April 2010 - #2 Newsletter

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Jack Freckmann takes Bayer Racing to Winner's Circle at the Strip at
Las Vegas Motor Speedway to start the 2010 Season.

Coming off one of their most successful years which yielded a Division 7 Championship and a second place finish in the national standings and numerous national, divisional and other event wins, Tom Bayer Racing has big expectations for the 2010 season. Thomas will once again be behind the wheel of his Lucas Oil Products, Toyo Tires, K&N Filters, B&M Converters, Crower 1962 Super Gas Corvette and Super Comp dragster. The season will also see many team drivers attempting to get their taste of victory much like other team drivers have in the past. Tom Bayer Racing opened the 2010 race season at Auto Club Raceway in Fontana for the Annual Hangover Nationals over New Year's Weekend. Team drivers, Ken Hemstreet and Bob Earleywine, both competed in Bracket One behind the wheel of the Thomas Bayer's Drag Racing School cars. Both drivers experienced great showings to start the year off. After a three week break in the action, the team found themselves back at Auto Club Raceway in Fontana, this time for the first race weekend with the Lucas Oil Super Comp Association. Team driver, Tim Takeshita, faced off against the teacher, Thomas Bayer, which saw Tim running closer to the 8.90 index and Thomas running under the index by a few thousandths. Thomas went on to say, "It was a lot of fun to race Tim! and I am very proud of his performance. It is very gratifying to see my drivers excel and succeed on the race track."

To start the month of February, it was time to make the trek to the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the first ever Lucas Oil / K&N Filters Super Series Event, with one goal in mind, Win. And they did! With the altitude factor of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Super Comp competes on a 9.05 index while Super Gas is on a 10.05 index. Thomas drove his Lucas Oil Products, Toyo Tires, K&N Filters, B&M Converters, Crower 62 Super Gas Corvette to the Quarter finals. Losing to Ryan Heram who went on to runner-up in Super Gas. Thomas drove the Lucas Oil Products, Toyo Tires, K&N Filters, B&M Converters, Crower backed Super Comp dragster to the semi finals where he faced team driver, Jack Freckmann. Jack had a reaction time of .017 and a perfect 9.050 a .017 package. Thomas had a .018RT with a 9.056 on the brakes a .024 package. The mathematical win margin was .0017 of a second in favor of Jack. Before the semi final round, teammates Jack and Thomas decided to split their combined earnings, regardless of whom won or lost, a win-win for both drivers. In the final round, Jack faced off with Jeff Blackwell where Jeff fouled out with a -.013 red light, handing the event win to Tom Bayer Racing' team driver, Jack Freckmann. Thomas went on to say, 'What a great event Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Lucas Oil and K&N Filters held! I am so proud of Jack's victory! This is just a testament to our program at Tom Bayer Racing. No team orders, dialing the cars straight up, and focusing on the fundamentals of our program. I don't like losing, but when I lose to my teammate, it just tells me that I am teaching these guys the right stuff!" To finish out a demanding three week stretch, the team headed to the NHRA season opener at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona for the 50th Annual Winternationals. The start of the NHRA season didn't fare well for the Lucas Oil Products, Toyo Tires, K&N Filters, B&M Converters, Crower Team, where Thomas competed in Super Gas and Super Comp. Teammate Jack Freckmann didn't fare well either, losing in first round.



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