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Catch 22 Racing Larry Nance: Driver And Team Owner Marine Corps Pro Stock Oldsmobile Cutlass NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Nance looks for all-star performance at Phoenix Chandler, Ariz. - - Former Phoenix Sun and NBA all-star turned ...

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Larry Nance: Driver And Team Owner
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Nance looks for all-star performance at Phoenix

Chandler, Ariz. - - Former Phoenix Sun and NBA all-star turned drag racer Larry Nance, from Akron, Ohio, will put his Marine Corps Pro Stock Cutlass through the paces at the 18th annual NHRA Checker, Schuck's, Kragen Nationals, the second of 23 national events on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

"I feel I had a good weekend last outing in Pomona (Calif.). We just missed making the field and had most of the problems worked out by the fourth qualifying pass. From our data we gathered at the Winternationals, I feel we have a good game plan for Firebird Raceway in Phoenix. We're going to try a couple of chassis changes, something to make it have a little more bite for the starting line. Therefore, I'm excited about this weekend. I have a lot of friends here in Phoenix and want to perform well in front of them," said Nance.

"My crew chief Taylor Lastor and the rest of the crew worked real well together at Pomona. Although all the team members are no strangers to drag racing, it was the first time this crew has been together as a team. I look forward to a long, lasting relationship with Taylor. I think you will see us make gigantic strides each and every race.

"Power is not a problem. I'm very happy with the motor. I'm working with Dick Maskin, one of the best engine builders in the business. He has made world champions out of several Pro Stock drivers, so maybe he can do the same here.

"We've got to get everything together on this car. Once we do, I think you'll see this Marine Corps Cutlass in the field. We are still looking forward to the arrival of a Cavalier. That would help our program tremendously," added Nance, who celebrated his 43rd birthday on February 12th.

Taylor Lastor, from Austin, Texas, a former Pro Stock Truck driver and renowned engine builder himself, had the following thoughts on the upcoming race. " We finally saw what the car wanted at the Winternationals, but for Pomona it was too little too late. By the end of qualifying we saw where we needed to be going. Here at Firebird, I feel we will show the competition a little bit more than we did last outing. We are definitely not here to be an also ran."

This season Nance's Pro Stock Oldsmobile Cutlass is proudly sporting the U.S. Marine Corps name and logo. As part of the marketing partnership with the U. S. Marine Corps, Nance will once again combine his basketball talent with the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series as a recruiting aid for the Marines. To help the Marine Corps impact the community, Nance is conducting basketball clinics at area schools. During the clinic, he talks about leadership and his association with the Marine Corps.

"Our intent with the NHRA program is to influence the community and show that the Marine Corps participates in diverse things and we can be pervasive in any type of market," explains Capt. Derek Campbell, Deputy of Advertising and Marketing Strategy-Marine Corps Recruiting Command. "We look to grow and enhance this relationship with Larry Nance and the NHRA and we want this relationship with the team and sanctioning body to help impact our recruiting efforts as we get kneecap to kneecap with those interested in being Marines. This will enable us to show the Marine Corps brand throughout society.

"The Marine Corps and the individual Marine should be viewed as the epitome of military virtue. A group of smart, tough, elite warriors who gain strength of mind, body and character through membership in an elite and proud Corps."

Nance will attempt to qualify the Marine Corps Pro Stock Oldsmobile Cutlass this weekend at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Ariz. Professional qualifying for the Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals begins with two sessions on Friday (Feb. 22) and concludes with two additional sessions on Saturday (Feb. 23). The top 16 qualifiers in each professional class advance to final eliminations which begin at 11 a.m. (MT) on Sunday (Feb. 24).

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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