Guest Instructor - Mark Faul
Mark Faul has been one of the most successful sportsman drag racers in the United States over the past two decades. So successful, in fact, that for a ten year span (2002-2011) Faul had the opportunity to do what very few sportsman racers can: race for a living.
Faul, a Washington native, earned a reputation throughout the 1990’s as one of the best bottom bulb racers in the Northwest. He drove to 6 track championships in that decade: 4 at Bremerton Raceway and 2 at Pacific Raceway (in 1991 he earned championship honors at both facilities!). He won the NHRA Division 6 E.T. Finals in 1994, and regularly saw the winner’s circle in the Northwest’s biggest bracket events, like the Bracketeer and Halloween Classic (both contested at the legendary Firebird Raceway in Boise, ID).
Mark made the jump into NHRA Super Stock competition in 1998, and promptly won the Division 6 Super Stock championship on the strength of 3 divisional final rounds. The following season he added a Stock Eliminator machine to his effort, and again experienced success with divisional victories in both categories.
As the wins began to accumulate, Mark made the decision to hit the road full-time in 2002 and he pursued the NHRA, IHRA, and big buck bracket tours nationwide for a full decade. Running an ambitious schedule, he accrued a lengthy list of accomplishments and accolades quickly. To date, Mark has earned 15 NHRA National event wins in 24 final round appearances. He’s matched that total with 15 NHRA LODRS event wins in 29 final round appearances. Race wins have led to championships, as Faul has been crowned NHRA Division Champion on 7 occasions (5 in Super Stock, 2 in Stock). He’s also won the prestigious JEGS All-Stars Stock title in each of the last two seasons (2010 and 2011).
Last season, Mark won the Division 6 E.T. Finals for the second time in his career, and had the opportunity to represent Division 6 in the Summit National Championship runoff in Pomona for the first time. He made the most of that opportunity, driving his familiar 1951 Chevrolet to the final round of a Sportsman category which boasted an entry list that read like a "Who’s who" of sportsman racing. Despite falling to multi-time World Champion Edmond Richardson in the final round, Faul’s performance was extremely impressive.
For 2012, Mark has accepted a position at Johnson Cox Printing, which means that his travel schedule will be much less rigorous. Faul will still compete in NHRA Super Stock and Stock at events along the West Coast, pursuing additional event victories and championships.
When he’ not racing, Mark loves to golf and spend time with family. Mark’s father Gary is a very tough racer in his own right, and they enjoy spending time at the track together. Spending time with his mother, two brothers, three nieces, and nephew is a big priority for Faul as well.
ThisIsBracketRacing.com is honored to welcome Mark Faul to the guest instructor roster. Not only does Mark boast a resume that makes him one of the most successful and accomplished drivers in all of sportsman racing, he’s also one of the most knowledgeable and humble racers you’ll ever meet. He takes time for competitors, friends, and fans, always has a smile, and is the first to lend a helping hand. Enjoy Mark’s new Guest Tutorial on ThisIsBracketRacing.com, and contact him directly with any thoughts or questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.