Chuck Ulsch was a dominating force in the Outlaw 10.5 class ranks for years and now has brought his winning penchant to the PDRA in the Pro Boost class. This may be the first year Ulsch has stepped into the PDRA world, but he has already made an impact in the Pro Boost category. With the points lead in-hand going into the second half of the season, Ulsch and his team are prepared to finish strong.
Just being able to qualify at a PDRA event in Pro Boost is an accomplishment, but Ulsch has gone beyond that in his debut with the series. In the first four races of the 2018 season, Ulsch has been to the final round at every event, and parked his Tim McAmis Race Cars built Camaro in the winner’s circle at one race. This level of consistency has rewarded Ulsch and his team with plenty of confidence and the points lead heading into the final half of the PDRA season.
If you ask Ulsch, the reason he’s sitting on top of the points right now is because of the outstanding team he has assembled to prepare his Camaro each time it makes a pass, along with plenty of power from his Brian Roche Racing Engines-built BAE Hemi.
“The big catalyst for all of this has been the group of guys with me at each race. Everybody that helps keep this car going and those who have helped out financially is what makes it work. We ran well at the PDRA finals last year and that set all of this in motion. I wasn’t sure if I was going to run just in the Northeast and the PDRA when they came close, but after our performance at the finals last year I decided to put it all together, run the first few races and see where it went.”
The success that Ulsch is experiencing thus far this season hasn’t come easy; the team has dealt with a lot of adversity and uncertainty being so new as a unit. Having a strong will to succeed and never give up has allowed Ulsch and his camp to power through brutal weather, engine failures, and every other challenge that comes with campaigning a high-level racecar.
“We didn’t think Virginia was going to be so brutal with the weather and water grains — it felt like it was 200 degrees in the car. We don’t have much data on this car period, let alone with track temperatures of 140 degrees and weather that was so challenging. With what happened at the Virginia race, it will give us good information coming into Columbus that we can use in tough conditions,” Ulsch says.
Coming into the Super Strip Nationals at National Trail Raceway, Ulsch and his team are prepared to do whatever it takes to make it five finals in a row and keep a firm grasp on the Pro Boost points lead.
“Basically we’re trying to keep all this momentum going as a team so we’re able to stay on top of the points. It’s all about staying consistent, going rounds, and qualifying well each race so we can play our game. At Virginia, we had issues and had to replace the engine three times. For us it’s a matter of not giving up, my team doesn’t give up and we do what we have to do so we can keep racing. Winning in Columbus will require us trying to qualify well so we get in the top half of the field to make the first round easier.”
Ulsch will be the first one to tell you he wouldn’t be where he is in his first year of PDRA competition without the help of his team and their supporters.
“My girlfriend, Lauren Jones, and my crew of Jeff and Brian Weddle, my father ‘Pop’, my son Cody, Keaton Rosborough, Tracey Hicks, and Keith Sexton have all played a role in making things work this year.
With backing from MB Enterprises/Mead Baldwin, Brian Roche and Roche Racing Engines, Dave Hance/New York Motorsports, Redline Racing Oil, NGK Sparkplugs, Hoosier, Troy Critchley at Hammer Superchargers, Brown Miller Fuel Systems, Line-X of Fredrick, 1320 Fabrication, One87 Graphix, and South Street Auto Sales we plan on making every race this year.”
The PDRA Super Strip Nationals will be the next battleground where you can see Chuck Ulsch take on the best in the Pro Boost class. All of the racing action is set to kick off at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio July 19-21. You can see all the racing live RIGHT HERE on Speedvideo.com thanks to Royal Purple, Jerry Bickel Race Cars, Crane Cams, Moser Engineering, Flying A Motorsports, Neal Chance Racing Converters, D-A Lubricant.