Lamb Motorsports Team Riding High
Henderson, NV: Former NHRA World Champion Justin Lamb, his sister Ryen, and their teammate, 22-time NHRA Division 7 champion Kyle Seipel have enjoyed an incredible start to their 2015 season. At the season opening NHRA Circle K Winternationals in Pomona, CA, Seipel drove to a semi-final finish in Super Comp, while Justin Lamb drove his Sun State Companies Cobalt to a final round appearance in Super Stock. In an epic title clash with Cody Lane, Lamb fell despite posting a near perfect .006 reaction time and crossing the finish line first by just .001-of-a-second when Lane threw down an incredible .006 package!
Undeterred, the team made its way to Phoenix for the next stop on the NHRA Mello Yello tour, the CarQuest Auto Parts NHRA Nationals. There, the Lamb Motorsports team enjoyed a weekend they won’t soon forget. Kyle Seipel took the wheel of the team’s Moser Engineering/Red Back Boots backed Stock Eliminator Camaro for the first time and promptly earned the 10th national event victory of his career, and his first ever in Stock Eliminator. Meanwhile, Lamb entered the A-1 Transmissions backed, Ken Reich and Bowdish family owned Cobalt in Competition Eliminator for just the third time. The weekend ended with his second national event triumph in that machine.
“Phoenix was incredible,” described Lamb. “You wouldn’t know it now, but Kyle had a hard time adapting to the Camaro. Through time trials and the first three rounds of eliminations he had consistently late reaction times. Finally, going into the quarterfinal round we determined that he just has a later spot on the tree than I do. We made wholesale changes for that round, and the results showed it. He did a great job and got the win. He drove really well at Pomona too. ‘Big Nasty’ is back!
On my end, things just seem to fall into place when I drive that A-1 Cobalt! I felt like I deserved to win Super Stock in our car in Pomona – I mean I can’t do much better in the final than ‘6 take ‘1. I just happened to catch a great driver at the wrong time in the final round. In Phoenix, things really worked in our favor with the Comp car. On paper, it probably looked like I had a big advantage going into the final round (with former NHRA World Champion Alan Ellis). I was clean (Lamb entered the round with no CIC penalties), and he was down .06. But he qualified at -.70, so there was really no doubt that he could outrun us, the only question was whether or not we could make a strong enough run to make him sacrifice permanent index, and whether or not he’d be willing to do so.”
Lamb and his A-1 Transmissions team did their part: leaving with a solid .013 reaction time and posting a -.58 7.972. Ellis ran a strong -.56 6.52 but trailed the entire race and took runner-up honors despite losing .02 of permanent index. The victory marked Lamb’s second Competition Eliminator triumph in the car, as he also won the fall event in Las Vegas last season – the first time he’d taken the wheel of A-1 Transmissions Cobalt.
As if their national success wasn’t enough, the Lamb team added a gratifying victory weeks later at the Summit E.T. Series event at their home track, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. There, Ryen Lamb earned the Super Pro victory, her first win since suffering a nasty top end accident at the same facility in early 2014. To make the victory even sweeter, she emerged victorious in an all-Lamb final, defeating big brother Justin in the title round.
“It’s pretty cool. Every member of our team has won a race, and it’s just March,” laughed Seipel. “Last season at this time, I’m not sure we could all claim to have won a round, much less an event! It’s been a great couple of months to be sure.”
The Lamb Motorsports team will make their next on-track appearance at the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Las Vegas. There, Seipel will drive the team’s latest project – a blown Race Tech dragster – in Top Dragster. Early testing with the new machine has been promising, and the team is very excited to make their national event debut with the combination. They credited assistance from Madcap Engines, Book Racing Carbs, and longtime friend Phil Unruh for shortening their learning curve. In addition to Top Dragster, the team will also compete in Super Stock, Stock, and Super Comp at the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals. That event will be immediately followed by the NHRA Lucas Oil Series event, and the annual K&N Spring Fling Vegas; the Lamb team will be out in full force for the entire 3-week swing.
Lamb Motorsports enjoys major marketing partnership from Redback Boots, Palmer Electric, Moser Engineering, Matco Tools, and Sunstate Companies. The Lamb Motorsports team is backed by partner V. Gaines along with Madcap Racing Engines, JEGS, Safety Kleen, K&N Engineering, Driven Motor Oil, Goodyear Tires, Sunoco Race Fuels, 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 Ken Reich, the Bowdish family, Phil Unruh, John Richardson, Gary Stinnett, Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel.
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