Not many if any drag racers can claim they are really a “rocket scientist” but for Matt Hartford that is squarely the truth. No stranger to claiming championships, Hartford is a former three-time World Champion in two different and incredibly difficult eliminator classes. Hartford scored championships in 2001 and 2002 Sport Compact division and moved on to claim a championship in the ADRL Mountain Motor Pro Stock category in 2009.
After winning those championships, Matt set his sights to the ultra-competitive world of NHRA Pro Stock while sometimes competing in the NHRA Competition Eliminator which arguably is known as one of the most, if not the most sophisticated and highly engineered sportsman drag racing categories. It’s doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know and understand, both the financial and time commitment it takes to seriously compete in NHRA Pro Stock.
After some reasonable success competing in NHRA Pro Stock in 2016 and 2017, Hartford moved to the for-front in category in 2018 scoring a class win in tremendous style at the NHRA Nationals in Houston, TX. The performance of the car in 2018, has at times been brilliant for the Total Seal Pro Stock team with several events where they qualified in the ultra-elite top half of the field. But Hartford clearly understands all the elements that need to come together to score class wins which includes the race day set-up by correctly reading track conditions, and of course driving a car in a class that win light can often be determined by a minuscule ten thousand of a second. Essentially, knowing, understanding and thriving for everything to be perfect.
Moving into 2019, Hartford plans to compete at all NHRA Pro Stock events offered and racing for the championship. Hartford understands how difficult winning the championship will be and is thankful for the support he receives from a multitude of sponsors and is hopeful an additional co-primary and some associates can be found to help bolster the opportunity the lies in front of him. Current support is derived from Total Seal, CIP 1, Hose Connection, Rob’s Towing, Curry Transportation, Weld Wheel and of course Kenny Koretsky with a multitude of his companies.