We’re still cranking out content at the NHRA Insider audio factory and this one is a gem. The guests on the show are Jim Maroney and Brad Plourd. Maroney is a privateer top fuel racer who has taken the long way to the long cars. We learn about his path in drag racing and how he achieved the ultimate dream of so many, sitting in the seat of the fastest accelerating car in the world.
Brad Plourd is an awesome story of how hard work, dedication, and attention to your craft can make you great. 21 NHRA national event wins in five different classes including multiple Indy wins. The Indy wins are stories in an unto themselves. He has won that race driving a footbrake stocker and he has also won it driving a blown six second altered. He is drag racing’s most versatile utility player.
Here’s the official episode description:
Jim Maroney and Brad Plourd join Brian Lohnes on this episode of the NHRA Insider podcast. Maroney is the Arizona based privateer top fuel team owner and racer who has had a steady climb up the ranks of drag racing competition and in business. He speaks with Lohnes about his career, his plans for the re-start of the NHRA season, and his take on the state of top fuel.
Brad Plourd has won 21 NHRA Nationals events, he has won in 5 categories, he has won in cars he’d never driven before an event started, and he’s delivered in a stocker as well as a blown alcohol competition eliminator machine. He truly is the McGruber of drag racing and can make any hot rod work in a pinch. Plourd talks racing, philosophy, success, and how he went from a weeknight runner in Seattle to one of the premier players in the game.