Las Vegas: Justin Humphreys preview

Pro Stock Rookie Justin Humphreys Looks at Adding Round Wins to Resume What do Pro Stock drivers Richie Stevens and Justin Humphreys have in common? They both won races in their last visit to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Stevens ...

Pro Stock Rookie Justin Humphreys Looks at Adding Round Wins to Resume

What do Pro Stock drivers Richie Stevens and Justin Humphreys have in common?

They both won races in their last visit to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Stevens defeated Jason Line in NHRA's October race and Humphreys, meanwhile, won the Outlaw 10.5 event at the Street Car Super Nationals in November.

Humphreys moved into Pro Stock this year after several successful seasons in Sport Compact and Nopi series and he's eagerly awaiting the SummitRacing.com Nationals (Friday through Sunday) because it will be his first race driving a car powered by Richard Maskin-built engines with sponsorship from Evan Knoll 's Knoll-Gas Energy. Maskin is one of the sport's premier horsepower makers.

"Las Vegas is one of my favorite tracks . . . and I enjoy the city, too," said Humphreys, who's four races into his NHRA Pro Stock career. "We are looking forward to a successful relationship."

Maskin helped guide Jim Yates to Pro Stock championships in 1996-97 and Jeg Coughlin Jr. in 2000. He also was successful providing winning engines to other Pro Stock and Pro Stock truck teams.

Humphreys already has seen the paper-thin line that can separate qualifiers and non-qualifiers. He qualified 16th at Gainesville, Fla., and missed by three-thousandths of a second at Houston two weeks ago.

He has modest goals of trying to qualify for every race and winning rounds whenever possible.

Once this new team gets everything figured out, Humphreys may have to adjust his goals and look at race wins. Heck, he already knows where the winner's circle is at The Strip.

Humphreys has four qualifying attempts (3 and 6 p.m. Friday and noon and 3 p.m. Saturday) to claim his spot in the top 16 before Sunday's 11 a.m. eliminations.

-credit: mt

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Jason Line , Justin Humphreys