Growing up in Southern California, the birthplace of Top Fuel racing, Bob Vandergriff Jr. was surrounded by racing since he was a baby. His father, Bob Vandergriff Sr. was the Advertising Director for the NHRA’s National Dragster publication before purchasing industry legend Hedman Hedders® in 1978.
Vandergriff attended the University of Utah, where he majored in business. After graduation, he began his career in the business world, first serving as the National Advertising Director for Super Chevy Magazine and then relocating to Georgia, where he served as Vice President of the Atlanta Dragway. Here, Vandergriff got his first taste of racing down the quarter mile, entering his 15-second, 80 mph company car in one of the track’s bracket races. Vandergriff lasted five rounds, eventually losing in the semi-finals. He was hooked.