Pennzoil's Mike Ferderer makes drag racing history

'Ferd' wows hometown fans with record-breaking performance Buckley native shows Division 7 its first double-win drag race KENT, Wash. (June 27) -- Last year the readers of Car Craft magazine selected Pennzoil driver Mike Ferderer as the Super...

'Ferd' wows hometown fans with record-breaking performance

Buckley native shows Division 7 its first double-win drag race

KENT, Wash. (June 27) -- Last year the readers of Car Craft magazine selected Pennzoil driver Mike Ferderer as the Super Gas Driver of the Year. This year the Buckley, Wash., native is proving he's worthy of the title and perhaps deserves another one.

For the sixth time in 12 drag races this season Ferderer has found his way to the Victory Circle of a National Hot Rod Association event. This time around he made Division 7 history along the way by winning both the Super Gas and the Super Comp titles of this weekend's Federal Mogul Division 7 Points Race at Seattle International Raceway.

"I'm just about speechless," said Ferderer, who pilots both the Pennzoil Super Gas Pontiac Grand Prix and the Gumout Super Comp Dragster. "And if you know me that's really saying something. I'm really very, very happy. Doing something that's never been done before is a real honor and it make's you feel pretty special. It's especially cool that it happened right here at my home track with all my friends and family cheering me on.

"Obviously you enter every race saying that you want to win in both cars, but everyone here is saying exactly the same thing. To actually pull off wins in both cars is unbelievable.

"This jumps me way up in the points in both cars. The dragster should be in the top 10 now and the Super Gas car will stay in first place, it'll just be by a bigger margin now."

Ferderer, who competes against over 4,000 registered drivers nationwide in each class, had to survive seven rounds of elimination racing in each car to take this weekend's rare double victory. He used a near-perfect starting line reaction time to win the Super Comp finals against Dan Lafferty and had the Super Gas title handed to him when his rival Anthony Castillo drew a red-light in Round 7. The official numbers in Super Comp saw Ferderer launch in 0.408 seconds (0.400 is perfect) and cover the strip in 8.901 seconds to Lafferty's 0.423 second start and 8.906-second lap. In Super Gas, Ferderer shot off the line in 0.405 seconds and tripped the timers in 9.907 seconds. "The car's were running so well you could set your watch by them," he said.

The year has been a phenomenal one for Ferderer. He logged preseason Super Comp wins in Tucson, Ariz. and Phoenix and then visited Phoenix's Winner's Circle again during the regular NHRA national stop. He also has carded a Super Gas win in Boise, Idaho.

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