Lynch Gears Up for King of the Track Title Defense with Super Pro Win; Headrick, Foster, Lyons & Vander Woude Round out Winner’s Circle
Route 66 Raceway’s 2010 NHRA King of the Track, John Lynch of Manhattan, Ill. sent a message by winning the Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series race on Sunday, July 31, that he fully intends to defend his title next weekend. With a stellar performance all day, Lynch wheeled his 1985 Camaro through six rounds of competition against Route 66 Raceway’s best. Most drivers don’t get excited when they know 2010 Super Pro champion and 2010 Route 66 Raceway Driver of the Year Dave Ancel, is in the opposite lane but Lynch was up to the challenge and raring to prove himself among the best. The final round was no walk in the park, as Lynch defeated two time track champion Kenny King of Lacon, Ill. who made his third final round appearance in four races this season. King extended his lead, now 91 points ahead of second place, Nick Cryer. Lynch’s win catapulted him into the top five in points.
2010 Pro Track Champion, Ron Headrick of Wilmington, Ill. reminded his competitors why he was atop the point standings last season, as he drove his 1969 Nova to the seven round win in championship form. With a best and worst reaction time of a .004 and .035, Headrick was near perfect when needed and consistent when it counted most. Headrick was up against stiff competition in the final round, racing John Coyle of Romeovillie, Ill. Coyle made his second final round appearance of 2011 and used the final round finish to propel himself to the top of point standings again, now tied with Troy Bogner who also has a win and runner-up in 2011.
Bob Foster of Lansing, Ill. rode his 1975 Kawasaki 1500 to his second win of 2011, extending the points lead he entered the race with. Before reaching the final, Foster had to beat his son, Bob Foster, Jr. who has also made it to the winner’s circle this year. Frank Linders of Washington, Ill. has fought his way to second in the point standings with a runner-up finish to Foster. Linders’ consistency early in the season and recent final round appearance has him within reach of Foster with two races remaining.
Overcoming a five year winless drought, Larry Lyons of Onarga, Ill. raced his 1964 Falcon to his first win since the 2006 NHRA National Dragster Challenge. Lyons celebrated in winner’s circle with three generations of drag racers who he planned to take out for a pizza dinner on the way home to celebrate. Lyons defeated Bill Northup of Remington, Ind. in the final round. Despite bowing out in round three, Bill Larson maintains his points lead.
In a battle of the Camaro’s, Robbie Vander Woude of Homer Glen, Ill., drove his 2010 Camaro to the High School win over Cory Dunkin of Coal City, Ill. in his 1989 Camaro. Vander Woude ran closer to his dial-in, allowing him to drive around Dunkin at the finish line for a .034-second margin of victory at the stripe.