Track Champion Profile: RANDY WILLIAMSON
Every week we are highlighting one Track Champion from the 2013 Drag Racing Season.
Our next driver earned his second Performance Solutions Pro track championship (in the past three years). His season included several event victories highlighted by a Pro eliminator win at the Pepsi Nightfire Nationals (Saturday night). Here’s a few high points from this past season.
Name: Randy Williamson
Champion: Performance Solutions Pro
Family members: Currently I am a single parent of a 16 year old daughter. She is a member of the Summerwind Skippers Jump Rope team. I also have four other children, three boys, and a girl spread out around the country. My two middle sons both raced at Firebird as teenagers.
Profession : I am the owner of Treasure Valley Broadcasting. We have three radio stations, KOOL OLDIES 99.5FM, CLASSIC COUNTRY 1260AM, and SPANISH RADIO TEJANO 1450AM.
Sponsors: Performance Solutions, Capital City Transmissions.
I’d also like to pass along a big thank you to: Chris Wood, and the Melba Outlaws. I learned a lot from these guys. Thanks to Bruce Compton and Jim Dillon. And a special thanks to Sam Northup for loaning me a water pump motor when I really needed it.
Number of years drag racing: 13, first car a 1972 Chevy Caprice now known as the "Rootbeer Float". My second car was a 1978 Camaro. I won three straight Alumni championships with that car, and now my 1972 Chevy Vega.
Favorite moment of the season: occurred at this year’s Awards Banquet. I had a lot of fun with my speech when I accepted the Pro Championship. And then to be voted on by my fellow racers as Bracket Racer of the Year was incredible.
Least favorite: I was very disappointed with my performance at the Summit E.T. Finals in Spokane.
As best you can recollect, your best single run in eliminations this year: My best run of the season took place on Sunday morning of the Pepsi Nightfire. It was a thrill to win the single biggest final round of the season at Firebird. We both hit .030 lights. I ran 9.444 (9.43 dial) against a 10.138 (10.14 dial) to beat Dustin Martin. I pushed him right to the stripe. I left him no room to lift and fortunately the win light came on in my lane.
#1: getting on a hot streak in the second half of the season and winning the Pro Championship over a tough Chad Campbell.
#2: winning the Saturday night Race at Nightfire and $3,000.
#3: winning a Super Pro race late in the season without a box. I managed to win five rounds and beat Sean Shaffer in the final.
Final observation on your season: I am kind of surprised at how well I have been doing lately. There are so many great racers in Pro. It is an honor to compete with them.
Overview: Williamson held off Chad Campbell by six rounds in the final standings, 762 to 702 points. Stan Deming finished third with 686, Lisa Thomas fourth at 672, and Steve Pyburn fifth at 646. Banquet image (with Matt Compton, Performance Solutions) taken by Alex Charlton.