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With a revamped ride, Knight victorious in first ‘no-prep’ start

July 23, 2021 - 00:00
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    C.G. Knight, with an S-10 truck decorated with both the U.S. and Georgia flags, was a winner in his first “no prep” drag racing start of 2021. CONTRIBUTED
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On the weekend of July 11, 48-year-old C.G. Knight, owner and operator of G’s Racing and Automotive in Eatonton, continued his passion for speed another year trying something totally different at the Union Dragway in Union, S.C. The event was a “no prep” drag race called “Rung What You Brung (RWYB).”

Knight took a specially designed truck there for its first try, everything ran as he felt it was supposed to do, and they came out a winner.

Knight said he built this truck specifically for the “no prep” series. He made a stab at running small tires on his trucks, but that didn’t do what he expected out of it. Knight decided to return to the bigger tire, and it’s working.

Knight has two trucks, a ’98 S-10 and a ’68 Ford F100. While he rode the S-10 in the “no prep” race, the 68 Ford has brought him many wins in the past.

“It’s a proven winner,” he said.

At the Union Dragway, Knight said there were several entries in his division, and he went through four rounds to come out on top.

“In ‘no prep,’ they don’t give times or ET,” said Knight. “A truck last year, it went a 4.23 and 174 mph on a very light tune-up. It’s a three-second truck, no doubt.

“There is no kind of prep to the track. You just have to get down it the best you can. If you wreck, so be it.”

Relative to his entire racing life, the ‘no prep’ set up is a new venture for Knight. He said he’s been to one other such race and tested for it using a truck that’s sort of his “baby.” That was an old pulpwood truck he first started driving on the street back in his teenage years.

To do actual racing, Knight and his team put a much bigger engine in the S-10.

“I think it’s going to be pretty awesome,” he said.

“I’ve been racing since I was 16 years old. I’ll be 49 in November. Quite a few years.”

It may not be a tiring hobby, but it does get expensive. He said the racing itself never gets old; he enjoys it too much.

“You have people who love to play golf and love to do other things,” said Knight. “I love speed. I love drag racing. The faster the better.”

And the quicker the better, too.

“I actually went dirt track racing a couple of times,” he said. “I drove a car, and going around in a circle is not for me. I mud bog too. I used to mud bog a lot. I’ve won a bunch off of that as well. The old truck was awesome in the mud, but you could say I got too many irons in the fire.”

The biggest iron would be the automotive service business where, in the lobby, some of his accolades are on display.

“I’ve got to cut back a little bit,” he said. “Keep these two trucks going now. I’m going to sell my mud truck.”

The drag racing world contains numerous classes: top sportsman, pro model, top fuel, top fuel funny car, etc. Knight has bracket raced, ET (Elapsed Time) raced and heads up raced, and he’s been a winner in them all.

The raw number of wins, Knight has not kept track of all these years. But he is confident to assert that the ’68 has crossed the finish line more times by itself than the majority of people racing combined.

“It started out as a truck I drove on the street,” he said. “When I was 26 we cut it all up, put a chassis up under it and started racing it full time, took it off the street completely. Then somewhere around 2005, we really cut the truck. That’s when we made it a fiberglass body, two-chassis, spent a lot of money to make it all safe and race ready. In 2006, we won a championship with it.”

In 2020, Knight and crew went to WOOSTOCK at Darlington, S.C. and reached the finals of a series. But due to a mishap on the track, those finals were cancelled and the prize money was split. That was one of the few opportunities Knight had to race amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Last weekend was the first time the truck’s been out this year,” said Knight. “We’ve been waiting on parts. The pandemic … you can’t get stuff. We just got (the truck) all back together a couple of weeks ago to go racing.”

Aside from other “no prep” races the remainder of the summer, Knight is looking forward to an October trip to the South Georgia Motorsports Park in Adel. Knight has been there several times, and it’s always an “awesome” turnout with 26 trucks already entered in his class alone.

But Knight wasn’t the only racing success story out of Eatonton over the July 11 weekend. He has a friendship with Keith Hancock who dabbles in outboard drag boat racing (see related story).

Knight said their friendship has lasted close to 13 years now.

“He likes it on the water, and I like it on the asphalt,” said Knight. “He’s a very knowledgeable guy when it comes to boats and small engines.”