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Mellow Insanity Racing of Carmichael, California Makes Drag Racing a Family Tradition

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The Mellow Insanity Racing family has been racing together since Chad was born.
The Mellow Insanity Racing family has been racing together since Chad was born.
To those who don't know Mellow Insanity Racing, the name alone would likely make one think twice before stopping by their pit area at the local track. But if you ask those who know Wayne, Linda, and Chad Axford, it's simply about friends and family having fun together. Friends, as long as they are not sitting in a race car in the opposing lane at Sacramento Raceway.

Named after a favorite garage band from the late 60's, Mellow Insanity Racing has a lot going on. The Axford family has been racing together for 20 years or since Chad was born. All three hold regular jobs. Wayne is a mechanic, Chad the manager of an auto supply store and Linda is a special education teacher, all in addition to their busy race schedule.

The foundation of Mellow Insanity Racing was poured when the drag racing bug bit Wayne around 1980. He decided one day that he would take his 1967 Volkswagen Bug to the local drag strip to see what it could do. The rest, as they say, is history. Currently, at an estimated 300 horsepower, it is one rowdy ride and boogies down the quarter mile in about 11.5 seconds.

Like dad, Chad's interest in racing began at an early age. At 14, he decided that he wanted to start racing so they purchased a junior dragster which put out roughly 50 horsepower. Racing it since 2003, the highlight of his career so far is claiming the title of 2006 Western Conference Junior Dragster Champion.

He has since traded in the junior dragster for a full size ride and has campaigned a 1998 Uyehara dragster since early last year. With an estimated 850 to 900 horsepower motor and with a few easy modifications, Chad can run in several different classes depending on the racing event. He has run as fast as 165 mph, chewing the quarter mile in just over 9 seconds. Even this early in the 2010 racing year, he already has a Sacramento Super Pro win under his belt. His ultimate racing goal is to drive a Pro Stock car on the NHRA circuit. Presently Chad is studying at a local community college and his immediate plans are to attend the California Highway Patrol Academy this July.

Chad and his father's race cars are both protected by K&N air and oil filters. Chad says both of their tow vehicles have K&N air intake systems for extra performance. "The truth is, I have never known anything other than K&N. Our family has always believed in taking care of our cars both on and off the track. In this house, if it needs a filter, it gets a K&N."

If you're in Northern California, look for Mellow Insanity at these events:

February 15 - Super Pro - Chad - Infineon Raceway
February 28 - Super Pro - Chad - Sacramento Raceway
March 7 - Super Pro - Chad - Sacramento Raceway
March 14 - Super Pro - Chad - Sacramento Raceway
March 14 - Wayne/ Chad - NASA - Sacramento Raceway
March 28 - Wayne / Chad - NASA - Sacramento Raceway
March 28 - Super Pro - Chad - Sacramento Raceway
April 3 - Super Pro - Chad - Infineon Raceway
April 11 - NASA Pro VW - Wayne / Chad - Sacramento Raceway
April 18 - Super Pro - Chad - Sacramento Raceway
May 1 & 2 - Super Pro / Super Comp - Chad - Sacramento Raceway
May 15 - NASA Pro VW - Wayne / Chad - Sacramento Raceway
June 26 - Super Pro - Chad - Sacramento Raceway
June 26 - NASA - Wayne / Chad - Sacramento Raceway
July 16 thru 18 - Super Comp - Chad - Infineon Raceway
July 23 thru 25 - Super Comp - Chad - Infineon Raceway
August 21 - Super Pro - Chad - Sacramento Raceway
September 4 & 5 - Bug O Rama - Wayne - Sacramento Raceway
September 19 - NASA Pro VW - Wayne / Chad - Sacramento Raceway
Sept 29 thru Oct 3 - Super Pro - Chad - Sacramento Raceway
October 10 - NASA Pro VW - Wayne / Chad - Sacramento Raceway

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