Phoenix: Danny Gruninger Friday report

TRICKY TRACK TAMES GRUNINGER IN QUALIFYING Chandler, Az. -- The USRECOGNITION.COM Pro Stock Dodge team finished the first day of qualifying at Firebird International Raceway with a 6.744 second elapsed time at the NHRA Arizona Nationals...

TRICKY TRACK TAMES GRUNINGER IN QUALIFYING

Chandler, Az. -- The USRECOGNITION.COM Pro Stock Dodge team finished the first day of qualifying at Firebird International Raceway with a 6.744 second elapsed time at the NHRA Arizona Nationals contested in Chandler, Az. Team driver Danny Gruninger recorded his quickest elapsed time during the first of two sessions today.

On the team's first pass of the day, the USRECOGNITION.COM Pro Stock Dodge left the starting line with a conservative 1.004 60 foot time. Gruninger continue to steer the 2007 Dodge Stratus down the quarter mile and recorded the 6.744 E.T. at a speed of 205.69 miles per hour. "The first pass was definitely a base line pass," noted Gruninger. "Our goal was to simply get down the track in Q-1 in order to give us some run data to tune this USRECOGNITION.COM Dodge for the rest of the qualifying."

Gruninger and his father, Mark then made several adjustments to the cars suspension for the second qualifying session of the day. Prior to Gruninger's attempt, fellow Pro Stock competitor, Gordie Rivera was straight and clean until around 800 feet and when the car made a sudden right hand turn and then flipped on to its roof. The car slid into right hand wall and then on down the track on the roof. Fortunately, the veteran Pro Stock competitor from Yuma, Az. walked away from the accident. The next car down the left lane, the K&N Filters Pontiac of Warren Johnson spun the tires hard off the starting line in the same left lane. The Gruninger Motorsports Dodge then lined up for their second attempt of the day.

After a sterling 0.985 second 60 foot time, Gruninger appeared to be on a very much improved qualifying attempt. However, the car started to spin the tires 300 feet into the run, the car got loose and Gruninger wisely shut the engine off to save parts and the car from further damage. The end result was a mid-eight second elapsed time. The run did produce some good information for tomorrow's two qualifying sessions.

"The car was on a great pass in Q-2," stated Gruninger. "That 60 foot time was very similar to our 6.657 elapsed time recorded last week. Had the car not lost traction 300 feet down the track, I'm sure we'd be sitting pretty in the top 12 cars. I am disappointed because the car usually does not get loose that far down track. And several cars had issues with the left lane in that final session. We'll take a look at the run data and try to figure out what went wrong, but I'm confident our USRECOGNITION.COM Dodge will run solid tomorrow in Q-3."

-source: Gruninger motorsports

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Series NHRA
Drivers Warren Johnson , Gordie Rivera , Danny Gruninger