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GARY HUNT’S US 131 RACER OF THE WEEK PRESENTED BY AEROQUIP
VANDERSLOOT RECOGNIZED FOR OPENING DAY EXCELLENCE
After making just one time trial run, having attended his son’s baseball game that morning, Steve VanderSloot of Kalamazoo marched through seven rounds of Top ET racing to win the rain-delayed season-opening event in the Lane Automotive Bracket Series. That earned the 2011 track champion the honor of becoming the very first Gary Hunt US 131 Racer of the Week presented by Aeroquip.
“When you put a driver whose average reaction time is .0182 of a second into the quickest car in the class, that’s what you get,” Hunt said of VanderSloot’s performance. “He sliced through the competition with precision. Except for two runs where he had time to bail, he was within .02 of his dial all day long.”
After starting with a time of 7.56 seconds in the Run for the Money (.02 under his original target number), VanderSloot made adjustments throughout the day that ultimately resulted in a 7.52 dial in for the final two rounds.
A member of a drag racing family that includes brother Craig with whom he owns Sign Art in Kalamazoo, Vandersloot drives a 2011 American Race Cars dragster with a Sunset Performance engine.
Congratulations, Steve, from Gary Hunt and everyone else at US 131 Motorsports Park!
ABOUT GARY HUNT
Gary Hunt is starting his ninth season as the track announcer at US 131 Motorsports Park, a track on which he used to race in the brackets and Stock Eliminator. His experience as a race car driver of some repute (he won seven points championships) has served him well behind the mike and while he often misses the thrill of competition, his “desk job” is not without its benefits. “It’s given me the best seat in the house, which is always climate controlled,” he said. “I never break any parts, don’t have to wait in line and I leave with a little bit of money every week.”