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“push vehicle”; and cackled until their fuel tanks were
            as parched as the dry dust of Lions past! When all was   HERO CARDS
            said and done, applause surrounded the make-shift
            pit area along with salutations of appreciation and
            gratitude to Rick Lorenzen and his incredible team for       WILKENS  /  LEYDA   Camaro. He campaigned a 165” Rod Stucky FED during the 80’s while racing in the AHRA Top Comp Class. Lurch placed   Team Hemi Hunter
                                                                                             Owner: Dale “Lurch” Wilkens is 54 years old and resides in Independence, Kansas with his fiance Marsha. He
                                                                                             started racing in 1975 while in the United Stated Army, stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas and was racing a 1970 Z-28
                                                                                             in the Championship Bracket Racing Association in 1987 and 88 and built his first altered in 1989. Dale campaigned
                                                                                                                  Owner: Dale “Lurch” Wilkens
                                                                                             blown altereds all thru the 90’s and in 1996 won the first Outlaw Fuel Altered Association race. Dale is also a private pilot
            their outstanding efforts! I can’t wait to see what the                          Team became the 2010  WOLRD FUEL ALTERED CHAMPIONS.  Hometown: Bartlesville, Oklahoma
                                                                                                                  Hometown: Independence, Kansas
                                                                                             and aircraft owner. He owns a Cessna 182 which was judged Outstanding Cessna 182 at the Oshkosh, Wisconsin Fly-in in
                                                                                                                  Driver: Aaron “AA’ron” Leyda
                                                                                             2003. He is also an FAA certified A&P aircraft mechanic. Near the end of the 2009 season Dale brought out his new “HEMI
                                                                                             HUNTER” AA/FA with new driver Aaron Leyda. With the A-Field win in Eddyville, Iowa in August 2010 the Hemi Hunter
                                                                                                                Team Members:  Larry Deering, Marsha Girard
                                                                                                                  John Wilson & Caleb Wilkens
                                                                                             Driver:  “AA’ron” is 33 years old and resides in Bartlesville, Oklahoma with his wife Chika and new son Nathan.
            future has in store!                                                             a huge part of his life since. During the early 90’s he had two early model Chevelles which he bracket raced on a regular   Car Specifications
                                                                                             He has been employed at The Car Shop in Independence, Kansas with Dale since the age of 15, and drag racing has been
                                                                                                               Home Track: Mo-Kan Dragway, Asbury Missouri
                                                                                             basis. Teamed with a Lurch owned car, Aaron won the 2004 Nitro Nostalgia Nationals in Tulsa Oklahoma with a career best
                                                                                                                   Chassis: 2006 Holzman
                                                                                             run of 7.04 @ 201 MPH in a 200” front engine dragster with a blown BBC motor. Aaron was the crew chief for Dale
                                                                                             during many of the early years and began driving of the Hemi Hunter AA/FA at the midpoint of the 2009 season.
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