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Jake Delmonico, pictured with his wife, Loni, is gunning for a second consecutive drag racing series championship at Brainerd International Raceway. Delmonico, of St. Paul Park, will compete in the last race of the Muscle Car Series on Labor Day Weekend. On the hood of his 1968 Camaro is his fireproof suit, which drivers are required to wear. (Bulletin photo by William Loeffler)

Life in the fast lane: St. Paul Park's Delmonico eyes repeat drag-racing championship

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When Jake Delmonico says he’s addicted to speed, he’s not being cocky, merely factual.

At 17, he began drag racing in Newport and on Highway 52 in St. Paul — wherever there was enough wide open straight road — and presumably, where the cops weren’t lurking.

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Back then, he drove a white 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass.

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