K&N Sponsored Racer has Impressive SCRA 360 Wingless Sprint Car Victory

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Ryan Kaplan received an offer he couldn’t refuse. The USAC midget racer was asked to race a wingless 360 sprint car at Hanford, California with the SCRA. “Rick Williams asked me to race his car,” said the 20-year-old Chico, California resident. “After looking over my schedule, I decided to go racing.”

It was a good night. Kaplan ended up taking fast time by six tenths of a second, winning the heat race, finishing third in the dash from the sixth starting spot and winning the thirty lap A-main.

Ryan Kaplan wins A Feature at King Speedway, photo by Brian RatzlaffRyan Kaplan wins A Feature at King Speedway, photo by Brian Ratzlaff
“We arrived at the track on Saturday afternoon and put the final changes on the car before the hot laps,” said Kaplan. “After walking the track, it looked like it was going to stay in good shape for most of the night. We pushed out for hot laps and the car started up perfectly.”

When the green flag was dropped, Kaplan took off and ran about five consistent laps to see how the car would react. They made some adjustments on the car to help free it up through the bumps on the high line for qualifying.
Rick Williams 360 wingless Sprint car, photo by Brian Ratzlaff
Rick Williams 360 wingless Sprint car, photo by Brian Ratzlaff
“I was six tenths of a second faster than the second place car,” said Kaplan. “There was a lot of talk that it was the track record but no one knew for sure. After everything settled down Rick and I talked and we decided to free the car up a little more through the centers so that I could get through the bumps better in racing conditions.”

During the heat, Kaplan started inside the second row. He had to finish in the top four to make it to the trophy dash. On the start, he jumped out into second place and trailed the first place car until the white flag lap. “I took the white flag and was right on the leader going into turn one,” he said. “I went high and was able to complete the pass coming out of turn two to take the win.”

For the trophy dash Kaplan started on the third row inside. He was caught behind two cars on the start. After about two laps he made it to third. “Rick and I changed the car setup for the main event,” said Kaplan. “I was going to be starting second row inside and I needed to have a car that I could pass with in order to win the race. We decided to set the car up so I could run through the bumps without throwing the nose of the car.”

Twenty-one cars raced thirty laps in the main. When the green flag dropped, Kaplan jumped into third place and ran there until the third lap. “I caught a rut in the middle of turns one and two and went flying over the edge of the track,” he said. “By the time I got the car back onto the racetrack I was in seventh place. I took a deep breath and went to work and made passes to get myself into fourth place. Eventually I was able to slide into third, then second. I got onto the outside of the leader and had time to make my move. I completed the pass for the lead and I ended up coming home with my second win in two starts with the SCRA.”

Kaplan only uses K&N Engineering products. “I want to thank K&N for sponsoring me,” he said. “I really notice a difference in performance with the K&N products. I get more power and I don’t have to worry about debris on the track.”

Follow Ryan Kaplan's progress throughout the racing season at the K&N news site. Find K&N products for your vehicle using the K&N application search then use the K&N dealer search to find a K&N dealer in your part of the world.

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