Known as the “Texas Whips” William Carroll and Curt Carroll hailed from Irving, Texas. The Carroll brothers owned Carroll Brothers Erection Company which built steel buildings. William and Curt had another deep passion for the sport of drag racing and were major players in the top fuel class during the 1960s and into the early 1980s. The brothers boasted some of the sports top racers of the time driving for them including Gary Bailey, Kenny Bernstein, Buddy Cortines, Bob Gibson, Ben Griffin, Marshall Love, James Ludden, Murray Oxman, David Pace, Dave Settlers, and Richard Tharp.
The “Texas Whips” made a successful transition from the front engine dragster area to the rear engine dragster with David Pierce and Richard Tharp delivering some of the most memorable results. Tharp recorded the first sub-six-second run at the NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown New Jersey at 5.97 seconds in 1975. Pace recorded two runner-up finishes at Denver’s NHRA Mile High Nationals and prestigious NHRA US Nationals in 1981. Pace scored a ninth-place points finish in 1981 despite running less than half of the NHRA events.
Over the years the Carroll Brothers did most of their racing in and around NHRA’s Division Four (South Central Division) winning a number of races and a season championship along the way.