Norwalk: Dale Brinsfield preview

NORWALK, OHIO - Dale Brinsfield will definitely have his snake-proof boots on when he rolls into this weekend's Mopar Parts World Nationals hosted by Norwalk Raceway Park in Norwalk, Ohio. He didn't exactly have the best experience at the last...

NORWALK, OHIO - Dale Brinsfield will definitely have his snake-proof boots on when he rolls into this weekend's Mopar Parts World Nationals hosted by Norwalk Raceway Park in Norwalk, Ohio. He didn't exactly have the best experience at the last event on the IHRA tour.

No, the 'man in black' didn't step on a snake, but the pain he felt may have been just about as bad. Brinsfield, an import auto business owner from Greensboro, NC, was really looking forward to racing again under the new parity rules imposed on the Pro Mod class recently. The supercharged cars were slowed down, but since his sleek '67 Camaro develops its horsepower by way of a nitrous oxide assisted powerplant, Brinsfield saw an opportunity to qualify better, and click off some valuable elimination rounds.

Now the supercharged racers will get some of their gearing back which should make for an interest confrontation.

The recently completed event was a rescheduled event originally slated to be run on August 6th, the CARQUEST Northern Nationals. But since rain washed out the final day's elimination rounds, the event was rescheduled for two weeks later. During the qualifying two weeks prior, Brinsfield laid down a best pass of 6.518/222.60 to take tenth spot on the grid.

As the racing was resumed, all drivers were entitled to a time trial run only, as the ladders were set. Dale picked up some ET but lost speed with a lap of 6.479/216.08. He was happy with the car, and ready to race.

In the first round, Brinsfield rolled to the line against one of the two 2000 nitrous-assisted Dodge Vipers in the Pro Mod ranks this year, this one driven by Billy Harper. At the green, the black Camaro left first, with Brinsfield taking a .491 to .505 starting line advantage. It was a great drag race, but Harper pulled away to take the win light, his 6.429/226.18 clipping Brinsfield's 6.508/215.62.

The last thing Dale Brinsfield wanted was to go to the trailer after the first round, but he knows his chances of doing well are better than they've been for a while.

"Sure, the rules changes have made us more competitive, that's for sure," said Brinsfield. "But that doesn't mean we can change our way of doing things. Any car can beat any other car at any time, and consistency is the key. Some of the nitrous cars are running in the 6.30s and the blower guys will keep pace, believe me. So we'll keep working hard, and having fun. After all, that's what it's all about, for the racers and the fans. We chased some problems this weekend and I'm not sure if we caught them."

It was just a year ago that Brinsfield established a new speed record for Pro Modified entries at Norwalk.

He added, "Norwalk will give us a shot at redeeming ourselves. I think we'll do fine."

The next stop for the Brinsfield entry will be at the Mopar Parts World Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. Qualifying begins today, with one session per day until Saturday. Final eliminations are slated for Saturday.

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