With 2018 on the horizon, the father/son duo looks to attack 2018 differently in the past and try some new things. From a new approach at the on track performance to trying some new styles of racing, we feel 2018 will be just as great as the past and we will learn just as much!
With over 30 years of drag racing and automotive work experience. Rick Huffman(55) started racing in the early 1980’s in
the beginners “Trophy Street” class at the local drag strip, the infamous Texas Raceway. Slowly moving up the racing ladder
to a different combinations and classes. In 1995, Rick purchased the car that changed it all.
Purchasing a 1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, which was raced in bracket racing and later NHRA Super Street. Entering his
first NHRA Super Street event in 1997 at Houston Raceway Park, resulted in a win. After many wins in a variety classes,
Rick decided to sell the car to move on to a different combination. In 2005, when advancing to his first NHRA National
Event in Super Street at the 18th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park. Not with the same
outcome as the first final at Houston, walked away with a runner up finish.
2011 brought success at Houston again at the Spring Nationals, when in his 2nd NHRA NAtional event final round
appearance in Super Street; the win light was on in Rick’s lane allowing him first NHRA National Event win. An emotional win
that could have only been better by racing my son Chase in the final, who came up short losing the round before the final
round matchup. Again in 2015, Rick was victorious at the NHRA Spring Nationals in Houston and in Super Street.
While changing cars and classes many times over the years, it has sharpened his ability to adapt and overcome obstacles. Having been blessed with the ability to
continue the success and turn on win lights while doing something he loves with his family.
Long before racing side by side with his dad Rick Huffman, Chase Huffman(27) was standing at the fence line observing the competition. From watching the
competition, learning about the sport through observation at the track, along with holding a flashlight for his dad working on the racecar in the garage. Chase soon
graduated from helper to a young competitor himself in the NHRA Junior Dragster Racing League(JDRL) at a young age of 8. Working through the ranks of the NHRA
JDRL program, racing across at various tracks in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Colorado, and more.
In late 2005, at the age of 15, the junior operation was sold and Chase stepped up to the sportsman drag racing ranks. Starting out in a hand me down 1968 Camaro
that his dad drove. After some time to get acclimated to the different car and adapting from the junior dragster to the full size Camaro, the car was sold. A super
comp dragster was purchased for competition.
In 2007, with the new learning curve of the super comp car, we experienced many electrical and mechanical gremlins. Once the planets finally aligned, success came
win with a national event win at the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Inaugural Sooner Nationals at Tulsa Raceway Park in Quick Rod.
Success on the big stage was limited after 2007, as he took time away from traveling while attending college. After successfully completing his Associates in applied
Science through the Toyota Technical Education Network program at Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas, the traveling continued. A few years and a few cars
later, he found myself with a rare chance to be able to race his father in the final of an NHRA National Event. The dream ended when he fell short in the semi final
round, watching dad go on to win the event was both exhilarating and sad, as I wish we had been able to battle it out. Chase
broke through and captured his first National Hot Rod Association National event win in 2016 at the wheel of the family’s
1968 Camaro in Super Street at the AAA Texas Fall Nationals.