Goodson Race Day 2017

Goodson Race Day 2017

Wow! What a day! We’ve had a lot of Race Days at Goodson in my years here, but this year was something extra special.

First off, Terry McMillen brought his whole team, family, etc. for the day. They set up their Top Fuel Dragster so everyone could see it and even fired it up.  One young man in the crowd was surprised at how powerful the car was, saying, “I felt that, Mom. It pushed me back!”

For the first time in my years with Goodson, we hosted a Nitro Funny Car. Dale Creasy, Jr. brought his crew in to have some one-on-one with the Goodson employees and guests. To round out the NHRA contingent, Samsel Racing brought their Top Alcohol Dragster for everyone to see. Retired Tech Services Manager, Jim Tapp, spent quite some time talking with Wayne Butler with Samsel. He said he was very impressed with the technology they use to make so much horsepower with a naturally aspirated system.

Another first this year was the appearance of the Sobeck United States X-Country Snowmobile Racing Team. Seems natural, us being in Minnesota. Who knew, snowmobiles could go that fast?

So, why do we have a Goodson Race Day? A couple of reasons. First, it’s for the employees. It’s a great opportunity for us to see the “fun” side of our business. Drag Racing results in a lot of engines that need to be rebuilt. Second, it’s a way to show our appreciation to the race teams who fly our flag, so to speak, at every event. It’s a chance to connect one-on-one and make some friendships that will last for years.

To summarize, I guess I’d have to say, A fun time was had by all.

Thank you to The NHRA drivers, crew members and sponsors who made this day possible!

A Huge Thank You To Our Sponsors and Guests!

Radiac Abrasives

Terry McMillen - NHRA Top Fuel Dragster

Robin Samsel - NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster

Dale Creasy Jr. - NHRA Nitro Funny Car

Jim Sobeck - United States X-Country Snowmobile

Terry McMillen's Amalie Motor OIl Extermigator
Goodson Race day exhibit
Racing slicks
Dave Monyhan chatting with the crowd
Richard Orlikowski
The McMillen Crew
One of the many kids who came out to see the big cars
Samsel Racing Top Alcohol Dragster
Team members relaxing at the picnic
Dragster close-up
Cam McMillen with one of the team
More McMillen team members
Big haulers are needed to transport these cars
Cam McMillen always seems to have a smile
A chance to get up close to a high performance dragster
Watermelon Bowling on the lawn
Amalie Motor Oil Extermigator Semi
Jim Sobeck - United States X-Country Snowmobile
The crowd waiting for McMillen to fire up the Top Fuel dragster
Motor Parts Equipment, a local supplier stopped by too
Dale Creasy Jr. Nitro Funny Car
Ready to fire up the Top Fuel Dragster
TexPak | Dale Creasy, Jr.
Top Fuel Dragster set up
TEam members had to steady the car when they wacked the throttle
Wow! That's cool!
Beautiful Minnesota weather for Race Day
Race Day Crowd
Employees & Race teams mingle over lunch
A great time was had by all.
Stay tuned to the Goodson Blog for the Amalie Extermigator fire up and exclusive interviews with the drivers/crew members!
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