of the famed Throttle Merchants and originally competed in the late-50’s and 60’s with Jeep Hampshire and countless other not the least of which included legends like Garlits, Chrisman, Prudhomme, and many others. His tenure in the sport dates back over 60 years. The Steen family today calls Idaho Falls home. And in just a few short years, they have earned the admiration of many, traveling virtually thousands of miles every season to run a pair of highly-competitive and consistently winning Junior Dragsters. The two grandkids, Clayton (his son) and Roy represented three generations of the Steen family each and every trip they made to Firebird and a number of other dragstrips in the northwest. Fittingly, Roy was in attendance to watch Alex accept his 2012 Jr. track championship at the Firebird Banquet. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the entire Steen family, close friends and acquaintances. God speed.