Bristol: Justin Humphreys preview

Humphreys Enthused with Performance of Knoll-Gas Energy Pontiac One of these days, racing luck and Justin Humphreys will attend the same race. Perhaps it will be this weekend, when the delayed O'Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals will be run, ...

Humphreys Enthused with Performance of Knoll-Gas Energy Pontiac
One of these days, racing luck and Justin Humphreys will attend the same race.

Perhaps it will be this weekend, when  the delayed O'Reilly Thunder Valley
Nationals will be run, Friday through  Sunday, at Bristol Dragway.  A problem
with the racing surface has been  corrected and it comes at the same time as
Humphreys' performances are  improving.

The rookie driver from Monrovia, Md., was quite pleased with his qualifying effort last week in Norwalk, Ohio. Not only was he able to get the RaceRedi Motorsports Knoll Gas Energy Pontiac GTO down the track with competitive numbers in the key Friday night qualifying session, but he showed crew chief Eric Luzinski's chassis tune-up is competitive.

"Everything is coming together," said Humphreys, who earned the highest qualifying effort of his 11-race NHRA POWERade Series career at Norwalk, starting 11th. "We have killer horsepower from Richard Maskin's motors and Eric has the car running well in the heat. It's only going to get hotter in the upcoming races so we think we'll be in pretty good shape. We are getting better as the season goes along.

"We thought we had a good  setup for race day (at Norwalk).  The car ran .986
(second) in the first 60  feet and that was the best of the first round." But
he was denied a possible  round win when the transmission broke.
"I went to put it in second  (gear) and it wouldn't go in," Humphreys
lamented, and Jason Line advanced to  the next round.
Humphreys has two round wins -- both at St. Louis in  May -- and has qualified
for four of the series' first 11 races.  He had  moved up one qualifying
position in each of three his previous starts, from  16th, to 15th, to 14th.
Pro Stock is one of the toughest --  if not the toughest -- of NHRA's
professional categories.  Humphreys has  been on the outside looking in after missing
line-ups by as little as  one-thousandth of a second.  But those days may be
history.  For  example, he ran the quickest elapsed time in Saturday's hottest
session at  Norwalk and got down the track Friday night in 6.676 seconds in
the important  session.

"As long as we can keep running good on Friday night, I think we can be a player on Sunday," he concluded.

The third of six  consecutive races, Thunder Valley Nationals Pro Stock
qualifying is scheduled at  5 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 12:30 and 3 p.m. on
Saturday.  Eliminations  get underway Sunday at noon.

-credit: www.torco.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jason Line , Justin Humphreys