LAS VEGAS, Nev. (April 8, 2018) – Deric Kramer powered his American Ethanol Chevrolet Camaro to the final round quad and inked the first runner-up finish in Pro Stock this weekend at the 19th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
Kramer came into raceday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the No. 2 spot and had a first round quad matchup against No. 7 Tanner Gray, No. 10 Shane Gray, and No. 15 Alan Prusiensky.
With the first two drivers to the finish line in each quad advancing to the next round, Kramer took advantage of KB Racing-power and crossed the finish line first with a 6.669-second pass at 205.98 mph. Tanner Gray’s 6.672, 205.82 finished right behind Kramer while Shane Gray’s 6.684, 206.07 and Alan Prusiensky’s 6.756, 204.70 did not advance.
“This is my third time racing the Four-Wide and I don’t really get nervous but I have to say that this is the first time I’ve gone up there first round and was really comfortable with the tree,” Kramer said. “I’ve seen it enough now that I feel comfortable with it.”
In his second round quad, Kramer was able to choose his lane first based on his impressive first round performance. Kramer crossed the finish line before his three opponents once again in the Michael Hiner-tuned Camaro with a 6.693, 206.10. Fellow KB Racing-powered racer Bo Butner joined Kramer in the final round quad with a 6.700, 205.91.
“We had some big hitters in the second quad and I don’t think anyone in this class is a slouch right now,” he added. “This class really is about what you do with your left foot and if you can do it better than the person next to you.”
For the final round quad, the Sterling, Colo.-native staged up against Vincent Nobile, Bo Butner, and Chris McGaha. At the finish line, only .0007-seconds separated Vincent Nobile and Kramer. Kramer clocked in with a 6.678, 206.45 but it wasn’t enough to defeat Nobile’s 6.690, 206.80. Butner’s 6.682, 206.57 and McGaha’s 6.665, 206.67 would count as semifinal round appearances.
“It was a good weekend for our American Ethanol team but runner-up is still first loser,” he laughed.
This weekend marks Kramer’s first final round appearance and Kramer admits he’s leaving Las Vegas hungry for the next step in his career – a Pro Stock event win.
“I’m really excited about my first final round appearance but I can’t wait until Houston,” he said. “I think we can carry this momentum straight into that race and hopefully come away with the win.”
DERIC KRAMER, AMERICAN ETHANOL CHEVROLET CAMARO
First Round Quad: KRAMER (6.669, 205.98) and Tanner Gray (6.672, 205.82) defeated Alan Prusiensky (6.756, 204.70) and Shane Gray (6.684, 206.07)
Second Round Quad: KRAMER (6.693, 206.10) and Bo Butner (6.700, 205.91) defeated Tanner Gray (6.773, 206.07) and Drew Skillman (6.697, 205.88)
Final Round Quad:
Winner: Vincent Nobile (6.690, 206.80)
Runner-Up: KRAMER (6.678, 206.45)
Semifinals: Bo Butner (6.682, 206.57) and Chris McGaha (6.665, 206.67)
PRO STOCK POINTS (4 OF 24 EVENTS)
Bo Butner, 322
Chris McGaha, 293
Vincent Nobile, 283
Jason Line, 268
Greg Anderson, 253
Drew Skillman, 242
Tanner Gray, 229
Alex Laughlin, 212
Erica Enders, 198