PERKINSON SETTLES IN NO. 12 IN POMONA
POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2011)- After a long rain delay took Friday's qualifying rounds away from fans, teams and drivers, Saturday would make for the last chance to find good numbers at the 2011 NHRA Winternationals. Qualifying turned out alright for Buddy Perkinson and Cunningham Motorsports, resulting in a 12th qualifying position.
Considering the team had not intended on competing in Pomona until after testing two weeks ago, making it into the field was more than Cunningham Motorsports and driver Buddy Perkinson could have hoped for.
During the first day of Pro Stock qualifying, the 19-year-old from Prince George, Va. made a 6.593 ET (elapsed time) pass.
"For the first pass I was a little nervous; there was a lot going on. We were first (pair of cars) down the track so the track was real green for us. The tires still shook a little bit, but it settled down and went straight down the track. That 6.593 was a really good run for the team and it put us in the number eight position. All the guys were really excited," said Perkinson.
"Today (Saturday) the air got a little better after waiting through the rain. No one was really sure what the track was going to do. We weren't aggressive enough and the track was better than what we had anticipated. We slipped through the clutch all the way through first gear, still shook the tires and didn't have much wheel speed. It was just a bunch of little things that added up. We ended up running a 6.643. It just really wasn't a good run for the Ford, but we still had that first run to fall back on so we ended up 12th," added Perkisnon.
"We're happy with 12th. We're glad we could come out here and qualify. After testing when we all agreed to come to Pomona, the goal was to qualify, even if it was 16th position. The team has worked hard all winter long and they deserve this. I'm hoping we can go a few rounds tomorrow on race day."
Perkinson is up against Greg Stanfield in the number 5 spot for first round of eliminations on Sunday.
"We're in the show and that's all that matters. The field is so tight that it's anyone's race. Greg (Stanfield, no. 5 qualifier) is great off the starting line. I'm just going to have to do my job and the score boards will tell us who wins."
-source: cunningham motorsports