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BRADSHAW, GORDON LEAD FIRST DAY NHRA WINTERNATIONALS QUALIFYING

THIRD-GEN BALDWIN CONTINUES FAMILY TRADITION

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DAN FLETCHER'S RUN FOR 100 IS EPIC

The only NHRA Lucas Oil NHRA sportsman racer to ever sweep the Western Swing,  a three-time NHRA World Champion, and a winner in six different categories, (Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street), Dan Fletcher understands the task which awaits him. The question remains, did Fletcher ever really think he was going to get 100 wins in his racing career? 

“No,” Fletcher admitted. “I never really thought too much about it down the road. When I quit my job to go racing, it was just an opportunity to pursue something I truly loved and cared about, and thought I could make a living out of doing. I thought it was something that was a viable enterprise at the time, and it turned out that it was, and it has been a tremendous ride. As for ever getting to 100, I just wanted to get to one. My goal was to get to one, so to have two zeroes behind it is pretty ridiculous.”

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IHRA ANNOUNCES TELEVISION PACKAGE WITH ESPN

NHRA LUCAS OIL EVENTS TO AIR ON FOX SPORTS 1 AND FOX SPORTS 2

ENCORE - REMEMBERING THE WAYNE COUNTY OPEL

10-22-07opel.jpgIn a never-ending search for the proverbial “unfair advantage,” racers have chased speed secrets since the sport began. No matter how well they’re running, everyone knows a trick engine combination, aerodynamic advance, soft weight break, or even a simple loophole in the rules can keep them a step ahead of the rest.
 
If ever there was a case of applying those principles and succeeding, the Opel GT campaigned by the Wayne County Speed Shop in the late 1970s and early ‘80s fits the bill. The car’s existence and success is a classic case of looking at the rules for a given class and building a better drag racing mousetrap for it.
 
“We were probably the first people to look at the class and say, ‘If you built the right car, you could beat a lot of people,’” Wayne County’s Mike Sullivan said.
 
The result was a Modified and Competition Eliminator standard-bearer that delivered 11 NHRA national event wins, a class championship, and numerous divisional meets into the hands of Dave Hutchens, the late Larry Kopp, and Todd Patterson between 1979 and 1987. This at a time when those eliminators featured heavy hitters like Cotton Perry, Garley Daniels, Terry Hoard, Coonce and Clark, Paul Mercure, Danny Townsend, and many more.
 
Sullivan, who built the team’s cars, didn’t necessarily have to go a different route to rise to the top. The ’23 Ford B/Street Roadster he and driver/engine builder Dave Hutchens were running at the time was already a national event winner in Modified.

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