Brogdon Racing press release
Numbers don’t lie, Pro Stock Top-10 is still a battle royal!
Any astute business man knows that you have to pay attention to the numbers throughout the year, because at the end its how those numbers stack up that tell you what kind of year you’ve had.
Rodger Brogdon is one of those businessmen and knows that the numbers in this year’s Pro Stock championship battle are telling him that for the players in the top-10, it’s a long way from being over.
Since NHRA’s Countdown started in Charlotte, Brogdon and the EDGE Pain & Performance Chips team has accumulated 210 points in the championship chase, 5th best since the countdown began. With those points Rodger has passed Greg Stanfield in the standings and sits but one point behind Alan Johnson to claim another notch. Going into the race in Las Vegas, Brogdon is less than 3 rounds from 5th place in the points, and with the momentum the team has had of late, another strong showing in Sin City certainly isn’t out of the question.
The momentum that the team will carry into Vegas comes from Steve Kent’s semi-final appearances at Charlotte & Dallas and Rodgers semi-finals at Reading and Phoenix, albeit the Phoenix race didn’t happen without some hectic activity in the pits throughout the weekend.
“We didn’t do well in Fridays qualifying sessions,” Rodger began, “and ended up swapping engines Friday night. In the Saturday morning session, we were off just a touch on the setup with the new engine and missed our best qualifying shot, but Timmy (Freeman) and the guys were able to build on that run and actually improve in the hot, second session with our best run of the weekend.”
“Timmy and the rest of the guys really worked their tails off in the heat at Phoenix and we were looking forward to another final round opportunity until we had problems just past half-track against AJ in the semis, the car just didn’t run the back half like it had been. The guys at Cagnazzi’s engine shop have given us some quality pieces to race with all year long, so it was surprising to everyone we had the problems we had at Phoenix, but with the time off before Vegas and Pomona we’re all looking to Stevie Johns and the rest of the crew at Victors place to get us tuned up for the final two events.”
“Other than Jason, this year is going to be a battle for everyone in the top 10. Since Charlotte and the start of the countdown the Cagnazzi powered cars have been running neck and neck with the Summit team in the number of rounds won during eliminations. With the equipment and performance we’ve had of late, we have as good a shot as anyone out there for a top 5 finish and we’re going to give it our all at Vegas & Pomona. I still say that we can win one of these races before years end, we’ve just got to put together four solid runs on race day. With 8 rounds of eliminations and a couple of hundred points left in the season, it's time for us to really crunch the numbers and close out 2011 with the best numbers we can.”