In the rich soil of Central Florida’s Lake County, traditional citrus crops and sweet berries take root and prosper in “the Golden Triangle” named after the yellow color of the clay beneath the fertile sandy earth. The Treadwell family has been farming the land there for more than 100 years, and the tropical foliage plants that for the last 40 years have sustained not only Glen and Sharon Treadwell and their three daughters have also nourished a racing team that likewise was being cultivated and constantly growing.
From a humble bracket racing team in the late 1980s, the family now fields two world championship-capable Competition eliminator entries, one driven by patriarch Glen and the other by middle daughter Jenny. Glen is a three-time NHRA U.S. Nationals winner, a six-time Division 2 champion, and a past world champion runner-up. Jenny is the only female in NHRA history to have won a division championship in Comp, and she’s done it twice, including last season.
Like the plants that they tend, which recently expanded to hemp and (briefly) medical marijuana and even a CBD business, the Treadwell Nursery racing operation began small and humbly with Glen running in Quick 8 and Quick 16 bracket races at Orlando Speed World Dragway. He had matching altereds in the late 1980s, one a successful dial-your-own bracket machine and another that ran in Comp’s B/EA class that couldn’t even run the index.
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