Bristol: Justin Humphreys preview

Humphreys Prepared to Bounce Back at Bristol, Drive in Special NHRA Oval Track Challenge It's a long way from May to September when the subject is qualifying for NHRA 's Countdown to the Championship. Only the top 10 drivers will be title...

Humphreys Prepared  to Bounce Back at Bristol,
Drive in Special NHRA Oval Track  Challenge

It's a long way from May to September when the subject is qualifying for NHRA 's Countdown to the Championship.

Only  the top 10 drivers will be title hopefuls after the POWERade Series'
first 18  races, so the scramble for positions is far from finished.  This
weekend's  Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway is No. 8 and it's an
important one  for sophomore Pro Stock driver Justin Humphreys.
He is on the bump  spot in 10th with 286 points.  Humphreys has been in the
top 10 since the  season opener and maintained his place among the leaders
despite an off-weekend  at St. Louis (May 4). He couldn't get the RaceRedi
Motorsports Pontiac GXP to  make a run without spinning the tires and it cost him a
place in the starting  lineup.
Now Humphreys, new crew chief Frank Gugliotta and engine  builder Richard
Maskin plan to hunker down and get back to winning elimination  rounds.
Gugliotta, a Humphreys' family friend and IHRA Pro Stock  competitor, stepped in when
veteran Bob Glidden retired.  The Pontiac  picked up the pace at Atlanta
before encountering traction trouble the next  weekend.

"We were all disappointed about not qualifying at St. Louis," said Humphreys, "but Frank has been working on the chassis since then, changing a bunch of things, and Richard and his engine guys have been working hard to find more power.

"We're looking forward to going to Bristol so we can get right back at it. We need to get in the show and go rounds on Sunday."

Going rounds at every race between now and Labor Day is  vital if Humphreys
is to move into the elite 10-man lineup.  That's the  date of the U.S.
Nationals, the 18th and deciding race for would-be championship  contenders.   The top
10 will battle for the title in the season's  final six events.
Humphreys trails ninth-place Greg Stanfield by 22  points and No. 8 Warren
Johnson by 41.  Each round win is worth 20  points.

Humphreys Will Go Around and Around, Too

It's  called the NHRA Circle Track Challenge and Humphreys will be part of it
Saturday  night after qualifying when some of drag racing's intrepid
straight-line drivers  will compete on Bristol Motor Speedway's famed half-mile oval.
This  will be something new for Humphreys, who has never raced in circles.  "I
've  done road racing and stuff like that, but this will be a first.  We'll
see  how it goes."

-credit: rrm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bob Glidden , Greg Stanfield , Justin Humphreys , Frank Gugliotta