Norwalk: Justin Humphreys final report

Justin Humphreys Goes to Semis at Norwalk; Jumps Back into NHRA Pro Stock Contention Justin Humphreys inserted himself into the fight for a Pro Stock berth in NHRA's Countdown to 1 championship competition Sunday with an...

Justin Humphreys Goes to Semis at Norwalk; Jumps Back into NHRA Pro Stock Contention

Justin Humphreys inserted himself  into the fight for a Pro Stock berth in
NHRA's Countdown to 1 championship  competition Sunday with an outstanding
performance in the RaceRedi  Dodge.

Humphreys, in his fourth race driving the Dodge, displayed the car's potential in the first two rounds, knocking out reigning champion Jeg Coughlin, who was third in series points, on a hole-shot, and then Coughlin's teammate, Dave Connolly, in the quarterfinals.

That victory was  very important because Connolly is 11th in points, the
driver just ahead of  Humphreys in points, 480-462.
"This semifinal finish is  definitely an achievement for us," said a happy
Humphreys, who began the season  in his Pontiac GXP and switched to the Dodge
and Allen Johnson horsepower four  races ago.  "I think we can run with most
drivers out here. It is a tough  learning curve but we are still learning every
time we go down the  track.
"Jeg and Connolly have been beating up on us and it feels  good to finally
get a win on both those guys. Everyone out here is tough. Every  round is huge."
Humphreys was ready for them.  A .010-second  reaction time and a
6.721-second, 204.85-mph quarter-mile lap got the win light  eight-thousandths of a
second over Coughlin and a near-perfect .002 reaction put  him out in front of
Connolly and onto an easy decision -- 6.716 at 204.54 mph to  6.729 at 205.79.

Larry Morgan ended Humphreys' race day with a 6.727 at 204.79 to a 6.787 at 204.48.

The traditional Western Swing  is next, with races at Denver (July 11-13),
Seattle (July 18-21) and Sonoma,  Calif. (July 25-27).

-credit: rrm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Morgan , Allen Johnson , Justin Humphreys , Dave Connolly