Phoenix: Danny Gruninger preview

GRUNINGER LOOKING TO CRACK THE FIELD IN THE DESERT Chandler, Az. -- Last week's NHRA National event in Pomona, Calif. was a productive weekend for 23-year old Pro Stock driver, Danny Gruninger and his USRECOGNITION.COM Pro Stock Dodge team....

GRUNINGER LOOKING TO CRACK THE FIELD IN THE DESERT

Chandler, Az. -- Last week's NHRA National event in Pomona, Calif. was a productive weekend for 23-year old Pro Stock driver, Danny Gruninger and his USRECOGNITION.COM Pro Stock Dodge team. And momentum established at the season opening event should catapult the Denver, Colo. based team to a race day start at this weekend's NHRA Arizona Nationals, held at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Az.

"Our goal is firm; to race on Sunday this weekend in Phoenix," noted the highly competitive athlete Gruninger, who competed in (4) Little League World Series and was a Colorado high school state golf champion. "We made some significant improvements to our Pro Stock program last weekend in Pomona; decreasing our career best elapsed time three times out of four qualifying runs. We eventually ended up recording a 6.657 second elapsed time which was only 0.007 seconds away from making the show. I'm confident we can find that extra time somewhere in this USRECOGNITION.COM Pro Stock Dodge."

As much as the Pro Stock sophomore competitor would love to hit a hole-in-one this weekend by not only qualifying for the Arizona Nationals but winning the event, the level-headed and mild-mannered graphic designer for USRECOGNITION.COM is aware of how goals are accomplished for his team.

"First we need to simply make the show, once we do that, heck anything is possible," said Gruninger, who actually did have his first hole-in-one at Foothills golf club in May 2009. "We qualified at last year's Mopar Mile High Nationals and gave Allen Johnson a run for his money in the first round. He had us covered by more than a tenth of a second in qualifying, but we gave him a good race. I'd love to run against these guys in eliminations this weekend that's for sure."

Gruninger and the USRECOGNITION.COM Pro Stock team will begin their qualifying efforts on Friday with two sessions scheduled. They will have two more attempts to crack the 16-car field on Saturday.

-source: Gruninger motorsports

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Series NHRA
Drivers Allen Johnson , Danny Gruninger