PRO STOCK ROOKIE SHAUN CARLSON FEELING GOOD FOR SUPERNATIONALS ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 14, 2006) - Don Schumacher Racing Pro Stock Rookie Shaun Carlson is very optimistic heading into the K&N Filters SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway...
PRO STOCK ROOKIE SHAUN CARLSON FEELING GOOD FOR SUPERNATIONALS
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 14, 2006) - Don Schumacher Racing Pro Stock Rookie Shaun Carlson is very optimistic heading into the K&N Filters SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park this weekend. His optimism comes from changes crew chief David Nickens and assistant crew chief Terry Adams have made to the Team Mopar/SRT Dodge Stratus R/T and the positive results that followed.
Changes made following Friday night qualifying at the CARQUEST NHRA Nationals last weekend in Joliet, Ill., resulted in Carlson setting the quickest elapsed time of his young Pro Stock career, a 6.708-second pass at 204.79 mph. The run put him just .008 of a second short of qualifying for the quickest Pro Stock field in NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series history. His final chance to make the field was foiled when NHRA officials were forced to cancel the final qualifying session because of rain.
Carlson was thrilled with the way the car responded to the changes: "My first run on Saturday was my career-best ET by a lot (.032), and it almost got us in the field. We were ready to go for that fourth session (of qualifying), then we were told that they cancelled it," he said. "My heart just dropped. We knew we would get into the field because we were so close, and now that we had a competitive baseline set-up."
"That's the way it goes, and there's nothing you can do about it. But, I'm going into this race in Englishtown feeling a lot better. I feel really good about the Team Mopar/SRT Dodge and where we are headed as a team. To pick up that much time in one run is awesome, and we know we can build off of it," he said.
His goals for qualifying? "It would be great to get in the field safely on Friday, and not have to go through that again. The conditions are usually tougher on Saturday, which hurts your chances of getting in."
Crew chief David Nickens is encouraged by his rookie's progress: "He did very well last weekend once we got things figured out. We're going to have another engine done that has the same stuff as the engine we had in Richie's car last weekend, so we're pretty excited about that. Hopefully we can do a good job with him on Friday night, and get him into the show."
SHAUN CARLSON QUICK FACTS:
Qualified for his first event of 2006 in Las Vegas (No. 12)
Rookie season in Pro Stock class
First year with Don Schumacher Racing
Was named second DSR Pro Stock driver after February '06 test session at LVMS
32-years old (05/17/74)
Born, raised, and currently lives in Alta Loma, Calif.
Quickest elapsed time to date: 6.708 seconds (Chicago 6/10/06)
Fastest speed to date: 205.60 mph (Pomona 1)
Owned and drove his Team Mopar SRT4 in the NHRA Xplod Sport Compact Racing Series in 2005, grabbing one win and finishing fourth in points.
Finished fourth in 2004 Sport Compact points standings
Is a two-time Sport Compact event winner
Subbed for an injured Darrell Alderman in the 2004 NHRA Winternationals Pro Stock event at Pomona, grabbing an early round win and nearly advancing to the semifinals in his Pro Stock debut
Finished third in '03 Pro FWD points
2002 Xbox Cup champion in the Pro Outlaw class
A famous engine builder and FWD performance guru, Carlson has worked on projects such as the world record-holding import drag car driven by Stephan Papadakis.
First FWD builder to run in the 9s and 8s.
Built the first Sport Compact drag car with a tube chassis
Has been drag racing professionally since 1999
President and founder of NuFormz, an 11-year-old company that builds aftermarket components in Ontario, Calif.