HENDERSON, NV FEBRUARY 22, 2011 – Les Figueroa, driving the Figspeed Lucas Oil Ultra4 car, finished 9th at the 2011 Griffin King of the Hammers, pre-qualifying for the 2012 King of the Hammers. The very competitive Ultra4 car will be on display at the Lucas Oil Booth at the 51st annual NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, CA Thursday February 24th through Sunday February 27th. “We had a great race, and are really excited to finish 9th and already be qualified for next years race,” said Les Figueroa. “I don’t think we made many videos because I don’t think we did anything too spectacular. We just went out there and focused like we were prerunning.”
“The King of the Hammers race overall was great. We didn’t really have any issues to speak of,” commented Figueroa. The team started 31st and was able to make it into the top 10 before mid-way in the race. They didn’t have to change a single flat on their Goodyear Tires, in fact they still look brand new, and the Race Proven Alternators solved the charging issues that put them out of the race last year. “We were able to work a lot of bugs out of the car in the last year and finishing 14th in the Stampede race helped me understand the capabilities of the car,” reflects Figueroa. His co-driver Joe Thompson was a main reason for his success this year, “he knew the limitations of the car better than I did and could push me along in the rocks. He told me when I could hit things harder, push faster and kept telling me ‘Go! Go! Go!’” laughed Figueroa. Last year was Figueroa’s first experience competing in the rocks, but has been competing in drag racing for 21 years.
The Figspeed Lucas Oil Ultra4 car will be on display at the Lucas Oil Booth at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, CA Thursday February 24th through Sunday February 27th and will then be prepped for the Best in the Desert Silver State 300, part of the Ultra 4 Grand Slam series. Figueroa is also planning on competing in the Ultra4 Stampede and Grand Prix at Glen Helen events in 2011 in addition to his Drag Racing Schedule.
Video Featuring Les Figueroa on Raceday at King of the Hammers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBWBgbgGtgU
FIGSPEED Website: www.Figspeed.com
About Figspeed: Figspeed is a performance retail store in Henderson, NV and a speed-shop-on-wheels that travels to NHRA Divisional, PSCA and bracket events to support all drag racers, with special focus on the grass root levels. Recognizing that many companies didn’t have the resources to attend all these events, Les Figueroa brought Auto Meter, Aeromotive, Comp Cams, Dedenbear, Fast, Figspeed Competition Converters, Impact, Lucas Oil, Moroso, MSD, Painless Wiring, Powerhouse, Quick Fuel, Race Pak, Ron Davis Racing Products, Strange Engineering, TCI and XRP in house and to the track. The onsite tech and support hosts not only products, but also Figueroa’s encyclopedia of knowledge, contacts and resources to help each racer perform better at every race.
About Les Figueroa: Les Figueroa has been an avid drag racer for 23 years and has multi-NHRA National and Divisional wins and a Division Championship. He continues to drag race in different classes while maintaining the Figspeed Support Trailer. As a long time offroad recreationalist, he recently started competing in the Ultra4 series. In 2010 they finished the car hours before the race but did not finish. Figueroa came back strong at the Stampede race qualifying for the 2011 King of the Hammers. Figueroa recently finished the 2011 King of the Hammers in 9th place, pre-qualifying him for 2012. In 2011 he will be participating in multiple Drag Racing Events and three Ultra4 Races.
Figspeed Partners: Figspeed, Lucas Oil, Goodyear Tire, Ron Davis Radiators, Reid Racing, Aeromotive, Optima Batteries, Walker Evans Wheels, Twisted Metal Fab Shop, Borla
Photos and Video Credit: Bower Motorsports Media
If you would like more information about this race, wish to schedule an interview, or want to inquire about sponsoring Les Figueroa and the Figspeed team, please call Charlene Bower at 714-394-1716 or email Charlene at [email protected]
Date Event Location
Feb 6-12 King of the Hammers Ultra 4 Series Johnson Valley, CA. Finished 9th
Feb 18-21 NHRA Division 7 Phoenix, AZ
Feb 24-27 NHRA Winternationals Pomona, CA (Ultra4 Car On Display)
March 11-13 PSCA Fontana, CA
March 18-20 Famous March Meet Bakersfield, CA
March 25-27 NHRA Division 7 Las Vegas, NV
*April 1-3 NHRA Las Vegas NHRA Nationals Las Vegas, NV (No display)
April 15-17 PSCA Las Vegas, NV
April 29-10 Ultra4 Silver State Las Vegas, NV
April 29-May 1 NHRA Division 6 Boise, ID
May 13-15 NHRA Pacific Jegs Sports Nationals Fontana, CA
May 20-22 NHRA Division 7 Bakersfield, CA
May 27-29 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Nostalgia Drags Las Vegas, NV
June 10-12 NHRA Division 7 Fallon, NV
June 17-19 NHRA Division 6 Spokane, WA
July 1-3 PSCA Las Vegas, NV
July 22-24 NHRA Division 7 Sonoma, CA
*July 29-31 NHRA Fram Autolite Nationals Sonoma, CA (No display)
Aug 13-19 Bonneville Speed Week Salt Flats, UT
Sept 8-10 Ultra4 Stampede Reno, NV (No display)
*Oct 14-16 NHRA Arizona Nationals Phoenix, AZ (No display)
Oct 21-22 Ultra 4 Grand Prix Glen Helen, CA