Nitroplate’s Kevin Cradduck to Pilot Record Holding Rat Trap LSR 7551 at Bonneville Speed Week

Posted on August 2, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Rat Trap LSR

The record holding Rat Trap LSR 7551 that Nitroplate’s very own Kevin Cradduck will be piloting at Bonneville speed week August 8-14

Nashville, TN…July 30, 2014 – Nitroplate is pleased to announce Kevin Cradduck will be piloting the Rat Trap LSR 7551 A/Fuel Modified Rear Engine Roadster owned by Brian Hope at Bonneville Speed Week on August 8-14. The racecar is the current record holder at 216 MPH set in 2012 when driven by Brian’s 18 year-old daughter, Victoria Hope. She is the youngest person to go 200 MPH in the history of Bonneville.

Most notably, the Hope Family is known for the Rat Trap Fuel Altered, which Brian, his father Ron Hope and their crew campaign internationally. Since its initial construction in 1968 and initial debut in 1969, no other Fuel Altered has been as highly publicized as the Rat Trap, which is now celebrating over 40 years of drag racing excitement.

The Hope family has also been very actively involved with Bonneville for many years and run several cars in various classes annually. “When Brian called to ask if I would pilot this car at Bonneville Speed Week, I couldn’t accept the offer fast enough”, said Cradduck. “Visiting Bonneville’s Speed Week has been a lifelong dream. Experiencing it from the driver’s seat is something I never saw coming.  I feel welcomed into their family and team, and guarantee you won’t find a better family and support crew anywhere, in any form of Motorsports.”

Rat Trap

“I would like to extend a very special thanks to all the sponsors who were instrumental in making this dream a reality, including CARS Recon, NitroPlate High Temperature and Specialty Coatings, Quick Fuel Technologies, Auto Meter, K&N Filters, Fabco-Air, Fig Speed, Biondo Racing Products, Speed Unlimited of Pensacola, Blenkarn Racing Enterprises and 31W Insulation and Day Racing Enterprises,” concluded Cradduck.

Nitroplate offers high temperature exhaust and specialty coating services. NitroPlate is a registered trademark of Servitech Industries, Inc. Founded in 1988, Servitech Industries has grown to become the largest independent applicator of SermaGard Coatings in North America. The company is ISO/TS 16949:2009 registered; providing coating services to the O.E automotive, Heavy Truck, HVAC, Appliance, Building and various other industries. Nitoplate’s revolutionary processes provide unequaled performance in high temperature coatings. Learn more at or by calling 615/826-4914.

Check out this video of Victoria Hope piloting the car at Bonneville in 2011:

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