No stranger to the winner's circle, whether it be in his K&N Super Stock Cobalt or one of his other three cars, 22 year old UNLV student Justin Lamb acquired the first NHRA National Event win by a local resident at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the Summitracing.com NHRA Nationals.
Justin Lamb Scores First NHRA National Super Stock Victory in Las Vegas
Justin Lamb's K&N Super Stock Cobalt
Competing and winning at the venue is nothing new for Lamb as he has raced at the facility since his Jr. Dragster days.
While Lamb didn't consider any of his round match ups to be easy ones during this event, he points out that the third round where he was paired with defending NHRA Super Stock Champ Jimmy DeFrank sticks out most in his mind.
"It's not like I tell anyone this, but I really felt like whoever won that round was going to win the race," Lambs says of the round. "I mean he's a four time champion and defending one at that. I just felt like it was going to be a tough round."
"When I looked at the ladder and saw who was left, I mean it might be overly confident but I think that Jimmy and I had the best chance of winning after our round," he continued. "We had the better side of the ladder and we were both driving well."
In this case it was Lamb who was drove the better of the two, posting a .005 light, giving him a two-hundredths advantage at the start and carried it though for the win light over the defending champ.
The round win was a major confidence booster for Lamb and he continued to work his way though his side of the ladder, which he studies and knows quite a bit about each of his competitors, from how they've been driving right down to how their cars take the stripe.
His final round competitor, sportsman stand-out, Brad Plourd was no exception.
"The big thing about Super Stock is like my car takes the stripe with the nose," he explained. "Brad's car takes it with the front wheel, as most do. But like with Jimmy, his car takes with the nose. So you have to really pay attention as to what part of the car takes the stripe. But then again, a car like Brad's can also take the stripe with the nose, should he get on the brakes right at the stripe."
"I was really feeling good about my chances in the final. Brad hadn't been running all that good during the weekend, he really wasn't hitting the tree like usual and was really getting lucky," Lamb continued.
Nine time Wally winner Plourd saved his best reaction time of the event for the Super Stock final, bettering Lamb on the tree by .007 and helped make it one of the closer races you'll see in the class.
With only a mere margin of .005 at the stripe, Lamb denied the win to Plourd and grabbed his seventh NHRA National Event win in his ninth final round appearance.
One never knows what class or car Lamb will show up to an event in.
"I've never been one to be much interested in chasing points. I have four cars and run four classes, Comp, Super Gas, Super Stock and Super Comp," he said. "And Top Dragster, if you want to count that. I just race whatever I feel like racing and I like it that way."
With a full stable of machines, Lamb keeps each one of them is protected with K&N products from oil filters to air filters.
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