During my usual late-night viewing of Sportscenter on Sunday, I heard something that I thought was just a Trey Wingo joke, but actually turned out to be quite a pleasant surprise.
"Rookie J.R. Todd earned his first victory in his ninth career NHRA event at the Mopar Mile High NHRA Nationals on Sunday, beating Tony Schumacher..."
But there's one important thing that's left out of my stolen quote there. J.R. Todd is a black man. And he became the first black man EVER to win a Top Fuel drag racing event. This is pretty historic.
Because of my grandfather and his love for cars and my stepfather's str8 up countriness, I know a little about the NHRA and drag racing. Not to mention NASCAR and the IRL.
For those of you who don't know what the NHRA is, the National Hot Rod Association. You don't hear of many black people being involved in the NHRA. Granted, I haven't kept up with the sport on a regular basis EVER. But I've watched enough drag races to recognizes there weren't any people "like me" out there burnin' up the quarter mile straight-away.
My pseudo-knowledge of the sport goes back to sitting at my grandparents house with my grand-dad listening to him tell me about Joe Amato and Shirley Muldowney and how great racers they were. Not to mention my stepfather telling me about John Force and how he was out there beating everyone in his funnycar. So I have a slight bit of knowledge about the sport and I know some of the people who were/are good. And random stuff like the reason they drive through alcohol and do burn-outs prior to getting on the finish line.
Drag racing is actually a pretty fun sport to watch to be honest. But you know us bruhs don't normally sit down for an hour of any type of auto-racing. We wanna see somebody getting HIT or DUNKED ON! LOL.
But J.R. Todd made history this past weekend and I think it's appropriate to give this guy a shot-out for being the first black man to accomplish this feat. To put the speed, danger, and driving talent all in perspective:
"Todd, driving in his ninth career event, never trailed in the final at Bandimere Speedway, dismissing the three-time series champion with a 4.906-second run at 291.63 mph."
See if you can drive your car in a straight line for a quarter mile doing 120. Let alone 291! It probably takes more skill than you think and it's VERY VERY dangerous
291 MILES PER HOUR! D@MN that's FAST!!!