Teammates Jason Hunt, Brian Ballard Place Chevy Cobalts in NOPI Winner's Circle at Rockingham Fourth Pro Outlaw FWD Victory This Season for Hunt's ECOtec-Powered Cobalt ROCKINGHAM, N.C., July 9, 2006 - Jason Hunt captured his fourth NOPI ...
Teammates Jason Hunt, Brian Ballard Place Chevy Cobalts in NOPI Winner's Circle at Rockingham
Fourth Pro Outlaw FWD Victory This Season for Hunt's ECOtec-Powered Cobalt
ROCKINGHAM, N.C., July 9, 2006 - Jason Hunt captured his fourth NOPI Pro Outlaw FWD victory of the season on Sunday by defeating Bryan Jimenez in an all-Chevy Cobalt final round at the NOPI North Carolina Nationals at Rockingham Dragway. Including his victory in May at the NHRA meet in Englishtown, N.J., it marked the fifth time this year that Hunt has driven the Matco Tools/Brut Chevrolet to a raceday win.
"We came in and ran just as we planned, and got the Matco Tools/Brut Chevy Cobalt from A to B," said Hunt. "That's been our goal since the beginning of the year, to combine consistency with the necessary performance to be successful and we were able to do that again this weekend."
Hunt qualified his ECOtec-powered Chevrolet in the No. 1 position by posting a 7.537 e.t. at 192.22 mph. Bryan Jimenez followed in the No. 2 slot in his Chevy Cobalt with a run of 8.198 seconds. Both drivers advanced to the finals with round-one victories, Hunt's Chevrolet securing lane choice by traveling the Rockingham quarter mile in 7.721 seconds at 180.89 mph, and Jimenez' Chevrolet checking in at 8.371 seconds.
The championship heat belonged to Jason Hunt despite the fact that Jimenez' Cobalt saved its best run for last by posting a 7.964-second e.t. at 173.36 mph. However, Hunt's Chevrolet continued to show the consistency it has demonstrated over the last few weeks and won the title round with a 7.587-second run at 191.43 mph.
"We really had to be on our game that round," said Hunt. "Bryan is such a great competitor and if we had slipped only slightly he would have been in the winner's circle instead of us. It was another great weekend though for the entire CSI Racing team, Matco Tools, Brut, GM Racing and Chevy Cobalt."
Hunt's CSI Racing teammate Brian Ballard captured his second win of the season in the Turbo Street category. Ballard qualified a Chevy Cobalt in the No. 2 spot with a 9.481 e.t. at 149.80 mph, and then marched to the finals by running 9.588 seconds at 152.04 mph in round one, and 9.634 seconds at 152.42 mph in round two. In the championship heat against the Toyota of No. 1 qualifier Sam Mahdavi, Ballard's Chevrolet crossed the finish line with a winning 9.930 e.t. at 117.81 mph. Mahdavi fouled and did not post a time.
In the Pro Compact category, Kevin McCurdy was the No. 1 qualifier and race winner in a Pontiac Trans Am. McCurdy defeated Jason Wilson in the final round when his Pontiac blistered the quarter-mile with a 6.667-second run at 208.94 mph to Wilson's 9.532 e.t. at 91.53 mph.