After losing in the opening round of the United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals on Friday, Ricky Shipp redeemed himself in a big way on Saturday when he beat an all-star field of competitors to win the Jegs Allstars title and help his Division 3 team claim the overall championship in the process. De Sio, who has two national event wins already this year, got the automatic win in round one when Division 1's Martin Ganjoin red-lighted by a scant .001-second.
Super Street Shipp overcomes early national event exit to win by Candida Benson fter losing in the (Left) Ricky Shipp celebrated with friends and family after he defeated A opening round of the United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals on Division 2 champion Mike De Sio to claim top honors in the Jegs Allstars event. In the final (above), Shipp, far lane, led wire to wire, pairing a .020 light with a 10.91 to win. Friday, Ricky Shipp was just In the final, Shipp got off the starting line redeemed himself in a hoping to go a first, .020 to .027, and never trailed, crossing the big way on Saturday couple of finish line first with a 10.91. De Sio was just .010- when he beat an all-star rounds in it second behind with a 10.92. field of competitors to because you’re “I was real excited to see my win light come on,” win the Jegs Allstars racing the said Shipp. “I think winning this is more exciting title and help his best guys.” than the championship. It’s just a special race. Division 3 team claim Shipp’s win You’re racing the best guys in the country, so it the overall championship in the process. in the special event was anything but easy with all feels good to win it. It also felt real good to share “It was pretty disappointing losing first round three rounds of competition decided by .017-second some of the money with the other guys that made [in the national event], so there was some or less. The reigning Division 3 champion opened the Division 3 team. I know how hard they worked motivation there. It was definitely a nice eliminations with a 10.91 to 10.93 win over Division to get there, too, so it felt real good. recouping Saturday, of course,” said Shipp, who 7’s Dwight Downing, a two-time finalist at the All- “I want to thank my wife, Laura; my daughters, began bracket racing at the age of 16 and has stars event. He then faced his tightest race of the Kinsey and Lena; and my dad, Rick. I also want to raced in Super Street for three years. “My goal competition in round two when he defeated Division thank Jegs. That’s the first time I’ve been there, was to win [the Jegs Allstars], but realistically, I 6’s Tom Manfred by .005-second, 10.93 to 10.94. and it was just an amazing event. You can tell that “That was really close,” said Shipp. “I got to the Sportsman racers mean a lot to them.” ND end of the track, and I was just a little bit ahead of him, so I got on the brakes and got it down to five-
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