From the scenic Pacific Northwest in Washington state, the reputation of the Hancock & Lane Racing team is deeply rooted and highly respected. With drag racing DNA that dates back 50 years when team patriarch Jerry Hancock first went drag racing in a 1956 Chevy, the team has continued to roll. Fast-forward to 2015 and two very formidable Chevrolet cars are now the primary focus of the team. A truly creative 2010 Chevy Cobalt, driven by Jeff Lane, is run in Competition Eliminator and an equally impressive 2005 Cavalier, driven by Jeff’s son Cody, is run in Super Stock. The Comp car features a 357ci splayed-valve engine program while the Super Stocker runs a 316ci wedge head engine. The Cobalt, which started life from East Texas Race Cars, has since been completely rebuilt while the Super Stocker was conceived and constructed completely in-house at Hancock & Lane Racing. During the past three years, both of these cars have oozed with success stories within NHRA’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. That includes multiple wins at both the national and divisional levels and setting no less than five different national records. And, oh yeah, did me mention that driver Cody Lane won the 2015 season-opening NHRA Circle K Winternationals at Pomona? Valued sponsors Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels, K&N Filters, COMP Cams, Golden Shine, and Action Machine all play key roles.
Stylish in Super Gas
In NHRA’s Super Gas (9.90) index class, race cars of all shapes and sizes are the main attraction. Blending perfectly into that mold is the meticulously prepared and maintained 1966 Chevy II raced by Greg Ventura from Garden Grove, California. Powered by a self-assembled (Ventura Performance Engines) 565ci big-block Chevy, Greg’s Chevy remains a family passion after first being expertly constructed by his father, Al Ventura. Tragically, Al passed away in 2012, but his son is helping to continue on his father’s legacy by racing the car as an ongoing tribute. This Chevy II is very versatile. It has notched national event wins not only in Super Gas but also in the quicker-indexed Super Comp (8.90) category. Greg is quick to cite the support of a long list of valued associate sponsors, which include Taylor Freezer, K&N Filters, Lucas Oil Products, Goodyear, Race Trans, Total Seal, T&D Machine Products, and Edelbrock.
Bar Raised Again!
During the 2015 NHRA season-opening Circle K Winternationals at Pomona, one of the most stunning new Camaros to date hit the dragstrip for the first time. Campaigned by brothers Bryan and Doug Broaddus, and based out of Yorba Linda, California, the 2012 Camaro Super Stocker is but the latest example of quality craftsmanship to come from highly reputed PMR (Phil Mandella Racing). From concept to its debut at Pomona in a span of two years, the newest entry from this longtime Chevrolet-branded racing team earned immediate and serious recognition when it collected the NHRA technical committee’s Excellence in Engineering award. Classed in Super Stock as a FSS/B designation, the team utilizes a supercharged LS 327 engine featuring LSX heads and block from Chevrolet Performance. The 2015 plan for the Broaddus Brothers, who are founders and owners of DNB Engineering, is to be active within NHRA’s Division 7 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series as well as a pilgrimage to Indianapolis for the marquee NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals later this summer.