R.I.P. Rod Trower

NSDN is saddened to report the passing of longtime Oklahoma sand drag racer Rod Trower. Rod passed on Thursday morning after a lengthy battle with Cancer. Trower was well known in the sand drag community as he raced across the country from Michigan to California in a variety of sand drag vehicles ranging from a series of Turbocharged 4 & 6-cylinder entries all the way up to his trademark “Thunder” Top Alcohol Dragster. Rod recorded his quickest pass ever with the TA Dragster at Dome Valley, AZ this year in January recording a 2.422 / 145MPH blast. Rod’s wife Dee always raced alongside of him with highly competitive cars of her own, the Trower Racing team was always a threat to win on any given race day all while have fun at the races. We will always remember Rod’s upbeat nature, his love of the sport, and that trademark grin he flashed. NSDN sends our condolences to the Trower Racing Family & Friends. Click "Read More" to view some great photos of Rod throughout the years of sand drag racing.


Rod on his way to a 2.422/145MPH blast in his Top Alcohol Dragster at Dome Valley Raceway in Wellton, AZ. (Max Cackle Photo)


Great shot of Rod Trower as he picked up his championship hardware for winning the Top Alcohol class in the 2013 Mid-America Sand Drag Series. (NSDN Photo)


Rod held the track record in 2012 at his home track Atoka Motorsports Park in Atoka, OK with a 2.618. Rod was a fixture at Atoka racing as often as possible & was responsible for the legendary Saturday night dinner at Atoka's Heartland Nationals event for years. (Lonestar Photo)


Trower Racing's newest ride. Rod had a couple outings with the Thunder A/Fuel Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Dragster. He was very proud of this hot rod and was looking forward to getting this car dialed in. (Lonestar Photo) Click HERE and HERE to view the build photos as this car and a couple other Trower Racing rides were put together last winter.



Rod is currently the Track Record holder at Thunder Valley Sand Drags in Grain Valley, MO with a 2.455 ET set back in June of 2013. (Lonestar Photo)


Rod and wife Dee were always by each other's side at the track making for a great team. Here is Dee putting Rod in the beams at Dome Valley Raceway. (NSDN Photo)


Rod's "Lots of G's" Buggy was quite a ride recording many laps in the Low 3-second zone with various 4 & 6-cylinder Turbocharged configurations throughout the years.  (Lonestar Photo)



We will always remember Rod as a great racer & even better person. R.I.P. Rod. (Lonestar Photo)


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