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SANTOS RUNS ET OF 5.39 AT TEST SANTOS SCRAPBOOK Rick Santos has four wins at Pomona Raceway and he is the defending champion of this event. He defeated Rick Henkelmen in the final round of the Winter- nationals in 1998 with an ET of 5.524 and...

SANTOS RUNS ET OF 5.39 AT TEST SANTOS SCRAPBOOK Rick Santos has four wins at Pomona Raceway and he is the defending champion of this event. He defeated Rick Henkelmen in the final round of the Winter- nationals in 1998 with an ET of 5.524 and speed of 253.16 mph.

Santos and Henkelmen competed again at the Winston Finals running the fastest side-by-side in Federal-Mogul Dragster history. (Henkelmen 5.387 over Santos' 5.483).

Santos went to his first final round at Pomona Raceway with his family owned team in 1986. He won his first national race there in 1991. Pomona Raceway is also the track where Santos won his first race with Jack O'Bannon Racing, the Winston Finals in 1996.

Pomona Raceway is the home track for Jack O'Bannon Racing.

SANTOS SERIAL NO. Santos started building a new dragster in November of 1997. He completed the car this winter and the Oakwood Homes team took it for a test at Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz., January 15-17. On his second pass, the car ran an unofficial ET of 5.39 and speed of 257.24 mph. He also ran an ET of 5.45 and 5.46, all better than his career best 5.47. This was the third car Santos has built. He has built a super comp and comp eliminator. The serial number on the car is 003 and Santos will go for his third consecutive championship in 1999. The car is about 60 pounds lighter than the previous dragster and has a smaller motor.

SANTOS SPONSOR Oakwood Homes returns as primary sponsor of the dragster. They will sponsor it in 10 national and eight divisional events in 1999.

SANTOS STATEMENT On Pomona ... "We need to be ready for Pomona," said Santos. "It's important to finish well there because it sets the standard for the whole season. If you finish well, it gives you a bit of confidence. Our season last year gave us a lot of confidence, but it will be a hard season to improve. We had such a good year, but of course our goal is to do better and you can bet our focus in 1999 is on a third consecutive Federal-Mogul dragster national championship."

On the new car and test ... "We had several career best runs," said Santos. "I didn't expect the car to run in the 5.4-second range, and I certainly didn't expect to run in the 5.3-second range. We were thrilled with the test."

SANTOS 98 SEASON Santos started the 1998 season off with seven consecutive wins. He clinched the division seven championship in July and the National championship in Oct.

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