Burton shakes off troubles to collect second win by ProQuest


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									                            STOCK — 25th annual Lucas Oil Slick Mist NHRA Nationals, Feb. 20-22, Phoenix

                            Burton shakes off troubles to collect second win

by Kelly Wade                                              Division 5 racer Brad Burton, near lane, scored his second
                                                           Stock victory when Doug Lambeck went red by .029-second

B     rad Burton earned his first national event
      victory last season at the Mopar Mile-High
NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, his home
                                                           in the final round. (Right) Burton, right, celebrated the win
                                                           with his father and fellow Stock competitor, Scott Burton.      best lights of the weekend and left on Corda by a
                                                                                                                           bunch, crossing the finish line .018-second over his
track, and the success came in the middle of the           game and have all your stuff together, and it was               10.94 dial to Corda’s breakout 10.30 (10.31 dial).
season when Burton was well-practiced and warmed           difficult trying to multitask. But once we got that                In the final, Burton drew a tough, versatile
up, but nabbing a win early in the season is               fixed, the car was pretty much flawless, and I was              competitor in reigning Division 6 Comp champ Doug
something more of a challenge.                             able to get in my game and do the job that needed               Lambeck, a former Super Stock winner.
    Burton rose to the challenge when he drove his         to be done.”                                                       “I left the starting line, shifted to 2nd, shifted to
E/SA ’72 Pontiac Formula to the winner’s circle at the         Burton was able to work past the stumble in the             3rd, and I looked back for him,” said Burton.
Lucas Oil Slick Mist NHRA Nationals in Phoenix.            third round and defeat Lloyd MacKay by a very narrow            “When I turned back, I thought I saw my win light
    “To go out your very first race of the year and        .002-second. The two pulled to the starting line with           on, and I thought, ‘That’s weird.’ I looked back for
execute like that is a good thing,” said Burton. “It’s     identical 10.88 dials, and MacKay was out of the gate           him again, and when I turned back, I realized it
always hard after having three or four months off to       first with a .049 reaction to Burton’s .065, but Burton         really was on, so I looked at the JumboTron
get in the car and put seven good rounds together and      reeled him in and got the win light with a 10.89 to             [ACDelco Vision] and saw him slowing down, so I
somehow get a win over a lot of good competitors.”         10.91. In an impressive fourth-round victory, Burton            knew he must have red-lit.
    The accomplishment didn’t come easy for Burton.        went heads-up with the No. 1 qualifier, Steve Wann,                “I know Doug is a great racer,” said Burton. “And
Carburetor issues affected his reactions at the starting   and clocked a 10.82 to Wann’s 10.90.                            he’d been on all day, so I’m not sure what happened,
line, and the young racer, who typically cuts a light in       “He’s a tough competitor, and he’s got a fast car,          but it happens to the best of us. It was still an
the teens or twenties, launched with three consecutive     but I know my old man,” said Burton. “My dad                    exciting ordeal for me, and you have to take the wins
worse-than-expected reaction times in the second,          [Scott Burton] is an excellent engine builder, and he           where you can get them.”
third, and fourth rounds before the team dismantled        puts me in the best car possible and one of the
the carburetor and sorted out the problem.                 fastest ones as well. I knew we had enough for him              The key race: Burton counted his most crucial race as
    “It’s the first race on the car after we put it        and that we could get by that round.”                           his fourth-round match with Corda. “He’s a multi-time
back together a couple of weeks ago,” said Burton.             The round-win over Wann sent Burton to the                  national champion, and he’s been doing this a long
“I had a pretty bad stumble on the starting line,          quarterfinals, where he squared off with two-time               time,” said Burton. “I knew if I got by that round, I’d
and it kept wanting to die. When you’re up there           Stock national champion Al Corda in a contest for
trying to cut a good light, you have to be on your         a bye run into the final. Burton cut one of his
                                                                                                                            About the winning car
                                                                                                                            B rad Burton’s ’72 Pontiac Formula is powered by a
                                                                                                                            recently freshened 455-cid engine assembled by
                                                                                                                            Burton’s father, Scott. Madcap Racing and Verle Stevens
                                                                                                                            Racing Engines did the machine work, and components
                                                                                                                            include CP pistons, a Crane cam, Manley rods and
                                                                                                                            springs, and a Scotty McClay-built McClay-200
                                                                                                                            transmission. Gary Harper of GNS Motorpsorts
                                                                                                                            completed the fabrication, roll cage, and electrical work.
                                                                                                                                Burton acknowledged Front Range Driveline,
                                                                                                                            Mickey Thompson Tires, John Calvert from CalTracs,
                                                                                                                            TCI, and Aeromotive.
                                                                                                                                “I want to say thanks to my dad, Scott; mom,
                                                                                                                            Diane; sister, Alyssa; and my girlfriend, Brooke Dark,”
                                                                                                                            said Burton, who also thanked Matt McKibbin, Gary
                                                                                                                            Harper, Dwayne Scheitlin, Steve Hagberg, Larry
Lambeck, near lane, was quicker off the starting line by almost five-hundredths than Jeff Jerome in the semi’s, an          Maxwell, and Matt Levonas.
advantage that came in handy when paired with Lambeck’s 10.43 (10.38 dial) to Jerome’s 11.45 (11.42).
58 ✦ National DRAGSTER
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