By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Three-event Pro Stock winner Rodger Brogdon has joined the Elite Performance stable for the 2019 season. He joins the team that also includes Erica Enders-Stevens, Jeg Coughlin Jr., and Alex Laughlin.
He returned to drag racing last April at the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas. Prior to that, he was on the sidelines for two years as he enjoyed retirement.
“Every now and then, I’d mention to my wife that I thought I might want to come back to Pro Stock,” Brogdon said. “Every time we had that discussion, I remembered all the logistics that come along with it, and how I just don’t have time for that. Between having a truck and trailer, a crew on the road, it’s a huge investment. Most Pro Stock racers like myself are business owners and if [racing] isn’t our core business, its hard to give the program the attention it needs to be successful.
“This deal with Richard [Freeman, Elite owner] is hands-down the best deal out there. I get to just show up and drive. Not to mention that the Elite cars are very quick.”
With this announcement, no sponsor was announced at this time for the 2019 season.
With team Elite, he is joining one of the Top Pro Sock teams. He will also work with a team that has tuners Mark Ingersoll, Rick Jones, Rickie Jones, and Brian “Lump” Self. It’s not clear which tuner he will work with at this time.
Brogdon said that he would not be racing if it wasn’t for the change to 18 races in 2019.
“I’d be lying if I said the 18 race deal didn’t have something to do with it,” Brogdon said. “I was on the fence and then when the new schedule was confirmed, I knew I was coming back. I’m looking forward to this season more than I ever have. We are involved in a great program with great people who love what they do.”
He won his first Pro Stock race in Bristol in 2013. Then, one year later, he won at Reading in 2014.
His final Pro Stock win came in 2015 at Phoenix, before announcing his retirement.
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