St. Louis: Justin Humphreys final summary

Newcomer Justin Humphreys Gets First Round Win; Drives into Semifinals of Midwest Nationals Rookie Pro Stock driver Justin Humphreys gave his category rivals a glimpse Sunday of what is to come from the Knoll-Gas Energy Pontiac GTO Pro Stock...

Newcomer Justin Humphreys Gets First Round Win; Drives into Semifinals of Midwest Nationals

Rookie Pro Stock driver Justin Humphreys gave his category rivals a glimpse Sunday of what is to come from the Knoll-Gas Energy Pontiac GTO Pro Stock team when he reached the semifinals of the Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway.

He not only picked up the first round win of his seven-race NHRA career, but did it against No. 2 qualifier Jason Line. And then the driver from Monrovia, Md., added another win before eventual race winner Dave Connolly sidelined him.

Humphreys got the starting-line jump against Line -- .045-second to .107 -- and never looked back. His slower 6.711-second elapsed time at 206.35 mph was enough to edge Line's charging 6.663 at 207.85 by 14-thousandths of a second. He made it two straight by eliminating Warren Johnson in the quarterfinals -- 6.719 at 206.23 to a shutting off 13.295 at 72.73.

The performance came in his third event with engine-builder/driver coach Richard Maskin.

"We're excited," said Humphreys. "We've only been with Maskin three races and that's not a long time for a team to come together. We knew in the round against Connolly that we had to get after it because he was flying all day. "

Humphreys did all he could to upset Connolly and reach the title round, starting with a .003 reaction to a .039. But "the car shook the tires hard when I put it in second," Humphreys recalled. He slowed to an 11.689 to the winner 's 6.682.

"We were happy with where we finished," added Humphreys. "Getting to the semifinals here definitely got everybody's attention. Hopefully we can move forward and keep getting better."

-credit: jls/jh

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Series NHRA
Drivers Warren Johnson , Jason Line , Justin Humphreys