EPPING, N.H. -- (9/13/04) Charles Carpenter, owner/driver of "The World's - Fastest '55 Chevy" Pro Modified, came to the IHRA Amalie North American Nationals in Epping N.H. and qualified in the 13th position. That meant Sunday morning's first ...
EPPING, N.H. -- (9/13/04) Charles Carpenter, owner/driver of "The World's - Fastest '55 Chevy" Pro Modified, came to the IHRA Amalie North American Nationals in Epping N.H. and qualified in the 13th position. That meant Sunday morning's first elimination round would find Carpenter paired with one of IHRA's toughest competitors and last year's Pro Mod points champion - Mitch Stott.
But Carpenter was not to be denied as he found himself with the win light at the end of his 6.348-second (221.16 mph) pass.
"This is the first time I've advanced to the second round since returning to IHRA competition a few of years ago," Carpenter explained. "Michael (his son and crew chief) and I made some early morning changes because we knew the track was going to be tricky."
Advancing to the second round, Carpenter faced Steve Salvadore. Unfortunately, at 6.334-seconds (223.36 mph) the "World's Fastest '55" was not quite fast enough.
"Well, we took a shot at it," said Carpenter. "Actually, the numbers say that if we had been paired with anyone besides Salvadore, we would have seen the win light for that round (Carpenter had the second-best elapsed time for the round).While we would have rather gone another round or two, it feels great to make a couple of decent runs, especially when so many of the other teams had trouble getting down the track.
"What a struggle this season has been. We have had a tough summer, to say the least. Compared to how the summer has gone, we are extremely pleased with our performance. I can finally see some light at the end of the tunnel," Carpenter added. Carpenter suffered a devastating crash in May that wiped out half of the car and the team has struggled to regain its momentum from earlier in the season.
"Without Embee Performance and Pat Doherty Motorsports, I would not be racing. They really stepped up and we are so glad to be able to put in a good showing at a national event. We also want to thank Custom AutoSound, CMTS, and Buddy's Automotive for sticking with us," said Carpenter.
The legendary car also won the Best Appearing Pro Car award for the event.
"How great is that? I can't wait to show my mom (the plaque), and of course my wife," Carpenter said with a laugh.
Carpenter plans to attend the IHRA President's Cup Nationals at Maryland International Raceway on September 24-26.