Team Marines takes momentum to Seattle. MORRISON, Colo. -- For Larry Nance and Team Marines, final eliminations at the 23rd annual NHRA Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals and the first race of the "Western Swing" -- three-races-in-three-weekends...
Team Marines takes momentum to Seattle.
MORRISON, Colo. -- For Larry Nance and Team Marines, final eliminations at the 23rd annual NHRA Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals and the first race of the "Western Swing" -- three-races-in-three-weekends in Denver, Seattle and Sonoma, Calif., got underway today at picturesque Bandimere Speedway, just outside Denver, in the mountains of the foothills to the mighty Rocky Mountains.
Nance, from Akron, Ohio, squared off against Allen Johnson, from Greeneville, Tenn., in the opening round. At the green light, Johnson was away by a very slight margin over Nance. But this was a drag race -- side by side down the Bandimere quarter-mile. Johnson took the win light stopping the clocks in 7.294 seconds. Nance was a tick of the clock behind, recording an elapsed time of 7.301 seconds. The difference at the finish line was 28 thousandths of a second. For Nance it was his best run of the weekend.
"The Team Marines crew put a good car under me this weekend," said Nance. "We hate that we came up short, but our day is coming. If our momentum holds, Seattle might be that breakthrough race. Engine builder Richard Maskin, chassis builder Jerry Bickel and my team: crew chief Taylor Lastor and crew members Harvey Thorla and Kirk Gisi are the best."
With the NHRA Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals in the history books, Nance and crew now make the long trek to Seattle for the second of three consecutive weekends of competition. The drive will be as quick as possible as Nance and the Team Marines Chevy Cavalier are schedule for several appearances on Wednesday and Thursday in the Seattle area as part of their advertising partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps.
Professional qualifying for the 15th annual NHRA Lucas Oil Products Northwest Nationals begins on Friday (July 26) at the newly renamed Pacific Raceways, located on Highway 18, just outside Kent, Wash. Qualifying concludes on Saturday, with final eliminations starting Sunday morning.