Frank Nelson Racing

 

 

The 60's through the mid 80's including these cars and sponsors

 

 

 

 

If there ever was a marquee name or player in the Canada West Doorslammer class, Frank Nelson would be it. One of the original "NHRA Division 6 Hall of Fame" members, Frank has been racing for over five decades. He started in the sport in 1957 back in Kansas while in the service, and hasn't slowed down since. He ran a 1955 Chevy in Competition Eliminator in the 60's and won numerous races with that car. In the early 70's Frank campaigned an Chevy !! at the old Mission Raceway, SIR, Puyallup, Bremerton and Arlington Raceways. Starting in 1973 his car of choice was a 1967 Camaro in Modified Production which was raced under a number of different sponsors including Sambos restaurants, Coors Brewing, and Willies Plant Nook. The 80's saw Frank in the seat of numerous different cars including a late model Vega that he crashed at SIR in 1988. His sponsor of choice through the 80's and into the 90's was Bothell Bros. Chevrolet and with them he raced the Vegas and a Chevy Beretta. Along the way through the 70's -90's he won the Winternationals (1977 and 1981). The exposure he got for his sponsors was unparalleled back then as well. He was one of the feature cars in the "Heartbeat of America" TV commercials aired throughout North America. The best appearing awards garnered are to numerous to count and they include both sides of the border including the Vancouver Motorsport show, Mission Raceway National Open, and Divisional races Boise Div. 6 event and was "Editors Choice" at a Super Chevy race. He has a room full of trophies that culminated in Frank being inducted into the NHRA NW "Hall of Fame". He raced a Pontiac Firebird in the '90's and early '00's until and then purchased a state of the art Firebird Pro Stock Which he currently campaigns. He runs in the mid to high sevens with a 1100+ hp BB Chevy and a five speed Lenco.

 

Car:

Body style: 2002 Chevy Firebird
Chassis: Robert Neviz Race Cars

Engine: 615 BB Chevy
HP: Approx: 1175
Class: CWDS
Best ET: 7.50
Best MPH: 187

Transmission: 5 Speed Lenco
Tires and Wheels: Goodyear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Team:

Driver/Owner: Frank Nelson

Crew Chief: Mike Budd

Crew: Wife Ruth

Theresa Troy and Frank Jr. and thirteen grandchildren

 


Sponsors:

Gamblin Motors, Pontiac Chevrolet Buick, Enumclaw Washington

Longhorn Barbeque, Auburn Washington

 

 

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