July 7th, 2014
From Top Qualifier to Event Winner, Steve Harker swept the Top Alcohol Funny Car Class in his Speed City-CAM2 Blue Blood Racing Motor Oil and new sponsor, Crane Trucking, Monte Carlo at this past weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, July 3-6 in Norwalk, Ohio.
Australian racing veterans and longtime NHRA competitors, Steve Harker and wife, Jenelle debuted at this past weekend’s event in only their 7th national event since returning to the sport after a three year break and proving they hadn’t missed a beat. Harker took the top honors of being the number 1 qualifier in the Top Alcohol Funny Car Class after impressive runs of 5.55et at 265.12mph and 5.54et at 264.39mph.
Consistency is the game and Harker proved his experience as tuner and driver throughout the event, kicking things off in round one with a 5.58et at 263.41mph win over a red-lighting Todd Robertson.
The consistency continued in Round 2 as Harker again laid down another bracket car performance with a 5.58et at 262.82mph pass to defeat Fredd Tiggers’ 5.60et at 261.47mph pass.
Semi-Finals time paired Harker and Todd Veney in a wacky battle that saw Harker getting the win light with his slowest run of the weekend 5.65et at 262.74mph defeating Veney’s 5.81et at 252.19mph pass.
In a wire-to-wire final round battle Harker faced off against Central Region Champion Chris Foster in a race that had the fans cheering in the grandstands. Both drivers where out to win and left nothing on the table with Harker pulling a 0.026 reaction time to Foster’s competitive 0.063 reaction time fighting Harker all the way to the 1320ft finish line. A half a car length is all it took for Harker to drive around Foster to win the event that was decided on the start line as Harker defeated Foster’s quicker 5.61et with his slightly slower 5.62et at 240.77mph pass.
Once again the folks at the Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park put on a great event for the fans and the racers. Show casing spectacular weather and great performances all weekend, the Speed City-CAM2 Blue Blood Racing Motor Oil team can now notch the Norwalk Ohio racetrack off their wally list.
With support from Crane Trucking, NGK Spark Plugs, Hedman Hedders, Leanders Clutch, CAM2 Blue Blood Racing Motor Oil and Speed City, Steve Harker and team now look to take a few weeks off before competing at the LODRS Central Regional Event in St Louis, MO August 8-9.
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