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Toxic Rocket Crew for 2010

Joe Cassidy - Owner

Glen Wilson - Pilot

Ron Soares - Crew Chief

Brandon Wry - Engine / Fuel

Mike Cookson - Props / Drivetrain

Russ Guilliam - Computer / Data

Tommy Nelson - Engine / Right Side

Tom Boghosian - Engine Builder / Tuner

Joe Boghosian - Engine Builder / Tuner

Mike Padgett - Safety Gear / Fuel

Kevin Guilliam - Bearing Specialist

Marco Mabante - Engine Specialist

Sean Briody - Fabricator/Machinist

Dan Shuken - Engine / Left Side


Michelle Latka - Apparel Sales


Don Francis - Truck Owner/Team Chef

Donnie Francis - Transport Driver


Russ Guilliam - Computer / Data Aquisition

About Russ

Russ’s main roll on the team is Data Acquisition, Russ runs the on board computer system that records all the engine performance data throughout the pass. He works very closely with our legendary engine builder, Joe Baghosian, on the tune-up helping out with the timing and fuel management system. We call them our Bells & Whistles.

Russ also maintains what is called, “Our Book” which consists of weather, water, tune-up, times & speeds, parts used, and comments about every pass.

The electrical system on the boat has also become part of Russ’s responsibilities. Hopefully it starts and runs when needed!

On A Personal Note

My name is Russ Guilliam, my son (Kevin) and I got involved in dragboat racing in 1991. A very close friend of mine bought a Cole open hydro and we put together a Pro Eliminator boat named “Relentless Pursuit”. We raced that boat for several years winning two back-to-back World Championships in 1997/1998.

Relentless Pursuit then stepped up to Pro Mod where we were able to win another World Championship in 2001. The owner of the Pro Mod Relentless Pursuit decided to take some time off and we set out a couple of races. Hearing that a new fuel team needed some help, I contacted Ron Soares, Crew Chief, of the “Toxic Rocket” and the fun began.


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