Joe Morrison Races Part 5: Life is a Highway

Joe MorrisonLife is a Highway

Funny how this song ended up being re-done for the Disney movie, “Cars.” It certainly describes my experience since the last blog installment. But, before we dive into my past month’s travels, let me start with a real-time update.

This upcoming weekend will be the last of the 2020 NHRA Camping World Series (that just looks cool) for the Leverich Racing Top Fuel Dragster. In Houston, we’ll be sponsored by Best of Texas Barbeque Sauce, which is owned by NHRA Drag Racer John Hale. I made a little video showing one of the ways the Morrison family uses this great tasting sauce.

If you haven’t tasted this amazing BBQ sauce before, you really should try some. So – if you’re inclined and want to support the sponsors who have helped our little Nitro team finish the season off strong, you can order by clicking this link. When you order on PayPal, there is a “notes section.”  I’d very much appreciate it if you could let them know Nitro Joe sent you.

By the time you read this, I will likely already be on the road to our next race in Houston. My wife Jen and I are bringing our RV camping trailer all the way from New Jersey, with a stop or two at Camping World for supplies. I am excited about NHRA’s new title sponsor – and believe we’ll be able to bring in new sponsors that the previous regime was not willing to entertain.

So – let’s head back to the beginning of September.

Recap of Thunder in the Park Car Show

My poor, 20-year-old GMC dually has been earning it’s keep. Within the month of September, I have covered 90% of the east coast with events as far north as Maine and all the way down to Bradenton, Florida. I have always loved road trips, but even this road warrior has gotten a new appreciation for traveling music.

When I left off in my last blog, we were just about to host the Right2Breathe “Thunder in the Park” car show at the Somerset Patriots Ballpark in Bridgewater, NJ. Thanks to some incredible work by Al Liebmann, support from the Dead Man’s Curve car club, some GREAT sponsors including Summit Racing Equipment, RacingJunk.com, Lucas Oil, POR 15, Tony Stoms and Stoms Automotive, REZ Restoration Beverage, EJK Insurance, Bell Signs and Graphics, S&W Race Cars, Tub O’Scrub, and Federal Process brands; we had an absolutely amazing event.

Show cars, cars from TV shows, Ida Automotive’s customs and race cars, and of course, a ton of my friends brought out their amazing nostalgia Funny Cars from all over the east coast. We even had the Pacer’s Auto/Tazmanian Devil Fuel Altered and Brian Beattie brought out his beautiful recreation of the Great Expectations AA/Fuel Dragster.

We sold out the event and raised almost $10,000 to support the Right2Breathe online patient support group and the free lung screenings. It was a LONG day, but everyone had a great time, and I was humbled by the support for Right2Breathe.

Nostalgia Funny Car Match Racing Madness

Joe Morrison

In true “drag racer” fashion, we loaded up after the show, headed home to unload, packed our bags, I grabbed my helmet and firesuit, and hit the road for a match race in Maine. Rocky and Donna Pirrone left straight from the car show, while Jen and I went home to unload the Right2Breathe display booth and we took off to catch up with the Pirrones.

I think we stopped near the Massachusetts/Maine border and slept for the night. We headed out in the morning for Oxford Dragway- a little 1/8-mile dragstrip near the town of Oxford, Maine. The fans were amazing, even though we struggled to get down the track. We had the Super Camaro tuned up and I think we brought a Bazooka to a knife fight. I had my hands full, but it was a fun time.

As we were headed home, the serpentine belt on my trusty old GMC let go after the belt tensioner seized up. Fortunately, we were only a few miles from an auto parts store, so I jumped in Rocky’s rig and we did a quick “side of the road” repair and made it home without further incident.

That’s about it for this week’s blog. My fingers are tired and must get packing for Houston. Stay tuned for more coming next week.

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