Grand Bend: Mitch Stott wrap-up

Mitch Stott Racing Radiac Abrasives Motorsports Mitch Stott redlights in first round GRAND BEND, Ontario - There's an old saying in drag racing, "if you don't red-light every now and then, you're not trying." To IHRA Pro Modified driver Mitch...

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Mitch Stott redlights in first round

GRAND BEND, Ontario - There's an old saying in drag racing, "if you don't red-light every now and then, you're not trying." To IHRA Pro Modified driver Mitch Stott, those are the only words he is taking consolation in after redlighting in the first round of this past weekend's Mopar Performance Parts Canadian Nationals presented by Castrol in Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada.

Persistent rains covered the area during qualifying Friday morning, causing one of the sessions to be canceled. In the remaining three sessions, Stott, from Mill Spring, N.C., qualified his Radiac Abrasives backed, nitrous oxide assisted '63 Corvette No. 7 with an elapsed time of 6.346 seconds at 221.51 mph. In round one, he faced off against No. 10 qualifier Todd Howard. In an unexpected move from the veteran driver, Stott redlighted with a .303 reaction time, disqualifying him from the race. Stott went on to run a 6.312 at 223.15 mph, his quickest and fastest lap of the weekend.

"During qualifying, the track was just killer," said Stott. "It had some serious teeth. We came in and tried to sneak up on our clutch program, and were close enough to run decent, but not at our potential."

"Finally, for the first round, we had pretty much closed the gap on our clutch problem," Stott explained. "I guess that's when stupidity set in. I don't know what it was, my imagination, a camera flash, but I reacted to something. It really came at a bad time. We really needed to use our performance advantage at that race to advance ourselves in the points standings."

Even with the early round loss, the Radiac Abrasives team still plans to stay in the World Championship hunt. The team plans to test some ideas for the upcoming Amalie Summer Nationals to be held in Cordova, Ill., June 15-17. According to Stott, his new 'technology' will put him ahead of the Pro Mod field.

"We're going testing in Darlington this week," commented Stott. "We're going to try some new things that I really can't comment on, but we are expecting to find a considerable performance advantage if we have time to perfect it between now and the next race. If we can get 'it' working by Cordova, we should have a pretty healthy performance advantage."

For more information on the Mitch Stott Racing Team, visit their website at <A HREF="http://mitchstott.com/"> http://mitchstott.com/</A>

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-MSR-

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