Before I tell you how the handle "Hookdaddy" came to be, let
me update you on Hookdaddy Motorsport's latest efforts on the Super Comp
front. The first weekend in August found
us at Atco Raceway for the NHRA D-1 LODRS event. Friday's two time runs found us hovering
around the 8.90 standard and looking forward to Saturday's eliminations. Saturday morning broke dreary and wet and
while we were able to get the scheduled time run on Saturday morning, Mother
Nature finally shut us down and pushed first round to Sunday morning. First round looked to be a good one as Kevin
paired with last year's #3 in the division, Lee Ream. I'll let Kevin tell you that as he posted on
guys this was against Lee Ream, who's had my number the last few years and was
#3 in the division last year .... I was set up for an 003 and told dad if I'm
red, oh well, I knew I'd need it and we thought we were set up for the 90....
Turns out it was fast and I killed a lot late... 8.68 into the run is where I
was off the throttle per the data logger .... Yes I was a stripe hog but when
you don't think you need to kill any, why give the big mph car a chance to see
your dump and fly around you for the stripe... luckily it was just enough brake
pedal to be safe..."
How about .000 and 8.901 taking .0411. That
gave us the #2 spot on the qualifying sheet (Tom Stalba was 8.900 the pair
behind us) and set us up for a buy in round 4.
Round 2 was .004 dropping to 8.903 to set up round three against Bill
Hardifer in his S&W dragster.
Weather was closing in and unfortunately we spun .03 off the 60 foot and
that was that. Shortly after, racing was
cancelled and the event finished at the Cecil County LODRS.
next weekend found us at Cecil County Dragway for event 7&8 on the MASCA schedule. We came into the weekend 4th in
points and looking to move up. Saturday
we qualified #7 with an 8.912. Won first round dropping to 8.906 but lost round
2 when we slowed to 8.92. Kevin won the starting line .017 to .023 but didn't
have enough. Sunday, Kevin was on a
mission. He qualified #1 8.901 and marched to the semis where our 8.889 lost to an 8.892.
We left Cecil tied for second in points with one weekend left.
Back to Cecil next weekend for the
LODRS. Ok I'd rather forget this one. For some reason the
powers that be decided to scrape & drag the track just before our first
round. Spun almost .05 off the 60'. Then to make it worse Kevin managed to
misjudge the stripe and gave it back. Oh well, he's won plenty for us at the
stripe, so we'll just chalk this one up and head to E-town the weekend after
OK, how did I get the name Hookdaddy? In the 70's and early 80's I ran a couple of
Chevys with the name Captain Hook on the doors.
A few of my friends referred to me by that named due to my finish line
driving style in those days Many years
later as the internet message boards were becoming common place, I recognized
that in my capacity as V.P of Marketing
at S&W that we needed to be on them. As I was setting up my account
on "Bracket Talk" it asked me for a "username."
I was ready to use my own name when Kevin told me "dad, nobody uses
their own name, you can put your real name in your
signature" So I figured it was time to bring back Captain Hook. Unfortunately,
there was already someone using it.
Kevin said "you know dad, I wasn't even born when you started using
Captain Hook. Why don't you switch it to
Hookdaddy?" And the rest is history.
That's it for now;
you can catch me on Facebook through my Hookdaddy Motorsports page. I hope to see you all at the races sometime