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I am Keith D. Veal, AKA "Young
Blood", and I was born Nov. 19, 1981. My Pop started taking me
to the race track at the age of eighteen months, so, I've been around
racing twenty-one years of my life. When all the kids in my part of
town were riding tri-cycles, I had a go-cart! My first competition
came when I raced a neighborhood kid on his go-cart and he beat me.
After that, I came home and wanted to know how to make my cart go
faster! That day, one of my Pop's friends was at the house and he
showed me how to hold the choke open to get more speed. So after
that, I went back and won the race! At that time I was only eight
I've always loved to travel to NHRA events out
of town. I've talked to several Pro Drivers, such as Kenny
Bernstein, Larry Dixon, John Force, Jim Yates and Angelle
Now here comes the thrill. A few years
ago, my father ("Pops"), John W. Veal, Jr., AKA
"Ninu", decided that it was about time for me to cruise down the
track! My first time down the track was in my Pop's race truck, a
1974 Chevy Luv. On my first pass, Pops said to make a light pass to
get the feeling of the truck. That was a 10.679 @ 127.87 MPH
pass. Since then we've changed places in the drivers seat.
After I started driving for Pops, I have been in the Winners Circle, or in
finals, almost every Friday night.
Now I drive a 1968 Camaro for a friend of my
Pops and I, Mr. Charles E. Smith, better know as, "Charles
Edward". He's the one who gave me the name "Young
Blood" after I started driving his car. I recently received my
NHRA Competition Drivers License for 2002-2003. The Young Blood
Camaro has, so far, had a best ET of, 9.400 @ 140.67 MPH.
"Young Blood" graduated from Baton
Rouge's Capitol Senior High School. Now he is a student at Louisiana
State University (LSU), studying Pharmacy. He is holding a 3.8 GPA
in that field. He plans to transfer to Xavier University in New
Orleans, LA to finish college and is looking forward to pledging in a
"Young Blood" is the youngest driver
on Bracket Masters Racing Team. My Camaro is the one of the quickest
cars on the team. In my past two years of drag racing, I would say
that I've won more than the average racer. The car is legal to
compete in Super Pro, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. During
this year, "Young Blood" plans to race a new BBC 555 engine that
should take him to between the high 8's and the low 9's. I also plan
to compete for points at one of the local tracks during the coming racing
season, so look out for "Young Blood"!
3/14/03 - Young Blood wins at State Capitol
Dragway. The cage has been upgraded and the car is certified to
race. The gold 68 Camaro made it's first appearance at the track
this year and got into the winners circle. The new motor is not
ready so they installed a 468 CID engine while the "Big" motor
is being finished. Due to a malfunction with the T-Brake switch,
Young Blood had to drive the car using footbrake only. Young Blood
out drove all the electronic cars in Super Pro and won the 1st place
trophy! He had a best time of 10.26 @130 MPH. Congratulations!
3/23/03 - The Gold Camaro continues to go
rounds. In the MS vs. LA Shootout, Young Blood went deeper into the
competition than any other member of BMRT. He lost when there were
only 8 cars left in the Pro Class (Super Pro). He tried to cut it
too close and had a .498 red light! He had taken .005 out of the box
when he redlighted. It would have been hard to win anyway, the tower
had put his time in incorrect on the scoreboard, 10.05 sec vs. 10.09
sec. We should always look down there before we turn on that top
- Young Blood won runner-up at SCD in the Summit Racing Series event.
He lost in the finals when he broke his torque converter during the
previous. Of course he went to the line to try to trick the other
driver into a foul start, but it did not work. He collected the
points for 2nd place and that should put him very high in the points
standings. In the 5th round, he had to run teammate, Houston Hawkins when
the computer paired them up. Houston had a very bad light and Young
Blood could not be caught.
- Young Blood and the Gold Camaro returned to the track for testing after
installing a new 555 CID BBC engine. There is still some shaking out
to do, but they did manage to win a big buck match race during the
8/1/03 - Problems with the
new motor will require a disassembly and rebuild. They should be
ready for the Louisiana Drag Classic in October.
- After completing studies at the main campus of LSU in Baton Rouge, Keith
was accepted at LSU's School of Pharmacy in New Orleans!
Congratulations Young Blood!
Young Blood participated in the 4th Annual Louisiana Drag Classic.
During the race, Young Blood and Arnold Jordan hooked up in a pre-arranged
grudge race. The winner of the race... Young Blood! This was
the most anticipated event of the day. Congratulations to both
- Young Blood has been attending LSU's School of Pharmacy and maintaining
Honor Roll status with a 3.8 GPA during this semester.
Blood wrote me with these comments:
Mr. Skip, I'm doing great now that I'm finish with school until next
I was just touching basis with the team, and I would like for you to enter
the following on my web page. I have been sneaking down to No
Problem Raceway Park the past few weekends doing school and getting in
some drag racing to maintain my standings in the points chase. I've
managed to take 9th place so far. Now that I'm out of school I will
be able to do my job on the track and get my ".000" reaction
times back at the starting line!
Anyway, I plan to finish in the top 5 at the end of the season which ends
around September. I think I'm doing really well for my first time
ever racing for points in a whole season. I've finished in the
quarter finals a couple of races so, they better look out!
My 555 cid engine will be installed very soon. I plan on running the
"Div 4" events at "SCD" an "NPRP" in Super
Street class, which is a 10.90 index. Talk to you soon.
6/12/04 - The team traveled to Shreveport, LA to
race at Red River Raceway and the Shreveport Racers. Young Blood went
4 rounds before losing when there were only 5 cars left. He was
accompanied by his Dad "Ninu" and Mr. Jerry Brown, driving his Red El
Young Blood has also been doing real well in the points at No Problem
Raceway where he is currently 6th, overall in the standings. He went
to the 1/4 finals the last time, on June 6, 2004.
After leaving Shreveport, they were headed to Eunice to race at Louisiana
Raceway. Nothing like keeping sharp with lots of seat time!
8/19/04 - I hear a roar of a
new engine, maybe a 555 BBC? Youngblood is currently 5th in points at
No Problem Raceway. I am told that he was testing a new engine.
Last time at the track, there are rumors he ran a 8.82 sec. 149.9 MPH pass!
Look out Marcus! This would make a good match race for the Louisiana
9/23/04 - I am told that Marcus
and Charles Edwards, owner of the car, and Youngblood have talked and the
Match Race is on for the Louisiana Drag Classic!
Sept. 3, 2004 - The Match Race
is on and Young Blood and Charles Edwards are ready. They are looking
fwd. to the race and feel their engine and car are ready. The buzz in
the community is that they have got something extra for Marcus.
I understand the engine was dyno tested by Larry Moe, and made over 1000 HP!
We will all see tomorrow at the Louisiana Drag Classic.
January 20, 2005 - Young Blood wrote this update:
School has been great! I'm sitting out this semester to finish the
2005 racing season. We've had three races at the end of 2004 and I've
managed to stay on top. So, what I'm saying is, as
of right now, I'm number 1 in Super Pro points at NPRP! My goal is to
win the championship in 2005. I finished number 5 in 2004, plus
working hard in school at the same time. I will focus on NPRP for the
remainder of the 2005 seasons points race. I also plan on making about
four or five Division 4 Races this year in S/ST.
I want to wish everybody a happy an sucessful 2005 racing season.
March 28, 2005 - Keith "Young Blood" Veal is in
first place in the points at No Problem Raceway Park. After seven
races in the series, he is on top by one point! Hang in there Young
Young Blood finished 2nd in the No Problem Raceway
Points for Super-Pro for 2005. Congratulations!!!
May 17, 2005 - Young Blood, Ninu and Charles Edward had a lot
of followers to the Battle on the bayou. Thanks for the support. They had
over 18 people there.
July 22, 2006 - While visiting Pro-Fab
yesterday, I noted the gold Camaro of Young Blood sitting, waiting on
parts. The car has been repaired from the brake problem that
caused both front tires to lock up and slide at the top end of the
track at over 140 MPH. The failure put two holes in the front
runners. Keith was very lucky and Blessed to get out of the car
in one piece. The new front end in here and must be attached to
the car and new rear brakes are on the way. The front brakes
have been repaired and every part of the system has been checked out.
The car should be ready to go in about a week. It will be nice
to see Young Blood back on the track and getting back into his winning
Sept. 10, 2006 - Young Blood Racing was
out in force at the Louisiana Drag Classic. The team bought two,
freshly painted, cars to the race and a host of supporters.
June 17, 2007 - All of the Young Blood Racing cars were out at the
Father's Day Race.
Nov. 11-12, 2007
- Keith and all of the Young Blood Racing Team cars were at the
Holiday Helpers Race at State Capitol Raceway.