Gary Ericksen captured his third National event Wally at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona.
POMONA– Gary Ericksen earned his third National event Wally after defeating Kevin Houmard in the final round of Super Street at Pomona. He also has a runner-up to go with his third NHRA Wally.
Ericksen was given a freebie first round as Greg Dreher had problems at the starting line. He lit up the scoreboard with a 10.924 and was onto the next round.
In the second round of eliminations, Ericksen cruised to another easy round as his opponent, Kenny Snow, turned it -.001 red. Ericken was .046 on the bulb and ran a 10.961.
Ericksen and Chris Cannon squared off in the third round of eliminations. With just .007 difference in reaction times, .022 to .029, Ericksen ran closer to the 10.90 index, a 10.936 to a 10.947, taking the third round win.
Racing against Greg Ventura in the fourth round, Ericksen harnessed all his luck to advance. After Ventura drilled him at the tree, .018 to an .084, Gary was able to drive around him on the big end by .0008 to advance. Ericksen’s dead on 10.909 was just enough to edge out Ventura’s 10.975.
The narrow win pushed Ericksen to his fourth national event final as he was awarded the semifinal bye run. Proving he was ready for the final round, he was .028 and ran another 10.907.
Gary Ericksen and Kevin Houmard squared off in the final round of Super Street. With the starting line advantage, .023 to .042, Ericksen took the win as Houmard broke out by just .009. Ericksen lit up the scoreboard with a 10.924 to capture his third NHRA National Event Wally.
Congrats to Gary Ericksen and his family on their Pomona victory!
About the author: Megan Strassweg is a 22 year old Super Comp racer from Louisville, Kentucky. She races a 2015 American Dragster sponsored by Coolshirt Systems. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in May of 2020 with a degree in Photojournalism and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Megan works at Jim Butner Auto in the Finance Department. Growing up at the racetrack, drag racing is all she has known and never plans to give up on it.