Drew Lyons has been providing our cameras with some awesome wheel stands from his Coyote Stock machine all season long in NMRA competition. This weekend at the NMRA World Finals in Bowling Green, he took that to a whole new level. Lyons qualified number four in the largest Coyote stock field in history. It’s hard to believe, but his 10.39 pass under density altitude conditions of -50 feet (also known as mineshaft) on Saturday night was only good for fourth place, behind Joe Charles, Brandon Alsept and Shane Stymiest.
Saturday, Lyons drove his car with bracket racer consistency. In the first round of eliminations he took out Joe Marini, running a 10.391. In the quarter finals he would take out last year’s World Finals winner, Jacob Lamb. It was that pass that we wanted to talk to Lyons about.
In dramatic fashion, Lyons hung the nose of his Coyote Stock machine way in the air, nearly dragging the rear bumper, banging first and second gears, before setting the nose down easy on the two-three shift. We’ve provided video of the car from two different angles. We have to say, that if the high-RPM, gear jamming action from this doesn’t get your blood pumping, you better have your pulse checked.
NMRA veteran racer, Bruce Hemminger, has been helping and coaching Lyons all season, and the guidance of the veteran racer has paid off. “Bruce is the guru, he’s helped me figure out some things about the way I drive, about setting the car up, getting in the right groove on the track. Things I wasn’t knowledgable on before, he gets a lot of credit for teaching me,” says Lyons.
Lyons says that he put a new set of slicks on the car before heading to the World Finals, and he and Hemminger worked with tire pressure and shock settings to get the car dragging the bumper, and pulling off solid 60-ft times, leading to those amazing wheel stands.
In the final round, the car shook the tires on the launch, and Steve Gifford was also able to get a bit of a hole-shot on Lyons. These two problems put Lyons back in the runner up spot for the second time this season.
Lyons says he’s got some work to do in the off season, but can’t wait to get back to Coyote Stock racing next spring.