Gainesville: Alan Pittman Saturday report

GAINESVILLE, Fla.- For sophomore Pro Mod pilot Alan Pittman, a weekend which at first showed signs of being a disappointment in the making turned out to be a career-so-far highlight instead. After a problem plagued first round early Friday, the...

GAINESVILLE, Fla.- For sophomore Pro Mod pilot Alan Pittman, a weekend which at first showed signs of being a disappointment in the making turned out to be a career-so-far highlight instead. After a problem plagued first round early Friday, the Lyman, South Carolina chassis builder redeemed himself completely in round two, clicking off a solid 6.263, good enough to earn low qualifier honors after day one of the Pro Mod exhibition race at the NHRA's Mac Tools Gatornationals.

On Saturday, Pittman proved that he was positively the man to beat, as he wheeled Ken Westbrook's '41 Willys to a career-best mark of 6.217 at 226.24 miles per hour in round three. The beautiful red and silver supercharged hot rod was on a rail all the way through the traps, and when the big numbers flashed up on the scoreboard, the capacity crowd of new Pro Modified converts roared its approval.

Pittman, who only started driving in the Pro Modified class last season, was pumped after the historic run, and his crew, determined to take advantage of the excellent atmospheric conditions, decided to close out the qualifying session with an attempt at a run in the 'teens.

With all systems set on kill, Pittman knew he was either going to smash the existing IHRA mark of 6.17, or completely blow the tires off the car on the hit. Unfortunately, it was scenario number two that took place this time around. But the Westbrook Motorsports crew was more than happy with the first two day's results, and Mother Nature willing, they're looking forward to carrying their momentum all the way through to the first NHRA Pro Mod championship in history.

-HC

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