Richmond: Rodger Brogdon preview

hHouston, TX) With the Mid-South Nationals Memphis, TN, in their rear view mirror, Rodger Brogdon and the Charter Communication / Attitude Apparel team join the rest of the NHRA caravan this weekend and roll east down I-40 to the next stop on the...

hHouston, TX) With the Mid-South Nationals Memphis, TN, in their rear view mirror, Rodger Brogdon and the Charter Communication / Attitude Apparel team join the rest of the NHRA caravan this weekend and roll east down I-40 to the next stop on the 2009 Full Throttle tour. With this weekend's event at Richmond, Virginia, the tour completes a grueling 4 race in 4 weeks leg of the 2009 schedule that has seen some surprising results. With but three races left in this year's season, Brogdon and crew have begun to see the results of their first year together as a team begin to bear fruit.

Since the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, the team has lost but once in the opening session, and although the team isn't in the hunt for the season championship they are looking to go rounds and show that they are here to win. The fact that they are starting to go some rounds is beginning to get noticed by fellow racers and fans alike. With a first round defeat of Pro Stock champ Jeg Coughlin in Memphis the team has shown that they are here to stay.

"Taking out Jeg in the opening round was a good news / bad news situation. I know Jeggie is in the midst of the championship battle, and for that he needed the win. But, we're here to win as well, and to that end we are pumped to be able to go rounds at three of the last four events. Both teams run engines out of Victor Cagnazzi's engine shop, we both came up through the sportsman ranks, and we both want to win on Sunday, but that's about where the similarities end. We run completely different chassis combos, so there really isn't the ability to exchange any information for chassis set-up."

Brogdon added, "Our objective at the beginning of the year was to win, and it still is. But that being said, Pro Stock is obviously a very competitive class, and since we combined our efforts with Cagnazzi Racing at Atlanta, we've been taking the steps needed to become a competitive team. We've gone from barely making the show to now being a consistent mi-pack qualifier. Do we want more, of course, but we also are very pleased with how far we've come in what's really been a very short time. If you stop and think about it, it's been only 17 races that we've been together, and I can remember the struggles that virtually every other team went through in their initial season."

"Last year this race saw one of the quickest ever fields once qualifying was done. We had a new and different car with another engine combination, and unknowingly struggled with a fuel delivery problem that we didn't find till two races later. This year we return with a car that's running well and a fresh engine from the Cagnazzi. And we'll be there with the plan of taking home the Wally on Sunday and that you can count on."

-credit: rbPR

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Rodger Brogdon