Scott Palmer Racing
“I’m a regular guy, a fan, just like everyone who comes through the gates and walks through the pits,” Palmer said. “I did that for years and if I wasn’t lucky enough to be driving this CatSpot Organic Cat Litter Top Fuel dragster, I’d be right there with them again. I absolutely love this sport.”
Through years of hard work and an outright refusal to give up on his dream, Palmer will be attending this weekend’s race as the driver of an 11,000-horsepower, nitro-burning dragster. And with backing from CatSpot owner Tommy Thompson and the continued help of championship crew chief Jason McCulloch, who joined the team last weekend in Chicago, Palmer arrives with a legitimate chance to win the Wally trophy.
“We learned a lot in Chicago about running in the heat and the forecast for this weekend looks pretty much the same as what we just experienced so we are going to go there and try to apply this new knowledge,” Palmer said. “I love that track and the fans there are awesome. The last time we raced Virginia we turned on the win light against my buddy Spencer Massey so, you know, I have good memories of that place.”
JOLIET, IL – There was no shortage of drama during Sunday’s eliminations at the 21st annual JEGS Route 66 NHRA Nationals and Scott Palmer and the CatSpot Organic Cat Litter Top Fuel dragster team were right in the mix at Route 66 Raceway.
Palmer and crew posted a first-round upset against the higher-qualified car of T.J. Zizzo and then had all the FOX TV cameras on them one round later in a commotion-filled tilt between Palmer and his good friend Clay Millican.
“I don’t know if we’ve ever been in a race like that one but it sure was fun,” Palmer said. “The mad thrash at the starting line was exciting, the run itself was exciting, the race was super close, I mean other than being on the wrong end of the excitement as far as getting the win light, it was cool.
JOLIET, IL – Top Fuel driver Scott Palmer drove his CatSpot Organic Cat Litter dragster to a steady 3.839-second pass at 326.24 mph to secure a mid-pack starting spot at the 21st annual JEGS Route 66 NHRA Nationals.
As he predicted, the Top Fuel race day grid is packed with great cars, with positions 3-13 separated by less than a tenth of a second.
“We added Jason (McCulloch, championship-winning tuner) to the team this weekend and because he’s new to our operation we are taking measured steps together,” Palmer said. “We’ve got to see some runs with Jason’s ideas mixed in there. It’ll take a little time but we knew that.
“Basically, there was one really good qualifying session here (on Friday night) and we couldn’t be as aggressive as we wanted because we haven’t been getting the 60-foot times we need to run the bigger numbers. They’re prepping the track differently lately and its thrown everyone a little bit of a curve ball.
JOLIET, IL – Veteran drag racer Scott Palmer and his CatSpot Organic Litter Top Fuel team hope to benefit greatly from the tuning expertise of reigning Top Fuel champion crew chief Jason McCulloch at this weekend’s 21st annual JEGS Route 66 NHRA Nationals.
McCulloch, who together with tuner Brian Husen helped Brittany Force win the 2017 world title, joins Scott Palmer Racing through the team’s existing relationship with Torrence Racing and their crew chief Richard Hogan.
“I know most people don’t ever get the opportunity to run Top Fuel,” Palmer said. “Let alone run this class with a car that can legitimately win rounds and contend for race wins. It’s one thing to come out here and get a car down the track and have some fun. It’s another thing altogether to have a car that can consistently run in the 3.70s.
“Adding Jason to the mix shows we’re serious about what we’re doing. He knows how to go fast and since we basically run a slightly more conservative version of Steve (Torrence’s) tune-up, which Jason already knows from all his time with Richard and Alan Johnson over the years, we’re very hopeful this is going to enhance our program.”