Charlotte II: Roger Burgess final report

Burgess edged out, R2B2 Racing wins Best Engineered CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept 19) -- Some days, there's a laundry list of what went wrong during a drag race. Other days, the car in the other lane is just better during that round. On Sunday in the...

Burgess edged out, R2B2 Racing wins Best Engineered

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept 19) -- Some days, there's a laundry list of what went wrong during a drag race. Other days, the car in the other lane is just better during that round.

On Sunday in the Get Screened America Pro Mod Series at the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at zMax Dragway, Roger Burgess, driver and owner of the R2B2 Racing Camaro, lost a close, second-round race to Mike Janis, missing a hole shot victory by .012 seconds.

"He made a big swing at it and held up for him," Burgess said. "It was close all the way to the end."

Burgess got out of the gate first and crossed the finish line in 5.988 seconds at 244.87. Janis crossed the line first -- but only by a nose -- with a pass of 5.948 at 243.55 mph.

"It was so close I didn't know who won when we crossed the line," Burgess said. "I didn't know until I was told on the radio who had won it.

"Losing always stinks, but you've got to tip your hat to Mike, he ran a great race."

The R2B2 camp didn't walk away from Charlotte empty-handed. The R2B2 Racing Firebird driven by Raymond Commisso was selected as the winner of the Best Engineered car.

The Firebird is the first chassis built in-house by R2B2 Racing.

"That award is a big boost to that part of our race program," Burgess said. "This is an achievement worth trumpeting for us. We're going to start building new cars to replace some of the old ones we've got and maybe even sell a few as well.

"It was a great testament to the work the guys put in to building that car."

Next for the Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series is the season finale at the Oct. 28-31 NHRA Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

-source: r2b2

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mike Janis , Roger Burgess