As per the norm, Stock Eliminator is jam-packed at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Although a few of the regular players are missing, many more of the 159 super-cool Stockers probably ring a bell.
If the guy standing behind Cody Herron’s orange FS/C Cobra Jet Mustang on the starting line looks familiar, that’s because it’s his dad, Darrel Herron, crew chief on Bo Butner’s Pro Stock Chevy Camaro and his Summit Racing-branded Factory Stock Showdown Cobra Jet.
The 28-year-old Herron is in his element on the dragstrip and started racing with his dad 20 years ago. Back then, though, it was in a Jr. dragster.
“We started racing Juniors when I was 8 years old out at Ohio Valley Dragway,” said New Albany, Ind., resident Herron. “And we used to race here back then, when they would take the points leaders from so many tracks and let them run the Division 3 race.”
Even though Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis is a racetrack Herron considers home, the magic of Indy isn’t lost on the second-generation drag racer who is racing at the U.S. Nationals for the second time in his life.
“This is a big deal. It’s The Big Go,” said Herron. “There are a lot of guys who can’t even get in; it’s the fastest of the fast. These are the baddest cars in the nation, and the guys driving them have a lot of seat-time and knowledge. This is a really big event for us. If you could win one race and never win again, this would be it. I’d take that trade.”
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