Daniel Aydelotte takes home his first Wally at the 2009 JR ET Finals
August 23rd is a day that Texas Motorplex Jr Dragster racer, Daniel Aydelotte, will not soon forget. After a day of tough competition in the 14 year old class at the 2009 JR ET Finals, Daniel Aydelotte took home his first Wally. JR Dragster Racers from all over Division 4 meet in the DFW area to compete at the 2009 JR ET Finals this past weekend. Daniel’s age group featured 16 of the toughest 14 year olds in the country.
Daniel Aydelotte is no rookie to the sport. He began his racing career at the age of 10, and now races a 2008 RPC Gunslinger. He holds the 2007 Modified Champion and 2008 Top Eliminator Champion at Texas Motorplex. Daniel is currently ranked 4th in points at Texas Motorplex in the Top Eliminator Class.
This season Daniel and his crew upgraded to a JR Racecar Titan 3 with a Shockwave clutch. With engine modification in place and increased performance, the 150 inch wheelbase RPC JR Dragster launches hard and creates tire spin. For a driver tire spin means inconsistency, and in drag racing inconsistency usually means a loss.
The Aydelotte team towed up from Austin, Texas this past week for a Friday night testing session at a local track. Daniel struggled with several red lights during his Friday night practice session, but pulled it together for the event and cut decent lights during eliminations. With scorching temperatures over 100 degrees, Daniel battled issues with tire spin early in the day. With Daniel’s experience in the driver’s seat and guidance from Crew Chief, (Dad) Tom Aydelotte, the team eliminated tire spin by positioning the racecar either far left or far right depending on the lane and stayed out of the groove until after the launch. Daniel remained focused for all four rounds of eliminations and did his job to clinch the victory, earn the title of the 2009 JR ET Final 14 year old Class Winner, and take home his very first Wally.
Daniel enjoys what he does and takes pride in representing his team. Each week before the race, Daniel makes sure his racecar has a spotless shine. Last season Daniel painted his 08 RPC Gunslinger himself. Black is a very difficult color to paint, but Daniel used a deep gloss and very little orange peel to create a top of the line look. Although this was his first paint job, don’t be surprised to see more work from the young driver.
Dad and Crew Chief, Tom Aydelotte is very proud of his son and his accomplishments. “He is an awesome son and works very hard at this sport,” Aydelotte states. Texas Motorplex would like to Congratulate Daniel Aydelotte and his team for the recent 2009 JR ET Finals Win and wishes the Aydelotte Team a successful future in the sport of drag racing.