Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Bob Kruger from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, who owns and races a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria.
How did you get interested in drag racing?
My brother at age 13 and his friend Erik Johnson.
When and where was your first drag race?
My first race was in my ‘84 Hurst Olds, my brother drove and won.
What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
2007 Ford Crown Victoria, mercury swap, converted to quick fuel carb e85, custom made. Competition products and custom ground cams from Howards cams and I’m trying to convert to 4150 bolt-on fuel injection carb with handheld tuner.
Does your car have a nickname?
Black Sunshine. Music and drag racing have helped me get through significant health problems.
What's under the hood?
4.6 2v Ford
Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Hoping to get a trans and converter.
What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
I don't know how to tune on a laptop that has an MSD modular box, and due to some health problems, I have issues with wiring. Regardless, I continue to drive to help out charities.
If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
I would keep building this 2007 Police Interceptor and add a single turbo and not run nitrous. Kids love it!
What is your proudest drag racing moment?
I overcame a huge fear of mine and got to run 3 times this year.
Who is a drag racer you look up to?
I look up to the older guys that are nice and appreciate something different. It's been great to hear all the people with positive things to say.
Why do you race?
I can't race like I used to, but I still do it because it feels good to show kids and doubters that I still can. I face my fears of being around people and I advise kids to build what you want, not what others want. Love seeing old and new builds. I appreciate all the little details in racing, seeing people smile nowadays—could use more of that.