Brinsfield Finally Gains The Elusive "Groove" At The IHRA Amalie Oil Nationals BRADENTON, FL.--- In Dale Brinsfield's eyes, a first round loss at Bradenton was a blessing compared to his previous month's experience. The...
Brinsfield Finally Gains The Elusive "Groove" At The IHRA Amalie Oil Nationals
BRADENTON, FL.--- In Dale Brinsfield's eyes, a first round loss at Bradenton was a blessing compared to his previous month's experience. The Dylan Mortgage-sponsored, Import Shop owner doesn't always pray for that kind of finish, but if one had to endure what he has in the months leading to the event, one would greatly invite the lesser of the misfortunes. Brinsfield's Amalie Oil Nationals outing ended early and he was pleased to have a return to somewhat of normalcy.
This was definitely the type of day that Dale Brinsfield has been looking for since he totaled his 1963 Corvette at the Groundhog Warm-ups in Darlington, S.C., back in February. He made his first quarter-mile run since the mishap, with a 6.61/204.4 to jettison him into the number six spot, following Wally Stroupe. He improved during the second session with a 6.54/212.8, but he dropped down to ninth place. Brinsfield failed to improve during the third session and was further dropped to 11th. He bettered his cause to the tenth position with a 6.49/214.08.
Brinsfield had his work cut out for him in the first round of eliminations, having to face Troy Critchley. Brinsfield left the line .028 seconds faster than Critchley, but fell short in the end with a 6.602/210.97 to Critchley's 6.521/213.52.
The Dylan Mortgage-sponsored team plans to continue his championship conquest at the IHRA Holley Spring Nationals in Rockingham, N.C., April 9-11. Brinsfield, along with each Pro Modified contestant, will be afforded four qualifying runs during the course of the event and the quickest sixteen entries will compete in final eliminations on Sunday. This event will be televised on ESPN2 with the dates TBA in an upcoming issue of Drag Review.
Dylan Mortgage is based in Wilmington, N.C., and employs a staff of 300. They host offices in such states as both the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. According to Caviness, a vast expansion this year will bring new venues such as Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma and Virginia. Dylan is no stranger to championships, as it currently sponsors the two-time national champion in organized softball.