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Folk Family Enjoys Two Great Weekends Close To Home
7/1/2008
Byron, IL    

The Folk Family Racing team ended the IHRA Northern Nationals in Martin, MI last weekend in familiar surroundings; the winner circle. Not only did defending Super Rod World Champion Brian Folk take top honors in that category, his brother Nick, a former Top Dragster World Champion, took the victory in Stock Eliminator as well.

The Folk team kicked off the weekend on a high note, as Brian Folk drove the team’s Folk Race Cars built Camaro Roadster to a semi-final finish in the annual Moser Axle Mania Shootout competition; a special event in which the top 32 sportsman finishers of the previous season battle for a $51,000 purse provided by Moser Engineering. Folk advanced thru the preliminary rounds (in which he defeated fellow Super Rod qualifiers Michael Hunt and Pat Martin) to the quarterfinals. There, he survived a scare after opponent Claude Debonis red-lighted, as his Roadster darted violently across the track after the finish line. Folk was able to coral the machine with minimal damage after hitting the foam 1000’ cone, past the eighth mile finish line. After a mad thrash, the team returned for the semi-final round, only to lose a close contest to Super Stock qualifier Gil Carty, Jr., who eventually fell to Danny Waters, Jr. in the final round.

“We still have no idea what happened on that run,” said Brian Folk. “We brought the car back to the trailer, put it on the lift, and checked everything. We never found anything wrong. We’ve made a hundred runs on the car with no trouble, and I ran the rest of the weekend with no issues. We’ll probably be wondering what happened on that run for years.”

Despite the dramatic moment, the team enjoyed a good payday in the shootout, which set the stage for the remainder of the weekend. In Stock Eliminator, Nick Folk drove his Wegner Racing Engines powered LS-1 Camaro to the top qualifying spot, which he has enjoyed repeatedly this season. From the pole, he reeled off four consecutive reaction times between .021 and .028 to advance into the quarterfinal round. There, he faced off with Bob Marshall with a semi-final bye run on the line. Folk survived his only mistake of the event, a sub-par .051 reaction, when Marshall fouled with a red-light start. After his bye run, Folk then met with up and coming Stock Eliminator pilot Steve Foley in the final round.

Foley, a former Division 3 E.T. Champion, was at the wheel of Bryan Robinson’s Stock eliminator entry, which Luke Bogacki had driven to back-to-back national event wins coming into Martin. In the final, both drivers left with great reactions, Foley’s .009 taking a minute edge over Folk’s .012. At the finish line, it was Folk getting the victory despite a breakout 10.517 on his 10.53 dial, as Foley broke out more with a 10.974 on his 11.00 target. The victory pushed Folk into the lead in IHRA Stock Eliminator points, and makes him the odds on favorite to take the podium as World Champion at the banquet this winter.

Meanwhile, Brian Folk, the defending World Champion in IHRA Super Rod, was hard at work defending that title in Martin. In the Folk Race Cars Camaro Roadster, with which he won an unprecedented 20 consecutive rounds to close out the 2007 campaign and earn the world championship, Folk maneuvered thru a talented Super Rod field. He began the weekend with a victory over Tony Gray, who came into the event in second place in the Super Rod standings. Folk then defeated Rick Bayus and John Schnitzer to earn a berth in the quarterfinal round. There, he used an .014 induced 9.928 to defeat Tim Dimond and move to the semi-finals, where he matched up with former IHRA World Champion Mike Fuqua. Fuqua fouled with a heart breaking -.001 red light, giving Folk the win despite a .044 reaction, his worst of eliminations.

Awaiting Folk in the final was none other than Jimmy Lewis, the runaway points leader in the 2008 Super Rod championship points. The battle of the defending titlist and likely incoming champion went to Folk, on one of the ugliest runs of the weekend. The pair left the starting line in unison, although neither had the type of reaction times they are accustomed to: Folk’s .039 trailed Lewis’ .038. At the finish line, Lewis broke out with a 9.896, giving the win to Folk’s hard-on-the-brakes 9.966.

“I was just lucky in the final, no other way to put it,” explained Folk. “Jimmy wins that race 9-out-of-ten times. I was cussing myself all the way down the track, I knew I was late. And when we got near the finish line, he was ahead and I just gave up. It wasn’t even a dump, it was a give up. Then I looked up and my win light was on. I couldn’t believe it.”

The victory did not help Folk in the 2008 points chase, as he had already run the maximum points earning events in Super Rod. He, like most of the Super Rod field, cannot overtake Lewis for the 2008 title.

The Folk Family Racing Team receives support from several of the top manufacturers in the high performance industry. Those marketing partners include Auto Meter, K&N Filters, ATD Transmissions, Hoosier Racing Tires, Dart Machinery, Crane Cams, Spin Werkes Wheels, Glasstek, Holley Performance Group, Hillcraft.com, Undercover Motorsports, Shafiroff Racing Engines, VP Race Fuels, Nitroplate, Gebhardt’s Trailer Sales, Goza Racing Products, Moroso, Mr. Gasket Performance Group, J.W. Performance, B&M Performance, Aeromotive, Jeg’s, Moser Engineering, Shogun, J&J Engine Diapers, Wenger Performance Engines, and Folk Race Cars. For more information on the team and the services available from Folk Race Cars, visit online at www.FolkRaceCars.com.

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