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Race Roundup—5th Annual Factory Hot Rod Nationals

Posted By: Steve Baur
Written By Steve Baur
Photography by Jimmy Cantrell/Drag Shot Media

 
With the NMRA celebrating 10 years of Coyote Stock racing in 2022, it’s obvious that the class is fun to compete in and racers can’t get enough, which is likely why Jacob Lamb’s Factory Hot Rod Nationals event celebrated its 5th year at Kentucky Dragway August 13-14. The event not only draws the NMRA's G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock contingent, but also mixes in the NMRA Richmond Gear Factory Stock and NMCA Chevrolet Performance Stock presented by Scoggin Dickey Parts Center classes as well.
 

For 2022, the Factory Hot Rod Nationals gathered 13 cars with 7 CS cars, 3 FS racers, and 3 CPS drivers. 
 
“We did a chip draw for first round and after first round, the winners went to one bracket and losers went to the second-chance race,” explained Factory Hot Rod Nationals founder and promoter Jacob Lamb. “We had 13 cars and the chip draw pairs couldn’t have worked out any better.”
 
Winner of the previous two Factory Hot Rod Nationals Charlie Booze had the quickest ET in the first round and collected and extra $200 for that, while COPO Camaro driver Haley Burkhammer was the second quickest and collected $100.
 
As Lamb stated, the draw was perfect with just two pair of Coyote Stock cars having to race against each other in the first round—Becky Moldenhaur drew the bye.
 
“The semi-finals of the winner’s bracket had CPS vs CS in both pairs,” Lamb said. “Charlie Booze vs Shawn Calabrese and Haley Burkhammer vs Randy Soper.”
 

The result of the semi-finals saw Booze and Burkhammer advance to the final round, with Booze securing the victory on a holeshot 9.79 to Burkhammer’s 9.77. This is Booze Jr.’s third win in a row at this event.
 
In the second-chance, it came down to Mike Bowen and his Maverick and Tim Donathen and his Fairmont wagon lining up at the starting line. The matchup saw Factory Stock taking on Coyote Stock, with Bowen winning the close race.
 
“In addition to Charlie winning $5,000 for the event win and $200 for quickest ET in Round 1, and he picked up another $100 for best reaction time in the finals, for a total winning purse of $5300 plus a $250 gift certificate from Ram Clutches,” Lamb told us. “Haley walked out with $2,600 and a $100 gift certificate from Ram.”
 
Lamb also noted that Randy Soper and Shawn Calabrese took home $500 each for the semi-finals, and the second-chance race purse was $1,000, with Bowen and Donathen opting to split the money at $500 each.
 
With a purse of over $10,000 in cash and prizes, the Factory Hot Rod Nationals has grown every year with the support of its racers and sponsors, who include Charlie Booze, Tim Donathen, Beck Moldenaur, Shawn Calabrese, Haley Burkhammer, Mike Bowen, Randy Soper, Matt Fint, Aaron Worstell, Chris Niebauer, Scotty Duncan, Chris Lee, and Jacob Lamb.
 

Sponsors include Speedcraft Racing, Finishline Performance, ProTree Racecars, Granny’s Speedshop, Pipeline Repair Services, MV Performance, Donathen Racing, Menscer Motorsports, 
G-Force Racing Transmissions, BA Motorsports, XS Power Batteries, FoxCast Media, Milhimes Automotive, Hanlon Motorsports, Weldon High Performance, Booze Brothers Racing, KD Auto Repair, Kentucky Gears, King’s Granite, Powerhouse Automotive, Air Auto Garage, and David Inouye and Rebecca Taylor.
 
“Everyone seemed to have had a good time,” Lamb told us. “I enjoy putting on the race and hopefully it will grow more each time we have it. I was glad to see a variety of cars from all three classes. I would especially would like to thank Derek Craft, Chris Whitmire, and Billy Fint for all of their help. Tim Donathen, who also donated extra money to the second chance race, and I really need to plug Brian Campbell from Finish Line Performance. He supplied the championship belt and donated extra money for the second-chance race. He has been a big supporter from the very first race.”
 
If all goes as planned, Lamb intends to have the 6th Annual race next year around the same time. For the latest information, visit the Factory Hot Rods page on Facebook. If you can't wait until then, you can see them run at the Holley NMRA World Finals and Ford Festival at Beech Bend Raceway Park, September 29-Oct. 2.

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