Written By Steve Baur
Photography by Jimmy Cantrell and courtesy of Jacob Lamb
Now in it’s fourth year, Jacob Lamb’s Factory Hot Rod Race held at Kentucky Dragway mixes the NMRA G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock with the NMCA’s Chevrolet Performance Stock category to determine crate motor supremacy. Joining those two classes is a separate class for NMRA Factory Stock racers that is equally as fierce in competition.
Eleven cars qualified for the crate engine clash with Keith Vaughn being the sole representative for the Chevrolet Performance Stock ranks with his DR525-powered C4 Corvette. After the two qualifying rounds were completed, Charlie Booze Jr. claimed the top spot with a 9.86 at 136.28mph run, with Vaughn right behind him in the second spot with a 9.92 at 130.84. After four rounds of eliminations, Booze Jr. was the victor over Tim Matherly, 9.81 to 9.97.
The Factory Stock category saw five cars qualify for competition, with the Laris Motorsports Insurance entry of Mark Anderson topping the sheet with a 10.36 at 123.72. While the majority of the field is comprised of NMCA Factory Stock regulars, the event did see the first competition entry by Damien Stephens, whose brother Chad was competing in the Coyote Stock class. After three rounds of eliminations, it was Anderson who was victorious over Chris Niebaur in a 10.23-to-10.36 battle.
Jacob Lamb’s 4th Annual Factory Hot Rod Race always seems to be a popular event, and this year, it boasted over $9,000 in cash and merchandise in prizes with many racers (Some not even competing at the race) putting in their own money. Sponsors include: Speedcraft Racing, Finishline Performance, ProTree Racecars, Granny’s Speedshop, Pipeline Repair Services, MV Performance, UPR Products, Big Mattress Outlet, Donathen Racing, Menscer Motorsports, JLT Performance, G-Force Racing Transmissions, BA Motorsports, Powerhouse Automotive, XS Power Batteries, David Inouye, Mike Washington, FoxCast Media, Auto Air Garage, Milhimes Automotive, Hanlon Motorsports, Booze Brothers Racing, Weldon Fuel Pumps, Stifflers, Laris Motorsports Insurance, Mark Anderson, Lucas Oil Racing Products, and BFast Motorworx.
If all goes as planned, Lamb intends to have the 5th Annual race next year around the same time. For the latest information, visit the Factory Hot Rods page on Facebook. If you an’t wait until then, you can see them run at the Holley NMRA World Finals and Ford Festival at Beech Bend Raceway Park, September 30-Oct. 3.