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Dan Fletcher Notches 75th Win at NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird Int'l Raceway

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Dan Fletcher and his K&N Clad Stock Chevy Camaro head to Gainesville next.
Dan Fletcher and his K&N Clad Stock Chevy Camaro head to Gainesville next.
"I just returned home last night from a grueling three week stint to begin the season," reported Dan Fletcher. "Fortunately, I came home with two wins at the first two NHRA National Events of the season, so it makes it all worthwhile. The SS (Super Stock) win at Phoenix was number 75 overall, so that was a pretty big milestone."
Fletcher's Super Stock win at Firebird International Raceway places him in rarified air as just the seventh driver in NHRA Drag Racing history to collect 75 NHRA Full Throttle national event victories.
Fletcher's Super Stock win at Firebird International Raceway places him in rarified air as just the seventh driver in NHRA Drag Racing history to collect 75 NHRA Full Throttle national event victories.


It's a bit of a peculiarity, but the more accomplished drag racers get, the more understated they appear to become. Fletcher tosses out his overall win tally as though all the kids are doing it - "Pretty big milestone?" With his recent Super Stock victory at Firebird International Raceway, Fletcher became only the seventh driver in NHRA Drag Racing history to collect 75 NHRA Full Throttle national event victories. Fletcher defeated Ken Etter in the final at Firebird to reach the landmark. Fletcher was just 0.004 quicker than his dial for the win, with a 9.376 ET and 144.04 mph.

In 2012 so far lucky number seven has come up often for the multi-time NHRA world champ from Churchville, New York, as only seven days earlier Fletcher scored his 74th victory with his Comp win at the 52nd annual O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries in Pomona, California.

With his victory at Firebird, the K&N sponsored driver is now tied with former Top Alcohol Funny Car and Top Fuel racer, Pat Austin, for sixth place on NHRA's all-time win list. More than half of his victories, 38 in all, have come in Super Stock. Fletcher has also has 38 combined national event runner-ups, and he's collected NHRA Wally awards in Comp, Stock, and Super Gas.

"A little room to breathe," says Fletcher referring to his 2012 NHRA season start, then he adds with a chuckle, "It's nice to start out making some bank after a long winter of not plowing snow."

Nothing about his approach the rest of the season changes though says Fletcher, "I'll still go out and work as hard as I can every week and hope for a positive outcome. I will be in Gainesville next week racing the K&N Stock and Super Stock Camaros."

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