Hairston GTO Wins
Date: April 22, 2008
Author: John Gutheil
April 13, 2008 Bakersfield, California…..The PerTronix Performance Products sponsored Hairston Racing Pro Street GTO found the winner’s circle in only their 6th race for their new car by winning the West Coast Hot Rod Association’s season opener at the historical Famoso Raceway.
Unseasonable warm temperatures (90º +) coupled with tricky track conditions made for a tough weekend on all competitors. Clint Hairston qualified #2 @ 6.613 220.75 MPH behind the John Mihovetz driven Accufab Cougar prompting Jake Hairston, HMR Crew Chief, to say “I couldn’t de-tune the car enough to keep from spinning the tires in every gear. Actually, we dropped a cylinder in the finals and still top fueled the tire at 1/2 track.”
After a competition bye in the first round, Clint used a hole shot to take out the Art Hodges driven Figspeed Stratus in the semifinals 6.82 to a 6.80 setting up a final round confrontation with Mihovetz.
Clint was up to the task leaving first and peddling the car to a hard earned victory with Mihovetz experiencing violent tire shake. “I never saw him until after the finish line,” commented Clint. This makes 4 career wins in Pro Street for the popular driver.
The Hairston’s thanked all their sponsors in the winner’s circle including PerTronix, Doug’s Headers, Patriot Exhaust, Duttweiler Performance, Jerry Bickel Race Cars, Mickey Thompson tires, East West Engineering, Starside Design, Hickok Race Cars, Dustin Lee Racing Engines, Ed Thornton Fabrication, The Desperado Dairy and C&R Vanderham Dairy.
Hairston Racing’s next event will be at The Strip in Las Vegas April 25-27 for the Pacific Street Car Association’s K&N Filters “Las Vegas Nationals”.
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