Pomona II: Justin Humphreys final report

Justin Humphreys' Stellar Performance Comes Close to Finals Victory POMONA, Calif., Nov. 4, 2007 -- Justin Humphreys has displayed sparks of brilliance in his first NHRA Pro Stock season, but he was shining brightly Sunday evening following...

Justin Humphreys' Stellar Performance Comes Close to Finals Victory

POMONA, Calif., Nov. 4, 2007 -- Justin Humphreys has displayed sparks of brilliance in his first NHRA Pro Stock season, but he was shining brightly Sunday evening following his runner-up finish in the Auto Club Finals, the 23rd and last, 2007 race.

He started the day from the  No. 15 qualifying spot, but that didn't stop him
from ending the championship  hopes of three-time champion and point leader
Greg Anderson and Countdown to 1  driver Allen Johnson in the first two rounds.
 He defeated Tom Hammonds in  the semifinals and came within
seven-thousandths of a second of his first  victory in the title round against new champion
Jeg  Coughlin.
Humphreys, 30, used a .025-second reaction time to gain  the advantage but it
took the weekend's quickest run by Coughlin, 6.638 seconds,  to get the win
light by the slim margin.  Humphreys was timed in 6.662  seconds at 207.27 mph.
"We couldn't find a better place to get our  first final here at Pomona in
front of all the fans," said a smiling  Humphreys.  "We got past two of the
Countdown's top four guys and tried to  get around the third one.
"We can't complain. We struggled  in qualifying and came out on Sunday and
made four pretty decent runs, but we  came up a little short."

Humphreys' performance turn-around began when Pro Stock icon Bob Glidden joined the team and veteran engine builder Richard Maskin. Glidden is a 10-time Pro Stock champion

"We struggled early and things kept getting better and better," said Humphreys of the RaceRedi Motorsports/Knoll Gas&Energy Pontiac GTO. "In the past six-to-eight races things have gotten really good. To come here and end on a good note gets us excited about '08."

-credit: rrm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Greg Anderson , Bob Glidden , Tom Hammonds , Allen Johnson , Justin Humphreys