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MazdaSpeed RX-8 first back-to-back winner in NHRA Sport Compact Modified Class
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Monday, April 23, 2007 - 5:11pm


PETERSBURG, Va. – It was a weekend of record-breaking racing and back-to-back wins at Virginia Motorsports Park for the Virginia NHRA Sport Compact Nationals.

Ken Scheepers, in his Mazdaspeed RX-8, raced to his first back-to-back win in Modified. Following up his win from Moroso earlier in the month he defeated fellow Mazda driver Dee Karagiannis. Karagiannis broke during the run and Scheepers easily won with a time of 7.59 seconds at 179.71 mph.

“It’s awesome and totally incredible,” said Scheepers. “I came up here by myself and it’s rewarding for all the hard work to pay off. I am sorry that I didn’t back up my run of 7.27 mph, but I am excited about having the fastest ET and MPH for a two-rotor rotary. I am getting calls from all over Puerto Rico. The record has been held by Puerto Ricans for decades and now it’s mine. I want to thank NHRA and Sony for supporting us racers. Also, I want to thank Mazdaspeed, Idemitsu, Mickey Thompson, NGK, PCS and Innovate Motorsports. I especially want to thank Kilo and Jesus Padilla for my engine, and also Tito Chassis for a safe car.”

Photos by Richard Lavigne @ NHRA Sport Compact

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