Las Vegas II: R2B2 Racing final report

R2B2 Racing has banner day in Vegas LAS VEGAS (Oct. 31) -- The R2B2 Racing team made its presence known at the 10th annual NHRA Las Vegas Fall Nationals when all three teams earned round wins in the Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing ...

R2B2 Racing has banner day in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 31) -- The R2B2 Racing team made its presence known at the 10th annual NHRA Las Vegas Fall Nationals when all three teams earned round wins in the Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

This race was the first time all four of the R2B2 teams made it out of the opening round on the same day.

R2B2 owner, Roger Burgess, drove his Camaro to a quarterfinal finish at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Burgess took out Kenny Lang during the opening round of eliminations but was beat in quarterfinals by Brad Personett.

"It's been a wonderful weekend with all three cars," Burgess said. "With the Funny Car included, we've had a fantastic day."

Burgess took advantage of Lang's hard luck run in the first round. Burgess ran a 6.053 second pass at 242.71 mph to Lang's 11.420 pass at 76.58 mph.

Next Burgess drew eventual race winner Personett. Burgess gave it a strong go, crossing the line in 6.004 seconds at 242.71 mph. However, Personett broke off the lowest ET of the round -- a 5.884 at 254.52.

The R2B2 Firebird driven by Raymond Commisso also managed a quarterfinal finish in Las Vegas. Commisso beat Danny Rowe in the first round, but was ousted in the second round by teammate Melanie Troxel.

"All three of us got in, then won first round," Comisso said. "One of us (Troxel) made it into the finals. It's a good thing for the team, this is about the team not one individual."

Commisso got a free pass into the second round when Rowe went red by .131 seconds. Against Troxel, who was the No. 1 qualifier, Commisso got off the line first and ran a 6.008 at 241.89 mph. It wasn't a potent enough combination to beat his teammate Troxel, who crossed 5.909 seconds at 245.67 mph.

Commisso, who finished ninth in the championship points standings, had some struggles with his new Firebird but knew that is just part of the deal with a brand new car.

"We've been having some electrical issues," Commiso said, "which is one of the worst problems you can have on a racecar. The wiring problems are like little gremlins that are all over the car."

The drivers of the Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, including champion Von Smith, were be honored Sunday night at the award banquet, hosted at the Stratsophere Hotel & Casino, immediately following the race at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

-source: r2b2 racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Melanie Troxel , Von Smith , Danny Rowe , Roger Burgess , Kenny Lang