Atlanta: Rodger Brogdon final report

Brogdon's racing return just misses at Atlanta. It was at Atlanta Dragway one year ago that Steve Kent & Rodger Brogdon solidified their relationship with Victor Cagnazzi with the debut of the Charter Communications car for the 29th running of...

Brogdon's racing return just misses at Atlanta.

It was at Atlanta Dragway one year ago that Steve Kent & Rodger Brogdon solidified their relationship with Victor Cagnazzi with the debut of the Charter Communications car for the 29th running of the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals. Qualifying #13 for that event was the start of a qualifying string that ran exactly one full circuit of the NHRA tour and unfortunately ended at this week's running of the same event at Georgia's House of Speed.

After crashing the car in St. Louis less than 2 weeks ago, and a major thrash by over 100 people across the country to revive the Pistonator, Brogdon, Kent and the rest of the Attitude Apparel team literally came up just one day short of writing a Cinderella story of their return to racing action.

"We loaded the Pistonator into the truck at Jerry Haas shop late this past Wednesday afternoon," said Brogdon, "and if we had one more day to make some test laps I think everything would have worked out OK. But as it was we just ran out of time. We hate to see the qualifying streak come to an end especially as well as we've been running of late, but we'll get some test laps in between here and Topeka and we'll get back on track."

"Both of our qualifying runs on Friday were unfortunately needed to get the chassis dialed in again. Saturday's early session netted us our first full run in the car and by five thousandths of a second we were sitting on the outside of the 16 car field, yet we were the 5th fastest car of the session, so we know the guys in the engine shop did their job. We know that Jerry Haas and his guys did their job too, we've just got to fine tune the chassis they gave us back, and that's just a matter of getting some laps on the car to get it dialed in again."

"After being the #2 qualifier in St. Louis, we know we're ready to do battle with the rest of the field. With the way the Final Countdown works, we just need to keep doing what we've been doing and start building momentum for the rest of the year. This weekend's setback may cost us in the K & N Horsepower Challenge at Norwalk, but obviously it's the season championship chase that's the most important, and I'm pretty sure we'll be around at the end of the season to mix it up with the rest of the field."

For Brogdon, Kent, and the rest of the Attitude Apparel team it will be a short week to get some testing in before next week's race in Topeka Kansas. But the way this team has responded to the challenges they've faced in 2010, look for them to be back near the top of the pack when the dust settles in the Land of Oz.

-source: skr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Rodger Brogdon , Jerry Haas