COLUMBUS, Ohio (Pre-Race) - Rodger Brogdon, driver of the CertainTeed Roofing Products Chevrolet S-10 Pro Stock Truck, is ready to go to Columbus for the 37th Annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals. Brogdon, who had to sit out the last race, is ready...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Pre-Race) - Rodger Brogdon, driver of the CertainTeed Roofing Products Chevrolet S-10 Pro Stock Truck, is ready to go to Columbus for the 37th Annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals. Brogdon, who had to sit out the last race, is ready to get back to the racetrack and get back to racing.
Brogdon's last race was the Advance Auto Parts Nationals in Topeka, Kan. It was there, that in the third session of qualifying, that Brogdon had a catastrophic engine failure that caused him to sit out the last race. Brogdon's engine builders (fellow Pro Stock Truck competitors Jeff Naiser and Brain Self) could not get his new motor together in time for the last event in Chicago, causing him to miss the race.
"My new motor came off the dyno this morning," said Brogdon, "and from the looks of the numbers this motor is better than the last one. The guys at the shop tell me that this piece makes more power than what they are running in their trucks. If what they tell me is true, I will be very disappointed if we don't qualify in Columbus.
"We have everything we need to get in the show. We have good equipment. The truck is new, and now so is the motor. We have good parts. We do not cut corners in that department. And we have the best people. Lump (Brian Self) and Jeff (Naiser) have been qualifying well lately. They build my motors and consult with Buddy (crew chief Buddy Nickens) on tuning and setting up my truck. With their help and Buddy's experience, we should have what it takes to get qualified in Columbus.
"We have all talked about it, and we all feel that what it is going to take to get in the show in Columbus is to get the tune-up right in the right session of qualifying. Not just for us, but for everyone trying to qualify there. It sounds easy, but it can be very tricky. There are a lot of factors to take into account. It looks like we are going to be qualifying in-between rain drops this weekend, so we have to make the most of every run when we get them.
"I have a good team, and with the help I get from Jeff and Lump, I think this weekend will be the best chance we have had yet to qualify for one of these races. And don't you know, we will use everything we have to get that done. I want to be racing on Sunday."
Qualifying at the 37th Annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals begins on Friday June 15th and continues on Saturday June 16th. Pro Stock Truck eliminations will take place on Sunday June 17 at 11:00 AM EST.