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Drag Racer Michael Beard and the Duck Tape Racing 1985 Plymouth Turismo

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Duck Tape Racings' 1985 Plymouth Turismo
Duck Tape Racings' 1985 Plymouth Turismo
In 2009, a new tradition began for footbrakers... This traditional style of drag racing eliminates the use of transbrakes, which requires more skill from the driver to get the tires to hook up. The most important attribute to this type of racing is consistency. When it comes to consistency, Michael Beard has got it. It takes great skill to run fast but, it takes a different type of skill to run consistent.
Duck Tape Racings' Michael Beard
Duck Tape Racings' Michael Beard


Farmington Dragway hosts an annual Champions Showdown with all of the previous Footbrake champions including anyone who has won a: "NHRA or IHRA national or divisional title, Bracket final, or summit super series championship." This year, Michael Beard won the Champions Showdown in the 1985 Duck Tape Plymouth Turismo. He managed to beat Tim Byrd in the final with a better reaction time of .015.
1985 Plymouth Turismo
1985 Plymouth Turismo
Beard won a, "Champions Showdown trophy, commemorative check, a free entry into Sunday's $4,000-to-win Footbrake Nationals, a free entry into next year's Footbrake Nationals, and next year he will also receive 24 of the 2011 Champions Showdown event t-shirts, which will feature this year's winning car: the Duck Tape Turismo!"

After the Showdown Beard made his way through the rounds and somehow ended up racing Byrd for the third time of the weekend. In round three of the Footbrake Nationals Byrd took the win light against Beard, ending a successful weekend for the Duck Tape team. Beard went on his way $4000 richer, looking forward to the 2011 race season.

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