Norwalk: Brinson race report

NORWALK, OHIO -- Dale Brinsfield, otherwise known as "The Man in Black", had on of his blackest weekends at a racetrack this season. Brinsfield, an import auto business owner from Greensboro, NC, was really looking forward to the 23rd Mopar...

NORWALK, OHIO -- Dale Brinsfield, otherwise known as "The Man in Black", had on of his blackest weekends at a racetrack this season. Brinsfield, an import auto business owner from Greensboro, NC, was really looking forward to the 23rd Mopar World Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. It was just a year ago that Brinsfield established a new speed record for Pro Modified entries at Norwalk. After suffering a first round loss at the rain delayed CARQUEST Northern Nationals, Brinsfield had high hopes coming into Norwalk. As luck would have it those hopes faded. Brinsfield had a hard time at Norwalk. On his first run, a 6.545/212.59, he had problems with the shift-light staying on the entire run, which put him on the chip in second gear. He returned to the pits and pulled the valve covers off to reveal a rocker that had been cracked in half. The veteran import car business owner counted his blessing as he caught the damaged part before starting the machine again. He hoped to improve on his 6.54 run, but couldn't find the right recipe for a tricky racing surface on Thursday and lifted at the sixth-foot mark.

Brinsfield failed to improve during Friday's final qualifying session, ending up qualified 22nd out of the 32 cars that attempted to qualify. Brinsfield's final attempt in his '67 Camaro earned him a 6.63/211, which failed to make the super quick 16-car field.

"The Man in Black" will be looking for the light at the end of the tunnel at the Parts Pro North American Nationals held at New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire on Sept. 8-10.

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