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KRAMER LIVING HIS DREAM OF PRO STOCK RACING


ps kramer derekOn Friday evening the mountain high above Denver, Co., was kind to a drag racer living out his dream.

Deric Kramer, 28, from Sterling, Co., became the latest Pro Stock driver during Friday NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals qualifying to eclipse the six-second zone when he ran the fifth quickest time, a 6.982, 195.62 pass to land fifth in the field.


ps kramer derekOn Friday evening the mountain high above Denver, Co., was kind to a drag racer living out his dream.

Deric Kramer, 28, from Sterling, Co., became the latest Pro Stock driver during Friday NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals qualifying to eclipse the six-second zone when he ran the fifth quickest time, a 6.982, 195.62 pass to land fifth in the field.

The American Ethanol-sponsored driver is piloting a Dodge Avenger powered by V. Gaines horsepower. He made his Pro Stock debut last season at Bandimere Speedway where he made the field but lost in the first round.

“It is amazing,” Kramer said, describing his first Mile-High Nationals six-second pass during Friday’s ESPN3 broadcast. “The American Ethanol Dodge Avenger is running really well for us. V. [Gaines] has been really good for us with his engine shop.”

Kramer might be relatively new to NHRA Pro Stock competition but when it comes to drag racing, he’s paid his dues by working his way up the ladder, starting from Junior Dragster and most recently racing in Comp.

“This is the most fun I’ve had in a race car,” said Kramer.

Kramer alluded during the ESPN3 broadcast that his days in Comp prepared him for his current role in Pro Stock.

“We had been running these similar motors for a long time,” said Kramer, whose last Comp car was an A/Dragster Automatic. “Motor wise, it was pretty much the same. We just jumped in power [with this car] and found a five-speed.”

Kramer will get lane choice in the first round Sunday against Steve Kent, and if he should win the first round?

“I’d be ecstatic,” Kramer admitted. “Hometown victory? It’d be awesome.” 

 

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