Bristol: Larry Nance preview

Catch 22 Racing Larry Nance: Driver And Team Owner Marine Corps Pro Stock Oldsmobile Cutlass NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Two races and counting. BRISTOL, Tenn. - - Larry Nance, from Akron, Ohio, driver of the Marine Corps Pro Stock Olds,...

Catch 22 Racing
Larry Nance: Driver And Team Owner
Marine Corps Pro Stock Oldsmobile Cutlass
NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series

Two races and counting.

BRISTOL, Tenn. - - Larry Nance, from Akron, Ohio, driver of the Marine Corps Pro Stock Olds, has begun the countdown.

"Although I am sentimentally attached to my Olds Cutlass, I have begun the countdown until the arrival of my new Jerry Bickel-built Chevy Cavalier," said Larry Nance, as he prepared for the NHRA Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, adjacent to the famed NASCAR "bull ring" known as Bristol Motor Speedway, in Bristol, Tenn.

"Two races and counting. I will take delivery of the new Cavalier following the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals presented by Pontiac at Atlanta Dragway next weekend. I'm really excited about having a new car that I feel gives me a better opportunity to compete with the big boys.

"All Jerry Bickel-built Cavaliers that are out there now are running real well. So that gives me optimism that mine should do the same. Couple that with the good power we have from Richard Maskin, and you have a double chance of competing at the top level. That all I've ever wanted. A chance to qualify and a chance to win races. With a Bickel car and Maskin engines, I have that chance.

"In the meantime, we made some changes to the Marines Olds that should help us here at Bristol. The changes should give us a better opportunity to qualify. Until we make the first pass down the track on Friday, we won't know though."

After conducting a basketball clinic on Thursday in a Tri-Cities area school presented by the U. S. Marine Corps, Nance will take to the Bristol Dragway track for two qualifying sessions on Friday and another two on Saturday. Final eliminations get underway on Sunday.

Nance spent 13 seasons in the National Basketball Association -- six and a half with the Phoenix Suns and six and a half with the Cleveland Cavaliers. During his career, Nance scored 15,678 points, averaging 17.1 points per game. One of the most prolific shot blockers in the game, Nance is the NBA all-time leading shot blocking forward with 2,027 blocked shots.

Among other accomplishments, he was named to the NBA all-star team three times (1985, 1989 and 1993) and he won the first slam dunk contest.

On January 30, 1995, during the Cavs 22nd home game, the Cleveland Cavaliers retired Nance's #22 uniform, which now hangs from the rafters of Gund Arena in Cleveland. His race team, Catch 22 Racing, is a name derived from the number on his basketball uniform -- 22 -- which Nance wore during his collegiate playing days at Clemson and throughout his entire NBA career.

FOR INFORMATION ON THE U. S. MARINE CORPS & MARINE RECRUITING CONTACT: www.marines.com

FOR INFORMATION ON CATCH 22 RACING/MARINES RACING CONTACT: www.marinesracing.com

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