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Humphreys Optimistic about Reading Race After Promising Performance at Brainerd What do the dog days of summer and NHRA's 18-race regular season have in common? Both are nearing an end. Justin Humphreys can be excused for wishing the regular...

Humphreys Optimistic about Reading Race After Promising Performance at Brainerd

What do the dog days of summer and NHRA's 18-race regular season have in common?

Both are nearing an end.

Justin Humphreys can be excused for wishing the regular season had more than two races remaining. After struggling for much of the year, changing engine builders and race cars, one might expect the second-year Pro Stock driver would be counting the days until Nov. 17, the day after the Auto Club Finals in Pomona, Calif.

But an infusion of horsepower from the Roy and Allen Johnson engine shop and a RaceRedi Motorsports Dodge that now responds to tune-ups have changed his outlook.

The transformation came quickly at Brainerd, Minn., last weekend and Humphreys is anticipating a good performance in the Toyo Tires Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, Aug. 15-17.

"Roy and Allen found some extra power recently and they were kind enough to let us put it in our car," Humphreys said. "Now we don't have a power issue and we don't have a car issue . . . we have a driver issue."

The sophomore Pro Stock driver chastised himself after a first-round foul start Sunday rubbed out a probable first-round win over Jeg Coughlin.

"I know I can fix that," Humphreys vowed. "It's pretty unusual for me to drive like I have been lately. But we're going to get it fixed and hopefully put this car in the winner's circle soon."

Humphreys' sixth-place start was his second highest in the 16 races to date. He turned in a consistently solid qualifying effort that included the quickest run in Saturday's hot final session, 6.703 seconds.

"We outran everybody by a hundredth to a hundredth and a half, which is pretty stout in the heat," he said. "We had the best 60-foot time of that run and we had the best 60-foot time again in the first round on Sunday. We ran with the first four or five cars. Anytime you can run within a hundredth (of a second) or so of Greg (Anderson), Kurt (Johnson), Warren (Johnson) and the other fast guys you definitely have a car that can go to the winner's circle.

"We just have to get our ducks in order and get it done . . . and it looks like I'm the last duck."

-credit: rrm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Allen Johnson , Justin Humphreys