The Southeastern Hose backed championship winning Spradlin Motorsports Top Dragster team heads into this weekend’s 49th edition of the NHRA Gatornationals hoping to advance to the final round for the 3rd straight year. While the team has made a host of changes during the off season, the great sponsors that make it possible for Spradlin Motorsports to chase championships remain loyal. Returning for a sixth year is primary sponsor Southeastern Hose, manufacturer of high pressure hose and expansion joints for industrial applications. Also continuing their association with the team are Lucas Oil, NGK Spark plugs, CP Carrillo, Ford’s Fuel featuring Renegade Racing Fuels, TCI, and Smith Brothers Pushrods.
Spradlin will be returning to Gainesville, Florida with their new Miller Race Cars supercharged alcohol injected 1800 horsepower Top Dragster they debuted at this past weekend’s NHRA Southeast division 2 Lucas Oil Series event also in Gainesville. “The division event was a great place to shake down our new to us Miller Race Cars chassis,” Spradlin assessed. “We achieved a career best speed and E.T with a 6.19 second quarter-mile time at 218 MPH! Although the race result were not what we wanted we are glad to have had the chance get the car ready for our ultimate goal of closing the deal in the final round of the Gatornationals.” Spradlin lost in the final round of the 47th Gatornationals to eventual national champion Jeff Strickland in the Top Dragster class. Then while racing in the Top Sportsman class at the 48th running of the event, he fell to another eventual national champion, Jeffery Barker.
Adel, GA. The 2017 season is starting out as one of the best yet for the Southeastern Hose backed Spradlin Motorsports team from Ranburne, AL. In two races the team has raced to two final rounds. At this past weekend’s NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at South Georgia Motorsports Park near Valdosta, GA, team driver Casey Spradlin brought home the “Wally” trophy in the Top Dragster category. Spradlin came up short in the final against the 2015 Top Sportsman national champion, Jeffery Barker, at NHRA Gator Nationals, the team’s first race of the season.
At this weekend’s event his final round opponent didn’t come any easier as he faced off against defending Top Dragster national champion, Jeff Strickland. Spradlin got the starting line advantage but during the run a transmission leak caused Spradlin to take the long way to the finish line. He was still able to get to the finish line first by just one thousandths of a second, which is about 4 inches on the track.
Gainesville, FL – This past weekend at the historic National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) GatorNationals, Casey Spradlin advanced to the final round for the second year in a row. Spradlin proves his driving versatility by performing the repeat in this year’s event in the Top Sportsman category to go along with his appearance in last year’s Top Dragster final round.
This was the season opening race for the Southeastern Hose sponsored team. The team opted to skip the traditional Lucas Oil Series “warm up” events that take place in the weeks leading up to the prestigious east coast opener for the NHRA Mello Yellow series.
Ranburne, AL – After a three-month summer break the Southeastern Hose backed Top Dragster and Top Sportsman team is ready to get back on the track and finish off the season strong. Casey Spradlin, driver of both entries will complete at the 9th running of the NHRA Carolina Nationals at the beautiful Zmax Dragway in Charlotte, NC which will coincidentally start on his birthday Friday September 16.
Taking a summer break to relax and reload has historically been good to the three-time Southeast division champion team. In each of their championship seasons, they have entered the last race of the season trailing the points leader only to outlast them on the track and steal the accolades.
Gainesville, FL. Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida has been the East Coast opener for the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) for 47 years. This makes the GatorNationals one of the most prestigious events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing circuit. For professional and sportsman racers alike, this event is one of the marquee events on their respective schedules each season. For Spradlin Motorsports this event is also the first chance to score a national event “wally” trophy and the chance to begin the chase for a national championship.
Casey Spradlin, driver of the Southeastern Hose backed Top Dragster drag racing team, started his quest for a national championship this past weekend by reaching the final round at this revered event, the third national event final of his career. The event schedule was majorly interrupted by Mother Nature in that qualifying was shortened to one shot and the entire race was run on Sunday instead of spreading the event over four days as originally planned. The Lucas Oil/NGK spark plug supported 1600 horsepower rear engine dragster traveled the quarter-mile drag strip in 6.46 seconds at over 210 MPH to qualify 6th in the field of 23 racers from around the country and even Canada.
Casey Spradlin, driver of the Southeastern Hose backed Top Sportsman and Top Dragster team hopes 2016 starts where 2015 ended…in the winner’s column. The off season is finally over for the team as the season kicks off with back to back races in Gainesville, Florida for the multi-time Southeast Division points champion based out of Ranburne, AL. The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Southeast Division opener is this weekend at the fabled AutoPlus Raceway followed by the historic GatorNationals. Spradlin hopes the off season preparation will pay off with small and big Wally’s!
“This particular off season was pretty special as we not only had to get my 1600 horsepower supercharged powerplants ready for 2016 but we also added a 5 horsepower powerplant to the stable. My daughter will become the 3rd generation Spradlin drag racer when she starts in the NHRA Jr. Dragster League trainee program this season,” the proud father beams. “This has me more excited than ever. I am ready to get our Spring races underway so that we can get her on the track also.”
Reynolds, GA – There was no chance for a repeat for the reigning NHRA division 2 Hickory Enclosed Trailer Sales Top Dragster champion heading into the last race of the division 2 schedule, but Spradlin was able to pull out a win against almost insurmountable odds.
The 2015 season for the 2 time and defending NHRA Division 2 Top Dragster champion had been a season full of hard work and disheartening results. Leading into the last race of the season at the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in Reynolds, GA, Casey Spradlin, driver of the Southeastern Hose sponsored Top Dragster and Top Sportsman team was having a dismal season to say the least. The only highlight being a win in Top Sportsman at the NMCA All Star Nationals in Atlanta, GA early in the year. The rest of the season had been filled with several uncharacteristic “Did Not Finish” and early trips to the house. Mixed in was a quest to find lost horsepower in order to compete in the ever escalating speeds of Top Dragster and Top Sportsman.