Shawn Reed Makes 2019 Debut at NHRA Springnationals


Brownsburg, IN (April 10, 2019) – Shawn Reed will make his 2019 debut this weekend at the NHRA Springnationals in Houston in the Bob Vandergriff Racing Top Fuel Dragster, sponsored by Hughes Oilfield Transportation. It will also be the first race of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season with two BVR cars entered in competition.

“I’m excited to get back in the driver’s seat; it’s been a long time. My last race was in Pomona 2018,” Reed said. “At these past few races with Jordan (Vandergriff) driving I’ve been taking in everything around me, learning to do more jobs on the car and working with the crew chiefs.”

Reed will be driving a dragster specially designed by Morgan Lucas race shop. BVR Crew Chief Ron Douglas has been on top of this project to make sure the car is ready for Reed’s debut.

“Shawn came to the shop in February after testing and we put him in the seat to work on pedal and level placement and general fitting. He came back last week and we made a few final changes to make sure he fit in the car properly,” said Douglas.

The BVR race team skipped the NHRA 4-Wides in Las Vegas and spent that time preparing to bring out two Top Fuel Dragsters for the first time this year. Douglas will be crew chief on Jordan Vandergriff’s dragster, and Joe Barlam will be calling the shots on Reed’s dragster.

“This all wouldn’t be happening without Bob. He made the investment and brought in all the right people to make our teams competitive. One of those people is Joe Barlam,” said Douglas. “Joe is a great asset to our team. He was with BVR before, so he knows how our program works. While I will be on Jordan’s car and Joe will be on Shawn’s, we are able to help each other out. Both cars have the same basic set up. After each run, we plan to get together to see how we can improve each car so we can keep making our racing program stronger.”

Team owner Bob Vandergriff is eager to have both of his dragsters competing in Houston. Vandergriff won the Springnationals as a driver back in 2013.

“I’m looking forward to having two BVR cars on the track this weekend. I’m expecting Shawn’s car to perform just like Jordan’s and that will give us two chances to win the race,” said Vandergriff.

The NHRA Springnationals gets underway Friday, April 12 with pro qualifying beginning at 4:30 p.m. CT.

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Ron Douglas Joins BVR



Bob Vandergriff Racing has named Ron Douglas as co-crew chief on the C&J Energy Services Top Fuel Dragster of Dave Connolly. Douglas will work side-by-side with Connolly’s other co-crew chief, Jason McCulloch.

“I am really excited about joining Bob Vandergriff Racing for the 2016 season and beyond. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work alongside Jason McCulloch on the C&J Energy Services Top Fuel dragster,” said Douglas. “Dave is a great driver and I’m looking forward to working with the BVR team to get the C&J dragster into the Winner’s Circle. We have high expectations and lofty goals for the upcoming season.”

Douglas has been involved in NHRA Drag Racing for more than two-decades, working alongside racing legend Dick LaHaie and tuning cars for Doug Herbert and Cruz Pedregon. Douglas spent the last nine seasons with John Force Racing where he put his teams in the top 10 for seven straight seasons, made 31 final round appearances with 12 wins, and helped Courtney Force set a National speed record in Nitro Funny Car this past year.

“We have our sights set on the NHRA championship this season and Ron will play a major role in getting that done,” said team owner, Bob Vandergriff Jr. “Ron brings a lot of experience to the table, so I expect great things from him and Jason in 2016.”

BVR also just recently announced the addition of Leah Pritchett and a Quaker State sponsored Top Fuel Dragster. Mike Guger and Joe Barlam will be co-crew chiefs on that dragster for the 2016 season.

Bob Vandergriff Leads Charity Flywheel

Your favorite drivers from the NHRA will be working up a sweat to help make wishes come true for deserving children. The Vandergriff Foundation has teamed up with Flywheel Sports to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.