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MazdaSpeed RX-8 of Ken Scheepers wins for a Third Straight Time in NHRA Sport Compact Modified Class!
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - 4:23pm

The drivers of the NHRA Xplōd Sport Compact Racing Series gave the fans at Atco Raceway an exciting day of eliminations for the Northeast NHRA Sport Compact Nationals presented by Jegs

By all accounts, Ken Scheepers should not have even been in the final round with his Mazdaspeed Mazda RX8 to face defending 2006 Modified champion Pau Efantis. He broke an oil line fitting in the first round of qualifying that much to everyone’s chagrin oiled down the whole length of the track. Yet, he won that round when Luis Corujo took too long to stage his car and was timed-out. Then in the second round he was racing the fastest Modified car of the year being driven by Brent Rau. Rau spun the tires at the start and Scheepers pulled away and won despite Rau coming on strong towards the finish line. Finally against Efantis, Scheepers had a late start, but won when Efantis had nothing but trouble with his car. His final time was 7.41 seconds at 177.93 mph to earn him his third win of 2007 and his seventh career win.

“Absolutely incredible,” said Scheepers. “I want to thank all the guys who helped me. Without their help I wouldn’t have been able to do it. To all my Puerto Rican friends, thank you. I was actually more worried about making it through the semifinal than the final. I stuck to my game plan and I had to do what I had to do. I knew Brent was coming on hard. The consistency of the season is paying off.”

Honorable Mention to Boris Rojas PRO-RWD Winner
Rojas was able to gather his first career NHRA win when his opponent and No. 1 qualifier, Carl Stevena Jr., could not make it to the staging lanes or the starting line. Rojas raced his Mazda pickup very conservatively to the finish with a time of 19.60 seconds at 58.41 mph.

“I’d always rather be quicker than lucky and lucky was with me this weekend,” said Rojas. “I was disappointed we couldn’t give the fans a show. I got no sleep last night because we were trying to figure out electrical problems. I will be in Indy with my car and Manny Cruz. We want to give the Titan cars a battle.”

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