NHRA Drag Racer Heather Bell Takes Front Engine Dragster to Maple Grove Raceway
Allison and Heather Bell had a great Junior Drag Racing Season. The sisters were in the top ten all season at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania. Allison finished in 6th place and Heather finished in 4th place. This was the first year the sisters have both placed in the top 10 and the last year Heather Bell drove in Junior Dragster.
Heather Bell had her Front Engine Dragster at Maple Grove Raceway
Heather and Allison Bell were born into a racing family. Now, Heather graduated from Junior Dragster and received her license for Front Engine Dragster. “When I was taking my licensing run, I went 8.66 at 147 mph,” said Bell. “I took it a little easy because this was the first time we had the car out and we wanted to make sure everything was perfect. Our calculations have our car running around 8.30 at 160 mph.”
Team Bell's Front Engine Dragster on display at Maple Grove Speedway
Front Engine Dragster built in 1969 by racer Harold Wilson and modified in 2008 by Team Bell
Her Front Engine Dragster was built by racer Harold Wilson. In 1969, Wilson raced the dragster in the Kansas City World Finals. The chassis was number seven out of 16 that Wilson built that year. “We stripped it down after we purchased it,” said Bell. “We had the chassis updated and certified to 7.50. We then powder coated it and took a lot of time to make sure it was done right.”
Bell’s new engine was built by Bill Magliane of Danville, Pennsylvania. The dragster still runs with its original steering wheel and tail light. Team Bell uses K&N Filters. “We put on new K&N air filters at the beginning of each season and our cars run great,” said Team Manager Rick Bell. “Heather raced in Junior Dragsters with K&N and she will race Front Engine Dragsters with K&N.”
The other specs on Bell’s Front Engine Dragster are:
Rear Axle Type: 8 ¾ with 4.10 gears
Engine: 427 BBC, standard bore, injected alcohol
Transmission: TCI Full Power Glide
We took it to Maple Grove Raceway’s annual Geezer’s at the Grove Nostalgia Race. “My dragster was one of the most photographed cars of the day,” said Bell. “We also were able to see the old front engine dragster my dad raced when I was born. It was neat to see where our racing history began.”
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