Su Brude drove the Growler Porsche 911 to an impressive first-place finish in the L1 category. Stan Whitney, driving the same car, grabbed third in the highly competitive S2 class. And Growler nearly swept the STU class with John Hale knocking off national champion Lane Borg to claim the first-place trophy, while David Hedderick grabbed second and Crissy Richardson Weaver finished fourth.
Hale came to the event just two weeks after having a fresh engine installed and tuned by Growler, but he was confident his 2006 Subaru Imprezza WRX STI was where it needed to be to compete. “We had significant discussions on tune approach, priorities and rules requirements prior to the start of work,” he said. “Some tune tweaks were needed via email, but they were spot on. My car felt great on the street.”
With temperatures topping 104 degrees on Saturday, Hale raced out to 1.1 second lead over a high-quality field that included Borg, who came to Mineral Wells fresh off a win at Spring Nationals the week prior. But even with that edge, he knew that cooler temperatures on Sunday meant he'd have to be better on Day Two.
"The first Sunday launch, it was 75 degrees out and I lit up all four tires off the line," he said. "I probably should have dialed the launch control back just a bit for the first run. Cool weather is turbo weather!"
Unable to build on his lead after the first three runs on, Hale felt his competitors closing in. "I knew I had to get a good last run to finish them off," he said. And with the pressure on he delivered his best effort of the weekend, picking up 0.3 seconds on that final run to take a .645 second win.
"It was a relief to make it through the weekend with so much work having been done recently, but the car had zero issues thanks to the care and expertise of the Growler team," Hale said. "Things will only get better at future events now that I’m no longer worried about engine issues."
Brude, the L1 champion, came to Mineral Wells feeling a bit rusty after a longer-than-planned offseason. "It was great to finally get back behind the wheel of Warthog," she said of her 911. "In Mineral Wells, the competition in L1 was tough. Many of the guys reference it as the ‘Shark Tank’ because the competition is so deep that you don’t know where you stand until Sunday morning runs are over. Anyone can win.
"Since this was our first event of the year, I went in with no expectations other than to have fun, talk with people and enjoy driving hard," she continued. "I think that attitude helped me stay towards the top of the field throughout the competition. Warthog was doing what he loves to do and I was just having fun pushing him harder."
Brude felt confident challenging the car's limits because of her faith in Growler.
"All the work that Chris Fleming and the Growler team has put into [the car] over the last couple years showed this weekend," Brude said. "We decided to run at the last moment and Warthog performed flawlessly and, in the end, delivered the win."
Weaver echoed Brude's sentiments. "I can't praise the Growler team enough," she said. "The car has never felt so strong, even in the 100 degree Texas heat. It pulled off the line and out of every turn and begged for more. [David and I] were very pleased with our second and fourth-place finishes against a very strong STU class."
Fleming, the owner of Growler Motor Labs, was quick to deflect praise.
"Really, the results at Mineral Wells are a testament to the skill of these drivers," he said. "They were up against some top competition and they proved they're among the very best. We're proud to be associated with them and honored that they trust Growler to help them achieve their goals."
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