Charlotte II: Burgess, Commisson preview

Burgess and Commisso primed for big weekend in Charlotte CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 16) -- The talented professionals at R2B2 Racing are looking to make a late season push in the Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. This weekend's ...

Burgess and Commisso primed for big weekend in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 16) -- The talented professionals at R2B2 Racing are looking to make a late season push in the Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

This weekend's third annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Nationals at zMax Dragway is the next to last race of the season for the Pro Mod set, and with a little luck, drivers Raymond Commisso and Roger Burgess can make big jumps in the standings.

At the recently completed Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, Commisso cracked the top 10 in the season points and now sits in ninth place. Packed in tight with several others, the Canadian restaurateur suddenly finds himself just 20 points out of fifth place and knows a good performance this weekend in his new, in-house-built R2B2 Firebird will help his prospects.

"After making the semis in Indy, it does nothing but give me confidence," Commisso said. "Hopefully we'll qualify a little bit higher and win one of these final two races. We've been to four semifinals and I need to get that monkey off my back and head to the money round."

Team owner and driver of the ProCare Rx Camaro, Roger Burgess said one of his team's three cars is bound to have that breakthrough race soon.

"We're all optimistic that we've got three cars running pretty good," Burgess said, referring to his car, Commisso's machine, and the In-N-Out Camaro of megastar Melanie Troxel. "We need to go out there and try to make a little move. We haven't done that well this year, so maybe it's overdue."

Burgess said having a reliable track like zMax Dragway will go a long way towards the team making that big leap to victory circle.

"If the weather conditions cooperate I think we can do well," Burgess said. "We know the track is going to be really good, so we're going to have a really quick field."

Quick field or not, Commisso just wants to be the last man standing at the end of Sunday's eliminations.

"Last year was my first time to the first time to Charlotte," Commisso said. "I was there for history when they ran the first four-wide race and I hope I make history myself this time through by winning my first race there."

-source: r2b2

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Series NHRA
Drivers Melanie Troxel , Roger Burgess