Thu, 15 Dec 2011, 09:25 AM
Eric Bowling is a bracket racer from Bloomington, Indiana. For those of you that don't know Eric,
maybe you should. In the 2010 racing season alone, Eric won 21 of 24 final round appearances and
put over 600 passes on his 1969 Camaro. In 2011 so far he has won 20 of 23 final round appearances
in fewer rounds than 2010.
Eric has been Bracket Racing since 1998. His late father used to take him to the track as a child
to watch and even sometimes his father would race the very 1969 Camaro that Eric races today. The
1969 Camaro Z/28 was purchased by Eric's Father in January of 1977, and Eric was born in December
of 1976. In February of 1977 Eric's name was put on the title of the Camaro alongside his fathers.
At only 2 months old Eric would be the proud owner of the Camaro. Eric's father passed away in
In 1998 Eric began his racing career in the "Sportsman" class. In his very first race Eric would
get his very first of many wins. In 1999 Eric competed in his first full season chasing his first
of many Points Championships. Eric won that Points Championship in 1999. Since that first
Championship in 1999 to present day 2011 Eric has won a total of 12 Points Championships at 3
different race tracks in Indiana including 2 IHRA Summit Super Series Points Championships, but
most impressively 3 straight at NHRA's current Division 3 Track of the year Lyon's Raceway Park.
Eric's low budget approach to racing is much different than many others. "You don't have to have
the fastest, nicest, or most expensive racecar to win races" says Bowling. As this holds true as
his rig consists of a 200,000 mile ? ton Chevy truck and a 2003 model year open trailer. "I race
to make money and a profit at the end of the year, I don't race to have fun or make friends at the
track it's a business for me." Eric says. "I have to be able to justify every dime I spend, racing
pays for racing and I'm lucky enough for racing to put some extra money in my pocket".
Eric has accomplished many things in his 13 year racing career and has tallied over 200 event wins.
Some of those events include the inaugural $7500 to win Ohio Crankshaft No Box Nationals, 5 Box /No
Box Combo $2000 event wins, The inaugural Scotty Richardson Grass Roots Series No Box Championship
at Lyon's Raceway Park in 2010, 10 Victories in the Super Pro Category, a National Dragster
Challenge Win, a King of the Track Title, and one of the most memorable came this season at the
Speed's New Hope Dragstrip Big Bucks Extravaganza as Eric would sweep the night with a pair of
victories in 2 different cars and 2 different classes with over 100 racers totaling over $3000 in
prize money, "I just caught fire that night, both cars were on kill and it was like I could do no
wrong", Eric said.
Eric was also selected this racing season by Pro Racer Luke Bogacki to be a part of his website
(www.thisisbracketracing.com) to write a monthly column about his racing season. Bogacki would
have some very flattering words about Bowling as he say's "Eric may be the most accomplished bottom
bulb racer that competitors outside the Midwest don't know by name, he races and wins a lot".
Those are pretty big words from a very successful racer. "When I saw that Luke had said that about
me to be honest I actually felt like I had accomplished something, I mean someone of Luke's caliber
to say something like that, really meant a lot to me and it really has boosted my confidence"
Bowling said. "Luke is a really down to earth guy and is easy to approach and talk to, there are
only a select few guys of his caliber that I can say that about, and he is truly just a good dude."
As the season comes to a close Eric and Father in Law Don Cain have been working on a new ride for
2012. They were able to make the Debut of the new ride a couple of weeks ago as Eric would take
the brand new ride into the Winner's Circle the first time out.
"This thing is awesome", Eric says "I've never had a big tired car before and this thing works
awesome". The 1991 S-10 Blazer was built by Don Cain and, Eric admits he didn't have too many
hours helping with the build as a lot of the hours put into it were done on race days. Don, his
Father in Law has had his hands full over the past 10 or so years taking care of race cars, not
only Eric's but the Wife of Bowling is also an avid bracket racer. "I couldn't ask for a better
wife, she understands how much racing means to me and she never says a word when I'm out of town
for a weekend racing, She is great" says Eric. The 1981 Firebird Eric drove to the Winners Circle
earlier on in the season was that of wife Amy. "He has done a great job, he takes care of building
the engines in the cars and the major maintenance needed to make these cars competitive week in and
week out, and the fact that he has built 3 winning Race Cars says a lot about him and his
abilities, I appreciate everything he does and if it weren't for him I wouldn't be near as
successful in this sport, so I thank him and the entire Cain family for their support, he has taken
me in like one of his own and I am forever grateful for that" Bowling said.
Eric plans on a full schedule of racing and doing a little bit more travelling in the 2012 season
as he wants to see just how well he stacks up against the "best". Bowling knows it's tough
financially to do it on his own he hopes to pick up some new marketing partners to help him along
the way. "My plan is to hit more of the big money events, I am going to get out this winter and
work my tail off to try to get some support, and send out some proposals and we'll see what
So when you see an old beat up Chevy Truck with a red 69 Camaro or a bright green Blazer on the
trailer roll through the gates and at the end of the day you hear the name Eric Bowling and you say
to yourself "Eric Who"? You'll learn soon enough? it's Eric Bowling that just loaded you on the
Bowling would like to thank his current marketing partners for their support throughout the 2011
season; Eric would like to thank Mickey Thompson Tires, Luke Bogaki and thisisbracketracing.com,
Ohio Crankshaft, Spy Optics, Don Cain, Skaggs Transmissions, Prestolite Performance, RaceonE85.com,
Mother Lou, Stritto Sign Art Company, wife Amy, and his #1 fan Daughter Isabella.
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