OWEN BIRKETT SETS NHRA NATIONAL RECORD
On November 19, 2016, No Problem Raceway Park in Belle Rose, Louisiana hosted the inaugural NHRA Cajun Classic National Open.. Racers from
Canada, California, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Louisiana set nine national records; one of these was by Owen Birkett. Owen set the SS/MA (super stock
automatic) record at 11.00 seconds, at over 116MPH, which is 0.85 under the class index. He was driving his and his dad Warren‘s 350c.i. 155H.P. Buick
engine in their 1979 Buick Regal. The record was certified after the vehicle was weighed (3,435 lbs), wheel base measured and fuel checked (VP C12). Then
the engine was disassembled, with all components measured per NHRA technical blueprint specification including the Quadrajet carburetor.
Prior the 2 ½ hour tear-down, he also ran in completion running times no slower than 11.04 seconds coupled reactions times no worse the .020,
he raced down to the last three cars before the engine expired ending this chances of winning the event.
For over a year, the Birkett’s have been working with TA Performance, Scottsdale, Arizona, to develop a new Quadrajet aluminum intake manifold for
the 350c.i. Buick engine (3rd design).. They also have been working with Herche Engines, Indianapolis, Indiana, running newly designed small block Buick connecting rods.
August 5, 2008 - Owen recently won a race in Reynolds, GA., won best reaction money (.002) and best package. See Racer Profile
Nov. 11-12, 2007 - Warren ran two
cars at the Holiday Helpers Race at
State Capitol Raceway. Warren
ran the station wagon in Non-Electronics
Class, and ran time trials to test
some recent work on the Buick. Both cars ran well and
Warren enjoyed the days events.
July 15, 2007 -
The Baton Rouge SMART Program and the
Bracket Masters Racing Team were invited
to participate in "NHRA Day"
at the Community School for Apprentice
07/05/07. The CSAL Charter School is a
Middle Grade School located in East
Baton Rouge Parish at 1555 Madison
Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA. Our host for NHRA Day was
Mr. Khiresell Lee, the son of BMRT member, Robert Garner.
Mr. Warren Birkett, of BR SMART, was the
featured speaker. Mr. Reggie Jackson, of
the BMRT Youth Program, provided
additional information to the students.
The students were introduced
too the fundaments of racing
which included discussions of
the different NHRA classes,
staging during eliminations
and other race day
presentation was aided by the
use of the NHRA and BMRT web
pages in addition to a power
point presentation provided
by our host. The students
were also introduced to the
different careers associated
with the automotive industry
including mechanics, computer
publishers and engineers to
name a few.
After the classroom session’s
students went outside and
toured the cars provided by
members of the BMRT, including
the teams Junior Dragster.
At each car students were
provided details on the
construction of the car, the
required safety equipment and
the NHRA class that the car
competes in. This was followed by
a question and answer session
at each car. Team Members
present included, Taurus Jones
with his Nova, Reggie Jackson
with the BMRT Junior
Dragster, Robert Garner &
their Monte Carlo
and their Z28 Camaro
that is under construction.
Mr. Birkett is President of
the Baton Rouge SMART Program
and a honorary member of
After the class room and
outside activities the
students and members from the
BMRT and BR SMART were
treated to a pizza lunch by
Photos of NHRA Day.
March, 2007 - Owen and Warren traveled to Orlando and Gainesville, FL to run
both cars. Owen went two rounds in Orlando and went all the way to the
semi-finals (4 cars left) in Gainesville! Warren did not have
such good fortune. He lost in the first round of both events.
1-4, 2007 - No Problem Raceway Park
Lucus Oil DRS - Warren ran the wagon in M/S class. After cutting a
good light, Warren ran an 11.546 on an 11.55 dial-in (on the brakes) to lose
by a break-out in the first round. This was the fate of many of the
racers when the weather conditions were some of the best ever at No Problem
Raceway Park for the event. Low humidity and cool temps. made for some
great times and lots of break-outs. One racer said, "My weather
station doesn't have any data in it to deal with DA of minus 600 feet!"
16-18, 2007 - Houston Raceway Park - NHRA Lucas Oil Div. 4 Points Meet.
Warren was one busy person. He successfully ran both cars at the
event. After a flat tire put the Buick out of commission while trying
to get the car out of the trailer, and having battery trouble with the
wagon, he settled down and got both car to run under the index of both
classes. Stock was first out on Sunday morning and Warren was in the
first pair down the track. There were no time trials on Sunday and the
weather conditions and track conditions had changed drastically overnight.
On Saturday, the wind was in the face of the drivers and it was very cold.
On Sunday, there was no wind, the temp. was mild and the humidity was almost
non-existent. Warren spun the tires and he was a loser in Stock as the
day got off to a bad start.
Warren came back in Super Stock with the Buick and drove a very good race,
but took too much stripe and ran a 12.05 on a 12.08 for a brake-out loss.
Warren Birkett -
Stock/Super Stock Photos
9, 2007 - Warren is planning to run two cars at the Lucas Oil Event in
Baytown, TX., Houston Raceway Park, Feb. 16-18, 2007. He will compete
in two classes, Stock and Super Stock. The Buick will run in SS and
the Wagon will run in Stock.
17, 2006 - Warren and wife, Brenda, attended the December Dinner Meeting of
Bracket Masters Racing team
10, 2006 - Warren drove the M/S wagon in the Louisiana Drag Classic.
July 19, 2006 - At the installation ceremonies
of the Baton Rouge Chapter of Rotary International, held at Boudreaux's, and
flanked by his lovely wife Brenda, Warren O. Birkett, Jr. was installed as
President of Rotary International of Baton Rouge. Warren had recently
returned from a European trip, sponsored by Rotary, where he toured many of
the old countries and saw many of the sights of the old world.
From Rotary website:
Today there are over 30,000 Rotary Clubs located in
162 countries. Any Rotarian is welcome to attend any Rotary Club and is
extended the Rotary hand of fellowship. One of the greatest privileges of
membership is the opportunity it affords to make friends and establish
service, business and social relationships with fellow Rotarians throughout
Recently, "225 Baton Rouge" magazine named
Warren as one of the "Top 50 People To Watch" in the Baton Rouge area and
wrote the following:
The Baton Rouge Rotary Club has a strong
reputation as a gathering of successful business leaders with a
conscience who jump to help the community when it can.
WARREN BIRKETT will become its president for 2006, the
first African-American to hold the post in the chapters history. When
considered along with the fact the mayor, chief of police and top
parish education officials also are black, Birkett's election is more
evidence Baton Rouge has finally embraced African-Americans not only as
peers, but as leaders.
Warren Installed as Rotary Club
28, 2006 - Warren Birkett participates in Glen Oaks High School Car Show.
March 28, 2006 -
MEMBERS RACE IN FLORIDA
Racing in NHRA’s stock eliminator class Owen and
Warren Birkett both participated at the NHRA Division 2 race held on March 3
through 5 in Orlando, Florida, and at the ACDelco Gator Nationals held in
Gainesville, Florida on March 9th through 12th.
Owen Birkett drives their 1979 Buick Regal
powered by a 155H.P., 350c.i. Buick motor assembled by Herche Performance in
Indiana to meet NHRA stock class specifications. In Orlando, racing in
L/Stock Automatic ( at M/SA weight) he qualified 28th at -.968
under the class national index out of 106 entries and at the Gator Nationals
in M/SA in the 26th position at -1.117 under out of the 100
entries. In Orlando he "red-lit" in the first round and in
Gainesville he did
it again in the second round with a -.008 reaction time and running 12.002
on his 12.00 dial. Also at the Gator Nationals, Owen had a .002 reaction time
and ran 11.995 on the 13.15 index only to loose, for the first time in two
years on a green light start, the head-up M/SA class eliminations by .007.
His reaction times at the Gator Nationals event were .006, .032, .0037, .002
Owen’s dad Warren ran their 1980 Chevy Malibu
Wagon, powered by a 305 ci., also in M/SA. He qualified at the bottom of the
field at both events, number 98 with a 12.954 of 106 entries in Orlando and
99 at the ACDelco Gator Nationals. with a 13.14 on the 13.15 national index.
He went four rounds of the seven rounds needed to win the Orlando race. As a
result of a slipping transmission, at the Gator Nationals he lost in the
first round. As of March 27, 2006, Warren is currently in the third position
of the divisional 4 points standing.