As many of you will recall from the movie Fast and Furious, there are a select group of individuals who seem to believe that the world should move on at a faster pace. From dirt tracks to NASCAR and every clear stretch of good highway in between, these junkies feel the “need for speed”. No day is better than the one where they can kick into overdrive, and let go like a rocket.
Tray McFarland is one of those guys. At 23, McFarland has put hours upon hours into the C6 Corvette that he proudly displays at local car shows. On March 17th through 19th, McFarland took his car to a whole new level, at the Texas 2K16 races (tx2K16.com) in Houston. Billed as one of the most anticipated Street Car events of the year, TX2K16 (hosted at Royal Purple Raceway) was bigger and better than the last, with cars ranging anywhere from 300hp all the way up to 2500+whp. Racers competed in roll racing and drag racing. For the folks that are unfamiliar, roll racing is where 2 racers come to a designated speed (60 mph in this case) and once both are at that designated speed the cars will then take off into a drag race, reaching a 100 mph minimum with speeds ranging upwards toward the 180’s and higher (with some speeds reaching over 200 mph!).
From Corvettes to Cobras, Mustangs to Motorcycles and everything in between, the drivers brought their best “race attitudes” to the track for a throw down of epic proportion. The weekend started off with McFarland racing up against a Nissan GTR. In the first of about 40 races over the weekend, McFarland hit 153 mph, the Nissan did not.
McFarland’s car was one of 130 invited to compete in the prestigious race, and at the end of the weekend was ranked in the top 50, a great place to be, considering the cars that they competed against. In one very intense moment McFarland found himself in a precarious place. While waiting to do a burn out, a Mustang in front of McFarland exploded into flames, mere feet from McFarland. Once the flames appeared, McFarland’s “race” at that time was in reverse. Fortunately for McFarland, he was able to get away from the burning car. Unfortunately for the other driver, the Mustang was a complete loss. “We use high octane gas and it can be pretty volatile” says McFarland “Once it catches fire, it can go up in flames pretty quick”. According to Street Race Magazine the incident occurred when
“A nitrous line burst after a hard launch on this Mustang and what started out as a little fire eventually erupted into an uncontrollable blaze. As firefighters kept trying to put out the flames, the horrible winds fanned the fire and burned the whole front of the car beyond repair. Thankfully, the driver walked away with no injuries.”
Earlier this month McFarland competed in the Texas Race Wars, at the Texas Motor Speedway. The weekend hosted about 400 cars, of which 100 raced. McFarland finished the weekend sitting in an impressive 2nd place. Especially impressive considering McFarland has no sponsor, no crew and has done all of the modifications himself. A Journeyman plumber by day, super mechanic by night.
McFarland looks forward to the next race opportunity, and is planning to make the trip to Houston again next year. His family, including fiancé Mallory, and friends are ready to cheer him on at the end of June and in July, when he will be racing 6 out of 6 weekends (beginning June 24th) at the Friday Night drags again at the Texas Motor Speedway. With each race giving McFarland a boost of confidence, the future of this talented adrenaline junkie will likely see a lot of racing action. Keep your eye out for this young man, I guarantee the sponsors are. With what he has accomplished already, there is no telling where he will wind up in his racing career. Ask anyone that has seen him race and they’ll tell you that one thing is for sure…he’s on the right track.
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