Just two events remain in 2011 for Mark Faul, but the longtime NHRA Division 6 competitor isn't mailing it in yet. Faul recently traveled across the country to race in the IHRA Sportsman Spectacular World Finals in Richmond, Virginia. Now, Faul is back on the west coast, ready for the final two NHRA National Events in 2011, starting this weekend in Las Vegas.
Faul is looking forward to the opportunity at earning a few more National Event victories before 2011 ends.
NHRA Division 6 competitor Mark Faul
"This has been a really good season," said Faul, the back-to-back JEG's All-Star race winner. "I've been driving well, and the breaks seem to be going my way."
Faul had a decent showing in Richmond. Despite breaking a rocker arm in Stock, he went to the 4th round. Faul also advanced to the semi-finals in Super Stock. The Tournament of Champions on Sunday didn't turn out the way Faul had hoped either, with two early losses, but he still finished 8th nationally in the Super Stock IHRA Division.
While Faul was a bit unlucky in the way the points shook out in both Stock and Super Stock in NHRA's Division 6 (He won the National Event at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma in July, but had already used all of his points-paying races), he has finished strong. Faul picked up a divisional win at the Les Schwab Challenge at Woodburn Dragstrip in Oregon last month, and sits second in Super Stock and fourth in Stock points in Division 6, the NHRA's Northwest Division.
A perennial championship contender, Faul recognizes what went wrong. "It's a little disappointing (not claiming a championship), but it all came down to having some poor showings early in the season at the D6 races. And winning the Sonoma National Event after using all of my points claiming races was too bad. But I'm still happy."
Faul is looking forward to the opportunity at earning a few more National Event victories before 2011 ends, but without looking too far into the future, is also excited about the things that lay ahead in 2012.
"Winning the All-Star race was definitely the highlight of this season. I'm really looking forward to going back again and trying to 'three-peat'. That would be cool!"
Despite a busy and grueling season, Faul finds peace knowing his engines are always running to their optimum potential.
"Having K&N products on my car, knowing that my engine is protected by them, takes the worry away. It lets me focus on racing."
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