LACK OF FUNDING HAS PS DRIVER STRONG PARKED
NHRA Pro Stock driver Aaron Strong has dealt with the highs and lows drag racing has had to offer in the past three months.
On Sept. 3, 2016, he experienced euphoria.
Strong won his first NHRA Pro Stock Wally when he beat Vincent Nobile during Q3 – at the U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis - in what was the finals of the rain-postponed Northwest Nationals Aug. 7 in Seattle.
Then in the first of December, Strong experienced the devastating blow of losing his primary sponsor – A&J Furniture Manufacturing.
“We were pretty optimistic at the end of the year at Pomona because our sponsor (A&J Furniture) was excited and they are from there (California),” Strong said. “We made a deal with Elite (to provide motors) and the Stanfields (Greg, and son, Aaron) were going to be with us for 10 races to start and maybe more. Everything was looking really good and we got the car looking better at Pomona and about three weeks later our sponsor dropped out and said he couldn’t come back for this year (2017). I don’t think I’m going to start the season now and I’m not even sure how many races we will race.”
Strong, who finished 14th in the season points standings in his Camaro last year, is still hoping to compete in the upcoming year, but he needs some financial backing. He competed in a career-high 11 Pro Stock races last season.
“We’re just a smaller-funded team and sponsorship really helps us get out there,” he said. “We’re ready to roll. Elite has two motors already set aside for us that are done and the Stanfields are ready to fly in to help tune it. We just need a little help to get there. We went from the highs of the highs to the lows of the lows.”
When Strong isn’t racing, he runs his own company – Strong Trucking in Auburn, Wash., near Seattle.
“If someone is interested in sponsoring us they can look us up on Facebook,” Strong said. “They can private message us at Aaron Strong Pro Stock on Facebook. Right now we are parked until we can get some sponsorship.”
Prior to moving to the Pro Stock ranks in 2015, Strong was a standout driver in the Competition Eliminator class, but he wants to stay in Pro Stock.
“As of right now, I’m not looking to change classes or anything quite that drastic,” said Strong, who competed in three races in Pro Stock in 2015, Sonoma, Seattle and St. Louis. “We just need to get some sponsorship help, and have someone come onboard. We are a good qualifying car and we can go some rounds and we have something to offer sponsors.”