By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
In a social media post, NHRA Pro Stock and Pro Mod driver Alex Laughlin announced he will not be competing in the Outlaw Armageddon in Oklahoma this weekend. He was originally planning on competing before his car was deemed illegal.
Laughlin had planned to grudge race with his illegal car initially before making Wednesday’s announcement. Now, the Texas native will just focus on the NHRA’s Northwest Nationals in Kent, Washington.
“The face I make when I say that I’ve decided to NOT attend Outlaw Armageddon 2019,” Laughlin said in the post. “Real talk though, it’s super disappointing that the racers have an immeasurable rule that’s based on opinion. Even though there’s zero competitive advantage on the ‘rule’ I break, I don’t have anything to gain by still coming out to grudge race. It’s a lose-lose either way; if I win, well it’s because my car’s ‘illegal.’ If I lose, then I can’t even beat them with an ‘illegal’ car.
“Yes, I’m disappointed but realize this only fuels my fire and when I show up with a car that looks like what they want, it’ll be even stronger than ever. This whole deal isn’t about ‘IF,’ it’s ‘WHEN’ …. I still say let’s go to a 4-wide track and I’ll run three of those boys at a time! But for now, I’m less than 1 round out of second in the world in Pro Stock points and barely five rounds from the lead. I have a professional championship to focus on. #outlawarmageddon2020 #betterseeclear #2020 #noprepdoomsday”
Laughlin presently has 658 points in the Pro Stock standings. He trails Bo Butner and Greg Anderson, who are ahead of the Elite Performance driver in the standings.
Butner has already clinched his spot in the Countdown to the Championship with 781 points. Anderson — who has won the last two races of the historic Western Swing — has 675 points.