Columbus: Vieri Gaines; "V" is for victory..

The V in V. Gaines stands for Vieri. But three weeks ago in Dallas, the V stood for victory. Category journeyman Gaines drove his Western Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro to his first career victory, defeating Pro Stock kingpin Warren Johnson....

The V in V. Gaines stands for Vieri. But three weeks ago in Dallas, the V stood for victory. Category journeyman Gaines drove his Western Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro to his first career victory, defeating Pro Stock kingpin Warren Johnson. Gaines, who made his third career final appearance and first since 1998 in Sonoma, Calif., becomes only the third different winner of the season. "I think it'll take a while for it to sink in," the Lakewood, Colo. driver said. "It's been a long time coming. I rode to winner's circle with John Force and I told him if No. 85 feels like No. 1, then he ought to be jumpin' up and down. He said, 'This is your first one? The first one is the best one.'"

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Series NHRA
Drivers Warren Johnson , John Force , Vieri Gaines