April Archive


The final day of action at the Primm Valley Resorts NSDA event produced some excellent racing. This was another awesome event put on by the NSDA crew. Keep an eye on NSDN for more on this event in the coming days. Final round video posted 4/22.

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Race Recap

The second race of the National Sand Drag Association (NSDA) season went off March 16-18 at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA. Sunny skies and hot temperatures were welcome weather for some great racing action.

 Shane Sanford started sand drag racing ten years ago with a V-6 dune buggy in Pro 5 and has moved his way up to become a force in the Top Alcohol class. Shane, from Fullerton, CA, always had fast toys and once he got into the sport of sand drag racing the natural progression up the ranks began. After a couple of seasons with the buggy, he moved up into the Pro 2 category with an ex-NHRA Super Comp dragster owned by his dad, Ed. Shane went on to take two Primm victories in that race car. This dragster is still raced on a limited basis by the Sanford’s.

 Bill Swim, aka “Wild Willy” is well known throughout the sand drag racing community. The fun loving racer always is a crowd pleaser wherever he goes. “Wild Willy” is in his sixth year of sand drag racing. He started out in the infamous “Wild Willy” T-Bucket bodied altered that brought him to prominence with its wild rides across the country. The altered progressed and eventually pushed well into the 3.5 range before taking a wild ride in Avenal, CA, where it was decided that it was time to move on to a new ride.


 I was all set to submit my column for the latest issue of NSDN when Monday evening just before we sat down to a family supper I noticed a new head line on another racing website that I frequent. The head line read, “Eric Medlen hurt in testing crash”. The story was brief, because the incident had happened not long before the story was posted. A condensed version goes something like this; “Eric Medlen, driver of one of John Force Racings AA/FC Mustangs, was severly injured during testing this afternoon. Eric was airlifted from Gainsville Raceway following a crash during which at the top end of a run. The car got loose, went left, then crossed the race track and impacted the opposite retaining wall head on.”


The NSDA encountered their first incident at the February Soboba Casino event. Duane Nosko, no stranger to the sand industry, brought his buggy to the event to be driven by Kris Lauffer. Kris is a record holder on asphalt with some of the quickest and fastest VW race cars.


The 2007 sand drag racing season has gotten off to a great start with some stellar NSDA events on the west coast. It never ceases to amaze me how each event the racer turnout seems to grow. This hopefully is a trend that will be seen across the country as tracks in the middle and eastern portions of the country start up for the season.

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