INDIANAPOLIS – Kirk Wolf and the Booher Racing Top Alcohol Dragster team turned a slow start into a record-breaking weekend at last weekend’s Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway. Wolf drove the AB Construction supercharged dragster to a 5.300-second pass in qualifying and a 5.256 in the first round of eliminations to reset the world record for the quickest torque-converter-equipped race car.
“It felt amazing to make two strong runs,” Wolf said. “We’ve worked so hard, especially Brandon, to get the car to this point. For him to let me pilot the car and set the records, I can’t really ask for much more. We’ve shown we now have one of the most competitive cars in the class, and that we have a torque converter car that can run right there with the top clutch cars and A/Fuel cars.”
INDIANAPOLIS – NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster rookie Kirk Wolf earned his first regional event victory in his third consecutive final round last weekend. Racing at the NHRA North Central Region’s Summer Shootout at Lucas Oil Raceway, Wolf drove the torque-converter-equipped Booher Racing blown alcohol dragster to a 5.334-second pass at 273.50 mph to defeat Marty Thacker and his 5.393 at 267.75 in the final round.
“It was one of those things where you can’t find the words to describe it,” Wolf said. “It felt amazing to see that win light come on after all the hard work and trouble we’ve been through this year. It was real rewarding to see that pay off and get to take home a trophy at the end of the weekend. I’ve been trying to win a Wally since I was 10 years old racing Jr. Dragsters. Twenty-one years later, I finally got one. It’s very gratifying.”
Tuned by past NHRA national event winner and 2013 North Central Regional champion Brandon Booher, Wolf qualified second with a 5.345 at 272.83. In eliminations, he used a 5.362 at 270.81 to defeat JP Gutierrez, then fired off low elapsed time of eliminations, 5.315 at 272.83, to beat Kris Krabill and move on to face Thacker in the final round.
AUSTIN, TX – After a promising two-race campaign in 2016, Top Alcohol Dragster rookie Kirk Wolf has committed to running a full schedule of races in 2017. He will again get behind the wheel of the Booher Racing blown alcohol dragster for three national events and the full NHRA Lucas Oil Series North Central Region schedule, beginning with the North Central Region season opener in Indianapolis, April 28-30.
“I’m excited about running a full season this year,” said Wolf, who’s driven in Top Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car and Top Fuel. “We’re starting the year off with a lot of new parts and spares, so we’re definitely prepared and ready to go. Brandon (Booher) has been working hard on improving his program for this season, so I’m looking forward to seeing the results of that hard work when we hit the track in Indy.”
LAS VEGAS – In Kirk Wolf’s first two races in Top Alcohol Dragster competition, the Texas native experienced some of the highs and lows of racing in drag racing’s quickest and fastest Sportsman class. After signing a deal to drive the proven blown alcohol entry usually driven by Brandon Booher, Wolf went through the heartbreak of failing to qualify at his home race in Dallas, then rebounded with a top-half qualifying position and first-round win at the 16th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas last month.
“I was nervous as I was rolling in to stage, then I was just relieved when the car went down the track and posted a strong number,” said Wolf, who qualified seventh with a 5.384 at 268.33 mph. “It felt good to have all of the hard work rewarded with a run like that.”
AUSTIN, TX – At age 30, Kirk Wolf has tried a little bit of everything in drag racing. He’s competed on the local Texas bracket racing scene, owned and managed the oldest dragstrip in the Lonestar state, and even drove a Top Fuel dragster. Now he’s stepping into the ultra-competitive NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster class as he takes over the seat of Brandon Booher’s proven blown alcohol entry for three races this season.
“It’s exciting to have the opportunity to drive for the Booher family. Brandon didn’t have to offer up the seat like he did. This is a big stretch for him, and I hope I can do well for him and his dad, Aaron.”
After meeting Booher during a previous driving opportunity earlier this spring, Wolf was offered the opportunity to pilot the torque converter-equipped dragster that Booher drove and tuned to a national event win, several regional race victories, and a NHRA North Central Region championship. The plan is to have the success carry over as Wolf takes the wheel.
JOLIET, IL – For the second time in his Top Alcohol Dragster career, Brandon Booher will represent the NHRA North Central Region in the prestigious JEGS Allstars race this weekend. Held in conjunction with the NHRA K&N Filters Route 66 Nationals, July 7-10, the Allstars race will pit eight of the best TAD competitors from across the country against each other. But unlike most of the other competitors, Booher will spend most of his on-track time dialing in his combination for regional competition.
Booher, the 2013 NHRA North Central Region champion, is using his 2016 national event appearances as testing opportunities to prepare for regional events. The AB Construction team’s first national event of the year at Norwalk two weeks ago yielded promising results, but an untimely loose fitting prevented Booher from making a run in the first round of eliminations.
NORWALK, OH – Past NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster regional champion Brandon Booher added a race win to his 2016 championship effort as he won the Cavalcade of Stars event at Summit Motorsports Park last weekend. The victory also gave Booher enough points to claim the number one spot to represent the North Central Region in the prestigious JEGS Allstars race in July.
Booher was especially pleased to win the Cavalcade of Stars because he only qualified eighth, barely earning the chance to race on Sunday. Tire shake plagued the AB Construction blown alcohol dragster on all three qualifying attempts, but the versatile driver/tuner found a solution for eliminations that brought him victorious runs of 5.447, 5.447, and 5.413 over Jared Dreher, Ken Perry, and Brandon Greco, respectively.