Give the "King" His Crown
Nick Cryer collects both "King of the Track" and Track Championship in 2011 Season
Nick Cryer’s 2011 season was comprised of milestone victories that would be the highlight of any racer’s career. In Cryer’s case, however, they were simply the means to achieving a championship season in the ultra-competitive world of Super Pro drag racing.
Cryer consistently plugged away in the first half of the season with three third round appearances and one quarter-final finish. Although consistent, he would soon have to light the wick and make a statement if he wished to contend for the championship. Doing just that, Cryer collected his first Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series race win of the season in the fifth of the seven race series, on Sunday, August 7. But this was no ordinary race win, as Cryer continued his streak and stormed through two more rounds of eliminations, overcoming Pro Bike winner Dan McCarten and High School winner Steve Flounders, Jr. to claim the 2011 NHRA King of the Track.
That race win put Cryer well into the hunt, as he matched once dominant point leader Kenny King at 260 points with only two races remaining. But Cryer and King both failed to advance beyond the first round at the next race, leaving the championship to be decided at the final race of the season.
During time trials of the championship deciding race, Kenny King broke the rear end in his dragster during the burnout process of his final time trial. Quick support from fellow racer Jeff Spierling kept King in the championship hunt, as he entered eliminations in a borrowed dragster. Driving the dragster for his first time, King quickly felt at home scoring a round one win light. Cryer would do the same, prolonging his quest for the Super Pro championship. Finally, King faltered in the second round while Cryer advanced, clinching the Super Pro track championship. With the pressure of points racing behind him, Cryer used the momentum to drive to his second race win of the season, leaving no question that the “King of the Track” was deserving of the track champion’s crown.
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