LAS VEGAS, October 26, 2007 - As one of five nominees for NHRA's Rookie of the Year award, Pro Stocker Justin Humphreys seems to be making a late-campaign push for consideration by taking the provisional pole in Pro Stock after two rounds of ...
LAS VEGAS, October 26, 2007 - As one of five nominees for NHRA's Rookie of the Year award, Pro Stocker Justin Humphreys seems to be making a late-campaign push for consideration by taking the provisional pole in Pro Stock after two rounds of qualifying for this weekend's ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Humphreys drove his RaceRedi Motorsports/Knoll-Gas Energy Pontiac GTO to an elapsed time of 6.750 seconds at 204.05 mph as the former NHRA Xplod Sport Compact Series Modified champion looks for his first NHRA POWERade No. 1 qualifier. Points leader Dave Connolly drove his Torco Racing Fuels/Seelye Wright Chevy Cobalt to second on the grid with an elapsed time of 6.754 seconds at 203.98.
"As I've said before, this is my favorite racetrack we race at," Humphreys said. "I've been here 10 or 12 times, the track's just always so good and the people are so good. It's definitely my favorite track to come to by far.
"We're excited. We've had so many gremlins fighting us this year, and I've been through two different engine builders. It took us a little while to get back on pace, but bringing (team consultant) Bob Glidden on has really been a huge help. Thank him and (engine builder) Richard Maskin because those guys have got as much or more knowledge than anybody else out there. We're really getting excited and already looking forward to next year."
Pro Stock legend Bob Glidden joined the RaceRedi Motorsports team in August as a team consultant and the 10-time NHRA Pro Stock champ has proven to be an invaluable mentor to the 30-year-old Humphreys.
"It's still surreal," Humphreys said. "I grew up watching drag racing and watching him. The guy's been like a second dad to me. I learn so much and he teaches me stuff every day. If I do something wrong, he doesn't lie to me. He tells me how it is and that's how I like it. He's awesome."
"We're excited to go back in tomorrow," Humphrey said. "We get the good lane in the morning, back in the left. We went testing at Tucson this week, Jeggie (Coughlin), Connolly, and a couple of other cars were there. We think we laid down some real competitive numbers, and then to come in here and actually back that up, we're excited."
-credit: gm racing