Brenda captures the runner-up spot in first all-female final!

Brenda faced off against Trista Fenner in the final round at the Kansas National Event, held in Topeka earlier this year.  History was made as it was the first time two female drivers faced off in a national event final round in Stock Eliminator.  This was Trista’s first national event final and the third for Brenda.  While she came up short, it was “still great to be part of history and I know we will see more all-female finals in Stock in the years to come” stated Brenda .









 

BRENDA GRUBBS

Takes Stock Eliminator Trophy at NHRA Mile High Nationals

Brenda Grubbs won her first NHRA National event win at the Mile-High Nationals in Denver.  For the 2002 IHRA Stock Eliminator Champion, 2008 NHRA Division 2 Champion, 2008 Jeg’s Allstars Champion and multi NHRA and IHRA Divisional event winner, an NHRA National event win was a long time coming and was one of the few accomplishments missing from her long racing resume.

Prior to the Mile High Nationals Crew Chief and husband Bill had been trying to talk Brenda into attending the race in Denver and couldn’t quite convince her to make the long trip.  Finally just before the entry window closed, Brenda received a call requiring her to be in Denver on business the Wednesday before the race.  The call clinched the deal and the Grubbs’ were heading to Denver.  Brenda flew out on Tuesday for her business meeting and Bill left later that day to make the drive to Bandimere Speedway. 

Neither Bill nor Brenda had ever been to the track before and didn’t really know what to expect other than hearing it was “slow”.  While knowing it would be slow, Brenda was still surprised when the car launched with what could only be described as a bunny hop and clocked an ET of 11.298 seconds on the first qualifying run, numbers not seen since the car had a small block.

Out of the 31 Stock Eliminator cars, 5 cars were entered in A/SA.  Thankfully, when the ladder came out, all of the A/SA cars were on the right side with Brenda being the only A/SA on the left side.  After second round, all of the A/SA cars were out of elimination except Brenda. 

The final round was Scott Burton with his B/SA and Brenda, who was crowned the champion when Scott fouled.    

Jackie Alley the 2011 NHRA Lucas Oil Super Stock Champion won Super Stock at the event.  Brenda had written “Jackie Alley: The Super Woman of Super Stock” for THEBLOCK.COM and was excited be meet Jackie in person.  Sharing the Winner’s Circle with Jackie made Brenda’s win even more special.

 

Belle Rose
Runner -Up

 

BELLE ROSE RUNNER-UP

Brenda went to the final round at the NHRA Divisional Event held at Belle Rose, Louisiana, June 8-9, 2013.  Driving the car with a new transmission, shifter and ATI Converter didn't stop Brenda from winning five rounds before losing in the final to event winner Dave Latino.  The car was also equipped with a new MDS Power Grid Ignition which Bill thought was "Totally Awesome".

Virtually the entire drive line of the car is new.  Earlier this year the move was made from the aluminum head 427 to the iron head version.  Then, prior to the Belle Rose race, a new transmission, shifter, ATI converter, and MSD Power Grid Ignition were installed.    Over the years several people encouraged Bill and Brenda to try an ATI converter.   The ordered ATI converter arrived and after testing was found to be perfectly matched to the engine and transmission. The new converter exceeded expectations and performed flawlessly. 

The MSD Power Grid Ignition is awesome.  Bill was one of the earliest users of the MSD Digital ignitions in Stock Eliminator and has used them for over ten years. The Power Grid system is a huge leap in its ease of use over the previous systems.  The first program Bill installed in the Grid was the one used in the Runner-up finish at Belle Rose. 

The shifter was the hardest piece of equipment for Brenda to get used to.  After using her previous shifter for almost fifteen years the "feel", and method of shifting were totally new.  Brenda did adapt to the new shifting process, and it took her to the final round.

This was Brenda’s first final round since relocating to Division 4 in April.  Brenda and Bill now reside in Magnolia, Texas.



LOTS OF CHANGES!

Lots of changes are in store for Brenda Grubbs Motorsports in 2013.  The first change is the team is moving to Houston, Texas!  Brenda was recently promoted to a National Account Manager for General Mills and will be based in Houston.  Both Brenda and Bill are excited about the changes and are looking forward to racing Division 4. 

The racing season is planned to begin with the Division 2 Gainesville race, followed by Valdosta and the Gatornationals.  After the Gators, Brenda Grubbs Motorsports starts racing in Division 4 at the Cajun SportsNationals in Belle Rose, Louisiana. 

Also new this year is the partnership with ATI.  "For years we have heard great things about ATI and we are excited to use their converters for the 2013 season" states Brenda.  Please visit ATI at www.ATIracing.com.

Work on the Super Stocker continues, although it has slowed down due to the move.  Hopes are the car will be out later this year.

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