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Team Chevy Takes Sport Compact Drag Racing Win at NOPI Springnationals

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Team Chevy driver Marty Ladwig captured his second national event victory of the season at the NOPI Springnationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

Marty Ladwig wins Pro FWD in NOPI Springnationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
Marty Ladwig wins Pro FWD in NOPI Springnationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
Ladwig also set a new national elapsed time record for the Pro FWD category when he defeated Gary Gardella in the final round. “It felt awesome to set the new record and to win the event at the same time,” said Ladwig. “This was a big event for us and the win keeps us virtually tied in the points championship.”
Team Chevy Scores Sport Compact Victories at Englishtown, New JerseyTeam Chevy Scores Sport Compact Victories at Englishtown, New Jersey
Marty Ladwig set a new national elapsed time record in the Pro FWD category
Marty Ladwig set a new national elapsed time record in the Pro FWD category

Ladwig entered Sunday’s eliminator in his Lucas Oil Chevrolet with K&N Engineering products and qualified in the No. 2 position after running 7.207 seconds at 203.06 mph. He defeated Chris Rado in round one with a 7.210 second run at a career-best speed of 203.31 mph to earn a spot in the finals against Gardella.

In the championship heat, Ladwig’s Ecotec-powered Cobalt took the win and the national record with a 7.167 second run at 202.88 mph. “As usual our K&N Engineering air and oil filters did their jobs in helping us win,” said Ladwig. “We especially rely on our high performance K&N oil filters because we run very high oil pressures to keep our 1500 horsepower 4 cylinder engine alive. K&N has been an important part of keeping our record of zero engine failures for 2 ½ seasons.”

This was Ladwig’s 18th career victory at an NHRA sanctioned sport-compact event. The Chevy Sport Compact Drag Racing Team took what the racetrack gave them and that included putting out as much power as they could. “Tuning-wise the team did a great job,” said Ladwig. “It was important to hold up my end as the driver.”

The team is on break until June and Ladwig went home to Texas. “We’ll perform regular maintenance, but this Chevrolet runs great,” he said. “It’s pretty much the same setup as we used a Pomona at the end of last year and it’s a credit to the guys at Roush and GM Racing who built the car.”

The next stop on the schedule is the NOPI Colorado Nationals in June at Bandimere Speedway in Denver, Colorado.

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