SPOTLIGHT ON SPEED: MELL FRAZIER
Topeka drag racer Mell Frazier has very few complaints about how the 2011 season has gone.
In fact, Frazier really only has one complaint, one he’d like to take care of over the final four races of the year.
“It’s been a real good year,’’ said Frazier, currently second in Pro points. “We need to win one, though.’’
Frazier has been a factor throughout the season but has yet to achieve his goal of visiting the winner’s circle.
“We’ve been in the quarters and semis,’’ Frazier said. “That’s what I did last year and then won the very last one.’’
Frazier finished second in points to Emporia’s Troy Ross last season and sits in the same position this year.
The veteran racer has yet to win a Heartland Park track championship and admits that is something he’d like to do before he walks away from the sport.
“I’m kind of ready to win one,’’ he said. “The older I get the more I think about it, too. Every year you go, “OK, I can do it another year.’ It would be fun to win.
“I used to not care about it at all. I could have cared less where I was at (in points) because it kind of messes with you. Now I’m into it and it’s fun. It adds a lot to the racing, I think, and just another thing to reach for.’’
In addition to preparing his ’74 Vega on race days, Frazier also takes care of the Jr. Dragster for his granddaughter, Haley Frazier.
Haley is also in the midst of a strong year, currently the point leader in the 8-9-year-old class.
“She finally got her first win and she’s been doing real well all the way through,’’ Frazier said. “That car is 100 times harder to run than this car to me. I’ve been doing it a long time with this one but I’m more worried about her doing good than me.
“She’s having a blast doing it.’’