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									                            SUPER STREET — 10th annual 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 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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