Henderson's Justin Lamb is a familiar name in local drag racing. He's won many times in sportsman competition and bracket racing at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and he was the first local racer to win an NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at The Strip at LVMS.

When he arrives at Pomona, Calif., for this weekend's season-opener for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, he'll be doing so as the reigning NHRA Stock Eliminator world champion. Lamb, at age 26, clinched the 2013 title by only one point. Lamb's title run enhanced his reputation as one of the top competitors, regardless of age, in the NHRA Lucas Oil Series ranks. In his young career, Lamb already has amassed 10 NHRA national-event victories and is just one of six drivers to earn national-event honors in five separate categories. In addition to his 2013 national championship, he is also a four-time NHRA Pacific Division (Div. 7) champion.

Lamb knows better than anyone that his past accomplishments are no guarantee for future success. In fact, he says he's given little thought to his chances of repeating as the Stock Eliminator World Champion (no driver has won back-to-back titles since Kevin Helms won three consecutive crowns from 2001 to 2003).

The 2013 season ended in mid-November. In the two-and-one-half months since, the Lamb family has been busy. Shortly after the season-ending NHRA Finals, the family celebrated at the annual NHRA awards banquet. Justin and wife Jeanine celebrated the birth of their first son, Jayce, on November 24.

Within the race team, the Lambs repainted their familiar Chevrolet Cobalt Super Stock to prominently feature major marketing partners Sunstate Companies and Madcap Racing Engines. The team also sold its Super Gas Race Tech Camaro Roadster and replaced it with a second Race Tech four-link dragster, which will fly the colors of Palmer Electric, a longtime supporter of the Lamb Motorsports team.

"It's been hectic to say the least," Justin admitted. "We didn't really change anything on the Camaro. I just had Gary Stinnett freshen the engine and we did some routine maintenance. The Cobalt has a whole new look and we're really excited about it. We debuted my sister Ryen's new dragster late last season, so it didn't need much attention. And we had Russ Farmer at Racetech Race Cars build us another new dragster. We'll campaign those four cars at Pomona."

Justin will focus on the Stock and Super Stock entries, while Ryen and longtime family friend Kyle Seipel will compete in the Super Comp category behind the wheel of the team's two Racetech dragsters. Seipel is one of the sport's most prolific sportsman competitors and arguably the most successful driver in NHRA Pacific Division history. Now 42, Seipel amassed an unbelievable 22 NHRA Division 7 championships (10 LODRS division crowns and 12 E.T. Finals titles) - all earned before his 30th birthday.

"Kyle - along with Peter Biondo and a handful of other racers - has been instrumental in my growth as a driver and our team's success," Lamb explained. "He's raced with us sporadically in the past and we'll have a lot of fun racing together this season. He's one of the good guys in our sport and he brings a lot of talent, experience and insight to our team."