It’s racing time again and our team, Under Pressure Motorsport will be travelling to Bowling Green, KY to the NHRA Jegs Super Quick Series Memorial Day Weekend 2021 Beech Bend Raceway Park for a full weekend of motorsport at its finest.
Greg Gaskin will be performing under pressure this weekend along with Bob Sargent and Mike Bagley. This will be the first time we will have our entire team racing together in the same race.
Best of luck to our guys.
Memorial Day is a beautiful day where we all get together to honor the men and women who died while serving in the military, and this weekend will be extra memorable for the family of dragster racers because one of their very own was lost December 5th, 2020 due to Covid-19 complications.
“With major support from Oakley Engine Performance we will be honoring and celebrating the life of James Shown at this very special Memorial Race.”
James Shown, from Niagara, KY, was not only an NHRA member, a Jegs Super Quick Champion and an OSCA member and Series Champion, he was a family man who was married to the love of his life, Debra Shown for 38 years and we here at eSVYN had the pleasure to speak with her about her loving husband and this upcoming race weekend.
She told us that it’s been a daily struggle and how much she misses him. He was her husband and her best friend. He had a passion for racing and he was such an awesome person. Debra said,
“It breaks my heart that he passed away not knowing the impact he had on people.”
He had a heart of gold and what helps her to go on is that she knows in her heart how much he loved her and that he would never want her to suffer. She is building a house and will build a memory wall to display all of his accomplishments and his Wallys (trophies) in memory of him.
James and Debra, who’s 38th anniversary was only a few days ago, May 20th, also worked together for 19 years, therefore the hardest part of her day is when she’s driving to and from work without him, but she is looking forward to this race weekend and the ceremony that will be in his honor.
She believes that this race, that is sponsored by Phillip Oakley, their life-long friend and who has been her rock since the passing of her husband,
“Will be therapy for me and my family.”
James is also survived by his only child, Shana Miller, who shared very powerful words on her Facebook page,
“Sometimes, the person you need to talk to most, is in heaven.”
Shana also shared a beautiful story on her page that touched us and was such a strong message of strength and perseverance we felt we had to share it. She said,
“As mom and I were sitting at Oakley’s trailer about to leave. A butterfly landed on moms back. When it flew off it landed on my arm. I made the comment “maybe it’s dad”. It then moved to my hand and stayed there for a while. At that moment I knew. Daddy is proud, and that’s all I’m trying to do. Is make him proud.”
Shana is a dragster racer competing this weekend. She will also be doing a burnout stage and making the first pass in her dad’s dragster car before the National Anthem in his memory. All the drivers will also be dedicating this race weekend to her dad, Debra’s husband, James Shown.
We here at eSVYN, Terry Lyles and Under Pressure Motorsport give our condolences to Debra and her family and a prayer to all the drivers who will be performing under pressure this weekend.
If you would like to watch the beautiful ceremony live honoring James Shown, Oakley Performance will be sponsoring the LIVE FEED for the event produced by Warren Evans and dragracer.tv.