JOLIET, Ill. (June 2, 2019) – Deric Kramer powered his American Ethanol Chevrolet Camaro straight to the winner circle at Route 66 Raceway after defeating Rodger Brogdon, Matt Hartford, Alex Laughlin, and Erica Enders.
Kramer came into eliminations at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals as the No. 6 qualifier. Kramer used a sizable starting line advantage over first round opponent Rodger Brogdon to turn on the win light with a 6.561-second pass at 210.44 mph. Brogdon experienced tire shake and coasted to a 11.655, 76.22.
Second round, Kramer had lane choice over Matt Hartford. Both competitors had identical .029-second reaction times at the hit and then it was a battle of KB Racing horsepower against Elite Motorsports horsepower. Kramer drove to a stout 6.559, 209.98 to defeat Hartford’s 6.638, 209.56.
In the semifinals, Kramer once again had lane choice over competitor Alex Laughlin. The Sterling, Co.-native showed off his performance chops with a 6.550, 209.98 and turned on the win light against Laughlin’s 6.582, 210.18.
True to form, Kramer chose his lane in the final round against Erica Enders. As soon as the three amber lights came down on the tree, Enders’ fouled out by -.014-seconds. With the win light illuminated in his lane the whole quarter mile, Kramer turned heads with the fastest elapsed time of the event with a 6.532, 210.70; Enders’ clocked in with a 6.571, 210.28.
“As a KB Racing-powered car, it was really cool to take out all Elite cars on raceday in our American Ethanol Chevrolet Camaro,” Kramer said. “Pro Stock is a tough category and you really can’t make any mistakes. Since our win in Brainerd last year, we’ve made little mistakes and I finally feel like we’ve got our racecar back.”
The Michael Hiner-tuned Camaro will leave Route 66 Raceway No. 7 spot in the Pro Stock point standings.
“My crew chief Michael [Hiner] knows how to put the KB Racing power to the track,” he added. “He has had a lot of success out here with people like Ron Krisher and now that our team has the ability to run with the big dogs, he can really show off what he can do.”
“When I saw that win light on when I was about to hit high gear, it’s a relief and you can just enjoy the ride at that point. You get 6 seconds of fun instead of 6 seconds of pressure on your way to the winner circle.”