Caruso Family Racing
DENVER, NC – First year Pro Stock driver Camrie Caruso has not been crowned NHRA Rookie of the Year for 2022 but she is making a strong case through the first seven races of the season. Heading into the NHRA Norwalk Nationals Caruso will be flying the colors of Kings of Vapor, an Ohio-based vapor store and online business that has been a longtime supporter of Caruso Family Racing.
“We have had a great relationship with the guys from Kings of Vapor,” said Caruso. “We have known them for years. We sold Rick Bowling, my old Top Dragster to him and then we drove for him. We won a couple races and they have always been great supporters of our program. They will have some guests at the races this weekend and we are looking forward to an exciting weekend.”
Established in 2013, Kings of Vapor, is a large brick and mortar retail chain, with a complete online store as well, that prides itself on customer service. As a vapor store, not a tobacco shop, they stock a wide selection of vapes, juice, and accessories. Unlike smoke shops, they focus on assisting those who are interested in quitting smoking. Their knowledgeable staff has a genuine interest in assisting customers to explore an alternative to smoking and answer any and all questions. Kings of Vapor has 16 locations throughout Ohio including Akron, Canton and Central Ohio as well as multiple locations in Florida. They sell a wide range of vape, smoke, CBD and Delta-8 products.
BRISTOL, TN – After a two week layoff Camrie Caruso and the Sand Haulers of America Chevrolet Camaro rolled into Bristol Dragway looking to build momentum heading into the summer. The Caruso Family Racing team continued to show strong performance numbers with their Titan Racing Engine power plant. On Saturday they showed they were going to be a tough competitor on race day posting two of the quickest runs of the day. In Q2, the first run of Saturday, Caruso lit up the scoreboard with a 6.644 second pass that jumped the Denver, North Carolina resident from seventh to second in the qualifying order. She also earned two qualifying bonus points and to close out qualifying she posted the quickest run of the third session, a strong 6.652 second pass to earn three more qualifying bonus points and lock her in as the No. 2 qualifier.
In the first round she took on veteran driver Chris McGaha for the first time in her career. McGaha was first off of the line but Caruso was right beside him and moved around him by the time they got sixty feet down track. She never relinquished the lead and advanced to the quarterfinals with a winning elapsed time of 6.636 seconds, her quickest run of the weekend. Her run was able to earn lane choice over her second round opponent Dallas Glenn.
In a battle between two drivers that will be the future of Pro Stock Caruso was facing her second first time opponent of the day. The reigning Rookie of the Year, Glenn, squared off with Caruso who is the favorite for this year’s top rookie honor. Caruso had a mechanical issue that dramatically impacted the elapsed time on her run and she was forced to watch as Glenn pulled away for the win light.
EPPING, NH – Rookie Pro Stock driver Camrie Caruso continued to add experience just six races into her young career during the NHRA New England Nationals from New England Dragway. The 24-year-old driver from Denver, North Carolina, returned to racing action after a six-week layoff driving the Sand Haulers of America Chevrolet Camaro for the second race in a row. In her last appearance at the SpringNationals the third-generation driver raced to her first career final round following her first career No. 1 qualifying effort.
Caruso continued to show that Houston was not a fluke when it comes to the performance of her Titan Racing Engine powered Camaro Pro Stock race car. In qualifying the rookie powered to the No. 4 spot right off the hauler and kept her performance numbers at the top of the field throughout the weekend. Her run during the second qualifying session was the third quickest of the class and earned her an important qualifying bonus point.
DENVER, NC – Showcasing the impressive start of her rookie Pro Stock career Camrie Caruso is featured on the cover of the latest issue of Drag Illustrated. The driver who has represented primary sponsors Right Trailers, Powerbuilt Tools, Procar by SCAT and most recently Sand Haulers of America behind the wheel of her Chevrolet Camaro was recognized for her consistent driving skills on the track, her emerging presence in the media and her team’s recent performance at the Houston SpringNationals where she earned her first career No. 1 qualifier and raced to runner-up honors. The editorial staff at Drag Illustrated dedicates hundreds of hours to developing the Women of Power issue to highlight women working in every corner of the drag racing universe from drivers to crew to track management to promotions.
“We knew Camrie Caruso’s rookie season in NHRA Pro Stock would be a story to follow well before her breakout weekend in Houston,” said Nate Van Wagnen, editor of Drag Illustrated. “But that performance really made a statement, and we knew we had to explore that story on a high level in our 10th annual Women of Power Issue. Kelly Wade did an excellent job sharing that story, allowing Camrie and the people around her to explain in their own words why Camrie’s early success shouldn’t come as a surprise.”
DENVER, NC – After a breakout weekend at the SpringNationals in Houston, Texas, rookie of the year standout Camrie Caruso has had to wait almost six weeks to get back behind the wheel of her Sand Haulers of America Chevrolet Camaro. The wait has been hard for the third-generation driver who raced to her first career No. 1 qualifier quicker than any other Pro Stock driver in history except for last year’s rookie of the year Dallas Glenn, who also achieved that feat in just five races. To make her performance even more impressive Caruso raced to the final round and was center stage for the first all-female Pro Stock final and elimination round in the class’s history.
“Houston was a great weekend for the Sand Haulers of America team and I was really going for that win light in the final,” said Caruso, who recently announced Sand Hauler of America would add additional races as primary sponsor including this weekend’s New England Nationals. “Our whole team has a lot of confidence and our Titan Racing Engines have shown we can race with anyone. My crew chief Jim Yates has been very helpful and the support I get from my family is a big help too.”
BAYTOWN, TX – In just five races rookie Pro Stock driver Camrie Caruso has stamped her name into the NHRA record books at the final installment of the NHRA SpringNationals. Racing the Sand Haulers of America Chevrolet Camaro Caruso earned her first No. 1 qualifier faster than any other Pro Stock competitor in the modern era, tied with 2021 Rookie of the Year Dallas Glenn. She doubled down with more history racing to a final round match-up with four-time world champion Erica Enders and becoming part of the first pair of female Pro Stock racers to face each other in an elimination round. Her effort this weekend moved the young driver from Denver, North Carolina, up from 11th to 7th place in the Pro Stock point standings.
“First round was nerve wracking because we hadn’t made a representative pass in a few races,” said Caruso. “We got past the first round and then made it past the second round. We just took it round by round. Unfortunately, the final round didn’t go as planned. I am confident in my car every run. My guys do whatever they can to give me the best race car. We are doing everything we can to go down the track every run and I am working on getting better.”
In the first round Caruso as the No. 1 qualifier was able to select when she and her Sand Haulers of America Chevrolet Camaro made their pass. Her team elected to let all her competitors make runs and she faced off with veteran Fernando Cuarda as the last pair of Pro Stock cars. Caruso picked up her third first round victory of the season when Cuarda jumped the tree red-lighting, as Caruso cruised to the quarterfinals with a 6.609 second run at 209.17 mph. The run was right in the ballpark of her final qualifying pass.
BAYTOWN, TX – After two days of tough Pro Stock qualifying at the 35th NHRA SpringNationals rookie Camrie Caruso secured her first career No 1 qualifier in just her fifth race which ties her with last year’s Rookie of the Year Dallas Glenn as the quickest driver to earn their first career No. 1 in Pro Stock. She also became the first female to qualify No. 1 in Pro Stock at Houston Raceway Park’s NHRA SpringNationals. Driving the Sand Haulers of America Chevrolet Camaro with Titan Racing Engine power under the hood Caruso posted her quickest elapsed time of the event on Friday night with a 6.547 second pass at 209.39 mph. The 2022 Rookie of the Year favorite then withstood two rounds of qualifying today to hold onto the top spot.
“This means the world to me, my team and everyone who backs me,” said Caruso, a third-generation racer. “I am thankful and happy to head into race day as the No. 1 qualifier. I am super grateful for the opportunity to be the first female to qualify No. 1 at Houston Raceway Park. I never would have thought we would have achieved such a cool record so early. I know we had the capabilities, but this was just a great team accomplishment.”
In the final session Caruso was paired beside four-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders for the second session of the day since they were 1-2 in the qualifying order. Caruso was lined up in the left lane with Enders occupying the right lane. Caruso posted a solid 6.605 seconds at 209.56 mph with Enders lighting up the scoreboard with a 6.556 second at 210.54 mph. As both drivers approached the top end Enders’ parachutes caught Caruso’s rear wing as the veteran driver darted around the rookie driver. Caruso’s Sand Haulers of America Chevrolet Camaro sustained some damage to the rear wing and rear end.