Joliet: Shaun Carlson Saturday summary

ROOKIE CARLSON RUNS CAREER-BEST ELAPSED TIME, NARROWLY MISSES QUICKEST PRO STOCK FIELD IN HISTORY JOLIET, Ill. (June 10, 2006) - The good news this weekend for Pro Stock rookie Shaun Carlson is he ran his quickest elapsed time of his young ...

ROOKIE CARLSON RUNS CAREER-BEST ELAPSED TIME, NARROWLY MISSES QUICKEST PRO STOCK FIELD IN HISTORY

JOLIET, Ill. (June 10, 2006) - The good news this weekend for Pro Stock rookie Shaun Carlson is he ran his quickest elapsed time of his young Pro Stock racing career, a 6.708-second ET at 204.79 mph. The bad news is he was up against the quickest field in NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series history, and lost his final chance to bump himself into the field. (He was just .008 of a second short of qualifying 16th.) Because of rain, NHRA officials were forced to cancel the final round of qualifying for the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

The Team Mopar/SRT Dodge Stratus R/T crew made significant changes to the car before today's first session, which led to the Southern California native's quick pass. "Bright and early this morning Terry (Adams, assistant crew chief) changed the four-link suspension, pinion angles, rear shocks and sway bar, the third-member rear-end and the transmission," he said. "He wanted to see what it would do with all those changes, because he said if you don't ever make any changes then you'll never know what is going wrong. It definitely worked because the car ran awesome. It had power all the way through the low gears and gave me my quickest run ever."

His Friday qualifying runs produced a 13.786/60.84 when the car veered hard to the right off the starting line, and a 6.755/205.01.

"I'm close. It's a big jump from a 6.740 (previous best ET, Gainesville, Fla.) to a 6.708. Now that we made that move, we should be able to do really well next week. It's too bad that we weren't able to go back out there for the final session because I really think we would have gotten this Team Mopar/SRT Dodge Stratus into the show.

"I would have liked to have gotten into this race because Don (Schumacher, team owner) and Mopar have really stuck with me, and I hope the 6.708 is starting to show that we are getting it down the track. David Nickens, Terry (Adams) and Mike (Sullivan, clutch specialist) are making this a better car to drive every time I climb into it. I really feel like we are getting close."

Next for Carlson is the K&N Filters Supernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey, June 15-18.

-dsr-

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