Sonoma: Justin Humphreys preview

Humphreys Needs Good Results at Sonoma to Remain Contender The NHRA races are dwindling to a precious few. Now is the time for Justin Humphreys and the RaceRedi Dodge Pro Stock team to make a bold move if they want to be among 10 Pro Stock...

Humphreys Needs Good Results at Sonoma to Remain Contender

The NHRA races are dwindling to a precious few. Now is the time for Justin Humphreys and the RaceRedi Dodge Pro Stock team to make a bold move if they want to be among 10 Pro Stock drivers advancing to NHRA's Countdown to 1 championship showdown.

His individual countdown begins in the FRAM Autolite Nationals, Friday through Sunday, at Infineon Raceway. This is the 15th of 18 races in the Countdown to 10. The title fight will be contested over the season's final six events.

Humphreys, of Monrovia, Md., has 527 points, putting him 69 out of 10th and 43 behind 11th place (570).

This race also is the  last of three straight events.  It began in the high
altitude of Denver  (July 13) and moved to Seattle and sea level Sunday.

A first-round loss to Kurt Johnson Sunday disappointed Humphreys. He left the starting line first but Johnson ran the quickest time of eliminations, 6.617 seconds, to turn on the win light. Humphreys followed in 6.646 seconds.

"We'll just go on to Sonoma," he said.  "We have the  same amount of rounds
to make up, but one less race to catch them.  We  definitely need to go some
rounds.  We can get back in contention if we get  to the finals on Sunday."

Humphreys is one of many drivers who will be happy to finish this rugged three-race swing.

"These three races  have different challenges.  We have Denver in the high
altitude and no air  (atmosphere) and then we go to Seattle where you have very
good  conditions.  Sonoma can be tough when it's hot."

He's not dissing the three in a row, however.

"It's still good to go  back-to-back," Humphreys said.   "As a driver, it
keeps things fresh  in your mind. It's always better as a driver to be in the
car as much as  possible."

That includes making four runs in Sunday's eliminations.

-credit: rrm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kurt Johnson , Justin Humphreys