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Tommy Phillips Wins NHRA Super Gas Final at Motorplex Silver Anniversary Event

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Earlier this season Phillips won the Super Gas Wally in front of his hometown crowd at the NHRA National in Dallas.
Earlier this season Phillips won the Super Gas Wally in front of his hometown crowd at the NHRA National in Dallas.
Although it helps, you don't need to have the fastest car in order to win a drag race - but you absolutely do need skill. Forney, Texas, driver Tommy Phillips, of TNT Super Cars fame proved that to be a fact. Phillips engaged his superior starting-line talent to cut a quick .005 light in his 1958 Corvette Roadster, racing to a 9.909 on the 9.90 Super Gas index. This was third national event trophy at the Ennis, Texas Motorplex for the K&N sponsored racer. The other two victories at his home track were in Super Comp, and came decade apart, in 1995 and again 2005.
Phillips said this 1958 Corvette Roadster did exactly what it was supposed to do in every run at the Motorplex.
Phillips said this 1958 Corvette Roadster did exactly what it was supposed to do in every run at the Motorplex.


By all gauges used to measure NHRA events the final rounds of the Lucas Oil Series contested at the now 25-year-old facility was an utterly enthralling success. The event always attracts the-best-of-the-best, and the silver anniversary celebration bumped it up even a few more notches.

"I had several close races throughout the event, and the final was definitely one of them," stated Phillips. After this win Phillips now sits in second place in the Super Gas national standings.
Phillips says there's nothing like winning in front of his biggest fans, his family and team.
Phillips says there's nothing like winning in front of his biggest fans, his family and team.


"I had a bit of an advantage when we left the starting line and was out in front the whole way, so I slowly started letting out of the throttle, and touching the brake to keep from breaking out," explained Phillips.
The K&N sponsored driver used his superior starting-line skill to bring it home at the Texas Motorplex.
The K&N sponsored driver used his superior starting-line skill to bring it home at the Texas Motorplex.


"His car (Charlie Stewart) was a tick faster than mine, so he was gaining pretty quickly, and right at the end, he hit the brakes too. To use a baseball term, it was a 'bang-bang' finish, and I got there first while running right on the index. The track was great, and even with the crazy wind and drastic weather conditions, my Corvette did exactly what it was supposed to every run."

Phillips has been around long enough to understand that you have diversify your portfolio, so like many other successful sportsman racers, Phillips competes in several classes during the year.

"My season has been uncharacteristically inconsistent to tell you the truth," said Phillips. "I have had great race cars, and driven flawlessly at times, while at other times I've looked as though I just learned how to race the day before."

"I have two NHRA national event wins, a national runner-up, one NHRA LODRS race win, a NHRA LODRS runner-up, an IHRA Summit Pro-Am win, and an IHRA Summit Pro-Am runner- up, so it's been a productive year."

"That was my 10th national event win in Super Gas, but my 21st overall," said Phillips. When asked if one win sticks out from all the other he says, "I'd have to say the first one was the most memorable simply because it was a milestone in my racing career."

"This one in 2010 was the most satisfying though, because my entire family was able to be there to see it. My wife, daughter, mom, dad, step mom, sisters, grandfather, niece, nephew and very best friends, they were all there to celebrate with me, and that made it maybe the best ever!"

The way things are stacking up for Phillips he will once again finish the season in the top-five in the Super Gas national standings for the third year in a row. In addition, he is in a very realistic position to win his sixth division championship as well.

"All-in-all, it has been a decent year, and I cannot complain, but I set extremely high goals for myself, so it will fall short in my eyes."

Phillips adds that he's very appreciative of K&N, and all his sponsors, for their continuing support and encouragement.

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