The 2013 Drag Racing Season is Underway!
Let’s talk Drag Racing and the 2013 Roush Drag Team. Last November, Susan Roush McClenaghan and her teammate Donnie Bowles were the last two standing at the NMCA/NMRA Lone Star Shootout in Texas for the final race of the 2012 season. Down to the wire, Donnie beat out Susan, winning the Lone Star event with Susan finishing in second place.
The first race of this 2013 season in Bradenton, FL started off almost identical to the last race of the 2012 season – the Lone Star Race. Teammates Susan Roush McClenaghan and Donnie Bowles were the last two standing – knowing only one would take home the win at the 19th Annual NMRA Spring Break Shootout. This year would be Susan’s turn to reach the finish line first.
What makes this extra special is that Susan is running a new engine and this race would be its first test. Her2010 Roush Stage 3 Ford Mustang had a new Ford “Coyote” engine bored to 311 c.i.d. with a Roush Supercharger along with a Roush Clean Tech Liquid Propane Injection System all which generates in excess of 880 horsepower. Susan ran a 9.11 at 149.97 MPH in a ¼ mile. The entire race team was impressed with the performance of this engine as Susan “smoked”the field.
Teammate Donnie Bowles who won the overall championship last year runs a 2005 Roush Stage 3 Ford Mustang also running a Liquid Propane System. By the time the eliminations started on Sunday, both cars ran flawlessly to the point that both Susan and Donnie were the only two left. It came down to the only two AmeriGas/Roush Propane Powered Mustangs with the differences being the drivers and reaction times, with Susan Roush-McClenaghan coming off victorious.
The competition uses a variety of Race Fuels www.racegas.comthat are produced through a variety of processes. When asked why the Roush Drag Team chose Propane as their choice to power their racecars, Susan said, “in our testing Propane compared to the different racing fuels, we achieved the same amount of torque and power that was achieved from other racing fuels.” Susan also said, “With Propane being an American Fuel and producing fewer emissions was the deciding factors.” Of course the Roush Drag Team does not complain that the Propane supplied by its corporate sponsor AmeriGas at 70% less than racing fuels.
Both vehicles are sponsored by AmeriGas and running on Clean Burning AmeriGas Propane.
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