Guest Instructor - Troy Williams, Jr.
What hasn’t Troy Williams, Jr. done in the world of sportsman drag racing? He is a former winner of the Million Dollar Race. He has an IHRA World Championship to his credit. He has earned a pair of Moroso 5-Day Points Championships (one of just four racers to have won multiple Moroso titles). He is a former B&M Series World Champion. He is a former Tenn-Tuck Triple Crown Bracket Series Champion. He has over 10 national event victories to his credit. He has earned well over $1,000,000 in his illustrious racing career. And he’s still in his 30’s, with a lot of good racing left ahead of him.
Troy and his brother Gary grew up at the race track, as their father Troy Williams, Sr. has been involved in various forms of motorsports all his life. For much of their youth, Troy’s parents operated DeSoto Memorial Dragway (now Bradenton Motorsports Park), so as boys the brothers were surrounded by the sport.
Once Troy received his Florida Drivers License, he began honing his craft, experiencing a fair amount of success on a local level. He earned a pair of track championships, at DeSoto, in the early 1990’s (one in Pro, one in Footbrake), in addition to a number of local and regional wins in bracket competition. In 1996, he made his first “blip” on the national radar with a Sportsman victory at the NHRA Division 2 E.T. Finals. It was in 1998, however, that Troy got his first opportunity to showcase his talents on a national stage.
After racing with and watching Troy dominate local competition for years, Ed Richardson (then with Mullis Race Cars) hired Troy to drive a second team car for Mullis, and to travel the country with Ed much of the time. The result was a 1998 season that has not been equaled in sportsman racing since. In his first full season with Richardson, Williams amassed over 20 major bracket event victories. He won the Million Dollar Race, becoming just the third winner of the illustrious event. He won the Moroso 5-Day Points Championship, and was voted the Division 2 E.T. Driver of the Year. All told, he accumulated over $250,000 in prize money in 1998 alone.
He continued his dominance in 1999, winning the B&M Bracket Series World Championship. When his partnership with Richardson dissolved, Williams continued to tour the country with a handful of sportsman teams before landing with Mike Bloomfield and his Bloomfield Interiors team in 2001. It was in this atmosphere, along with his brother Gary, and Bloomfield, that Troy enjoyed continued success.
In 2002, the team chased the IHRA tour, and Troy earned a Division 2 crown in Hot Rod. 2003 was a banner season for Williams and the Bloomfield team, as he finished the IHRA campaign as the number 2 finisher in Quick Rod national points. That season, he also won the prestigious Tenn-Tuck Triple Crown Points series, an annual series of big dollar events in Bowling Green, KY. Plus, he earned a $25,000 windfall in a gamblers race at the World Super Pro Challenge in Stanton, MI.
In 2004, Williams once again finished the IHRA tour as the second place finisher in Quick Rod, and added another Division 2 title to his accomplishments.
2005 marked Williams’ first full season as car owner/driver in nearly a decade, as he parted ways with the Bloomfield team to field his own entry. The results were to be expected. After two years of finishing the IHRA season as the bridesmaid, Williams captured his first IHRA World Championship in the Quick Rod category. In doing so, he also claimed his second Division 2 Quick Rod championship in as many years.
He followed up that performance with the Accel All-Star Shootout crown in 2006 in the Quick Rod category, added a third consecutive IHRA Division 2 title, and a third overall number 2 finish in the IHRA standings (making him a top-2 finisher in the Quick Rod category for four consecutive seasons).
In 2007, Williams re-established his relationship with Mullis Race Cars, signing on as an at-track sales representative. That arrangement allowed him to make his first legitimate effort along the NHRA tour. There, he made his presence known immediately, finishing the season as the 3rd ranked driver in the national Super Comp standings. He capped the 2007 campaign with a phenomenal run in the annual Florida Winter Series, capturing a win at the Immokalee event, before dominating competition at the Moroso 5-Day bracket championships; earning two final round appearances and his second 5-Day points title. A week later he finished the season with a $20,000 bracket triumph at Carolina Dragway.
Williams enjoyed another strong campaign in 2008, highlighted by a number of big dollar bracket victories and the NHRA Division 2 Top Dragster championship. Thus far in 2009, he has already claimed three $10,000 bracket victories and a runner-up finish in the $50,000-to-win Ultimate 64 Shootout.
Troy is a lifetime student of sportsman racing, it’s intricacies and strategies. He is anxious to share his wealth of knowledge with the ThisIsBracketRacing.com reader base and ThisIsBracketRacing.com “Live” audiences. We are absolutely delighted to have Troy involved with ThisIsBracketRacing.com as a guest instructor.