There was drama aplenty going into round four eliminations in Competition Eliminator at 40th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor at Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho. Defending champion Jeff Lane, the Shoreline, Washington racer was paired up with Rob Harrison, who had never been to a final round at Firebird. Harrison had a 0.17 CIC penalty and Lane was looking at a 0.05 penalty. Harrison had the horsepower edge, but Lane, as has long been his reputation, had been deadly on the tree all day. Yet it ended not with a bang, but with a whimper, as Harrison red-lighted, adding to Lane's total victory booty and handing him back-to-back wins at the event.
K&N's help with hood scoop and airpan development had Hancock and Lane Racing ready to compete out of the gate this year, according to Jeff Lane.
"We have been thrashing nonstop since mid season last year," said Lane. "We were sorting bugs out of our new Cobalt last year and finally got a handle on things at the World Finals in Pomona. With help from K&N on our hood-scoop development and airpans, along with finding ways to make good power over the winter months, we were ready out of the gate this year. The track and personnel at Firebird raceway are first rate and the starting line had great traction, and we kept throwing everything at it we could."
"Rob is a great racer and he is really fast. He already had hit the J/Altered index permanently, and he told me after the final round that he knew if we both had green lights that he would have to eat more index if he wanted to win the race against us. I guess our racing reputation of having great reaction times sometimes helps."
"I really do want to thank K&N for their support and help, all the people are easy to work with and very knowledgeable," continued Lane.
"Jonathan (Fiello) in product design made us a really fast hood scoop design. It is not only ultra lightweight, but very functional with low drag. Bob Harris always responds immediately to our every needs, and I can't say enough about Steve Williams. Not only is he a first class guy, but he is also one of the best Super Class racers in the business."
"Our K&N oil filters are second to none on our 10,500 rpm, SB-2 Chevrolet racing engines. And the air intake systems on our tow vehicles keep our engines running great."
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