Dale Brinsfield ready to win; No ifs, ands, or buts

DARLINGTON, SC - Dale Brinsfield is absolutely sick of thinking about last season and it's understandable as to why. The veteran Pro Modified racer not only crashed an impeccable Pro Modified car in pre-season testing, but also suffered an intake...

DARLINGTON, SC - Dale Brinsfield is absolutely sick of thinking about last season and it's understandable as to why. The veteran Pro Modified racer not only crashed an impeccable Pro Modified car in pre-season testing, but also suffered an intake explosion as well as three DNQ outings. Did we also mention that he lost his major sponsor? Certainly, the average man would have called it quits. However, with all due respect, Mr. Brinsfield is not your average man.

This veteran import repair shop owner has changed his look for the season and has decided to turn up the wick on his Pro Modified ride. He's also opted for the intimidation route and there's no more an intimidating sight than a jet black 1968 Camaro, capable of turning 6.3-second elapsed times.

"We just needed a new look," explained Brinsfield, who also has raced 500-inch Pro Stock as well as drag bikes. "It was tough at times last year, but we never quit. I've always subscribed to the theory that when you have real bad times, it makes you appreciate the good times that are soon to come."

Simply put, Brinsfield is no quitter. After crashing his 1963 Corvette in February, he rebounded three weeks later with his current 1968 Camaro. That first race was nothing short of a disaster as the first run resulted in a dramatic intake explosion that necessitated some cosmetic work and resulted in a failure to qualify. He regrouped and captured the Best Appearing Pro Car award at the next event. By mid-season, he'd reached the semi-finals and also set the Pro Modified speed record.

When he finished the IHRA season with two consecutive DNQ outings, Brinsfield stepped up in a Quick Eight Racers Association event and captured his first win.

"I hate to have to encounter bad luck to attain positives," explained Brinsfield. "I've learned that there's nothing in life that doesn't come without a price. Our price was pretty steep last year. I'm hoping we can find a few basement bargains in 2000."

The team will make their 2000 season-opening national event debut at the IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals this week, March 9 -11 in Darlington, SC. The event will be televised on TNN.

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