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Humphreys: It's Time to Tap Potential, Win Rounds Justin Humphreys wants to be included in NHRA's Countdown to One championship playoffs that begin in September. To do so, he must turn on some round-win lights in the upcoming eight POWERade...

Humphreys: It's Time to Tap Potential, Win Rounds

Justin Humphreys wants to be included in NHRA's Countdown to One championship playoffs that begin in September. To do so, he must turn on some round-win lights in the upcoming eight POWERade Series events.

He goes into the Lucas Oil Nationals at Raceway Park just one position and 96 points away from the 10th and final Pro Stock berth in the 10-driver, six-race showdown. And he's getting more confidence behind the wheel of the RaceRedi Dodge Stratus after his first two races in the car that uses Allen Johnson horsepower.

"We have the potential to get there," said Humphreys, of Monrovia, Md. "We need to qualify and go a couple of rounds so we can get back up in the top 10. We are getting more comfortable with the car. I feel fine in it."

Crew chief Frank Gugliotta, the Pro Stock winner in Sunday's IHRA race at Budds Creek, Md., gave his boss something to emulate, perhaps as early as this weekend.

"Frank went out and did it and now we'd like to get a win soon for ourselves," added Humphreys. "He and Mark Ingersoll, Allen's crew chief, have worked hard to figure out what the car needs, and we are getting closer."

Johnson and Don Schumacher stepped in to assist Humphreys when his Pontiac GXP team suddenly found itself without an engine supplier. With no time to test or do much more than sit in the Dodge, Humphreys qualified 16th at Topeka and came back a week later to start 12th at Joliet, Ill.

"The Johnsons -- Allen and his dad Roy -- make motors with good horsepower and we are capable of winning races," said Humphreys.

"We'll see what happens."

-credit: rrm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Allen Johnson , Don Schumacher , Justin Humphreys , Frank Gugliotta