Lamb Earns Route 66 Nationals Stock Eliminator Crown
Joliet, IL: Reigning NHRA Stock Eliminator World Champion Justin Lamb picked up the eleventh national event victory of his career and first of the 2014 season last weekend when he drove his Redback Boots/Moser Engineering Camaro to victory at the Route 66 Nationals near Chicago, IL. Lamb, who hails from Henderson, NV made the long journey to the windy city to represent the Pacific Division in the prestigious annual JEGS All-Stars event, which accompanies the Route 66 Nationals. In the JEGS All-Stars, Lamb fell in the semi-final round to Division 2 representative Robbie Shaw.
“The JEGS All-Stars was the reason for making the haul out here,” Lamb explained. “It’s a really great program for sportsman racers like us. JEGS does a great job of making us feel like we’re kings for the weekend, and it’s an honor just to compete in the special event. Plus it’s a team race, which is fun. All of the Division 7 racers that we compete with week-to-week are working together for this event in an effort to bring the title back to the west coast. In addition to our Division 7 teammates, I also want to thank all of the Pacific Division Stock Eliminator racers for contributing to the fuel fund for the All-Stars representative; and specifically I want to thank Rick Gruber and his Sunstate Companies as well as Shane Thompson for the extra help to make this trip possible.”
While the semi-final loss in the JEGS All-Stars was a disappointment to Lamb and his team, he would not be denied in the national event competition. There, Lamb was a busy man on Sunday, where he not only drove his Stock Eliminator Camaro to the victory but flirted with a double win as well. Driving good friend Phil Unruh’s Super Stock machine, Lamb advanced to the quarterfinal round before fouling with a -.011 reaction time alongside Matt Lund. Lamb’s versatility and success in multiple classes is no surprise. At 27 years of age, he’s already one of just six drivers to have ever earned national event victories in five separate categories (Lamb holds titles in Top Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, and Super Gas).
As one would expect in an event that features the JEGS All-Stars from throughout the country, Lamb had to work his way through a talent laden field to claim the Stock Eliminator title. He was the beneficiary of red lighting opponents in rounds one and two, but posted solid reaction times of .011 and .006 in his own right. In round three, Chris Stephenson once again lit the red bulb beside Lamb in what may have been his biggest break of the event; Justin left the starting line with a -.006 foul but was second off the line to escape with the victory. That set up a heads-up D/SA matchup alongside Kevin Zaskowski in the quarterfinal round, where Lamb was able to flex the muscle of his 1970 ½ Chevrolet Camaro combination. He won easily with a -.871 10.829, defeating Zaskowski’s 11.08 et.
In the semi-final round, Lamb used a .014 reaction and 10.976 on his 10.96 target to dispatch Johnny Diekema, setting up a final round meeting between two of the best young racers in the country. There, Lamb took a slight starting line advantage (.032 to .034) over 2014 championship contender Austin Williams. In a tight double breakout decision, it was Lamb getting the nod with a 10.936 on his 10.97 dial, while Williams broke out by just .006 more with a 11.280 on his 11.32 target.
Following a slow start to the 2014 campaign, Lamb is rounding into form. Prior to this event, he took runner-up honors at the Division 7 LODRS event in Fallon, NV. Thanks in large part to his recent run of success, Lamb has sent a message to the Stock eliminator contingent that he will not relinquish his championship crown quietly. With the Chicago win, Lamb ranks 17th nationally in 2013 and has only claimed three Lucas Oil Division Series events toward his annual quota.
Lamb Motorsports enjoys major marketing partnership from Redback Boots, Palmer Electric, Moser Engineering, and Sunstate Companies. The Lamb Motorsports team is backed by partner V. Gaines along with Madcap Racing Engines, JEGS, Safety Kleen, K&N Engineering, Lucas Oil, Goodyear Tires, Matco Tools, Book Racing Carbs, B&B Race Cars, Race Tech, Meziere Enterprises, JRI Shocks, Calvert Racing, Total Seal, A-1 Transmission and Aeromotive. In addition to their marketing partners, Justin Lamb also wished to recognize his family: his wife Jeanine and their son Jayce; his father Chris; his mother Carole, and his sister Ryen; along with Peter Biondo, Kyle Seipel, and Larry Allen.
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