LOOKing back at Cody Herron in Indy. by Kelly Wade
April 02, 2020 • 3 Comments
Cody Herron's FS/C Cobra Jet Mustang was built by his father, Darrel.
As per the norm, Stock Eliminator was jam-packed at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in 2019. Although a few of the regular players were missing, many more of the 159 super-cool Stockers probably looked at least a bit familiar.
If the stance of the guy standing behind Cody Herron's orange FS/C Cobra Jet Mustang on the starting line rang a bell, that's because it was his dad, Darrel Herron, who was also crew chief on Bo Butner's Pro Stock Chevy Camaro and Summit Racing-branded Factory Stock Showdown Cobra Jet.
Then 28 years old, the younger Herron was in his element on the dragstrip. He started racing with his dad 20 years ago. Back then, though, it was in a Jr. dragster. 'We started racing Juniors when I was 8 years old out at Ohio Valley Dragway, ' said New Albany, Ind., resident Herron. 'And we used to race here back then, when they would take the points leaders from so many tracks and let them run the Division 3 race.' photo by Kelly Wade
Even though Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis is a racetrack Herron considers home, the magic of Indy wasn't lost on the second-generation drag racer who was racing at the U.S. Nationals for the second time in his life.
'This is a big deal. It's The Big Go,' said Herron in 2019. 'There are a lot of guys who can't even get in; it's the fastest of the fast. These are the baddest cars in the nation, and the guys driving them have a lot of seat-time and knowledge. This is a really big event for us. If you could win one race and never win again, this would be it. I'd take that trade.
Herron saw three win lights at the 2019 U.S. Nationals before a .005-second foul start ended his weekend in the fourth round. It would be a safe bet to think that he'll be back.
Cody's parents, Ginger and Darrel.
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