Guest Instructor - Bud McNasby
Bud McNasby is a fixture at Atco Raceway in Atco, NJ, a track that has earned a reputation for hosting some of the most brutal bracket competition in the Northeast region and throughout the country. There, McNasby is a 6-time track champion in Pro Eliminator and has a pair of Fall Gambler Series titles to his credit. He also runs The Speed Shop at Atco Raceway, and has since 2003.
At 42 years of age, Bud McNasby has over two decades of experience behind the wheel, as he started racing on his 18th birthday in 1986 in a street car his father helped him build. He married his wife Rita in 1989 and the two have a daughter, Amanda, who is 8 years old and looks forward to starting her Junior Dragster career next season. Bud purchased his venerable ’73 Olds Omega in 1988 with intentions of making it a race car. He did, and in years since it has become one of the winningest vehicles on the east coast. Bud still races this machine today.
McNasby's Omega, not a pleasant sight in the opposite lane.
McNasby’s break through performance came in 1991. At that time, the top 32 points finishers from Atco Raceway and Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown squared off in an event called the Kendall Cup. In that race, Bud defeated well known and respected Sal Biondo in the final round, earning $1,000 and bragging rights for the state of New Jersey. Later that day, the track also hosted a big dollar Super Pro event, so McNasby used a portion of his winnings to enter that race as well. In that event, he drove to a second victory of the day, defeating none other than Peter Biondo in the final round. The kicker of the entire performance? McNasby drove his “Somethin’ Else” Omega to the victory, Footbraking in the Super Pro class to defeat some of the best top bulb racers in the country.
“That was the race that put me on the map, so to speak,” said McNasby. “That day paid for my race car, my tow car, and my trailer.”
McNasby claimed the Pro track championship at Atco in ’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’07, and ’08. He won the Fall Gamblers Series in ’04 and ’08 (which is another electronics category in which McNasby Footbrakes).
Earlier this season, Bud shared the winner circle with protege and TIBR "Moneymaker" columnist Chuck Morris.
In addition to his incredible resume of track championships, McNasby has also scored victories at several of the largest individual events in the Northeast. He won the NHRA Division 1 Race of Champions in 1995. In 2007 he scored a $5,000 victory in Atco’s familiar Bill Mitchell Series events. He captured the $10,000 top prize at Maple Grove Raceway’s Footbrake Nationals in 2008, and just recently earned the Super Street crown at Atco Raceway’s NHRA Lucas Oil event in October of 2010.
In addition to his on track success, technical know how, and industry experience with The Speed Shop, McNasby has also long been a teacher of the sport. He started a bracket racing school in 1999 that hosted groups and individual racers for over a decade before halting classes early in 2010. Bud is excited to share his views with the ThisIsBracketRacing.com audience, and we’re honored to have him as a part of the TIBR team. In addition to his December 2010 Tutorial Column, Bud is a regular fixture on the American Race Cars racer forum here on ThisIsBracketRacing.com, offering tips and insights for racers throughout our member base.