Chase Murray

CHASE MURRAY

CHASE MURRAY

Vital Statistics
Residence: Orange, Texas
Hometown: Orange, Texas
Date of birth: August 9, 1988

Personal
Girlfriend: Erica Glisson
Height/weight: 6'1", 175 lbs.
Hobbies: Music, concerts, car shows, project cars

 

Top Dragster
2016 car: Lupe Tortilla Top Dragster
Crew Chief: Walter Murray
Team Owner: Walter Murray

2016 Season Highlights

  • Bracket Race, No Problem Raceway, Runner-Up (May 28)
  • PDRA Top Dragster, Texas Motorplex, Winner (May 21)
  • Texas Automatic Outlaws, Top Dragster, Thunder Road Raceway Park, Runner-Up (May 8)
  • IHRA Pro-Am Quick Rod, State Capitol Raceway, Runner-Up (April 17)
  • Bracket Race, Evadale Raceway, Winner (April 2)
  • Bracket Race, Royal Purple Raceway, Runner-Up (March 12)
  • Bracket Race, Royal Purple Raceway, Winner (March 5)

2015 Season Highlights

  • NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals, Baytown, Quarterfinal finish
  • IHRA Pro-Am Double Header, State Capitol Raceway, Semi-Final and Quarter Final finish
  • NHRA U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis, Semi-Final finish
  • IHRA Cajun Outlaw Nationals, State Capitol Raceway, Quick 16 Winner

Career Highlights

  • 2012 IHRA Nitro Jam Winner and #1 Qualifier
  • Numerous Top 5 Qualifiers
  • 2012 NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals Best Engineered Car
  • 2012 NHRA Divisional at No Problem Raceway, #1 Qualifier
  • Guest on SPEED Channel's hit television show, PASS TIME, with a time of 6.63 @ 206 mph

Notable: Competes in Top Dragster and Super Comp categories in NHRA, IHRA, and PDRA. Graduated from LCM High School in 2006.  Attended Lamar Institute of Technology, achieved Associates Degree in Instrumentation.

BIOGRAPHY

Chase Murray's drag racing career pretty much fell on his lap.

The young Texan was a bit of a gearhead, even at 7 years old. One weekend, his parents brought home a Jr. Dragster, even though Murray had never mentioned drag racing before.

"The funny part about it is it was basically dropped right in front of me," Murray said. "My mom and my dad went to a swap meet in Pate, Texas, and they ended up finding a Jr. Dragster there. They bought it and brought it back home and said, 'Here you go. This is a Jr. Dragster, and this is what you're going to race.' "

Murray and his parents took the car to an abandoned Sears parking lot in Orange, Texas, where he learned how to drive it.

"I don't think any of us even knew that existed until they went to that swap meet," Murray said. "I had a dirt bike, and I rode that around, along with a go-kart. Anything that had a motor in it, I was on, and I guess that's what led them to want me to step into drag racing."

Murray got his license a year later, making his driving debut at what is now Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas.

After racing the Jr. Dragster for 10 years, Murray took some time off to go to college. He also raised some money to buy a 245-inch-wheelbase dragster in hopes of running Top Dragster.

"Most people look into running Super Comp next because that's the most sensible step," Murray said. "But the more we looked at it, I'd been in a dragster my whole life, and we found a really good deal on a dragster that was set up for Top Dragster, so that was the next step."

Driving the bigger car was a learning experience, but by 2012 Murray was winning rounds and going to several semifinals. The next year, Murray won at the IHRA Nitro Jam in Baton Rouge, La., after qualifying No. 1.

While racing all over the country, Murray also strengthened his bond with his dad, Walter. Most of the time when Chase raced, it was simply he and his dad.

"Eighty, ninety percent of the time, it's just me and him going together," Murray said. "They had to put aside all of their dreams and focus all their energy into me and Jr. drag racing. My dad has always been the one working on my cars. We never had anybody else, and he's been the driving force behind it. It's really cool we can have father-son bonding experiences through the years."

His parents are divorced, but Chase maintains a good relationship with his mom and dad. His mom, Sheila, married Stan Holt, who backs Chase's drag racing efforts through his Lupe Tortilla Mexican Restaurants chain.

"Stan's been a huge help," Murray said. "Not only with the financial sense of it but all around. He's a great guy to hang out with, and he's all about having fun and everyone enjoying themselves. It's cool I get to share that with them.

"It's great that we can almost be whole again with everybody. Everyone gets along and it's cool to have everybody there."

Murray continues to race in Top Dragster and in Super Comp, and he continues to win, going to the winner's circle three times in 2016.

Eventually, Murray would love to move to the professional ranks, driving a Top Fuel dragster.

"I would love to climb up the ladder and go through the ranks," Murray said. "The next step would be Top Alcohol Dragster and then the king of them all, Top Fuel. That's always been a dream of mine, ever since I started Jr. racing, to be a Top Fuel dragster driver.