Brinsfield Reaches Semi-finals At IHRA Amalie Oil Summer Nationals CORDOVA, ILL.--Dale Brinsfield was had his share of ups and downs this season, starting...
Brinsfield Reaches Semi-finals At IHRA Amalie Oil Summer Nationals
CORDOVA, ILL.--Dale Brinsfield was had his share of ups and downs this season, starting all the way back in February when he totaled his Dylan Mortgage -backed 1963 Corvette at the Groundhog Warm-up in Darlington, SC. Then at the season opener, he went out during the first round of competition at the IHRA Amalie Oil Nationals in Bradenton, FL. But, at the IHRA Amalie Oil Summer Nationals in Cordova, IL., the Greensboro, NC.,-based, Brinsfield took his 1968 Camaro all the way to the semi-finals, only to fall short to Shannon Jenkins.
Brinsfield opened qualifying with an effort that netted him “middle-of-the-pack” status with a 6.55/219.40. He claimed the eighth spot after that run. During the Friday evening session, he improved his efforts with a 6.51/216.97. He may be running Pro Modified, but Brinsfield had all the consistency of a bracket racer by producing a 6.51/212.53 during the third session. A slight improvement during the final session concluded his qualifying with a 6.509/220.30 best, good enough for the 11th spot. He faced Steve Vick in the first round.
Brinsfield never flinched when given the task of taking out Vick. Vick left the line quicker, but handling woes forced him to slow and left an opportunity for Brinsfield to streak past and post a winning 6.541/216.72. His quarter-final opponent was Landon Jordan, who likewise outreacted Brinsfield. Brinsfield's top end charge proved to be more superior than Jordan could bear. The winning lap was a 6.531/216.72 for Brinsfield to Jordan's 6.605/212.23
Brinsfield then matched up with the eventual winner Jenkins in the semis. He left the line .05 seconds faster than Jenkins. It was side by side race, but Jenkins out-muscled him in the lights with a 6.529/215.03 to a 6.554/217.95 decision.
The Dylan Mortgage-sponsored team plans to continue his championship conquest at the IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals in Leicester, NY., during the weekend of July 9-11. Brinsfield, along with each Pro Modified contestant, will be afforded four qualifying runs during the course of the event and the quickest sixteen entries will compete in final eliminations on Sunday. This event will be televised on ESPN2 with the dates TBA in an upcoming issue of Drag Review.
Dylan Mortgage is based in Wilmington, N.C., and employs a staff of 300. They host offices in such states as both the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. According to Caviness, a vast expansion this year will bring new venues such as Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma and Virginia. Dylan is no stranger to championships, as it currently sponsors the two-time national champion in organized softball.