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Sat, 22 Sep 2007, 07:58 PM

Hernandez Crowned BAE Champion for 2007
Courtesy of Matthew Brammer
Photo copyright 2007 Auto Imagery, Inc.

ENNIS, Texas --

Josh Hernandez and team celebrate BAE Championship Cup
Josh Hernandez, driver of the Tommy Lipar Racing-sponsored Dr. Moon's Rage '68 Camaro, was crowned the 2007 World Champion of the AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge presented by Tindle Enterprises, Inc. today after eliminating all possibilities of being passed in the points race. In a ceremony held prior to the first round of Pro Mod eliminations at the O'Reilly Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex, Hernandez was handed a $25,000 check along with the coveted BAE Championship Cup by BAE founder Brad Anderson.

Anderson said, "These guys really deserve this award., They worked hard all year, and definitely dominated the class. It really gives me pleasure to award them the title of World Champion."

"This is just over the top," an elated Hernandez said. "We've had an incredible season so far, and to win this four this amazing team -- it's really all about them. Dave Wood, Tommy Lipar, Howard Moon - all of these guys. This is an amazing team, and they have worked so hard all year to earn this, they really deserve it.

"It feels great to get this award in front of such an amazing Texas-sized NHRA crowd, along with all my family and friends. I couldn't have done it without the fans any my family behind me," Hernandez said.

In just three years of Pro Mod racing, Hernandez has ascended to the top after winning the Rookie of the Year honors in 2005 and placing third last year in the BAE Championship battle. A Conroe, Texas resident, Hernandez was joined by his wife, two sons and his parents when he received the award.

He set the World ET Record at Gainesville this year at 5.912 en route to his first event win of the season, and followed up with wins at Houston, Atlanta, St. Louis and Bristol, Tenn. for a total of five wins out of six final round appearances in seven races. He holds the AMS Pro Mod record for Most Career Event Wins at 11 and is tied with Mike Ashley for the most final round appearances at 13.

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