Dallas: Justin Humphreys preview

Justin Humphreys Plans to Be Going In the Right Direction at Fall Nationals The ride was smooth from the Memphis Motorsports Park starting line to the finish line -- just like it should be -- five times for Justin Humphreys. But those five...

Justin Humphreys Plans to Be Going In the Right Direction at Fall Nationals

The ride was smooth from the Memphis Motorsports Park starting line to the finish line -- just like it should be -- five times for Justin Humphreys. But those five runs came on Monday during a post-Mid-South Nationals test session.

However, the performance  boosted Humphreys' spirits as he drove from Memphis
to the Dallas area.   The O'Reilly Fall Nationals are on the Texas Motorplex
docket in nearby Ennis,  Friday through Sunday.
"We definitely had some issues during  qualifying last weekend," said the
driver of the RaceRedi Motorsports/Knoll-Gas  Energy Pontiac GTO.

The biggest one was the car did not want to go straight. Humphreys' lone quarter-mile run was 6.726 seconds and came on his first qualifying try. In each of the next three tries, the car pulled to the left when he let out the clutch, forcing him to abort the run and preventing him from making the starting line-up.

Bob Glidden,  10-time NHRA series champion and team consultant, spent Sunday
chasing gremlins  and, if testing was a true harbinger of what to expect when
qualifying begins  Friday at Ennis, it appears the car is working like it
should again.  The  unexpected trouble came 10 days after one of Humphreys' finest
first-season  performances.  He qualified sixth in a tough field for the U.S.
Nationals  and drove his way into the quarterfinals in impressive fashion.
"Bob and Richard (Maskin, the team engine builder) were able to  sort out the
issues during testing," said Humphreys.  "We made seven runs  and the car
went from A to B like it should.  There were several other cars  testing and we
were running with them, but we won't really find out how good  those runs were
until Friday afternoon at 3:45, when qualifying  starts."
This will be Humphreys' second visit to the  Motorplex.  "I raced there in
one of my first Nopi Series events," he  recalled.  "I remember the track has
a narrow groove.  We are looking  forward to Friday when we can really see how
good the changes  are."
This is the 20th of 23 POWERade Series events this  year.  Remaining races
are in Richmond, Va. (Oct. 7), Las Vegas (Oct. 28)  and Pomona, Calif. (Nov. 4).

-credit: rrm

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NHRA
Drivers Bob Glidden , Justin Humphreys