SPOTLIGHT ON SPEED: KYLE LAWRENCE
When Manhattan's Kyle Lawrence shows up at Heartland Park Topeka he's there to race.
That's why you'll often find Lawrence competing in as many as three divisions in HPT's E.T. Bracket Racing Series.
In the most recent bracket racing event Lawrence ran his dragster in the Super Pro category and his '79 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser station wagon in both the Pro and Super Street classes.
"I like to race, I want to go down the track as many times as I can," Lawrence said. "That's what I came here to do. I didn't come here to go on vacation."
The multiple entries can make it a hectic day, but that's the way Lawrence prefers it.
"If you're in one division and there's a big car count there's a lot of down time between rounds but with multiple entries you just keep racing," he said. "You just hop out of one car and hop into the other one."
Lawrence said he thinks his busy schedule helps him as a driver.
"I think it helps you stay sharp," Lawrence said. "You get into a rhythm. You can over-think yourself if you sit down and you think too much about it. Hopping out of one and hopping into another one you just prepare yourself and hop in and go."
Lawrence has had success in his '08 Mullis dragster, but his favorite car to race is the station wagon.
"The wagon has more character," Lawrence said. "There's a million different dragsters and they all look fairly similar. If I had to get rid of one of them it would be the dragster. I plan on owning (the wagon) for the rest of my life.
"Seventy-nine is the year I was born so it's kind of sentimental that way, too, a little bit. I like it."
Lawrence has fared well in both the dragster and wagon this season.
He leads the Pro standings with the wagon and is coming off a second-place finish. He made it to the final three in the Super Street category in the wagon and made it to the final 10 Super Pro cars in the dragster. Lawrence is second in the Super Street standings, third in Super Comp and seventh in Super Pro.
Lawrence was eliminated in Saturday's Super Pro class by his brother, Kevin, who is currently third in Super Pro points.
"The year's gone real well," Kyle said. "I've been having pretty good luck. I've been in the winner's circle twice with the wagon. I haven't put the dragster in the winner's circle yet this year but have been going to a lot of deep rounds."