Rockingham: Dale Brinsfield review

ROCKINGHAM, NC. - There's nothing like qualifying well and going some rounds to boost a driver's confidence. Dale Brinsfield, the Import car dealer from Greensboro, NC., made a tremendous statement at the IHRA season opener. Brinsfield not only...

ROCKINGHAM, NC. - There's nothing like qualifying well and going some rounds to boost a driver's confidence. Dale Brinsfield, the Import car dealer from Greensboro, NC., made a tremendous statement at the IHRA season opener. Brinsfield not only qualified for the quickest Pro Modified field in the history of the class, but also reached the semi-finals of eliminations.

Brinsfield knows that racers all have excuses, but when he says that he couldn't see the tree, he means it.

"That sun was brutal," explained Brinsfield, who lost against Mitch Stott in the semis. "I couldn't see the tree. I couldn't even see my spotter and therefore I couldn't even see that I was staged, to be honest. I raised my hand to block the sun and the next thing I did was hear Mitch bring up his rpms and leave. I gave it away."

He continued, "Considering the past two seasons we have had, this weekend was a true blessing from God. I would have rather had Mitch blister me than to give it away the way that I did."

Qualifying left no doubt that Brinsfield belonged in the program. Right out of the trailer, Brinsfield let go a 6.390/220.51 pass on his first qualifying attempt of the weekend, placing him fifth. His second attempt was nothing short of spectacular for Brinsfield. Running a career best 6.296/222.36 placed Brinsfield in the number four spot after two rounds of qualifying. Brinsfield was slowed on his third attempt, but was able to rebound on his final pass running a 6.401/220.01.

Brinsfield's 6.296 pass was good enough to place him in the eighth position in the quickest Pro Mod field in history. This put him against troy Critchley in the first round. Critchley broke on the burnout giving the win to Brinsfield. Brinsfield then faced Quain Stott, the low qualifier and last season's runner up in the point's chase. Brinsfield applied a hole shot on Stott and never looked back, taking the win with a 6.366/219.12 pass. That run put him into the semi-finals against the other Stott brother, Mitch.

In the semi finals, Brinsfield handed final round berth to Stott with a less than spectacular reaction time and never fully attempted to track down the younger of the two Stott siblings.

Brinsfield will continue to climb the Pro Mod points ladder at the upcoming ACDelco Nationals, presented by Chevrolet held April 20-22 at Virginia Motorsports park in Richmond, VA.

-Rob Kozak

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