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Chevy Cobalt's Marty Ladwig Edges Closer to Pro FWD Points Lead Four Chevrolets Advance Past First Round of Pro FWD at Rain-Shortened Event Guaranteeing Red Bowtie Victory Click here to download high resolution image WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., ...

Chevy Cobalt's Marty Ladwig Edges Closer to Pro FWD Points Lead

Four Chevrolets Advance Past First Round of Pro FWD at Rain-Shortened Event Guaranteeing Red Bowtie Victory

Click here to download high resolution image WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 20, 2006 - Race forced the postponement on Sunday of the completion of the Palm Beach NHRA Sport Compact Nationals at Moroso Motorsports Park, but not before Lucas Oil Chevy Cobalt driver Marty Ladwig edged his way closer to the Pro FWD points lead - 20 points closer to be exact. Ladwig was one of four competitors in ECOtec-powered Chevrolets, including Jason Hunt (Cobalt), Brian Jimenez (Cobalt) and Ron Townsend (Cavalier), who advanced past the first round of Pro FWD eliminations, and guaranteed a Chevrolet winner of this event. The race will be completed during the qualifying rounds of the NHRA Sport Compact Fall Nationals at Englishtown, N.J, on Sept. 30 - Oct. 1.

"The main thing is to go rounds, and we got one more under our belt today," said Ladwig. "That's what it's going to take the win the championship, plus, we need to go to as many final rounds as we can. If we do that, the rest will take care of itself. Our ECOtec-powered Chevrolet is definitely running good enough to do that."

Ladwig, who was looking to erase a 44-point deficit with points-leader Ed Bergenholtz, qualified the Lucas Oil Cobalt in the No. 6 spot, and defeated fellow Chevrolet driver Gary Gardella in round one. With Bryan Jimenez defeating Bergenholtz in the first eliminator heat, Ladwig closed the gap with the first-place position by another 20 points.

"We're pretty happy with what we've already achieved this year, and we look at it as a successful season," said Ladwig. "Now we're trying to finish out the year running as strong and as consistent as we can, and then we'll see where we end up."

Also in Pro FWD, Jason Hunt qualified his Matco Tools Chevy Cobalt in the No. 2 position with a 7.641 e.t. at a track-record top speed of 195.27 mph. Hunt advanced to the next heat by defeating Christian Rado in round one.

"We've been testing and experimenting with some changes we've made on the car, and we're learning what works and what doesn't," said Hunt. "We love our Chevy Cobalt. I feel we can run fast anywhere we go, and if we have to push it to increase our performance, then we know how to do that as well."

In HOT ROD, Ron Lummus qualified in the No. 2 spot and advanced to the final round in his ECOtec-powered Pontiac. Lummus will race Stephanie Eggum in the championship heat when the event is concluded at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

-credit: gm racing

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