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Jason Hunt Sets National Speed Record En Route to Pro FWD Crown at Las Vegas Second NHRA Win of the Season for his ECOtec-powered Chevy Cobalt LAS VEGAS, July 17, 2006 - Jason Hunt has a busy race schedule with seven sport compact races in ...

Jason Hunt Sets National Speed Record En Route to Pro FWD Crown at Las Vegas

Second NHRA Win of the Season for his ECOtec-powered Chevy Cobalt

LAS VEGAS, July 17, 2006 - Jason Hunt has a busy race schedule with seven sport compact races in eight weekends through July and August, but so far the driver of the CSI Racing/Matco Tools/Brut Chevy Cobalt doesn't seemed bothered by the increased on-track activity. After a win last weekend at the NOPI North Carolina Nationals at Rockingham (N.C.) Dragway, Hunt turned around and captured the PRO FWD title at this weekend's Las Vegas NHRA Sport Compact Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and broke his own national speed record for the class in the process.

"This Matco Tools Chevy ran awesome all weekend," said Hunt. "I think we were within five or six hundredths of a second on every run we made this weekend. That's just amazing consistency, and that's the kind of consistency we've been working on and what you need to win races. I can't say enough about the guys on the team. They just keep working hard and give me a great car, and I'm proud to be a part of this CSI Racing team."

Hunt qualified his ECOtec-powered Cobalt in the No. 1 position after running an elapsed time of 7.626 seconds at 195.08 mph. It was an all-Chevy Cobalt semifinal round when Hunt faced off against two-time NHRA Hot Rod champ (2003-04) Marty Ladwig, and Hunt got the better of Ladwig with an elapsed time of 7.675 seconds at 196.44 mph to Ladwig's 8.093 e.t. at 176.90 mph. He backed up this speed in the final round to establish a new national speed record for the class, eclipsing his own record of 195.19 mph established earlier this year in May at Englishtown (N.J.). The Maryland native also holds the class national elapsed time record of 7.51 seconds.

In the final, Hunt's Chevy Cobalt bested the Mazda of Ed Bergenholtz with an elapsed time of 7.722 seconds at 196.30 mph. Bergenholtz severely damaged his engine in his semifinal win and was unable to make repairs for the final round. This was Hunt's second NHRA win this season, matching his earlier win at Englishtown in May. He also has four wins in the NOPI Drag Racing Association series as he attempts the rare feat of season titles in both the NHRA Sport Compact Racing Series and NOPI.

In the Hot Rod category, Ron Lummus successfully defended his Las Vegas title with a win in his Garrett Turbo Pontiac Sunfire. The 2005 Hot Rod champ qualified No. 2 and then drove his Pontiac Sunfire past Bryan Bridges in Round 1 and Mike Crawford in Round 2 to meet Stephanie Eggum in the final round. In the final, Lummus had an elapsed time of 8.418 seconds at 173.34 mph to defeat Eggum whose Honda broke after staging and she was unable to make a pass.

The eighth stop on the 11-race NHRA Xplod Sport Compact Racing Series is Palm Beach NHRA Sport Compact Nationals at Moroso Motorsports Park in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Aug. 19-20.

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