National Hot Rod Association Sonoma Nationals
My daughter Katy and I journeyed up to Sonoma on Saturday to see the drag racing championship event of the year. We arrived about 8:30, and by 11:30 had all the eardrum-busting 150 dB of the top fuel 11,000-horsepower dragsters. These awesome machines can go from a standing start to 330+ miles / hour in just under four seconds.
We wandered around in the pit area watching the teams work on their cars. These power plants start as Chrysler “Hemi” 500 cubic inch engines. They are then “souped up” for maximum performance. So much so that after each race, the engines are torn apart and rebuilt for the next event.
As we watched the team working on Ron August’s car, I caught the eye of one of the mechanics. I asked him a few questions and was impressed with his pleasant demeanor. I asked him if he’d be willing to do a short interview. “Sure.” In ten minutes he gave us insight into this amazing sport. I’ve edited it down to four minutes. I think you will enjoy meeting Josh Kalich. Josh has his own “Pro Modified” car that runs the quarter mile in 5.5 seconds at just over 260 miles / hour. He finds the whole experience relaxing, “like sitting on my couch.”