Top Dragster driver Phillip Oakley took another step toward an NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Division 3 Championship with a win at the Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning Burndown at Sundown event at Route 66 Raceway in Chicago. Oakley’s dragster is powered by a 640 cubic inch big block Ford topped with Trick Flow PowerPort® A460 360 cylinder heads and an R-Series A460 tunnel ram intake manifold.
Oakley first attracted Trick Flow’s attention when the Kentucky native began racing— and regularly winning—with Trick Flow’s powerful engine components in the early 2000s. In recognition of his success, Trick Flow began sponsoring the talented racer in 2004.
"Teaming-up with Phillip was a no-brainer," said Trick Flow Specialties Manager Mike Downs. "Phillip is an outstanding racer and engine builder. He competes in one of the toughest divisions in the country and is always at the top of the race results. His real- world racing experience is a valuable tool in the development of new Trick Flow products. Plus, he likes to win and we like to win, so it’s a great fit."
Oakley has been racing cars since he was 16. He has racked up numerous victories at a variety of races including multiple wins in NHRA Super Comp, Top Dragster, and at Tenn-Tuck and Mega-Bucks Big Money events.
"My 640 cubic inch dragster with Trick Flow A460 parts beats other cars with 700 plus inch motors. It just goes to show how they (Trick Flow Specialties engineers) put in the time and effort to design and build parts that stand up to racing abuse and make the power needed to qualify—which is very tough by itself—and win in a demanding class like Division 3," said Oakley. "My Tractor Pulling engine customers prefer A460 parts too because they level the playing field against the "new-style" Chevy conventional head motors."
Oakley ran a 6.586 second, 192.69 mph run to defeat Rick Forish's 6.416/209.98 effort in Chicago. The win moved him up to second in points, only one point out of first place with three races to go in the series.