Brainerd: Justin Humphrey preview

Justin Humphreys faces 'tough' odds for making Pro Stock top 10 Not one to sugarcoat the facts, Justin Humphreys admits his chances of making the Pro Stock top 10 have been reduced to sheer good luck. And since he really hasn't had much of that...

Justin Humphreys faces 'tough' odds for making Pro Stock top 10

Not one to sugarcoat the facts, Justin Humphreys admits his chances of making the Pro Stock top 10 have been reduced to sheer good luck. And since he really hasn't had much of that in the season's first 15 races he's not about to change his beliefs.

"It's going to be tough," said Humphreys. "We showed some (performance) promise earlier, but first-round losses on the (three-race) Western Swing didn't get us anywhere."

There's still hope, but the numbers aren't favorable. The driver of the RaceRedi Motorsports Dodge is 12th with 559 points, 123 behind 10th place with three races remaining in the 18-race NHRA POWERade Series regular season. Humphreys needs a bunch round wins (at 20 points per) and the numbers 10 and 11 drivers to falter.

There is some good news in the camp, however.

"Allen (Johnson, Humphreys' engine supplier) called and said he and his dad (Roy Johnson) found more power in their new motors, so we hope to get after it at Brainerd (Minn., site of this weekend's Lucas Oil Nationals)."

This will be Humphreys' eighth race in the Johnsons' second car. The Johnsons and multi-team owner Don Schumacher stepped up after Humphreys' engine supplier left abruptly. Humphreys parked his RaceRedi Pontiac GXP and has been driving the Dodge ever since.

He was a semifinalist at Norwalk, Ohio, in the race prior to the Swing but wasn't able to hold off Dave Connolly, who moved into 10th place during the Swing.

"I don't think Connolly's performance is going to fall off," Humphreys said. "But you never know."

The Pro Stock category is extremely competitive and winning margins are routinely by thousandths of a second.

Humphreys will be competing at Reading, Pa., next weekend. Maple Grove Raceway is one of several tracks that are close to his hometown of Monrovia, Md. The U.S. Nationals, Aug. 29-Sept. 1, at Indianapolis is the last race before the Countdown to 1 begins its six-race run to decide all the professional champions.

-credit: rrm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Don Schumacher , Justin Humphreys , Dave Connolly , Roy Johnson