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The Folk racing family of Durand, IL made yet another splash at last weekend’s IHRA Spring Nationals in Rockingham, NC. Brothers Nick and Brian Folk, both former IHRA World Champions, came into the event as participants in the prestigious Summit All-Star Shootout. Both Nick and Brian were fortunate enough to the finish the 2007 campaign in the top 8 in national points standings in both classes in which they compete, so both earned multiple entries into the elite shootouts.

Brian Folk came into the Summit All-Star Shootouts as the defending World Champion in Super Rod, and also qualified for the Top Dragster show thanks to a #4 finish in 2007. Nick Folk earned berths in both the Top Dragster and Stock Eliminator fields.

When the dust settled on the Nitro Jam night qualifying session and Summit All-Star Shootouts on Saturday night at Rockingham, both Brian and Nick graced the Rockingham Dragway starting pad for the Summit All-Star final rounds. Brian advanced past Joe Passero and Gilmer Hinshaw to earn a Super Rod final round match-up with Pat Martin. There Folk, at the wheel of his familiar Folk Race Cars backed Cavalier, fell in a tight race to Martin when his .029 induced 9.920 was not enough to overtake Martin’s .026 and 9.907.
Meanwhile, Nick advanced to final round of Top Dragster in his Undercover Motorsports/Shafiroff Racing Engines dragster to meet up with fellow former IHRA World Champion Marco Abruzzi. That race was over as soon as the tree dropped, however, as Folk lit the red-light with a -.011 foul start.

“It’s hard to say this, after making two finals in a prestigious shootout like this, but we really didn’t have a great weekend,” said Brian Folk. “Thanks to IHRA and Summit Racing Equipment, we were able to compete in this bonus event and with a little luck we managed to salvage the trip!”

The Folk family thanked a long list of marketing partners for their role in the teams success: 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.

The Folk’s did struggle in Rockingham for the most part, as Brian actually failed to make the field in Top Dragster for the IHRA Spring Nationals due to nagging mechanical problems. He also fell in round one in Super Rod. Nick was bested early in both classes in the national event as well, falling in round one in Quick Rod, and round two in Stock. Family patriarch Ron Folk carried the family flag on Sunday, but he too fell in the third round of Quick Rod competition, and second round of Stock.

“So far this season, we haven’t gotten to race much, and our performance has been less than spectacular,” laughed Folk. “We went to Immokalee for the opening IHRA event, and Nick won a bracket race there, but other than that we really didn’t have any success. We went from there to the NHRA race at Bradenton, where we got kicked around again. Since, we’ve just been at home focused on Folk Race Cars, where we’ve been real busy. Then we come here, and with the exception of the shootouts, we had another miserable outing! But, we’re getting closer to having the combinations together all the way around, and I’m confident we’ll get things rolling quickly.”

The Folk Family Racing Team will make their next appearance at the NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis, MO, an event that Brian Folk once won an unheard of three consecutive times in Super Gas competition.

“Gateway has always been good to us, so maybe that’s the place we can get this ship pointed back in the right direction!”

For more information on the Folk team visit www.FolkRaceCars.com.

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