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Tue, 30 Oct 2012, 17:10 PM

Drag School Heads West
Courtesy of Lana Hawley


One of our favorite road trips each fall takes us to Houston and Las Vegas. A couple of weeks ago on our way to Las Vegas, we stopped at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston. With a full contingent of Super Comp and Super Gas drivers and a positive weather forecast we were looking forward to a great class. A number of local Texas drivers including a half a dozen 'out of state' racers attended and had a fabulous time. As is expected, the folks at Houston gave our drivers a great racetrack on which to learn. There were lots of burnouts, lots of runs and a lot of smiling faces in Houston.

Following a terrific couple days in Texas we were off to Vegas.

The back to back Vegas classes were 'loaded up' with drivers from a dozen states, Canada and Australia! Like in Houston, the weather forecast was perfect. After downloading a new weather app for my iPhone on the recommendation of my friend Bill Bader, the prediction for the week was 90's, dry and close to zero chance of rain. The forecast was accurate!

Our first Vegas class started Monday morning at 7:30 am. I normally get to the track about 6:30 am and when I got there, drivers were waiting! That showed some enthusiasm which was carried throughout the week.

Over the next several days at "The Strip" at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, we helped over 30 new drivers earn their NHRA competition licenses. There were a lot of 'happy faces' and 'high fives' going around at the end of each class.

Overall, our trip was a huge success. In total, NHRA now has over 40 newly licensed race drivers! Thanks to the great maintenance and tuning work of Jimmy and Sean, we made over "THREE HUNDRED" trouble free runs with our race cars and a lot of new folks are hooked on Drag Racing!

We are now home for the season. We had just a few days to get the cars serviced and back to a class this week at our home track in Gainesville, FL where we have classes scheduled.

Keep in mind the weather forecast (according to my new app) for this fall and winter in Florida is perfect for racing. So if you'd like to try driving a dragster or fast door car. or a Top Dragster or Top Sportsman car. or a Top Alcohol Dragster or Funny Car. or a Pro stock Motorcycle. or. give us a call. We can help. ~ Frank

"I sure had a great time. Frank, what an interesting speaker you are. And your two track guys are top notch!" Steve Hale "Thanks to everyone at Frank Hawley's for a great couple of days and to all my fellow students who made it a truly memorable experience!" Chris Parker, UK

"Frank & crew, it was well worth the journey to take the course. Thoroughly enjoyed it & it was very educating. The free air show for 2 days was an added bonus of being at the Vegas Strip." experience!" Andrew Favotti , Australia

"What an amazing time your class was. I came in with so much fear and doubt and left feeling so amazing!!!! Thank you to you Frank and all of your staff." Shannon Ayesh

Thank you! We had a super time in Las Vegas last week. Pat really enjoyed the whole experience of attending the Super Comp class. We found everybody involved in the organization to be very friendly and very helpful. The people helping with the cars and on the track were all equally wonderful and Frank has a great talent for teaching. It's clearly a well ru, professional organization. Pat's comment on the whole experience "It was spectacular!" Pat and Jeanne Brewer

To view our Super Class video or obtain more information on all available classes, dates and locations for Frank Hawley's Drag Racing School, visit the school's website - - or call 866-480-7223 (Outside U.S. 678-804-8835). The school's also on Facebook, Twitter @Frankhawleydrs and YouTube!

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