Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown
CONCORD, NC – Bill Skillman came from behind to take the Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals victory, the first race where the Chevrolet COPO Camaros, Ford Cobra Jets and Dodge Challenger Drag Paks of the Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown class have competed in a four-wide format.
“Coming out here racing four-wide, it was awesome. I really thought every quad that I ran in from qualifying up, everybody did a great job. I was really, really impressed with the guys as we went through the quads,” Skillman said. “It was awesome, my team, my God, I can’t even tell you what a great job those guys do. They crushed me, I was pitiful on the tree all day today, but I got a fast hot rod here. We struggled mightily when we got here but they just kept picking away at it today and they did a wonderful job.”
In the first round, No. 1 qualifier Geoff Turk and his Wild Turkey Engineering Dodge Drag Pak would go 7.792-seconds at 180.21 mph to win the quad while Skillman took his Ray Skillman Ford Cobra Jet to a 7.784 second pass to advance.
CONCORD, NC – Geoff Turk raced his Wild Turkey Engineering Dodge Challenger Drag Pak to his first Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown No. 1 qualifier Saturday at the Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway. Turk landed the top spot by being quickest each of the four qualifying sessions, improving with every pass. Turk’s last run of the evening, a solid 7.755-second pass at 180.43 mph, would ultimately earn him the No. 1 spot heading into race day.
“This place, zMAX, it’s like the Disneyland of drag racing. It’s a beautiful facility,” Turk said. “Track traction here for me is challenging, driving these crazy cars it’s challenging everywhere but today though, this track has been good. This car has been great. It’s actually the third race on that engine because I’m a one man show.”
This is the first event Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown has raced in the four-wide format. A task Turk admits, despite improving every run, was harder than he expected.
“Four-Wide racing has been way more of a challenge as a driver than I could have imagined. I’ve been drag racing for 42-years, but you don’t think about all the little things that are different,” Turk said. “You’re in the right lane and you see a car blow past you on the right, that’s not normal and then even up at the top end figuring out who exits first.”
CONCORD, NC – For the first time since its inception, Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown will be racing four-wide at this weekend’s Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway. A new level of competitiveness will be reached as Chevrolet COPO Camaros, Ford Cobra Jets and Dodge Challenger Drag Paks battle across four lanes at what is considered the Bellagio of drag strips just outside Charlotte, N.C.
Defending class champion Aaron Stanfield, who had a surprisingly early first-round exit at the season opening Gatornationals driving his Janac Bros. COPO Camaro, welcomes the four-wide challenge but has the advantage of having raced the format in Pro-Stock.
“I am looking forward to racing four-wide in Factory Stock. I have done it in Pro Stock, so I feel comfortable,” said Stanfield who qualified No. 1 and made it to the second round of eliminations in Pro Stock at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “You still have to pay attention since there is a lot going on at the starting line. It will be cool to see us all line up and take off for sure.”
Lenny Lottig Wins Season-Opening Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown Event at NHRA Gatornationals
GAINESVILLE, FL – The Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown season kicked-off with the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway with a first-time winner. Lenny Lottig rallied his ITI Trailers & Truck Bodies 2020 Chevrolet Camaro through four rounds to his first career victory in only his second final round appearance.
“It still doesn’t even feel real. It’s an over-the-top feeling,” said Lottig, who entered race day as the No. 10 qualifier. “I couldn’t do it without having all of the team, between David Barton and the people back at the shop helping me work on the car; Dave and Jesse and the whole gang. I lean on Barton, who helps me make the decisions. We went out there and just concentrated and tried to run my own game.”
In the first round, Lottig matched with Stephen Bell. Lottig would leave first to go 7.739-seconds at 175.27 mph bettering Bell’s 7.739 at 175.27 mph run. Lottig would make a single pass in the second round after his opponent, No. 2 qualifier Tripp Carter III, couldn’t make the call. Lottig would record an 8.260-second pass at 130.63 mph.
Mark Pawuk Runs to Record No. 1 Qualifier at Gatornationals in Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown
GAINESVILLE, FL – Mark Pawuk started the iconic Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals with a historic run in the Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown, making the quickest and fastest run in the history of the class. Pawuk lit up the scoreboard with a 7.608 second pass at 183.15 mph to set both ends of the factory stock class record. The entire session was stacked with strong runs from the Chevrolet COPO Camaros, Ford Cobra Jets and Dodge Challenger Drag Paks entries. The top eight qualifiers each made runs that were quicker than the previous quickest run ever. For Pawuk, driver of the Empaco Dodge Drag Pak, running to the No. 1 qualifier position was a pleasant surprise and reward for his team’s hard work in the off-season.
“I am loving it. We tested and worked hard this winter,” said Pawuk, who last year recorded a No. 2 qualifier at the Midwest Nationals in St. Louis. “These guys have done a great job. To be honest with you we didn’t think we could run this fast. I was kind of shocked. The conditions are exceptional. We have our Dodge Drag Pak flying. Hopefully we can keep this car rolling. I have set both ends of the record in Pro Stock and it would be cool to do that in Factory Stock also. It would be an honor to possibly be the first guy in the 50s.”
GAINESVILLE, FL – The Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown begins its eight race NHRA season at historic Gainesville Raceway for the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 11-13. After a lengthy off-season, past rivalries and heated competition will once again be front and center for the class showcasing Chevrolet COPO Camaros, Ford Cobra Jets and Dodge Challenger Drag Paks entries.
We’ve been at the shop working hard for the start of the season. We’re ready to get it started in Gainesville,” said two-time defending class champion and driver of the Janac Bros. COPO Camaro, Aaron Stanfield who already in 2022 has a win and a semifinal appearance in the NHRA Pro Stock category.
“We’ve been working on some longevity things on the engine, overall, trying to find a little bit more power on the dyno. We know we have targets on our backs. That’s our goal every time we show up, to win. I know everyone else wants to, too, but we’re hoping to make that bounty larger and larger, just come out and get the win every time.”
SAN DIMAS, CA – The NHRA announced today that Constant Aviation will continue as the title sponsor of the NHRA Factory Stock Showdown class for the 2022 season. Constant Aviation, an industry leader in aircraft and engine maintenance, became title sponsor of the Factory Stock Showdown category a year ago, partnering with NHRA to become involved in the exciting, fan-favorite category.
The Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown class features eight races at NHRA national events in 2022, beginning with the AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway on March 10-13 and concluding with the Texas NHRA Fall Nationals on Oct. 13-16 at Texas Motorplex in Dallas. Constant Aviation has also extended its agreement as the Official Aircraft Maintenance & AOG (Aircraft on Ground) Support of NHRA.
“Sponsoring the Factory Stock Showdown aligns Constant Aviation with a number of key elements that are important to our core business model,” said David H. Davies, Chief Executive Officer, Constant Aviation. “Our business is built on attention to detail, speed, efficiency and most of all quality people. Our technicians have a passion for racing and especially a series like Factory Stock Showdown that highlights Camaros, Cobra Jets and Drag Paks. The competition is fast and fierce, and we are looking forward to an even more exciting 2022 season.”