Division 4 Pro
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