Pro Stock hasn’t visited New England Dragway since 2018, something that will change at this weekend’s New England TascaParts.com NHRA National Championships presented by Bandero Premium Tequila.
For Deric Kramer, however, race six of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season marks the first time he has visited the facility. After his first final round of the year to continue his strong start to the season, Kramer hopes to make a good first impression in front of what should be another huge crowd.
“It’s very exciting. It’s always fun to go to a new place,” Kramer said. “Having people there and excited, it’s going to be awesome.”
A start on a new track always increases the energy level, and the way Kramer behaves in his Chevrolet Camaro Get Biofuel, it can also be a favorable start to the New England Dragway.
His final round performance in Houston propelled him to second in points behind Greg Anderson, and that also marked his second final of 2021. Add two more semi-final appearances and Kramer has already had more success this year than all year 2020.
He struggled a year ago, reaching only one semi-final and finishing 10th on points in a strong Pro Stock field.
A good start opens up a world of possibilities, and Kramer praised his car’s performance, as well as a few fortuitous breaks he took advantage of earlier in the year.
“We ended up having a bit of luck on our side. The class is so tight and so tight that I’ve been on the wrong side for the past two years, ”said Kramer, four-time winner of the event. “We go to every race with the intention of winning. You don’t come forward thinking that there is only an outside shot. We present ourselves with the mentality of renting one of the best powers on the market [with KB Racing], so let’s go around and win races. If we don’t, then the responsibility falls on us. All I can say is that we are hungry for victory.
While the car has performed at a high level for most of the year, qualifying second in Atlanta, Kramer expects more from himself behind the wheel.
He feels late, in part because he hasn’t been so active away from the track due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This put an end to many sports activities he enjoys, such as fencing, as they are done in groups and he has had to find other ways to stay in shape.
Recently, this has led to more outdoor training and Kramer expects to return to normal activities soon, which he hopes will pave the way for a great summer for the team.
“The car is way past me right now, and it’s not even close. I haven’t done a great job this year, ”Kramer said. “I have to step it up. I try to do more and try harder to exercise and be physically active so hope that helps. Our best race has always been in the summer so we are looking to build on our start and perform at a high level this summer.