A huge part of the reason drag racing is so popular is because of the variety of vehicles competing- cars, trucks, motorcycles... Heck, if you have a blown hemi sit-down lawnmower with flame decals there's bound to be someone with a skull motif mower waiting at the line for you somewhere.
Justin Lamb installed his new K&N scoop during the off season, going deep into the rounds of the first few races, and inking the win at Firebird seems to confirm the upgrade is working well.
The Competition Eliminator class in the NHRA is where you'll find the widest diversity of cars competing against each other. That's where almost anything goes except for nitro-powered race cars. Cars are divided into classes according to the power-to-weight ratio, standard or automatic transmissions are another divider, and there's even more detail that the NHRA keeps accurately sorted.
To level the playing field, faster cars are handicapped by letting the slower car start first, then it's a dash for the cash, first one over the finish line first wins. It is therefore conceivable that in Comp Eliminator you could see a front wheel-drive mini-van go up against an alcohol burning, supercharged dragster, with the victor being decided by driving skill and reaction time.
The Lamb Motorsports team is looking to lock-up a trip to the Jegs Allstars with their upcoming race in Las Vegas.
In Competition Eliminator at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division event at Firebird International Raceway, it was Justin Lamb that kept the cooler hand. Lamb took the easy 2012 division 7 Comp Eliminator Championship, as his opponent Ross Wilson blinked first and left way early. Lamb took the win with 8.833 ET at 121.56 mph.
"Going in to the final I had a very good feeling about the race," Lamb told K&N. "I had a very fast car and up to that point I was driving very well. The guy I was racing, Ross Wilson, is a great driver though, so I felt that as long as I did my job on the starting line I had a good chance of beating him. If I was slacking he would have definitely beat me. Ross ended up having a red light start so I ended up winning the race."
So far the season is going well according to Lamb. "I struggled a little bit towards the end of last year at national events, and at the first two national events of this year I went a lot of rounds and really got some confidence back. I am also leading the point standings for the Jegs Allstars race in Chicago in the middle of the year. If I can keep that lead it will be my first trip to the Allstars, so it's very exciting."
"During the off season we did a lot of maintenance," says Lamb, "but we really didn't change a whole lot on the cars. The one thing that we did change on my dragster was we installed the new K&N scoop. It is a really nice piece and so far I am very happy with how it has performed."
"The next step for us this year is to go to the Las Vegas division race and hopefully lock up the points for the Jegs Allstars race," adds Lamb. "After that I would just really like to get back on track with winning a few national events again. Last season was the first year in a few years that I didn't win any national events, which was disappointing for me."
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