After winning a pair of NHRA world championships in 1993-94, Dean Carter spent some time racing in the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series, but he’s back this season and backed up his quarterfinal finish in Pomona with career win No. 8 in Phoenix in Comp. Carter was able to get to the final with his index intact after some good fortune early in eliminations, but Pomona winner Doug Lambeck made him earn the victory in the final. Carter drove to a (-.646) 6.904 for the win against Lambeck’s (-.575) 8.335. Lambeck had won nine straight rounds to start the season and has the early lead in the Comp battle with his D/SMA Pontiac.