Flat Stanley Goes Fast!

(Pictures Courtesy of Bob Wilber and NHRA.com)

Mr. Hubert:

Enclosed is a link to a story we have written on Drag Racing web-site http://www.competitionplus.com about the adventures of a Flat Stanley sent to me from second grader Katie Rogers from The Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Grand Rapids, MI.


Since his adventure began the second week of April, this particular Flat Stanley has:

–          Raced with 10 different NHRA drivers

–          Eclipsed 300 mph in 1000 feet 10 times

–          Helped two teams win NHRA National Event Championships (Jack Beckman and Mike Edwards in Atlanta, GA)

–          Flown around the state of Colorado with Capt. Mike Metcalf of the 140th Colorado Air National Guard in his F-16

–          Ridden with Ed “the Outlaw” Jones in his Wheel Standing 1933 Fire Truck

–          Been on stage and sang “Hunka Hunka Burning Love” with “BIG” Elvis at Big Bill’s Gambling Hall on the Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada

–          Will be featured in two weeks on ESPN 2’s coverage of NHRA Sportsman Drag Racing as he competes with Top Alcohol Dragster Driver Chris Demke in Chicago, Illinois.

Needless to say, the NHRA community has embraced the Flat Stanley Project and we look forward to providing more info about the adventures of this particular Flat Stanley. I guess you can say- Flat Stanley has become Fast Stanley!

Thank you for all the work you do with this project sir.

Kindest Regards,

Tim Charlet

Columnist, Competitionplus.com


Joliet, Ill- The Jerry Maddern Racing Top Alcohol Dragster team is on their way to Chicago. They have a full tank of gas, its dark, they’re wearing sunglasses and they will ‘hit it’ this weekend at the NHRA United Association Route 66 Nationals held in Joliet, Illinois.

Needless to say, the fun loving Peen-Rite sponsored team intends to be ‘on top of their game’ this weekend during a very special event for the Sunland, CA based group.

“Chicago is a huge deal for us,” said driver Chris Demke, who along with his wife Arlette celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary on Wednesday. “This race is unique, as we have earned the right to compete not only in the National Event on a very fast track, but also the Jeg’s All-Star race held on Saturday.”

Demke is confident with the weather and track conditions they are forecasting for this weekend, the Jerry Maddern tuned dragster can return to 5.20 elapsed time zone they ran earlier this season. He also knows the competition will be just as quick. “We gathered some great run data this past weekend in Topeka, however Route 66 raceway is historically a very fast track,” stated Demke. “I think we can plug in our Pomona tune-up and be ready to race up against a great field of competition.”

Demke will not be the only ‘person’ on board his 260 mile per hour dragster in Chicago. Second grader Katie Rogers’ ‘Fast Stanley’ from Grand Rapids, MI, who has ridden this season with Jack Beckman, Mike Edwards, Jeff Arend, Tim Wilkerson and even Ed ‘the Outlaw’ Jones, will be Demke’s co-pilot. “I am looking forward to having ‘Fast Stanley’ hang out with the Circus Clowns this weekend,” Demke said. “The Flat Stanley project (http://www.flatstanley.com) is a great teaching tool for children and anything we can do to help teach children the fine art of letter writing is a positive.”

The Flat Stanley project founder, Dr. Dale Hubert is also very happy with the NHRA community embracing the project he began in 1995. “Even after all these years I’m amazed at the way people open their hearts to the little flat guy,” stated Dr. Hubert.

Demke, Fast Stanley and the Maddern Racing team will have three attempts to qualify for this weekend’s event beginning on Friday at 12:30pm. The second session is scheduled to begin at 4:30pm. A final qualifying session will be held Saturday morning at 10:00 am.

Follow the Adventures of Fast Stanley @ http://faststanley.blogspot.com

For tickets please visit Route 66’s website @ www.route66raceway.com or call them @: 815-727-RACE (7223); 888-629-RACE (7223)

Keep up to date with up to the minute race results on http://www.dragracecentral.com

Courtesy of Charlet Motorsports Marketing @ tim5636sc@msn.com

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