Sick Week Drag Race Profile: Declan Evans
1 year ago Racing
Hometown: Oologah, Oklahoma (Tulsa suburb)
Vehicle: 1978 Dodge D100
Color: White / Butterface
Tires: 275 Radial
Personal Best: 9
How did you choose the vehicle you are racing with?
This is the only race-worthy vehicle I have. My dad and I built it from the ground up about 7 years ago. We went over to a guy’s house to buy two crew cabs, then saw this Dodge in his field. It was just a frame and cab. I fell in love with it, so we made a deal, brought it home, and the project began.
What makes this vehicle “sick”?
It is very different. You just don’t see people out there racing Dodge trucks. I only know of one or two other fast D100s.
What excites you about Sick Week?
The community. Racing too, of course, but the people you meet and the atmosphere are the main attraction to me. This event has a nice proximity between the tracks, which means we get more time to hang out and meet people. That is the best part of drag and drive events.
What will your journey to Florida be like?
We just want to get down there, so we are driving as straight through as we possibly can. I’m heading down with my buddy, Dale, so the four of us are taking a dual trailer down with both of our vehicles.
Have you participated in any other racing events like this?
Yes. I’ve done Race Week 2.0, along with a few other race weekends in Oklahoma. I was waitlisted for Drag Week in 2020, but that event was cancelled due to the pandemic.
What makes you a good drag racer?
My experiences of trying stuff. I do different things to get better reaction times and be more consistent. It is really all about getting behind the car and driving to get as much seat time as possible. I also find it helpful to make hits on sketchy roads and bad tracks. That way you learn your vehicle and tune it so it’s down for anything. I’ve only been racing for five years. I’m not the best, but I try to get better and better.
Who is your drag race inspiration?
Don Garlits because of how long he has been doing it and how successful he has been. That guy has raced about everything you could possibly race and won with it. He has been kicking ass for a long time, and is still dong it. I want to be like him; doing it until I can’t anymore.
What are you passionate about outside of racing?
Not much else, really. This takes up all of my time. When I’m not racing, I build composite parts for Dodge trucks.