Norwalk: Angelle Sampey Team final report

Sampey Misses Tree by .002 After Angelle Sampey's Norwalk weekend ended too early, the team looked deep inside themselves and vowed to produce the results that her fans and marketing partners expect. The Rush Racing S&S powered Buell...

Sampey Misses Tree by .002

After Angelle Sampey's Norwalk weekend ended too early, the team looked deep inside themselves and vowed to produce the results that her fans and marketing partners expect. The Rush Racing S&S powered Buell stayed middle of the pack throughout the shortened qualifying session before an oh-so-close -.002 redlight had the team packing up after round one.   "I had a couple little glitches here and there in qualifying, but in my run against Chip Ellis in eliminations, I believe I did the absolute best job I could," said Angelle. "I pushed the tree a little bit trying to get a good light, but definitely not trying to get a redlight. Nobody tries to do that.   "There may have been a slightly different rollout at Norwalk. On average, my lights have been between .020s and .040s. That's where I like 'em, but the slowest light I had this weekend was an .020. So I was a little quicker on the tree this weekend than I have been. I like to be quick, but of course not that quick."   "But it didn't matter. If I'd have cut a perfect .000 light I still would have gotten beat, because Chip's motorcycle was really going fast and I did the best job I could have done goin' down the track and we came up a little short again. So we're just going to have to pull our team together and really grind it down."   "Angelle was just doing what she had to do, pushing the tree a little bit," said team owner Karl Klement. "I think the team did the best we could do with the equipment we had. We weren't the fastest qualifier, and the weather changed so much it was hard to keep up with it."   "I think we all really need to focus on what we can do to improve," said Angelle. "If my team members can see anything I can do to improve as a rider, I want them to tell me. I do believe we're all working extremely hard, but what we're doing hasn't been working so far. We have great team owners with Karl and Kim Klement. They've given us or will give us everything we need to win."   "We'll have some new stuff by Denver," said Klement. "We've got all the tools we need, we just haven't put it all together yet for a win. But we will, and we need to do it soon. The spotlight's turned on and we've got to perform."   "Rush racing is depending on us to do a good job to represent them, and I don't think we've done the job we need to do for them," continued Angelle. "I really want to show them, as well as the racing community, what this team is capable of. I know that we haven't shown that yet. I think before Denver we'll all pull together and see what we can come up with to really make it happen. We will dig down and find what it takes as a team for everybody to be proud of us."   Angelle and the Rush Racing team race next July 11-13 at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado   -credit: as/rr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Chip Ellis , Angelle Sampey