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Echols catches up to family with win
                                                                                                                                                                  Jordan Echols (left), cut a
                                                                                                                                                                  .005 light to help secure a
                                                                                                                                                                  win in the final against his
                                                                                                                                                                  friend Rodney Parks, near
                                                                                                                                                                  lane, 10.85 (10.80 dial) to
                                                                                                                                                                  10.76 (10.71). (Below) Echols
                                                                                                                                                                  and his family celebrated
                                                                                                                                                                  another fine outing at the
                                                                                                                                                                  NHRA Summit Racing Series
                                                                                                                                                                  Finals. Echols’ father, Steve,
                                                                                                                                                                  was a champion in 2001, and
                                                                                                                                                                  his brother, Danny, has been
                                                                                                                                                                  a finalist and semifinalist.

    NHRA SUMMIT RACING SERIES FINALS                           orchestrating consecutive packages of
(Div. 4) — It may not come as a surprise that a                .032-, .036-, .009-, and .020-second
member of the Echols family left this event with a             during impressive wins. In the final
Wally. After all, Steve Echols was the Super Pro               round, however, Echols cut his best
champion in 2001, and son Danny has a runner-up                light of the event, a .005, and carried
and a semifinal finish to his credit. However, it was          his advantage and then some to the
Steve’s other son, Jordan, who grabbed his first               finish line for the win.
major win, and Jordan was admittedly pretty                       “I finally got around to cutting a
surprised himself.                                             good light in the final. If I had raced him a couple         but now I treat it as having fun and getting together
    “I’d never done any good at these races,” said             rounds earlier, he probably would have put me                with the family instead of putting so much emphasis
Jordan Echols. “I think                                                                         out,” said Echols. “I       on having to win for it to be any fun,” said Echols.
this is only the second                                                                         always thought I’d be       “Since I’ve been doing that, things have actually
time I’ve made it out of                                                                        really, really excited if   turned out better.” ND
first round, and I’ve                                                                           I won a race like this.
been racing the bracket                                                                         It lived up to the
finals since I was 16. I                                                                        billing. I was really
never did good at the                                                                           pumped. The final was
finals when I raced Jr.                                                                         kind of surreal. I was
Dragsters, either, so                                                                           really more shocked
my dad and my brother                                                                           than anything else.
always had a one up on                                                                          When the car left in         Quarterfinalists: Jordan Echols (’67 Camaro —
me. My brother has                                                                              the final, and the           Hobbs); Chris Whitener (’82 S-10 — Texas Motorplex);
come so close before         After leavin
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