GRAND BEND, Ontario - Coming off a semifinal finish at the NHRA Pro Mod exhibition at the Advance Auto Parts Southern Nationals just outside of Atlanta, IHRA Pro Mod driver Mitch Stott has his eyes on picking up his first win of the season during...
GRAND BEND, Ontario - Coming off a semifinal finish at the NHRA Pro Mod exhibition at the Advance Auto Parts Southern Nationals just outside of Atlanta, IHRA Pro Mod driver Mitch Stott has his eyes on picking up his first win of the season during this weekend's Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals presented by Castrol in Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada. Stott is currently third in the Pro Mod points standings, only trails second place by four points, and is 31 points out of first place.
Stott, from Mill Spring, N.C., has had a pretty successful year in his Radiac Abrasives backed Nitrous-Oxide assisted '63 Corvette. Stott recorded a runner-up finish at the season opener in Rockingham, followed by a semifinal finish at Virginia Motorsports Park. Stott feels this weekend is his to win.
"We pretty much have the car identical to the way we had it in Atlanta," said Stott. "We have some new ideas that we are going to try after Canada, but we pretty much have it the same for this event. The car has been running good, and we expect to qualify in the top five. We really expect to win some rounds. That's pretty much everyone's objective. At the minimum we want to maintain our third place standing, and at best to move up."
"Until we get some testing on some of the other objects we have, that's the combination we are holding on to," continued Stott.
Stott also realizes with as close as the points are within the top three, that this race is critical to his World Championship hopes.
"We're definitely in a championship winning position," commented Stott. "The car is running good and consistent. We could definitely move up to the points lead at this race."
Given the performance of the class this year, Stott feels that it will take high 6.20 elapsed times, and low 6.30's to take the win in Grand Bend.
"Based on last year, in Canada, I think we need to run low .30's or high .20's," stated Stott. "I'd say anywhere from a .33 to a .26. I really don't know what to expect out of the blown cars right now. That's just based off of last year's weather conditions, of course that could always change. I expect to qualify with a 6.29."
The Mopar Performance Parts Pro Modified cars will begin qualifying at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, with another session following at 6 p.m. They will have two more shots on Saturday, with final eliminations concluding the event on Sunday. Stay tuned to SummitRacing.com's Drag Race Central for round by round coverage of the racing action from Grand Bend.