Darin Bay: Team Owner

Darin Bay’s racing career began in 1983 at the age of 19 with the top alcohol funny car, Alky Motion. Darin was no stranger to racing as his father Norm Bay raced front engine dragsters in the ‘60’s and 70’s. Darin’s original license was obtained and signed for by racing legends Kenny Bernstein, Mike Dunn and Dale Armstrong. Darin and Norm campaigned their Alky Motion funny car on the west coast until 1987.

In 1994, Darin’s interests expanded to include piloting small airplanes which led him to the world of jet powered funny cars. In 1997 he built his first Warped Speed car and toured the west coast alongside Richard Smith’s “Warhawk” funny car until 2000.

In 2000, Darin sold his original Warped Speed car and built the second in a series of four Warped Speed jet funny cars. All cars are patterned after Darin’s first 1998 model Thunderbird and are powered by Pratt and Whitney J-60 engines used in early style corporate jets. The J-60 has been modified with an afterburner and special fuel systems for increased performance. The car produces 10,000 pounds of horsepower, 6100 pounds of thrust and spins at 18,000 rpm. This power accelerates the jet cars to over 310 mph in 5 seconds in the quarter mile.

In 2008, after the crash of the Incinerator Funny Car, Darin turned his attention to building dragsters, The Black Rat and Incinerator II. These cars have toured the West Coast, Midwest and Canada setting track and speed records.

Despite his success with the jet-powered cars, Darin’s passion has always been to race Nitro funny cars. The opportunity arose when Twig Zeigler, a long-time racer of the Pizza Haven nitro car needed a driver. In 2010, Darin fulfilled his life-long dream and was licensed in Twig’s car. This same year, Darin broke both the Woodburn, Oregon track record (three times in one day), as well as setting the quickest all-time car record of 5.78 seconds in the quarter mile.

Warped Speed is sponsored by Dacon Industries, Portland, Oregon; a rubber extrusion company that was co-founded by Darin and his father Norm Bay in 1990. Dacon also has facilities in Tyler, Texas and Ravenna, Ohio.

Special thanks to Rick Kikes, Dustman Brothers and Roger Gustin and family.



Richard Smith: Crew Chief, Driver

Before racing jet dragsters, Richard Smith successfully raced Top Alcohol funny cars from 1980 through 1987. Based in the Kansas City area, Smith had garnered success racing in the NHRA, AHRA and ADRA and won three AHRA World Championships and a Divisional Championship in NHRA behind the wheel of his Warhawk funny car.

In 1988, Smith made the switch to Jet Funny Cars and campaigned the popular Warhawk jet until selling the operation a few years ago. Today, Smith is a driver for the Warped Speed Racing team and resides in Bend, Oregon.


Yancey Pierce: Crew Member

Yancey Pierce has a passion for the “attention to detail”, literally! He has been detailing high-end automobiles for over 20 years. When you see the jet cars glistening; it’s because of Yancey. He is vital to our team of racing professionals and we are grateful to have him on our team. Yancey is the father of two beautiful girls, who are the love(s) of his life!


Dick Fuller: Crew Member

It wasn't easy but legendary Warped Speed crew member Dick Fuller was coxed out of retirement to
rejoin the team in 2017! Of course, Dick needs no introduction as he has a long list of drag racing milestones and accomplishments including a stint with Matt Goss' alcohol funny car before joining the Warhawk team under the former ownership of Richard Smith! Be sure and stop by the pit and give Dick a warm welcome back to the Warped Speed team!



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