DETERMINATION TO SUCCEED A STAPLE FOR BUDDY HULL
There’s no questioning Buddy Hull's determination to succeed as an NHRA Top Fuel owner/driver.
Hull, who is in his third year on the circuit, will make his 2023 season debut at the Arizona Nationals Friday through Sunday in Phoenix.
Hull will be driving the Methanol Moonshine dragster tuned by veteran crew chief Mike Guger.
At the end of 2021, Hull purchased the Top Fuel operation of Tim Wilkerson. Hull had a successful season last year racing limited national events.
This season Hull and the Methanol Moonshine team also are receiving backing from Renegade Fuels, Go Lithium, Vertex Roofing and General Contractors as well as associate sponsor support from Camelback Ford, who provided the team's tow vehicle this weekend for the Arizona Nationals, where they will be looking to continue their quest for wins and improved performance.
“These Top Fuel dragsters go from zero to 100 mph in less than a second, but we are being very methodical in how we build this racing program,” said Hull in a press release. “We brought Mike Guger on which was a big step for us. I have to thank Tim Wilkerson for all his support, guidance, and encouragement. I have known Tim my whole life, and I would not be racing without his help. This team has been working hard in the offseason and I am excited to get to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park and make some runs.
“Adding someone like Mike to the team is a dream come true,” added Hull. “He has so much experience and has worked with so many great drivers, I honestly pinched myself after he said yes to working with our team. We are building a solid foundation to move forward and Mike, along with David Shaff, our car chief, will bring us a great one-two punch. David joined our team over a year ago and has shown great leadership from the beginning as well as a great work ethic.”
Hull announced Methanol Moonshine as his primary sponsor in December at the PRI Show and in January the Top Fuel driver announced veteran Top Fuel tuner Guger would take the reins as his full-time crew chief. The momentum is building for this young team, and they are looking to make an impact starting this weekend at the NHRA Arizona Nationals. Hull plans to race at least eight races in the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series starting at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.
As a Methanol Moonshine partner Hull will be an ‘am-a-bad-ass-ador’ for the 2023 NHRA Top Fuel season, with the team launching the Moonshine and Motorsports brand into the high-speed & high-performance world of drag racing using his Top Fuel dragster, his image and of course his chiseled chest as platforms to promote the brand and his team. Buddy Hull Racing and Methanol Moonshine will collaborate on a uniquely themed brand of merchandise available exclusively through Buddy’s website and other merchandise avenues.
"I'm super excited to work with Wade Aunger, Chris Bishop, and everyone at Methanol Moonshine. Since we started talking back at Indy, we all just hit it off and did everything possible to work together,” says Hull. “It's an absolute perfect fit with our team and the look of the car is something special. I can’t wait to launch this partnership into a new gear through our racing program and hopefully make that trip ‘down under’ to race in a dragster there as well."
Hull also is thrilled to be debuting his partnership at the Arizona Nationals this weekend with Minnesota-based Go Lithium to provide the team with custom designed 48-volt battery packs for their 12,000-horsepower Moonshine Methanol Top Fuel dragster. This first of its kind product from Go Lithium will feature four 12-volt batteries wired to create the 48-volts needed to power the starter in a custom design billet case.
“I am so excited to show off this Go Lithium battery starter,” said Buddy Hull, who will be making his 2023 debut this weekend ay Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. “There are two things I love about racing, the technical innovations and looking cool. These battery pack combines both of those elements and I think Go Lithium will get a lot of customers once people see how sharp this custom starter looks and how well it works. Doug Johnson and Jason Line have done an amazing job.”
This is Go Lithium’s first foray into the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, but the company has been providing batteries to Super Stock racer Justin Lamb, 5-time NHRA Lucas Oil Series champion, as well as late model racer Scott Bloomquist, X275 Racer JD Campbell, and a variety of World of Outlaws teams. Go Lithium batteries are hand made in the USA and purpose-built for racing. A nationwide network of dealers provides a wide range of battery products to racers and consumers at every level of motorsports.
“This is a dream come true for me to have our batteries aligned with an NHRA Top Fuel team like Buddy Hull Racing,” said Doug Johnson, Go Lithium President. “The beauty of this product is that we can make it completely custom for any Top Fuel team. It will be great looking and will stand out with the added benefit of being a tremendous battery pack. Getting on the level of NHRA Top Fuel racing also gives Go Lithium instant credibility. We are excited about the possibilities, and we know Buddy Hull and his team will be great ambassadors for Go Lithium.”
The custom designed battery packs will be housed in billet cases designed by Pro Stock world champion Jason Line in conjunction with Go Lithium. Johnson was excited to be taking an existing product and modifying it for a new use. The small batch product will be completely customizable to match the look and design of any NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series team.
Fans and teams will get their first look at the Buddy Hull Racing Go Lithium battery starter on Friday night during the first round of qualifying for the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park. Two more qualifying rounds will be contested on Saturday, March 25 with the 16 quickest Top Fuel dragsters competing on Sunday before a packed hour and FS1 television audience. For more information on tickets visit nhra.com.
In addition to the Arizona Nationals Hull will compete at the Las Vegas Four-Wide Nationals, Route 66 Nationals in Chicago, the Topeka (Kan.) Nationals, the U.S. Nationals, the Midwest Nationals in St Louis, the Fall Nationals in Dallas, and the Las Vegas Nationals to wrap up the season in October.