Lucas Oil Super Gas champ: Sherman Adcock Jr.
by John Jodauga, National DRAGSTER
Adcock clinched the title at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals when his closest opponent, Val Torres Jr., was eliminated in the second round by none other than Gecker. Adcock went on to make it to the semifinals before losing to eventual event winner Steve Parsons, and after the race he said, "I was beginning to wonder if I would ever be the champion again. I always thought that I had the capability of repeating the title, but there is just so much parity now that it's a lot harder to win than when I got my first title 17 years ago. For anyone to win the championship these days, a lot of things have to fall into place. It happens to someone every year, and this season it just happened to be me."
The 2007 campaign began like most in the past for Adcock as he entered the fray with cautious optimism behind the wheel of car owner Mark Horton's '02 Trans Am roadster. "All I wanted to do was just stay in the hunt so that if a lucky break came my way, I could take advantage of it," said Adcock.
Adcock had used up the races in which he could earn points, but there were still five racers who had a shot at winning the title at the two final races of the year in
Adcock readily acknowledged that his second title could not have been won without the help of many key individuals. Said Adcock, "I need to thank Valvoline, Pyroil, Zerex, and Eagle One, who were my major sponsors, along with Hoosier Tires, Hughes Performance, APD Carburetors, Dart, Wilkerson Racing Engines, CBI, Applied Racing Technology, Hedman Hedders, Nitro Plate, K&N, Ben worthy, and American Race Cars.
"On a more personal note," said Adcock, "I want to thank my father Sherman, brother Woody, sister Melodi, and especially my wife Michele. I also want to express my appreciation to David Tatum III, David Watson, Jerry Dooley, John Kyle, Jeff Wilkerson, my car owners Mark Horton and Tim Lunceford, Hugh Meeks III, and my good friend Gary Stinnett. I dedicate this year to my friends Wayne Shaw, who recently died of cancer, and Don Hill, who has cancer now but is in remission. I also want to thank Lucas Oil for putting on this tremendous racing series and Jegs for sponsoring the Allstars program and the SPORTSnationals events."
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