K&N Filters 2008 Top Dragster Top Sportsman Shootout Brings Double Payday to NHRA Racer
Sometimes everything works out at the race track, and sometimes racers have such a good day they double up.
It happened to Sportsman Class racer Chip Rumis in the K&N Filters 2008 Top Dragster/ Top Sportsman Shootout at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series final event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
2005 Top Dragster and 2006 Jerry Bickel Pro Stock Chevrolet Cobalt equipped with K&N and Steve Schmidt Competition engines
During the entire NHRA Divisional season, drivers are awarded points based on their qualifying positions in Top Sportsman and Top Dragster. At the last division race of the season the top eight points earners in each class compete in the K&N Top Drasgster/ Top Sportsman Shootout.
NHRA Sportsman Class Racer Chip Rumis Doubles up at K&N Filters 2008 Top Dragster Top Sportsman Shootout at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Chip Rumis earned enough points during the NHRA season to compete in both the Top Dragster and Top Sportsman Shootout. Rumis won the final round in Top Dragster and went on for a double win in the Top Sportsman Shootout.
In the Top Dragster Shootout Rumis faced Denny Hills. Rumis went on to win the final round with a .030 starting line advantage. Rumis dialed 6.97 and ran 6.920 at 180.57 mph to Hills 6.19 dial and 6.253 at 218.72 mph.
Rumis faced-off against his best friend and defending Top Sportsman champion Joe Roubicek in the Top Sportsman Class. Roubicek dialed 7.17 and had a .019 light and ran 7.195 at 191.54 mph. Rumis dialed 7.06, had a .024 light, ran 7.073 at 194.91 mph and took the win by .0076. Rumis ended up with a $2000.00 payday from K&N.
“Joe and I have a rule, if one of us wins we stay away from the loser for fifteen minutes,” said Rumis. “We call it the fifteen minute rule. Joe was, however, very gracious when he congratulated me. It was a tight race.”
Rumis runs a 2005 Top Dragster using a Worthy chassis with a 632 cubic inch Steve Schmidt Competition engine. His Top Sportsman car is a 2006 Jerry Bickel Pro Stock Purpose Built Chevrolet Cobalt. It also uses a 632. “Every motor that goes out the door from Steve Schmidt Competition Engines is equipped with a K&N oil filter,” said Rumis. “I also use K&N air filters and K&N air intake systems.”
Rumis said the K&N Shootout was the talk of the pits for the entire season “K&N makes a high quality product and protects my expensive motors from track debris,” he said. “I would have been happy to win one shootout, but winning both shootouts is incredible.”
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