After a rookie season that included three wins in five final rounds and a strong 31-19 record in elimination rounds, Vincent Nobile and the NAPA/Mountain View Racing NHRA Pro Stock team made it known that they were looking for bigger and better things in 2012 and they delivered on that promise. Following his runner-up finish at this weekend’s season-ending Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona, Nobile improved his record in elimination rounds to 38-21 this season to go with his two wins. Nobile also finished as the third-ranked Pro Stock driver in the NHRA Full Throttle Series after a fifth place finish in 2011.
At Pomona, which is the home track for Mountain View team owners Nick and Irene Mitsos, Nobile qualified in the eighth-spot with a 6.562 elapsed time. On race day, Nobile displayed the driving skills that have made him one of the top young talents in drag racing as he used a perfect .000 reaction time in round one to defeat four-time world champion Jeg Coughlin and returned with a .002 light in the quarterfinals to stop reigning champ Jason Line. Nobile’s semifinal win over Erica Enders had huge implications in the points standings as it locked up the No. 3 spot for the NAPA/Mountain View Dodge team.
“Before this race, we knew that if we performed well, we could finish third in the points so that was our mission this weekend,” said Nobile. “We knew we could do it but we also knew it wasn’t going to be easy because Erica has won four races this year and she has a very quick race car. We just stuck to our game plan and it worked out for us. I’m so very happy for the Mitsos family and everyone who on this car. We’ve had a great season and I really don’t want it to end.”
In the short term, the 21-year old Nobile will return to his studies at Adelphi University in his native New York, but he is already planning for bigger and better things in 2013.
“Obviously, we want to continue to improve and that means finishing either first or season in the points,” he said. “We know that we have a team here that is capable of winning it all so we’re gunning for the top spot. When we look back at every race in 2012, we can always find one or two little things that we could have done better so our focus will be on identifying those problem areas and addressing them so that we are even more prepared next year. It’s going to be a busy off-season but before we know it we’ll be back here in Pomona ready to go again.”
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