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Thu, 09 May 2013, 17:49 PM

Houston- We Don't Have a Problem
Courtesy of Darr Hawthorne





LAS VEGAS --

In drag racing, heat is the great equalizer. When the weather is cool and overcast, the fastest (i.e. well-funded) racer tends to win. But when the track is slimy, greasy, and slick, that's when the skill of the driver comes into play. No matter the setup, when it's hot and humid, it takes a real shoe to get to the finish line first.

At the recent MagnaFuel PSCA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Pacific Street Car Association veteran Artis Houston, a competitor in the Mickey Thompson Wild Street class, added to what has been an amazing year when he qualified No. 1 and set the class ET and Speed Records (4.952/148.69) on his way to the victory in the heat of the Nevada desert.

Houston was elated to hear the news, especially given the highs and lows of the last couple of seasons. "I am very excited to hear this news, especially considering the up and down journey of success and disappointment over the last few years," he said "I want to personally thank John Calvert, Joe Rivera at ProTorque, Ross Racing Pistons, Pettis Performance, BES Racing Heads, Induction Solutions, SCE Gaskets, Dave at MPG, Mark at Hot Rod Performance, TRZ, Gil at SpeedWire, Phil at PMR RaceCars, All the folks at Mickey Thompson Tires, Mike's Transmissions, Mark Washington, Mark Menscer and Eric Mitchell. Without these individuals pushing me forward and providing the best parts in drag racing, none of this would be possible."

Houston was also quick to recognize the staff of the PSCA for their efforts in providing drag racers with a safe and competitive series in which to race. "Thank you, PSCA, for giving us a great place to race and I look forward to continued progress and accomplishments."

PSCA President Mel Roth may not have been as excited about the weekend as Houston, but it was close. "We love seeing guys like Artis break records and have weekends like this," Roth said. "It may not be me going down the track, but when I see racers reach these milestones in their careers, I'm happy for them and proud of them. Plus, when racers are able to set records in those kind of temperatures, it's a huge day for both the driver and the fans."

Next up for the PSCA is the MagnaFuel Rocky Mountain Summer Series at the legendary Bandimere Raceway June 1-2 as part of the legendary drag strip's 55th anniversary. For more information, click HERE. Sponsors for the RMSS include MagnaFuel, OnTrack Performance, Overkill Race Cars LLC, Mickey Thompson Tires, Chris Alston's Chassisworks, Paint by Krusty, Precision Designs, AOS, Vortech Superchargers, Calvert Racing, Santa Fe Sand & Gravel, Goodyear, Ross Racing Pistons, and Fire Detection Services.

Contingency sponsors for the 2013 season can be found at PSCARacing.com and at the sanction's official page on Facebook, Facebook to find the 2012 class rules.

Get PSCA Stuff: Represent the Pacific Street Car Association and West Coast drag racing by visiting our online store! The official PSCA store has everything for fans and racers of all ages, including hats, shirts, DVDs, and more at huge discounts. Click HERE to start shopping!

Fans of the Pacific Street Car Association can find updates and photos of PSCA racers and events by checking out PSCARacing.com, Twitter.com/PSCARacing, and Facebook.com/PSCARacing. Videos of PSCA drag racing action can be found at YouTube.com/PSCARacing.

Racers and fans can also visit the PSCA's official page on Facebook to find photos, stories, and videos of the best drag racing in the country!





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