NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racer Uses K&N at School and Work

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Thomas Bayer won in both Super Comp and in Super Gas at the Les Schwab Tires Challenge NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series in Woodburn, Oregon.

Bayer used a hole-shot starting line advantage to hold off Ryan Giacone in Super Gas running 9.967 to Giacone’s 9.958. In Super Comp he beat Violet Larson with a run of 8.924 seconds at 168.95 mph.

Tom Bayer's 2000 rear engine dragster
Tom Bayer's 2000 rear engine dragster
“When you start racing cars back to back everything becomes a blur,” said Bayer. “I’d jump out of my 62 Corvette and jump right into my 2000 Dragster. We only had about 12 minutes between rounds. It was very hectic”

After the 4th round Bayer had less than 12 minutes between each race. “I’d take my driving equipment from one car to another,” he said. “There is not a lot of time to contemplate what is going on.”

Bayer said he prefers the dragster to the Corvette. “We purchased the Vet to help with the dragster program,” said Bayer. “It happens to work out that both vehicles have the same amount of points. I just love the speed of the dragster. It’s fun to drive at 177 mph.”

Bayer is leading both divisions in points and in the top 10 nationwide. He is also the lead mechanic at Frank Hawley’s NHRA Drag Racing School in Pomona, California.

“I use K&N Engineering Air and Oil Filters on the 3 dragsters and 1997 Firebird at the school,” said Bayer. “We have thousands of students and we run those cars 8 hours a day three days a week. K&N Filters hold up really well all day long. We’ve never had a problem. I see how the product works and put K&N on my race cars.”

Tom Bayer uses K&N Engineering Filters
Tom Bayer's uses K&N Engineering Filters
Bayer won Super Gas in Fontana just before the Oregon race. “It was great to win back to back then double challenges,” he said. “After every race I cut the filter open. K&N Filters catch everything. K&N is built tough and very hard to cut open. It catches every bit of debris and has more media in it than any other filter I’ve ever used.”

Thomas has numerous victories to his credit including winning the NHRA finals at Pomona in 2004. He is looking forward to the next race at Sonoma, California.

“You can get free products thrown at you all day long, but if it’s junk you’re not going to win,” said Bayer. “K&N holds up round after round and I can count on it.”

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