Jack Harris - Team Owner, Co-Driver
Brett Harris - Team Manager,
Tune-up, Co-Driver: 42,
is Jack Harris' son and partner in Nitro Thunder Racing. He's
married with three children, Krissa, Breanna and son, Kaden (who
can be seen on dad's lap in Nitro Thunder on the return road).
Brett grew up around Top Fuel racing, having fun
and helping when he could. That laid the foundation for the family's
successful operation today. Aside from drag racing, Brett competes
at snowmobile hill climbs on a turbo-charged custom tube chassis
rig he built himself. In 1994 the younger Harris joined the prestigious
200 MPH Club at the Bonneville Salt Flats driving Jack's snowmobile
powered streamliner to a record 222 MPH. In fact, he got his
license, broke the record and got into the 200 MPH Club all in
the same day!
Brett has been deeply involved
in the Nitro Thunder efforts since day one. Early on he worked
with Crew Chief Dale Emery on the tune-up and clutch, paying
close attention to detail while learning from a master. In 1999
Brett got his Top Fuel license, displacing dad in the seat. He
did very well in the car until a crash at the final race of the
season. In 2000 Jack started driving again and as Crew Chief,
Brett really got a handle on the tune-up. For the last four seasons
Nitro Thunder has been one of the most consistent fuelers in
the country while keeping their parts breakage to a minimum.
The sign of a team that really has its act together.
In 2002 and 2003 Brett took the
drivers seat and won the Rocky Mountain Raceway Nostalgia Nationals.
After tuning his dad to the 2004 VRA Top Fuel World Championship
Brett took the drivers seat full time in 2005. Harris had a good
Freshman season in 2005 and had a great 2006 winning the VRA
Top Fuel World Championship and setting a new official speed
record at 261 MPH. Between the Nitro Thunder dragster and Funny
Car plus the addition of the Paso Posse top fuel car to the team
the 2007 looks great for The Sheriff, his Posse and Nitro Thunder
Since taking over the seat of
Nitro Thunder full time Brett has won the 2009 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage
Racing Series 51st March Meet and was ultimately crowned the
2009 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series Top Fuel Champion.
Steve Watson Team Crew Chief: Steve
was crew chief for Garth Widdisons NHRA Top Fuel car, which ran
the FIRST 4 second run in Utah. He also has driven NHRA A Fuel
Class and was the first driver for Scott Masons Sudden Impact
Top Fuel dragster.
Steve is the Shop manager for
Felt Auto. He does the engine machine work on the Nitro Thunder
Motors. He works on the right side of the motor between rounds.
Steve is very good with the computer and along with Steve Tyrrell
helps determine what the tune up will be.
Steve Tyrrell - Crew Chief, Blowers,
Fuel System Specialist:
Steve started coming to the races with his brother and their
family. Steve does the bottom end, and lines the car up for the
burn out. He then runs down the track to back the car up in its
tracks. He watches for any problems during the run.
Tyrrell is also the team fabricator
and manufactures/repairs fuel tanks, oil pans, etc.
Rayce Muchmore - Asst. Crew Chief, Top
End Specialist: Has been
with the Nitro Thunder posse since conception and will share
the crew chief duties this 2009 season. He started out as the
bottom end specialist and has since moved up as it were to the
top end specialist. Rayce, along with his father Kim, and brother
Randy has been involved in all sorts of racing most of his life,
including sand drags and up-hill speed runs. For the last years
(when not with Nitro Thunder) he's been drag racing snowmobiles
on the asphalt. Powered by a Jack Harris turbo-charged 950 CC
2-stroke engine (ported by K&T Performance), Rayce holds
several track records with a best of 9.44 ET at 146 MPH. Yes,
Dubach - Rod & Piston Specialist: Since 1956 Harry has
been involved with the sport of drag racing. The first dragster
Harry built was an injected Ardun. In 1969 Harry built the Iron
Butterfly by himself. The Iron Butterfly is an injected small
block Chevy that was a C-gas dragster, then a B-Gas dragster.
Harry raced successfully in Comp Eliminator throughout the 70s.
He was Bonneville Raceway Comp Eliminator track champion 1971
through 1974. The car raced through 1980 then was retired until
1992. It has since been converted to alcohol and is driven by
Harrys son, Jed. Harry still tunes the car. The Iron Butterfly
has been raced in NE1, Top Comp, and RMR Super Quick.
Bob Eames - Pit Supply Specialist:
Bob has been involved
with drag racing for many years. He has been on the racer side
of the fence, as well as the employee and management side. In
the 60s and 70s he raced in several different NHRA classes and
worked on varied classes of vehicles. Most of his racing was
done at the old Bonneville Raceway in Salt Lake City, Utah. In
the early 80s, Bob became the assistant starter at the then new Bonneville Raceway, and
two years later took over the starting line assignment full time.
Bob worked the starting line at several major NHRA races under
the watchful eye of the legendary Buster Couch, who, according
to Bob, was and will always be, the best starter NHRA will ever
have. After working at Bonneville Raceway for several years,
Bob took over the management position, where he, his family and
crew ran many successful and well organized events. Bob has been
a member of the Nitro Thunder crew since day one. His main jobs
are mixing the fuel and driving the tow vehicle. However, he
is always there to do anything that needs done.
Bob & Louise, his wife, are
also actively involved with the street rodding events in Utah.
Twenty four years ago, they started a newsletter called Mountain
West Street News which keeps the car enthusiasts in the inter
mountain west informed about all major car events. This publication
has grown over the years from a small 6-page newsletter to a
small book. It has grown from 8-member clubs to the current 53
member clubs and organizations. Bob has been an active member
of the Stags Car Club for 45 years and both are active members
in Wasatch Rods & Customs Car Club. Bob and Louise have been
married for 45 years and are the parents of two sons and one
daughter and have three grandchildren.
Lockman - Bottom End Specialist
Steve Macklyn - Clutch and Rear End Specialist,
Co-Driver: In 1978 Steve
attended his first drag race at age 16. At that race he saw his
first nitro funny car and it seemed at that moment he had a lifelong
dream to fulfill. He started out with a 1968 Camaro which he
raced off and on for 14 years.
The dream of a nitro funny car
was still there but could not be realized at this time. As in
many people's lives, fate takes over and our lives go in a different
direction. For Steve, that happened but racing stayed right up
front. He just raced other things. That included oval track -
dirt and paved, bobsleds, ATVs, monster trucks and more. This
path of motorsports involvement continued until 2002 when drag
racing came back into the forefront. Steve bought an alcohol
Funny Car and raced it. At the same time he worked on a Nitro
Funny Car team and then a Top Fuel Dragster team. All the while,
he was gaining experience with the intention of putting it to
use on his own team in the future.
2006, 28 years after the first time he saw a nitro
Funny Car, Steve bought a
complete operation and commenced to license in the car in September
2007, Steve took the team he had assembled and ventured
to the Las Vegas
NHRA race in April to get some laps on the new tire Goodyear
developed. With a full field and the teams inexperience at going
they did not expect to qualify, but did learn a great deal about
the tire in
hopes of attending an IHRA race in July. July, attending the
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the team advanced to the semi-finals
upset they did not win when a month earlier the mentality was
"if we could
only go and qualify".
2008, Steve and his team attended 7 of the 10 IHRA
races and finished 5th in
the year end points with an event win in San Antonio and many
throughout the season.
2009, Steve sat out the season due to finances and
the cancellation of the FC class in IHRA. He again helped on
a Top Fuel team to stay visible and keep up on the sport. Then
in June of that year, Jack Harris made him an offer he gladly
accepted. A chance to drive the Nitro Thunder Nostalgia Funny
a half-track hit in the car in SLC in July, the team headed to
Boise in August. Advancing to the 2nd round and setting a track
Speed record left
the team with high hopes for the future.
Jason Mott - Truck Driver, Bottom End Helper
Dubach: raced his 1968
Chevy Camaro at Bonneville Raceways for several years. Jed began
driving the Iron Butterfly dragster in 1992. Jed won Super Eliminator
track champion in 1998. He was Top Comp track champion in 1999.
Jed earned the runner up award in 2000 and 2001. Then he became
Super Quick champion in 2002. Jed has been runner up again since
2002 and continues to race. Jeds best E.T. to date is 7:26
at 182 M.P.H. in the injected small block Chevy powered Iron
Andy (Cros) Crosbey - Engine Specialist
Nick Crawley - Crew and Pit Assistant
Carussa Harris - Backup Girl
Tracy Jill Page - Detail Specialist
Dale Adams - Crew Chief, Tune-up Specialist
Morgan Mo Rider - Overall Pit Coordinator
Larry Elmer - Fuel Specialist
Mike Elmer - Bottom End Specialist