Charlotte II: Rick Stivers preview

2009 Charlotte Race Champion Stivers Ready to Repeat History CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 15, 2010) - Heading into this weekend's NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series event at the NHRA Carolinas Nationals, Trane Air Conditioning's...

2009 Charlotte Race Champion Stivers Ready to Repeat History

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 15, 2010) - Heading into this weekend's NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series event at the NHRA Carolinas Nationals, Trane Air Conditioning's Rick Stivers has the feeling he's seen this all before - and it seems he has. Last season, Stivers rolled into zMAX Raceway coming off of a disappointing performance at the U.S. Nationals in Indy and fighting to get into the top ten in points - and the same is true for this year. Last season, his Brad Anderson-tuned '06 Stratus failed to qualify at Indy; this season, Stivers qualified at Indy but was taken out round one by a freak deployment of his parachutes before he could even make a burnout.

Last season, Stivers came out slugging in Charlotte - qualifying number three with a 5.940-second blast at 240.85 mph, and then continually improved during eliminations, delivering a blistering 5.908 seconds at 241.89 mph in the finals to take out Melanie Troxel. This season, he is confident he'll have the same kind of success - getting his Trane back on track and riding it all the way to the winner's circle.

"That was an amazing race last year," Stivers said. "Everything clicked, it all worked the way it was supposed to, and we really had the very best car on the track.

"This year, we're in the same position in the points, trying to break the top ten and coming off a really disappointing season to date. The thing is, we've got the exact same car we had last year, and Brad has worked out the bugs, trying to get it back into shape to win races.

"The two of us spent time together at my place over the past few weeks getting a plan for the last two races of the season, and we both know it's crunch time."

Stivers is currently ranked number 11 with 314 points, just 19 points out of the top ten and only 46 points away from the top five - all well within reach of the Kentucky horse farmer and entrepreneur.

"The track and the weather was amazing last year, and I'm hoping it will be just the same. We've got a lot of really good data for this track - both from my car and [teammate] Jay Payne's car, too, so we know what to do. Now, we'll see what happens," Stivers said.

-source: rick stivers PR

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Series NHRA
Drivers Melanie Troxel , Jay Payne , Rick Stivers