Humphreys Ready to Begin Climb Up NHRA Pro Stock Standings The old line about everyone can be a winner in Las Vegas assumes, of course, the object is collecting large amounts of cash or big prizes. Justin Humphreys isn't a casino gambler. He...
Humphreys Ready to Begin Climb Up NHRA Pro Stock Standings
The old line about everyone can be a winner in Las Vegas assumes, of course, the object is collecting large amounts of cash or big prizes.
Justin Humphreys isn't a casino gambler. He prefers taking his chances to win in another venue where, coincidentally, it is also tough to be a winner.
Humphreys and his family operate RaceRedi Motorsports, which sponsors the new Pontiac GXP he drives in NHRA Pro Stock competition -- one stout category. With veteran crew chief Bob Glidden in charge, the second-year Pro Stock driver from Monrovia, Md., remains in the top 10 after four races. That alone is a feat because there are veterans drivers who have yet to make the top 16 in 2008.
And, while ninth place (168 points) is good, Humphreys wants to climb higher. His opportunity comes Friday through Sunday in the SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In the overall picture, however, he needs to stay in the top 10 because NHRA's Countdown format this year advances the elite 10 drivers to the final six-race segment that determines the champion.
"We tested after the race at Houston (March 30) and learned some things," Humphreys said, "but what you learned at Houston may not apply at Las Vegas due to different track conditions. We do know track conditions here will be much better than they were in Houston. We are looking forward to getting out there and giving it our best shot."
Running well consistently is Glidden's goal, and The Strip's racing surface will provide better traction and is definitely smoother than Houston's.
"We'll see how things shake out," added Humphreys. "It will be interesting."