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The Dragster Insider: “Going Hawaiian”

March 3, 2009

Phil Burgess (editor of National Dragster and’s “Dragster Insider” blogger) has a new post about the litany of drivers who have swapped pedals for my team’s crew chief, Roland Leong (a k a  “the Hawaiian”).

His latest “Insider” entry serves as a tease for a longer, more thorough article to run in Dragster’s upcoming “Reader’s Choice” issue; it’s comforting and satisfying to know that race fans have voiced such an interest in the man who is making the decisions about how McCain’s Bomb Squad Nitro Funny Car gets my butt down the quarter-mile.

Look at this partial (!) laundry list of dragster and funny car shoes who have driven for Roland, and whose tenure with “The Hawaiian” Burgess plans to analyze in the Dragster story: Bobby Rowe, Leroy Chadderton, “240 Gordie” Bonin, Mike Van Sant, Denny Savage, Norm Wilcox, Larry Arnold, Mike Snively, Mike Sorokin, Mike Dunn and Pat Foster. piece:

Wow. That’s a stalwart collection of nitro racers. Phil has a memorable line about Leong’s legion of ex’s:  “Roland changed drivers like some of us change socks.”

Even though this is a directory of former drivers, I had to wonder why I wasn’t listed? Maybe that’s a positive sign? — Mendy “Haole” Fry


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Gordie permalink
    March 4, 2009 5:30 am

    Is THAT how you spell Howlie:>)??? All those boys never told me that. Have fun this weekend Mendy; and thanks for the heads-up on Phil’s article.


  2. Bobby Curtis permalink
    October 2, 2009 7:23 am

    How would I go about getting Gordie Bonin autograph?
    Any help would be grateful..
    Thank You
    Bobby Curtis

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