Brad Burton earned his first national event victory last season at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, his home track, and the success came in the middle of the season when Burton was well-practiced and warmed up, but nabbing a win early in the season is something more of a challenge. Carburetor issues affected his reactions at the starting line, and the young racer, who typically cuts a light in the teens or twenties, launched with three consecutive worse-than-expected reaction times in the second, third, and fourth rounds before the team dismantled the carburetor and sorted out the problem.
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 Stock Qualifying (Top 16 of 71 qualifiers)
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