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Nick Folk Caps Summer Swing with Stock Victory at US 131 Nitro Jam

When racing flows through your blood it can often appear to consume everything else, yet at the same time, it can define your world with such clarity and detail, that you may otherwise have missed it. It becomes then the most welcome of obsessions.
The Folk family racing team has shared great success at the IHRA Nitro Jam event, Brian and Nick each won in 2008, and Nick won again this year.
The Folk family racing team has shared great success at the IHRA Nitro Jam event, Brian and Nick each won in 2008, and Nick won again this year.

Case in point, the Folk family race team, like most months, they spent much of the last month on the road, attending big dollar bracket events in Atco, New Jersey and Stanton, Michigan and the annual IHRA Nitro Jam event at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan. At that race Nick Folk, the youngest son, secured his second Stock victory in three seasons at the event, and once again hoisted the IHRA trophy.

"That whole part you mentioned about a busy month is very true," commented Nick. "We are now headed to the Million Dollar Bracket Race in Indianapolis, Indiana. We just finished attending the U.S. Nationals at the same location, with far from impressive results. I guess when you race every weekend that has a tendency to happen."

The team's patriarch Ron Folk, Ron has been racing for four decades, since the age of 15. Brian got started in Super Class Racing, with a string of successes from his entry in 1995 until the present. He has also been a national event winner in IHRA top dragster. And Nick started at age 16. His website states that he is the last person any stock eliminator driver wants to see in the other lane.

The Folk family has had huge success at the IHRA Nitro Jam event in the past, as Brian and Nick each won in 2008. Plus, the event annually features one of the richest and most prestigious shootouts in all of sportsman racing, the Moser Engineering Axle Mania Shootout. Between the two Folk brothers, the team had three entries in the Axle Mania Shootout - Brian in both Top Dragster and Super Rod - and Nick in Stock. Brian advanced each of his entries to the quarterfinal round before dropping both decisions in that frame.

"I will have to admit that the Martin Nitro Jam has been very good to me," adds Nick. "With a win in Top Dragster in '06 and now Stock in '08 and '10 I have been very fortunate. The facility itself is one of the most impressive around, and the fact that it is reasonably close to home has a lot to do with my luck there."

The Folk family racing team will enjoy another busy month of September as well, as the team travels to O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis for the annual NHRA U.S. Nationals, and the Mickey Thompson Million Dollar Race. The team will wrap up the month with big dollar bracket events near their Durand, Illinois home.

"Sometimes it crosses your mind for a second - when will this year slow down? But if we really wanted that we'd only be kidding ourselves," says Nick.

The Folk family has been onboard with K&N for over six years. "Everything is always flawless from their product department," adds team leader Ron Folk. "When you make around 700 runs per-year, you cannot have marginal equipment, and they have helped dramatically in that department! We are now up to eight drag cars in the Folk Race Cars stable, and every car is equipped with every possible item from K&N."

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