Carpenter President's Cup Nationals Saturday summary

President's Cup Nationals Maryland International Raceway Budds Creek, Md. Charles Carpenter, owner/driver 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air (Pro Modified class, nitrous) Hometown: Harrisburg, N.C. Fastest Qualifying Run: 6.346 seconds (Qualifying Session...

President's Cup Nationals
Maryland International Raceway
Budds Creek, Md.

Charles Carpenter, owner/driver 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air (Pro Modified class, nitrous)
Hometown: Harrisburg, N.C.
Fastest Qualifying Run: 6.346 seconds (Qualifying Session 2, Friday)
Top Qualifying Speed: 222.47 mph (Qualifying Session 4, Saturday)
Qualifying Position: 15th

Notes:

-During Friday night's qualifying session, Carpenter laid down a career-best elapsed time of 6.346-seconds. His previous best was a 6.352-second run nearly a year ago at Rockingham (N.C.) Dragway.

-Carpenter qualified 15th in the field. He will face the second qualifier, Mike Castellana, in the first round.

-This event marks the first time that both Carpenter and his teammate Pat Doherty have both qualified for the elimination rounds at the same IHRA event. Doherty qualified 16th in the field and will pair up against the top qualifier, Mike Janis.

Charles Carpenter Quote:

"After trying all year we finally qualified both cars. I would have liked to be a little faster in the ET, but we went down the track every time with respectable runs. I was able to make four clean runs and that's the first time in a long while where I haven't had any tire shake. I think that we are finally working through the clutch adjustments and getting it to where I need it to be. The test session we had last week at Darlington (S.C.) has really paid off."

Ken Hively (Crew Chief) Quote:

"Everybody misread the conditions and the track. They all expected it to be better than it was. We made all four passes complete and smooth. That is a big psychological advantage."

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Series Drag
Drivers Mike Janis