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Triple Victory for Sportsman Racer at NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Route 66 Nationals

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Super Comp racer Ron Erks earned his 11th National Event victory at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series 11th annual Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 NHRA Nationals.

Another Wally for Super Comp racer Ron Erks
Another Wally for Super Comp racer Ron Erks

Ron Erks beat Joe Serena for 11th National event victory at NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series in Illinois
Ron Erks beat Joe Serena for 11th National event victory at NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series in Illinois
But that was not all Erks won, he successfully defended his title as a JEGS Allstars Champion and took home the Best Engineered Vehicle Title. “I’m still scratching my head,” said the K&N Engineering sponsored racer. “It was an awesome weekend. I won everything there was to win.”
Undercover dragster with 665 cubic inch aluminum engine and all carbon fiber body wins Best Engineered Vehicle
Undercover dragster with 665 cubic inch aluminum engine and all carbon fiber body wins Best Engineered Vehicle

JEGS Allstars winner Ron Erks doubles prize money at Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 NHRA Nationals
JEGS Allstars winner Ron Erks doubles prize money at Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 NHRA Nationals

In the National Event, Joe Serena left too quickly and gave Erks his 11th Wally. “It’s all about driving well, having great equipment and luck,” he said. “We had 30 mph winds over the weekend. No one was close to their dial-in time. I just hoped to make it to the finish line.” There were storms and four inches of water in the pits at Joliet, Illinois. There were also tornados fifteen miles from the track. It all worked out because Erks currently stands at No.1 in the world in the Super Comp class.

“Our K&N Engineering air and oil filters kept us going through the wind, water and rain at the track,” said Erks. “I never have to worry about anything with my K&N products. They perform flawlessly every time.”

The annual JEGS Allstars competition features the best sportsman drag racers from each of NHRA’s seven geographic divisions. Erks won last year and that gave him an automatic spot in JEGS Allstars 2008 as a blocker. The blocker is the defending champion from the previous year. With his Super Comp win as well as the JEGS Allstars win he was rewarded with a “Double-Up” bonus from JEGS. “Not only do I have an automatic spot in the 2009 JEGS Allstars,” he said. “It was great to get into JEGS wallet  with the bonus.”

Erks’ new 2008 undercover dragster with its 665 cubic-inch aluminum engine and all carbon-fiber body earned the Ohio resident an additional Wally for Best Engineered Car. “This is the first time I’ve ever had to pose for three sets of pictures in one weekend,” he said. “This is by far, the nicest car I’ve ever had.”

Erks next race will be the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio.

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