Author: Benson, Candida
Date published: July 12, 2013
Journal code: NDRG
For many years, Ed Richardson tore up dragstrips all over the country, and he was a threat to win at any event he entered, be it a national, divisional, or big-dollar bracket race. The proof of that is in a résumé that includes many race wins and two NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series national championships in Super Comp. But like many others, as Richardson and his wife built a life and family together, the open time to go racing got smaller and smaller, and in 2001, he elected to step away to focus on his family and their activities. He returned in 2010, and Richardson has, as expected, been a factor at every race he attends.
Richardson has won one national event nearly every year since his return, scoring at the spring Charlotte event in 2010, last year's Atlanta race, and this year's Bristol event. His latest win came in typical Richardson fashion with the veteran racer cutting strong lights, including a pair of .005s, that got him out of the gate first in all but one of his double-green contests.
Richardson did that in a car that has quite a history. It was originally built by and for Richardson's father-in-law, Bill Mullis, and was the final one Mullis built before selling his chassis company. Though the car was built in 2001, it only had a few passes on it when Mullis and Richardson pulled it out again in 2010 and had it updated by Mullis Race Cars.
Richardson opened with a .005-initiated 8.94 that moved him around Jacob Elrod, who broke out by .002-second. Richardson got the automatic nod in the second round when Steven Furr went red by two-thousandths. The following round, Ronnie Siani was better on the Tree, .016 to .030, but he broke out with an 8.88, opening the door for Richardson, who won with an 8.91. Richardson returned to form for the final three rounds, winning all on holeshots. First, he turned a .016 to .035 reaction time advantage into an 8.92 to 8.91 win against Ten i I le Baker. In the semi's, he paired a .019 light with an 8.91 to defeat Sherman Adcock Jr.'s .040-initiated 8.90.
The final played out in the same fashion as the previous two rounds. Richardson left the starting line first, .012 to .030, then eased his car to an 8.95 to beat Greg Slack's quicker 8.93.