With his high-school age son, Dustin, growing up fast and a shrinking window of opportunity for the two to spend time together, Landis sold his Super Gas Corvette roadster in 2006. The win earned him the semifinal bye and automatic berth into his seventh national event final. After traveling to downtown Las Vegas to get the replacement parts, Landis returned to the track to find fellow racers Downing, Keith Manogue, and Polvadore waiting in his pits ready to help with the work.
SUPER STREET — 10th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, April 2-5, Las Vegas Landis continues hot start to season with third national title Tim Landis, far lane, picked up his third national event and second Super Street Wally by defeating Joseph Greco in the final. Although Landis led early in the run, he let Greco go on the top end, which was a good decision because both racers broke out with Landis’ 11.04 beating Greco’s 11.02. by Candida Benson second Super Street and third overall national ‘Well, if you’re going to get around me, I want you event victory. to get around me a lot.’ I lifted the throttle right H ad things continued as Tim Landis had originally planned, he wouldn’t have even been at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals. Landis opened eliminations with wins over Scott Allen, David Gotts, and Dwight Downing. He then got the nod in the quarterfinals when Bob Chagnon before the first timer into the speed traps and then got onto the brakes to try and feed him all the stripe I could.” With his high-school age son, Dustin, growing up broke out with an 11.03 (11.05 index). The win fast and a shrinking window of opportunity for the earned him the semifinal bye and automatic berth The key race: “Dwight Downing, third round,” said two to spend time together, Landis sold his Super into his seventh national event final. Landis. “He was the guy to get by on my side of the Gas Corvette roadster in 2006. Then the phone In the final, Joseph Greco had the advantage at ladder. When the ladder first came out, I looked at it rang. the starting line, .013 to .032, but he carried too and said, ‘Well, he’s the guy I have to get by. If I can “I owned this car from like 1990 to 2002, and I much momentum at the top end and broke out with get by him, I think I can do alright.’ He’s always tough. sold it to a guy named Wade Noble in Vancouver, an 11.02. Landis also ran under the index, but his He’s a division champ the last two years in a row, and Wash., and then built my Super Gas car,” said closer 11.04 gave him the win. if you look at all his numbers, he was good on the Landis. “Wade called me, and he has some health “Somewhere beyond 1,000 feet, I was just Tree, and he was running 11.04 or 11.05 up until I ran problems and couldn’t drive the car, so he wanted watching him come up on me,” said Landis. “I him. On our run, he just misjudged the wind. A head- me to basically take it back and drive it. I wasn’t figured he would get around me, so I thought, wind came up and let me get around him.” itching to get back into racing, but I thought, ‘I miss it. It was fun doing it.’ ” Although he didn’t originally intend to come back to racing so soon, the offer by Noble was just too good to pass up, and Landis’ decision to accept that offer has proven to be a good one. He won the Division 7 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag (Left) A .021 light and 11.12 Racing Series event in Phoenix in March and clocking lifted Greco past followed it up with a win in Las Vegas, his Bernie Polvadore in the semifinals and into his first career national event final. About the winning car (Below) In a race decided by just thousandths, Polvadore A lthough it has a new paint scheme, the ’67 Chevy II defeated No. 1 qualifier Gary Tim Landis wheeled to victory is the same one he Reust, 11.048 to 11.042, in took to the winner’s circle in Phoenix in 1998. Tom the quarterfinals. Yancer Race Cars built the car and has done the updates on the chassis over the years. A Mach Development-built and -serviced Chevy 468 powers the car, which has Dedenbear electronics, a Hughes Performance transmission and converter, and Hoosier tires. Landis thanked Wade Noble for letting him drive the car; his wife, Michelle; son, Dustin; Bud and Kathy Yancer at Mach Development; Tom and Denise Yancer at Tom Yancer Race Cars; Jim, Kevin, and everyone at Hughes Performance; Faron Lubbers at Hoosier Tire; Don and Harold Meziere at Meziere Enterprises; Dwight Downing; Keith Manogue; Bernie Polvadore; Gary at the Mark Williams trailer; and Scott Rollins. 46 ✦ National DRAGSTER Super Street Qualifying (Top 16 of 18 first-round winners) 1. Gary Reust, Rancho Cordova, Calif. (’55 Bel Air) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.070 (0.020) 2. Gene Clark, Bakersfield, Calif. (’70 Camaro) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.073 (0.023) 3. David Kiesel, Desert Hills, Ariz. (’76 Vega) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.078 (0.028) 4. Bernie Polvadore, Sun City, Ariz. (’78
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