DARLINGTON, SC- Dale Brinsfield vowed that he was coming to the season-opener at the Darlington with a new attitude. Extensive off season testing had yielded several 6.3 second passes and the veteran Pro Modified racer was ready for a competitive...
DARLINGTON, SC- Dale Brinsfield vowed that he was coming to the season-opener at the Darlington with a new attitude. Extensive off season testing had yielded several 6.3 second passes and the veteran Pro Modified racer was ready for a competitive season.
Something funny happened on the way to the IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals, Brinsfield got mad. He thought over his previous season and just decided that there was a time and a place for being nice. The Pro Modified field should be aware that in terms of character, there's no more Mr. Nice Guy for Brinsfield. His car says it all and it's "back in black". In the first qualifying session Brinsfield laid down a respectable 6.470/217.70 landing him temporarily in the number eight spot. After the second session Brinsfield had bettered his previous time to a 6.462/218.8. Brinsfield was looking to move further towards the top of the ladder when rain caused the final session of qualifying to be called off, leaving him in the 15th position. In the first round of eliminations, Brinsfield faced Alan Pittman. Pittman has former Pro Mod champ Scotty Cannon along as an advisor. Both drivers staged and went through a massive burndown for over a minute. Finally, Pittman staged first, Brinsfield pulled in right after him. Brinsfield got out first and never looked back, taking the win with a 6.518/217.14. This win set up a second round match against Mitch Stott and his 1963 Corvette.
The two cars left together and were even until Stott had problems and Brinsfield pulled away to take the win light and a semi final berth. Brinsfield ran another 6.40 second run this time a 6.479/217.53.
In the semi-finals, Brinsfield faced another 1963 Corvette, this time that of veteran Ed Hoover. Brinsfield did all he could to try and take the win in this round, cutting an awesome .412 light. The advantage at the tree proved not to be enough as Hoover took the win 6.365 to Brinsfield's 6.444. The margin of victory was less than .015 of a second.
Brinsfield is looking forward the rest of this season and hopes to be a regular in the winner's circle in 2000.
Dale Brinsfield will return to action at the Holley Spring Nationals at Rockingham Dragway on April 7-9.