KENT, Wash., August 1, 2019 – Magic Dry Organic Absorbent Top Fuel dragster driver Scott Palmer knows he will be a big part of the narrative at this weekend’s Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways near Seattle. Besides representing the title sponsor of the event on his dragster, he is mixed in a compelling game of musical chairs for a top 10 position with precious few races remaining before the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs, sitting at No. 11 just six points away from both Terry McMillen and Austin Prock.
One year removed from his first career top 10 finish, Palmer won’t be paying much attention to the results of those competitors. Rather, he has one goal in mind: to win a race for Tommy Thompson, his friend and sponsor who owns Magic Dry Organic Absorbent and CatSpot.
“I said from the start of the year that winning a race is the goal —not points,” Palmer emphasized. “I want to do it for Tommy. Look at the opportunity he has given me. Nobody gets that opportunity when you come up like we did. I want to get him a trophy. That’s the goal.”
Palmer, who reached his first career final at the NHRA Arizona Nationals last season, has taken a more aggressive approach to the earlier rounds in order to achieve his goal of winning a national event Wally. Undeterred from a first-round exit last weekend in Sonoma, Palmer is steadfast in his mentality as he attempts to close the Western Swing on the highest of notes.
“Up until last weekend in Sonoma, our plan was working OK and I’m sticking with it,” said Palmer. “We could have possibly gotten by the first round if we had been conservative because Doug Kalitta had an uncharacteristic bad light, but we are not going to go up there trying to run an .83 against Doug Kalitta who is going to kill you on the Tree along with a mid-to-high-.70 from [co-crew chiefs] Troy Fasching and Rob Flynn. We tried to run .76 hoping that would be enough, and we smoked the tires at 200 feet.
“You have to live with that decision knowing we went out there trying to win instead of going out there and hoping they made a mistake. There is a big difference between trying to win a race and hoping your opponent makes a mistake. I’m over that part. I’m trying to win.”
In advance of the event, Palmer has made the media rounds preaching the gospel of nitromethane and representing the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent product that has become a popular solution in the automotive industry, food industry and fire and police departments. Palmer welcomes the pressure while remaining focused on earning a trophy he could hand to Thompson and Tommy Thompson Jr. at the end of the event.
“To have your sponsor-slash-friend be the title sponsor of the race you are going to is pretty impressive and a little bit overwhelming sometimes. We are doing a lot of the stuff that you see guys like Ron Capps doing like the media events and extra TV spots and radio call-ins. Let’s face it: without the big sponsor on the side of your car, they don’t go to you to do these kind of things. That’s a big deal. It makes you want to do good for the people who help you get here — the crew, Tommy, everyone who ever helped you get here.”