(Words and photos by Doug Gregory) – Best friends Joe Robinson (himself a medically-retired veteran) and Nash Poindexter formed P&R Productions to promote this event and see its proceeds support the Wounded Warrior Project. Tragically Joe was lost suddenly in an accident leaving the racing community, his family and friends with a void that once was filled with a man passionate about drag racing and supporting his fellow veterans. We went up to this event held at the historic Thornhill dragway, located in Kenton County Kentucky, to support the cause and to simply enjoy the event. I still ended up taking some pictures though and that didn’t diminish how much time was spent watching the action with my family and talking to folks in the pits.
The headline of the event was an outlaw 275 class that was chock full of mustangs, but also had some other interesting rides vying for the title. When all the dust settled it was Charlie Polly in his BES-built, LS-powered, Nitrous-huffing white 4th-gen Camaro that took the title against a host of opponents sporting all kinds of serious boost. I can tell you this engine makes sounds reminiscent of old modified eliminator cars from the 70s and 80s. I don’t have specifics yet, but I will learn more about this car and many of the others in the coming year. I can tell you the spectator attendance at this event was beyond what I was expecting. The event is prefaced by a cruise-in and car show and though we really didn’t make it in time for much of those, we got there well before the adjacent county’s long-standing restraining order’s allowed window for events (Saturdays 6pm to midnight, April – October) began. Cars were still streaming in at 9pm and were being parked in places I didn’t think were available for parking.
Its not only good to know the community will come together to support a charity such as this, but also to pay homage to a local hero that was driven to help others. Well done. Enjoy the gallery.