"Garlits vs. Gwynn: Match Races for a Cause" Series, June 5|1
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. - Don "Big Daddy" Garlits edged Darrell "The Kid" Gwynn by 1/10th of a second to take the NHRA Supernationals crown of the "Garlits vs. Gwynn: Match Races for a Cause" series at the Old Bridge Township Raceway Park on Sunday, June 5. The two legends of drag racing are competing a charity racing series to commemorate the NHRA's 60th Anniversary and raise awareness and money for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation and Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, Inc. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation's mission is to provide AWARENESS, PREVENTION, SUPPORT and ultimately a CURE for Paralysis.
The two rivals met in Englishtown on the 25th Anniversary of Don Garlits famous blow over in a race against Darrell Gwynn in 1986. After splitting the first two races with Garlits winning on Friday and Gwynn winning on Saturday, the drivers squared off in a winner-takes-all race on Sunday at the NHRA Supernationals. Both drivers got a great jump off the starting line. The race was even all the way down the quarter-mile racetrack, but Garlits managed to get his car across the finish line in 30.30 ahead of Gwynn's 30.40 time. The win gave Garlits the series victory. After also winning the series at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., Garlits holds a 2-0 series lead and a 4-2 lead in the overall match race standings.
"I thought I had a good run Sunday with one of my better times so far this season, but "Big Daddy" figured out a way to win," said Darrell Gwynn. "I'll have to win the next three series to win the championship versus him this season, but I'm up for the challenge."
"Big Daddy" and "The Kid" are competing in custom built battery powered electric replica dragsters that were built by Brad Hadman, designed by Mike Gerry and graphics by Eric Reyes under the supervision of Jerry Gwynn. Gwynn's car is equipped with a joystick control that allows him to drive the same way he operates his wheelchair. It marks the first time Gwynn has raced competitively since his racing accident 21 years ago.
The two racers will face off again at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil in Indianapolis on Sept. 2-5, the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals in Charlotte on Sept. 15-18 and the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif. on Nov. 10-13. For more information