DALLAS, Texas – Buddy Hull is gearing up for his second season of competition in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Top Fuel division.
Hull will pilot a Top Fuel dragster he purchased from NHRA Funny Car veteran Tim Wilkerson, who will serve as the head tuner of the car. Hull made his Top Fuel debut last season driving a car fielded by Terry Haddock. He finished 14th in the series Top Fuel standings.
The car will be fielded by Buddy Hall Racing with primary sponsorship from Hull’s business Vertex Roofing and General Contractors, as well as associate sponsor support from DFW RV Center, Lucky’s Diesel Shop and 1st Class Graphics.
“We had a solid rookie season and I want to build on that success,” said Hull. “I have known Tim almost my whole life and the chance to work with him made this a great opportunity. I have to thank Terry Haddock for everything he did for me last year. There is no way I would have had the opportunity to race at the professional level without his help and guidance. We are going to try and do as many national events as we can and be smart about how we are racing. Tim will continue to be the leader of our team and I am super excited about the 2022 season.”
Hull plans on participating in the PRO Nitro Spring Training event at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park prior to competing at the season opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. The driver and team owner from Dallas, Texas, will skip the NHRA Arizona Nationals but return to action at the NHRA Gatornationals.
Additionally, he plans to compete in the SpringNationals in Houston, the Heartland Nationals in Topeka, the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, the Midwest Nationals in St. Louis, the Texas Fall Nationals and Stampede of Speed at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas, and possibly the fall Las Vegas national event.
“I used to make Buddy polish my trailer,” said Wilkerson, who won the U.S. Nationals for the second time in his career last season in the Funny Car class. “My incentive with working with Buddy is to get more quality drivers and teams into the sport. That was the goal when I started the Top Fuel team last year. Buddy asked me about renting the operation and then he asked me about buying it. We worked out a deal with the understanding I would assist him with the tune-up if he built a good team of guys to work on it.”