The first race of the NuSouth Drag Racing League was held on July 10th in Montgomery, AL. The NDRL is a new league that combines cars as well as motorcycles to give spectators a show that offers more for everyone.
I spoke with Chad “Chickenhead” Otts and Jay “Bird” Rhyne to get their thoughts on the race a few months later, giving them time to reflect on their experience.
Chad has been racing since he was in his mother’s womb, so I have been told. He has raced in every class with the exception of Top Fuel. Because of his not having raced in T/F may explain why he likes to do Larry “Spiderman” McBride burnouts, at least one per race on his Pro ET or Top Gas bike. Chad is part of the Doghouse racing team out of Memphis, TN and is an ardent supporter of any legitimate form of motorcycle drag racing.
Today, many drag racing organizations and promoters don’t offer anything different; they offer more of the same. What happened to the days of “run what you brung and hope you brung enough?” What happened to the days of class diversity, freedom and flexibility that allowed and embraced individualistic innovative ideas without the influence of money and politics? Remember the days of the big match races, rivalries and showmanship? Where did it all go? Although we may not be able to pinpoint when, where and how the aforementioned exciting and entertaining attributes of drag racings past were lost, we can tell you who will bring more of it back.
NuSouth Drag Racing League would like to offer an eclectic drag racing experience by combining some “old school” with the new. Our aspirations are to embrace, celebrate and bring to the forefront the true diversity among today’s high performance enthusiast. NDRL will provide heads up drag racing with a limited amount of restrictions and rules when it comes to power plants, power adders and chassis configurations. Unnecessary politics and rules that can restrict the average racer from participating in heads up classes is not a necessity for the NuSouth Drag Racing League experience.