We had a great time with that car but we eventually sold it in late 2004 and bought a 1953 Corvette Pro Mod mold that we spent a year making it into a nostalgia funny car. We ran that mainly at Woodburn in their specialty events, with the quickest run being 6.00. In 2006, we finally ran our first 5-second pass, a 5.98 at over 240 mph and we backed it up later that day with an even quicker 5.92. That was a very satisfying day. We spent most of 2006-2009 racing at Woodburn Dragstrip as an exhibition car with both the Firebird and the 1953 'Vette. I must say, these years were really fun. There was never any pressure to qualify for anything or "run a number", we just went out there, did our thing, and had a great time doing it. The Woodburn fans always showed their appreciation to us for the show we put on and that's one of the reasons why we love racing there so much.
Todd and I were still switching off driving chores and we mainly ran at Woodburn, plus the Seattle national event and the Woodburn Divisional race. One of our best events to date was the 2009 Lucas Oil Division 6 race at Woodburn where we not only out-qualified every "heavy hitter" out of California, but I also managed to run my career best E.T. and MPH, a 5.740 at over 248 mph, to qualify 3rd. We retired the Firebird at the end of the 2009 season, sold the 1953 Corvette, and bought our current body that we have now, the 2009 Ford Mustang.
At some point, we had decided that we wanted to run the full Lucas Oil D6 schedule and we knew we needed to upgrade our stuff. We did quite well our first year out, winning our first ever round win in competition and going all the way to the final round, where we lost to Brian Hough in Woodburn. We ran very consistent that weekend and earned it based on performance, which we were very proud of ourselves. We ended the season 3rd in Division 6, which we felt was not too shabby being our first year out full time.
In 2011, we struggled a bit with consistency and suffered a huge blow with the loss of our good friend and long-time crew chief Norm Christensen. He had been helping us since 2006 and if it weren't for him I have no idea where we would be in our racing ventures today. He was very instrumental in a lot of ways for us. I'm not completely sure what the 2012 season will bring us or what our plans are but I know I have been very fortunate to have come this far and be out here racing with my family and the same group of guys for as many years that we have.
We are also very thankful to have had Wilson's Napa Auto and Dave Walery of Walery's Pizza behind us and supporting us throughout the years as well. I still have goals that I want to accomplish out here, mainly to win a race, and hopefully 2012 is the year that we do just that.