“The very first race at Tulsa, probably about the third run we knew we had something,” Rivenbark added. “We’d been working on lockups for a couple of years already. End of last year we got it working, found the magic combination for it. It just took [our competitors] all year to catch up. Some people went with the EFI and it just didn’t see the gains compared to what the lock up converter did.
“I think Mr. Wells is ecstatic. [Winning every event] is one thing he wanted to accomplish that nobody’s ever done. Jason Harris won almost every one the first year of the PDRA. For a team to win every race of the season, it’d be hard to duplicate, for anybody, even ourselves. It was something we were glad to do. It’s not great for the class for one team to win all the time, but I think everybody’s pretty much caught up with us, or they’re at least real close. I think next year it’ll be back equal and it’ll be very tough to win one.”
One of Rivenbark’s sons is already behind the wheel and quickly following in his footsteps. In just his first full season Coolidge Rivenbark finished fifth in MegaCorp Top Junior Dragster national points standings. Like Rivenbark, Strickland, and Todd Tutterow who ran some in both Pro Extreme and Pro Boost this season, Coolidge is sponsored by GALOT Motorsports, as well as MegaCorp Logistics.
“I always thank Mr. and Mrs. Wells for giving us the opportunity to do this at the level we do it. I also thank our associate sponsors Red Line Oil, Neal Chance Converters, Ross Pistons, Rite Care, VP Fuels, Ty Drive, Trend Performance, House of Payne, Bohr Racing Products and RCD.
“Of course, without Todd, Jeff Orr, Brad Schmidt, Ty Tutterow, this wouldn’t be possible. They had to work a lot of hours, especially when we were changing back and forth between PDRA and NHRA. Their hard work and dedication is what makes it happen. I just ride A to B. Without them I couldn’t do it.”
Although his PDRA season has wrapped up and his officially the 2016 GALOT Motorsports Pro Boost World Champion, Rivenbark isn’t kicking back and taking it easy. Along with his ongoing duties at GALOT Motorsports, Rivenbark will still be behind the wheel for events at GALOT Motorsports Park this winter, where he expects his black and orange 2015 Corvette might even dip into the 3.60s.