Roger Brogdon Racing
CHANDLER, AZ – Rodger Brogdon can’t quite put his finger on why he’s always had success at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, but he’s not about to argue with it. The Pro Stock veteran only hopes it continues at this weekend’s Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals, where Brogdon will look for his second career Pro Stock win at the track.
“I’ve always been able to do good there and I don’t know why. It’s just one of those things when I get there I know I’m going to go fast,” said Brogdon, who also has a sportsman win in Competition Eliminator at the facility. “I’ve went fast just about every time I’ve been there and I feel good about the race. I do terrible in the casinos there, but good on the race track.”
Brogdon will gladly take that luck again this weekend as he looks to make a major jump in the standings at the second of 18 NHRA Pro Stock races in 2019.
The year started well enough for Brogdon, as he put together his second career No. 1 qualifier in his RBR Machine Chevrolet Camaro with his impressive run of 6.522 at 212.03 mph.
POMONA, CA – The weekend couldn’t have started in better fashion for Pro Stock veteran Rodger Brogdon. Brogdon grabbed his second career No. 1 qualifier to kick off 2019 at the season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
But, unfortunately for Brogdon, the first round of eliminations couldn’t have gone any worse on Monday.
Brogdon left the starting line before the tree was activated, handing the victory to Val Smeland and wrapping up the very definition of a rollercoaster weekend.
“You go from being on top of the world to feeling like crap, but that’s racing,” Brogdon said. “It’s very disappointing, but things will be fine. Things like that are going to happen to you in racing, but I would rather it happen in the first race than happen later in the season.”
POMONA, CA – Fresh off an extremely productive test session and preparing to race for just the second time since the 2015 NHRA season, Pro Stock veteran Rodger Brogdon has just one goal in mind when he returns behind the wheel at this weekend’s Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals.
“I just want to go out there and not have it look like I haven’t been out there the last 3-4 years,” Brogdon said with a laugh. “That’s going to be all on me because there’s a great group of guys around me. But as long as we run like we did last weekend we’ll be fine.”
Those series of runs came at the preseason test session in Phoenix, where Brogdon, who has three career Pro Stock wins, put together a series of strong passes in a Chevy Camaro driven last year by Elite Motorsports teammate and two-time world champ Erica Enders.
Brogdon went as quick as 6.542 at 210 mph, which were impressive numbers for a team led by his longtime tuner, Pete Smallwood, and Brian “Lump” Self.
HOUSTON, TX – Veteran drag racer and hometown hero Rodger Brogdon of nearby Tomball knows that races can sometimes be won or lost on the starting line. That lesson was reinforced Sunday morning during the opening round of racing at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals when, despite running an identical elapsed time as his opponent, Jonathan Gray, a speedy 6.565, he came up inches short at the finish line due to Gray’s .031-second reaction-time advantage.
“It was darn close but as a driver there is very little that feels as bad as than losing on a holeshot,” Brogdon said. “The guys obviously had the car set up properly, and Elite Performance once again gave us the horsepower to win the race, but the driver didn’t do his job this time.
HOUSTON, TX – It could be argued that Pro Stock veteran Rodger Brogdon has made more passes down Royal Purple Raceway than any other professional driver in the NHRA. That’s because the Tomball native lives and works in the Greater Houston area and routinely tests at the venerable facility in nearby Baytown.
Now, the owner of the city’s top roofing contractor, RoofTec, is hoping his breadth of track knowledge yields a big win in front of his friends, family, and throng of vocal supporters packing the grandstands at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals.
“It would take a while to add up all the runs we’ve made down this dragstrip,” Brogdon said. “Between the many years I raced at the Sportsman level on through to my time as a pro, plus add in all the testing we’ve done — gosh, it’s got to be in the thousands. I sure feel comfortable out there. It’s like my own backyard.”
Brogdon started the 2015 Pro Stock season strong, winning in Phoenix and going to the semifinals in Pomona and Gainesville, but after stubbing his toe in Charlotte and Las Vegas, he is ready to return to his aggressive nature in Houston.
“We were good at the first two races, and we qualified well and went to the semi’s at the Gatornationals,” Brogdon said. “Charlotte, we didn’t do very well. We only had one decent run and the transmission broke first round. In Vegas, we didn’t run as good as we could, either.
Brogdon’s pass of 6.669 seconds at 207.53 mph wasn’t enough to beat Vincent Nobile, who was lightning quick off the starting line to get to the second round.
Nobile had a .018-second reaction time, getting a .050-second jump on Brogdon. Nobile’s pass of 6.677 seconds at 207.18 mph was enough to hold Brogdon off.