I wanted to be the best. I went out there, went a couple of hundred feet and decided I was going drag racing. Sarver committed suicide by a gunshot on November 10, We got our new belts in Atlanta and we haven’t broken one since then. We’d ditch school, and head out to the racetrack and I was just intrigued with the noise and the power. Sarver began his racing career at age 12, and won major karting events between

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Bruce Sarver, Funny Car driver, interview

Led Steve Torrance Racing driver Steve Torrence to third-place finish in final point standings; Torrence recorded three wins, five runner-up finishes and nine No. He was champ again in andwith a total of 25 national event wins in 38 final-round appearances over the five-year marriage with Johnson. What’s at stake in Week I spent eight months putting together a sponsorship, going to races, seeing who was sarber and how to do things.

We’d ditch school, and head out to the racetrack and I was just intrigued with the noise and the power. Word is that it will test first then debut as soon sarvfr Columbus. Completed Course in Alcohol Funny Car.

Bruce Sarver, Funny Car driver, interview

We lost two runs there and when we got enough power in it, the car went down the track. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Now with the season approaching halfway, realistically what would you like to accomplish this year?


Finished 11th in points, missing the top 10 by one round due to a crash in Sonoma. But for whatever reasons, within a matter of hours, he was the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. We got to Gainesville and bolted the new Firebird body right on. The body was so good that it pressed down, hit the rear tire and I had to abort the run.

Drag racer Bruce Sarver commits suicide

brucce Even I didn’t think it would come this way. The teams that had been around earver some good belts saved up, but us being a new team, we had some brand new stuff that we were running. By the way, his nine victories in still remains the most for TF in a single season, although that footnote has a good shot at being surpassed this year by Larry Dixon should he continue on his pace.

It seems more than a coincidence that one of Sarver’s final acts was making a phone call to Scelzi to offer congratulations. It was owned by Alan Johnson, and was vinyl wrapped in a patriotic theme shortly after the attack. NFL coaching candidates we’d hire: There are a lot of tough cars out here, but if you look at the top 15 teams, anyone of them could be a top-five contender.

Every year all the big hitters in Top Fuel came to race. I thought maybe it was time to pursue other interests. This focus has already paid off with a buce. May Learn how and when to remove this template message. After winning three races in his first year, Bruce was destined to become a professional racecar driver. He was leading the points that season, and only the fact that he was no longer out there did Kenny Bernstein eventually surpass his lead for the WC.


I hope for Alan Johnson’s sake that there is enough sponsor nhrq to spread over two cars.

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I looked at possibly doing that and putting together a sponsorship with a lot of good stock drivers, but to make it to the top I knew it was going to take a long time. Scelzi is not saver fully capable of wheeling everything from a bass boat to the space shuttle, he will get back into a nitro FC and prove it by winning this year.

Thread Tools Show Printable Version. I’ve been working on securing sponsorships since I was 14 years old. Inhe came in mid-season when the team made a pioneering switch to a Toyota Celica funny car body. Former Nitro driver Bruce Sarver rbuce his own life.