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Improved Performances Boost Justin Humphreys' Confidence Going into Mid-South Nationals The only thing troubling Pro Stock driver Justin Humphreys lately is the time between the recent U.S. Nationals (at Indianapolis, Sept. 3) and the ...

Improved Performances Boost Justin Humphreys' Confidence Going into Mid-South Nationals

The only thing troubling Pro Stock  driver Justin Humphreys lately is the
time between the recent U.S.   Nationals (at Indianapolis, Sept. 3) and the O'
Reilly Mid-South Nationals at  Memphis Motorsports Park this weekend.

And it's easy to see why.

Humphreys registered one of his finest first-season performances at Indy, qualifying his RaceRedi Motorsports Knoll-Gas Energy Pontiac GTO sixth and advancing to the quarterfinals. It was a solid showing, one he plans to continue at MMP.

"I don't like being out  of the car this long," said Humphreys, of Monrovia,
Md.  "I'm ready to go  right now.  Bob (Glidden) and Richard (Maskin) have
been working on our  motors.  We should have our best motors ready for this
weekend.  Those  were good motors we ran at Indy, but they are getting the better
stuff back  together."
Humphreys' blue Pontiac recorded the third-quickest  elapsed time (6.692
second) in the opening round of eliminations at Indy, but  all it did was put him
against eventual race winner Dave Connolly in the  quarterfinals.  Humphreys
left the starting line first but couldn't hold  off Connolly.
"We didn't do any testing before this race," added  Humphreys, a former
Sport Compact and Nopi series racer.  "We needed a  break."
Glidden, a Pro Stock icon, solved a chassis problem that  made the car move
to the left just off the starting line, boosting Humphreys'  confidence, and it
showed.  He had impressive starting-line reactions in  defeating Richie
Stevens in the first round and in his quarterfinal match  against Connolly.
"The car is working good," he said. "Our  game plan is to get to the finals,
and hopefully we can do it at  Memphis."

He has been a semifinalist twice in his first 18 NHRA national events.

-credit: ekr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Justin Humphreys , Dave Connolly