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Palmer backed by CatSpot again in 2018; Lagana to run part-time schedule

Scott Palmer will make another full-season push under the CatSpot Litter colors in 2018, while Dom Lagana will race 6-10 times in the Nitro Ninja dragster with the same sponsor.
06 Dec 2017
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Scott Palmer, after qualifying for the Countdown to the Championship for the first time in his career, has a chance to build a streak. CatSpot Litter announced a multi-year primary sponsorship extension with Scott Palmer Racing Wednesday, taking the SPR CatSpot Top Fuel Dragster full-time on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour again in 2018, and beyond. You will also see CatSpot on the side of the Lagana family’s “Nitro Ninja” Top Fuel Dragster for 6-10 events in the 2018 season. 

Tommy Thompson (of CatSpot Litter) and Scott Palmer met at a Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series event in 2015 when SPR debuted their “Liquid Voodoo” Top Fuel Hydro. Thompson was immediately impressed with Palmer’s abilities and determination, and jumped on board with SPR midway during the 2016 NHRA season. Palmer had to promise Thompson that he would continue to do things the SPR way, including the fan favorite throttle whack during the warmup, to which Palmer gladly obliged.

“I have a unique relationship with Tommy. This is not your typical sponsor relationship; it’s a friendship first, with the sponsorship being a bonus. He wants the team to grow and succeed, but he also wants to make sure we have fun in the process,” said Palmer. “Tommy and his team at CatSpot Litter recognized the value in supporting SPR full-time this past year, and we are grateful that they want to continue building their brand with us and help us build on our 2017 success”.

2017 was the first full national tour for Scott Palmer Racing, where they qualified for each of the 24 events, reset career-best numbers multiple times, and earned a spot in the Countdown to the Championship. Their best elapsed time of 3.754 and speed of 328.54 came at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, the most prestigious race of the year.

Bobby and Dom Lagana have been long-time friends to Palmer, and big contributors to his success throughout his career. In fact, they’re so close that they consider each other family. When CatSpot decided to campaign a second Top Fuel Dragster on a part-time basis, the Lagana family’s “Nitro Ninja” with Dom Lagana at the wheel was the obvious first choice. 

Scott Palmer Racing will continue working closely with the Torrence Family, and Torrence Racing, who have also been big supporters of Palmer. SPR’s addition of a support trailer in 2018 will help with the transport of parts and equipment. 

Palmer will now serve as the primary contact for CatSpot’s motorsports marketing within the NHRA community. After a successful display at the 2017 Auto Club NHRA Finals, the CatSpot Litter product trailer will be on the NHRA midway for 13 of the 24 national events in the 2018 season.