Norwalk: Cossis report

NORWALK, OH-Steve Cossis was not a happy camper after his first round red-light loss to Steve Vick at the 23rd annual IHRA Mopar Parts World Nationals. The Astoria, NY-based Pro Modified completely lost his concentration in his first round ...

NORWALK, OH-Steve Cossis was not a happy camper after his first round red-light loss to Steve Vick at the 23rd annual IHRA Mopar Parts World Nationals. The Astoria, NY-based Pro Modified completely lost his concentration in his first round encounter with Vick, cutting a premature .034 light to hand the win to his evenly matched opponent.

Cossis, who came straight to Norwalk Raceway Park after the last weekend's event in Michigan, began qualifying on a good note on Wednesday. The colorful Cossis started off with a 6.488 at 215.82 to land in the No. 12 spot at the end of the first session. From there Cossis improved on every run. On Thursday, Cossis moved his Competitionplus.com-sponsored Corvette up to the No. 4 spot with a 6.437 at 218.80 mph. In the final qualifying session on Friday, Cossis drove his Pontiac powered '53 Corvette to a 6.408 at 219.86 mph to wind up in the 9th spot.

"We were chasing the race track in qualifying instead of it coming to us," said a dejected Cossis after his loss. "We picked up about three-hundredths every round," he continued, "I thought the 6.40 was faster but it wasn't because we were a little short on the clutch."

In the first round of eliminations Cossis was matched up against Steve Vick, who qualified with an identical 6.408 elapsed time as Cossis. Vick was one notch higher on the qualifying ladder due to his faster speed and he enjoyed lane choice going into round one. It turned out not to matter after Cossis red lit for the first time all season.

"Today there was no excuse," said Cossis, "I've been here for seven days and I just had brain fade, it was driver error."

Never let it be said that Cossis won't tell it like it is.

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