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Former Funny Car racer K.C. Spurlock to return in Vegas

By Rob Geiger, NHRA.com
10/9/2003

After eight years on the sidelines, former Funny Car pro K.C. Spurlock will resume his driving career in the Western Rock Top Fuel dragster beginning with the third annual ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Spurlock, who tested in the Carrier Boyz rail on two occasions leading into the U.S. Nationals and successfully renewed his license, was set to finish the year with the Bristol, Tenn.-based operation. But fellow Top Fuel driver Paul Romine needed a place to take his Carquest sponsorship after things fell apart with his former team, so Spurlock gracefully stepped aside and resumed waiting for his chance to return.

That chance has now arrived in the form of Larry and Rick Michael's Western Rock dragster, which is tuned by Scott Graham. The dragster has seen action at nine races this year with Melanie Troxel behind the wheel.

"When you're out of a car for awhile like I was, that burning desire to drive slowly dwindles into a little ember," Spurlock said. "But the minute I got into the Carrier Boyz dragster in testing and stepped on the gas, that little ember became a roaring fire again. I literally can't wait for the Vegas race to get here. I'm so excited about racing again."

The current plan calls for Spurlock to drive the Western Rock dragster in Las Vegas and Pomona, Calif., this year with a tentative schedule of between 10-12 races in 2004.

"Talking with Scott and Rick was great," Spurlock said. "We all have the same goals, and that's to race full-time with a full-time sponsor. We will endeavor to reach that goal as soon as possible.

"I think this is a real good fit for me. I thank the Carrier brothers for the chance to get back in the car and I understand the business decision that was made with Paul. I wish that group luck."

Spurlock was the first of just three drivers in NHRA history to win his professional debut when he drove his sleek Ford Probe past Ed "the Ace" McCulloch at the season-opening Winternationals in 1990. Gary Scelzi and Darrell Russell have since joined him in that exclusive club.

This story is copyright 2003 National Hot Rod Association. It may not be reprinted or retransmitted in any form without the express written permission of NHRA.com.


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