HORSEPOWER: Jesse Wright, sponsor Mick Gutzke from Mix Towing Service and owner/driver Jodie Wright with his VH Commodore at Dragfest at Morgan Park.
HORSEPOWER: Jesse Wright, sponsor Mick Gutzke from Mix Towing Service and owner/driver Jodie Wright with his VH Commodore at Dragfest at Morgan Park. Deanna Millard And Gerard Walsh

Jodie's burning rubber fills the air at Dragfest

A LOCALLY born and bred drag racer returned to his roots to support the Warwick drag racing scene, as Jodie Wright hit the track in the super sedan category at the weekend's Dragfest at Morgan Park.

Growing up in the Rose and Rodeo City, Wright attended St Mary' School and Assumption College before moving to Jimboomba with his family in 1991.

His passion for motor racing was in his blood thanks to his father.

Starting out in a Ford Cortina, Wright soon became known as one of the best in Queensland for his burn-outs.

These days he races his VH Commodore in the super sedan category. Wright said he was fortunate to have one of the last motors built by one of the best high performance engine builders, Mickey Atholwood, before he passed away.

"The 308 engine has been stoked to a 383, and with around 600 horsepower I was reaching 132 mph, resulting in 9.89 seconds on the quarter mile at Willowbank," he said.

The weekend Dragfest was a test for the passionate dragster as serious health issues put him out of action for 18 months.

After going to the doctor with a simple toothache, Wright was informed he had a tumor in his jaw which luckily turned out to be malignant. Left untreated it would have grown and eventually cut off his air supply.

Wright said it was tough times, and as he had to have several months off work to recover after having five centimetres cut out of his jaw, there were no funds for his drag racing hobby.

"Sadly, last year was the first Dragfest I had missed. It's great to be back this year though as I love the atmosphere here, everyone is treated like someone."

Wright said drag racing was a hobby people had to really love as there can be a lot of heartache and expense involved. "Without the amazing support from family and sponsors, what I do would not be possible," he said.

"Thanks to Mix Towing Services, Opperman Mechanical and Beaudesert Mazda for keeping me on the track and a huge thank you to the Warwick Drag Racing Association for providing such a great venue."



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