Steve Williams, K&N’s Chief Engineering Officer, claimed victory in the Super Comp category of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Division 7 final on July 22. His racing protégé, twenty-one-year-old Madison Whitten, was the runner-up—after a dramatic racing weekend that pitted the two against each other for the first time ever.
Madison is the daughter of Doug Whitten, a Product Development Technician in the race shop at K&N and a long-time friend of Williams. With her father has her crew chief—a position he continues to hold—Madison began racing in the junior category in 2010 under the mentorship of Steve. In 2011, following her first full season of racing, she won the 2011 Fontana Dragway Track Championship for the 13-to-14 age group. In 2012, she was the Barona Track Division 7 Champion, followed by a WHP Track Championship and Jr. Finals Championship in 2014. With support from her father and Williams, she began racing Super Comp in 2015.
After years of mentorship, the weekend of July 22 offered the first opportunity for Williams and Whitten to go head-to-head. “I knew he wouldn’t take me lightly,” Whitten commented, “And I wanted to give it my all.”
“I was excited to face him the finals,” Madison mused, when asked if it was difficult to go up against her long-time racing guide. “After the race, he got out and gave me a hug.”
The final stats were as follows:
SUPER COMP: DIVISION 7
1. Steve Williams, Beaumont, Calif., '10 TNT, 8.920, 183.99 def.
2. Madison Whitten, Corona, Calif., '14 American, 8.865, 160.86.
“I couldn’t race without the help of K&N, and some great people helping me,” commented Williams. “I want to thank Travis Hodges, the race shop manager—and the engines John Reedy builds are the best out there.”
Both racers’ dragsters feature K&N products including scoops, oil filters, air filters, and fuel filters—many of which Williams has been influential in developing over the years. K&N is proud to have the knowledge and experience of Chief Engineering Officer Steve Williams, who has applied decades of first-hand racing knowledge to the development of K&N products for automobile enthusiasts worldwide.
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