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Greg Boutte Wins 28th Annual NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Arizona Nationals

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Check close enough and you're bound to find a definition of "busman's holiday" with Greg Boutté face beaming alongside it. Boutté races a Super Comp dragster and he works for K&N where he - wait for it - focuses on making cars run better and faster. More to the point Boutté is a Product Specialist working in customer service and sales. "I travel to the National events, whether I race or not, and support our sponsored K&N racers, as well as support the drivers in Pro Stock, for the K&N Horsepower Challenge."

He is also involved in K&N's Heavy Duty filter program for the trucking industry and clearly one effectively feeds off the other as he's really good in all arenas. Last weekend at the 28th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals contested at Firebird International Raceway, Boutté notched his first victory of 2012, it is his third National event win in three final trips. Boutté won the final dual on his opponent's 0.004 red-light. Boutté marked with an 8.898 ET and 174.71 mph.

Regarding his win over Steve Whitfield in Super Comp at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Boutté remarked, "Mr. Whitfield is a good racer, so you don't want to lose in the final after the last six rounds. With that in mind, I set the car up to run a 8.91 in the final knowing if I was wrong I would run a 8.89, it ran a 8.898. You don't want to go red so I added .010 more to my delay box, but when I got my time slip and saw the .047 light, wow, was I glad he went red. He would have cleaned my plow."

Boutté is a definitive wily veteran, having competed in Super Comp for 21 years, running in about 20 races a year, beginning at Pomona, California in February and ending at Pomona in November. Back in 2003 he won the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Division 7 in Super Comp in Arizona.

We wondered if the Loma Linda, California driver made any changes to his race car or his GB Motorsports race program during the off season. "My motor and converter and rear wheels are all different. Wayne Silvia (Silvia Construction) lent me a Chevy 565 motor and Hughes Performance lent me a 8" converter. I ran that combination in Pomona at the Winter Nationals and Phoenix. If my Heads are not back from Brodix, I will use the same winning Combination in Las Vegas for the Div-7 race and then the National event the next weekend."

A large part of racing is confidence and momentum and Boutté is justifiably feeling strong about both heading into Las Vegas. "I am feeling very optimistic at this point of the season. I won the make-up Arizona Nationals at Infineon in 2010 on the Monday before the Division-7 race. Last year I was runner up to my friend Justin Morgan in Vegas. I have had very good luck the last three seasons at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The track is one of the best in the Country and NHRA preps the track very well too. If my car is as predictable there next month, as it is now, I hope to get to the winners circle again."


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Greg Boutte Takes Care of Unfinished Business During NHRA Division Event at Famoso Raceway

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When Greg Boutte rolled into Auto Club Famoso Raceway for his most recent NHRA Division event, he was more than ready to pick up where he, unfortunately, had to leave off in 2010. During the same event last season, Boutte had sailed by round one in his K&N/Lucas Oil/Hughes Super Comp Dragster only to lose a lifter in his BBC power plant and have to miss out on round two.

"The track is always very good there," noted Boutte. "They always prep it very well and while the weather didn't change a whole lot over the four days, the track temperature did. We would go from having an eighty degree track temp to one-hundred and forty. We also had a little tail wind from time to time, but it didn't get over five-six MPH, though."

Boutte's very consistent time runs on Friday and Saturday gave him all the confidence he needed going into eliminations. "The car was 8.911 to 8.898," he pointed out. "The car has been that good since the first race in Phoenix, the driver just hasn't had his act together."

He has also made a promise to himself, "By the end of the year, I will be a much better driver than I have been. I'm working on that every race, more and more. The toughest thing in Super Class racing, is realizing that you have a good car and not changing it. When you can predict your sixty foot, based on the tune-up and staging properly, you know you have a good car. So just leave it alone and trust it."

The event at Bakersfield was Boutte's third NHRA division claim for 2011 and he was looking to start making a move in the points. And as the rounds went, he got a chance to do some good for his plight, all while keeping the current NHRA Division 7 Super Comp points leader from gaining too much ground on the rest of the field.

First round was the most important to Boutte. "The first round is like a first date," he explained. "You don't really know what you are going to get. When I looked over and saw a car with a small block Chevy, I'd never seen the car before, ever. That is the person you do not want to race first round."

"You know nothing about them," he continued. "You don't know how they stage, if they can drive the finish line and just because it's a small block, you don't know if the car is going to go one hundred fifty or one eighty. I had an eighteen and he had twenty-two, so he did his job at the starting line. He just missed the tune-up and I had a better one, so I won that first round. That was the tough one."

Boutte worked his way through four more rounds before he found himself in his eleventh NHRA Division final and this time to meet up with another tough competitor, Aaron Kinard.

Kinard gave him a run for it at the tree and took a full .013 starting line advantage, but the race was long from over. Boutte trusted his car and drove the stripe extremely well taking just six thousandths of a second at the finish line for his eighth NHRA Division event Wally.

Boutte uses numerous K&N products on his Super Comp Dragster from the HP-3002 Wrench-Off oil filter to the second generation K&N Composite Dragster Scoop, (100-8512) that also includes the K&N high flow air filter.


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NHRA Super Comp Racer Greg Boutte Pushes the Envelope

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There are only two races left in the NHRA Pacific Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and Greg Boutte is in the top ten.

The Super Comp class racer runs a 2002 Worthy Rear Engine Dragster with a 235 inch wheelbase and a 598 cubic inch motor. At Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, California Boutte defeated Alexis Dejoria.

"There is a lot of pressure to win", said Boutte. "It's so hard to get to the final round, let alone win a race. I was a runner-up at Fallon and in Fontana last year, and I put a lot of pressure on myself to win this year. I pushed the envelope."

At Bakersfield, Boutte started around 9:30 a.m. with the KD Canopy shoot out. "The race within a race takes the top 4 qualifiers of the first two top time trials and puts them on a true race ladder of the top four," he said. "I won the KD Canopy shoot out then moved on to 7 more rounds of racing. The final round ended at 10:21 p.m."

Boutte races against other drivers, the clock and himself. In each category, the NHRA has time indexes based on horsepower and weight of the car. Racers have to get as close to the index as possible without getting there too fast. "I stay in my motor home between races," said the Stockton, California racer. "I keep an eye on the classes that are running ahead of me to watch and see the trend. At sea level, our class index is 8.9 and I have to stay focused. It's also important to hydrate and eat well. Racers are athletes and I try to stay in good shape by working out a couple of times a week."

Boutte has competed in Super Comp for 15 years and competes in about 20 races a year, beginning at Pomona, California in February and ending at Pomona in November. Boutte also won the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Division 7 in Super Comp at Southwestern International Raceway in Arizona in 2003.

"I use K&N Engineering Air and Oil Filters," said Boutte. "K&N makes excellent products. The dirt stays out of my engines and air flow is consistent going into the carburetor. K&N gives me an edge."


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