Drag Racing, Feature Article, Washington — June 25, 2004 at 4:47 pm

Rick Welter (issue 59)

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By Steve Heeb

Two years ago, the inspiration for the Quasar Blue with silver flames paint scheme on Rick Welter’s ’67 Belvedere came from a shirt that son Justin was wearing.

Welter piloted the “blue car” to the 2003 Pro Bracket title at Bremerton Raceway.

Race fans may recall the Port Ludlow racer behind the wheel of another ’67 Belvedere, Savage, as the track’s 2000 Pro bracket champ.

“He’s done a great job,” says proud wife Shelly. “Consistently in the Top 10 every year.”

A general contractor by trade, Welter says he’s always liked fast cars but it took some time to find the budget necessary to race.

Welter credits Shepherd’s Autobody for their sponsorship help.

“Always do the best you can,” Welter advises. “Never take things for granted.”

Such is often the case in the season-long points chase.

During the better part of the 2000 and 2003 seasons, Welter says he was the underdog, trailing fellow competitors Robert Steffan and Randy Steiman, respectively.

Welter recalls the final three races of last season as pivotal in finally edging ahead of Steiman for the title.

As for making adjustments heading into the 2004 season: “I want to stay where I was last year. Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke. I didn’t change a thing.”

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