[...] Kari Larson, who won their first-round race, kept up her winning ways throughout eliminations and eventually earned the event title, giving Kinard the satisfaction of at least losing to a driver on a hot streak. [...] he still had the Jegs Allstars competition coming up, in which he was representing Division 7 against seven of the best Super-class hitters from around the country. [...] Kinard went on to do more than just represent the division, winning three rounds to emerge as the event's Super Comp champion.
Super Comp Kinard returns from disappointment to score big win by Duke Ritenhouse (Above) Division 7’s Aaron Kinard, near lane, took advantage of a .026 to .095 starting-line edge to beat Division 4’s Travis Prudhomme in the final, 8.99 to 8.92. The final margin of victory was four-thousandths of a second. (Below) Following the final, Kinard wheeled his PB Blaster entry into the winner’s circle to celebrate his first Jegs Allstars win. alifornia-based Aaron Kinard was certainly a quicker 8.92. “I guess I had a decent C disappointed to have traveled all the way to Illinois only to lose in the first round of Super Comp the Friday of the United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals, but he had two positives weekend in Chicago, considering [Larson] went on to win the regular race. Typically, that’s what you want: for the person who beats you to go on to win it.” working for him. Kinard opened the Allstars competition by First, Kari Larson, who won their first-round qualifying No. 2 with an 8.907, trailing only race, kept up her winning ways throughout Division 5 rep Terry Edwards’ 8.904. That eliminations and eventually earned the event title, put him into a tricky first-round match giving Kinard the satisfaction of at least losing to a against Division 3’s Ron Finney and his ’32 driver on a hot streak. Second, he still had the Jegs Bantam, a non-dragster entry that was Allstars competition coming up, in which he was finishing anywhere from 30 to 40 mph slower than him because he was having problems in the staging representing Division 7 against seven of the best the rest of the dragster-dominated field. Kinard was lanes. I pretty much just thought, ‘Don’t go red,’ Super-class hitters from around the country. And up to the challenge, though, coming out a bit better because I wasn’t sure what was going to go on after Kinard went on to do more than just represent the at both ends of the track and advancing with an we left,” said Kinard, who is also backed by K&N division, winning three rounds to emerge as the 8.916 to 8.917 win. Filters, Sparco, and Lucas Oil Products. “His car event’s Super Comp champion. “On paper, the one guy I probably didn’t want to kind of stumbled, and I think that distracted him, “After Topeka [a fifth-round finish], I felt like I was race was Finney; [former Super Comp national and he missed the Tree a little bit. We have pretty driving really good. Honestly, I felt like I kind of gave champion] Shawn Langdon was telling me before I similar mile-per-hour cars, so the race was that one back on driver error, so I knew if I could just even got there, ‘Watch out for that guy; it’s an altered, happening right beside me the whole way, and I just minimize my mistakes in Chicago, things would fall and he runs real low mile per hour,’ ” Kinard said. kind of tightened it up at the finish line and got the into place,” said Kinard, who claimed the Allstars title “It’s just not a typical race for us. We race dragsters win. I actually took it tighter than I wanted to; if I by the narrowest of margins, edging Division 4’s all day long, and you know where you’re supposed to would have given that one back, I probably would Travis Prudhomme by .004-second i
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